Veteran City council pair say goodbye

Two long time councillors said goodbye as City council wrapped up its last regular meeting before next week’s election.

Tears were flowing from their colleagues as Councillors Larry Pimm and Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer concluded their last meetings.

Both councillors gave small speeches at the end of the meeting, which also marked the last meeting for the current council as a whole.

Pimm, who served 27 years on City council, said he ended his last meeting with a satisfied feeling.

“I’ve worked with 30 different councillors, three different mayors, three different City managers – it’s been a tremendous experience,” he said. “The community has achieved a tremendous amount and I’m very, very proud of it.”

Pimm added he is looking forward to starting the next stage of his life.

“I don’t think I’m going to miss a meeting,” he said. “I’m looking forward to moving on. I’m not retiring, I’m refocusing.”

Some of the highlights for Pimm over almost three decades of work include the construction of the Centrium, the Arts Centre, the Dawe Centre, the Waskasoo Park – which he added was the best thing the City did for the public.

He added he thinks the City of Red Deer has a bright future ahead.

“We’ve slowed down development to catch our breath. We’re going to continue to grow – sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Our facilities are reasonably well maintained,” said Pimm. “Some people worry about debt, but I compare it to 1983 after the great surge in building and the fast economy. We lived through that quite comfortably; nobody had to live in a cave.

“I think we’ve got candidates running around saying the sky is falling – they’re just chicken little.”

For 15-year veteran Watkinson-Zimmer, she knew she would be retiring from City council after the last election.

“When we picked up the signs from the last election my husband asked where we were putting them and I said they’re going to the landfill,” she said. “I told him I wasn’t doing this again.”

Watkinson-Zimmer added she did not intend to run in the 2007 election but was persuaded otherwise.

“I feel really good about my decision this time around,” she said.

Watkinson-Zimmer said after a short break, she anticipates she’ll sit on some City committees.

“But for right now, I just want to be left alone until January, February, maybe March,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Morris Flewwelling thanked council at the end of last week’s meeting claiming they were the most effective council he’s worked with.

A new council will be elected Oct. 18.

Just Posted

Central Alberta dancers ‘shimmy’ for a great cause

Shimmy Mob will take place in more than 169 locations all over the world

Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities play The Vat April 27th

Moose Jaw band is on a 39-day national tour from Quebec City to Vancouver

Council highlights

Council to fund Rimbey Boys and Girls Club for $15,000

WATCH: Second annual Our Best To You Craft Sale on now

Red Deerians can expect over 150 artisans, makers and designers

Red Deer RCMP look for James Holley on warrants

Holley is believed to be in possession of firearms

WATCH: ‘Battle of the Badges’ event raises money for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deerians get together at charity hockey tournament April 20th at Servus Arena

‘When everybody leaves: Counselling key to help Humboldt move on after bus crash

Dealing with life after a tragedy can be the worst part following a loss

Half-naked shooter guns down four, runs away in Nashville Waffle House shooting

Nashville police say they are looking for Travis Reinking in connection with the shooting

Child’s body found in river downstream from where boy went missing during flood

Three-year-old Kaden Young was swept out of his mother’s arms in February

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

Producer, DJ Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish-born artist Tim Bergling, was found in Muscat, Oman

Most Read