Chester councillor resigns

by Michael Lee

  • <p>MUNICIPALITY OF CHESTER PHOTO</p><p>Andre Veinotte has resigned as the councillor for District 1 citing personal reasons.</p>

Andre Veinotte has stepped down from the Municipality of Chester.

Veinotte, the councillor for District 1, which includes Blandford and the East Chester area, tendered his letter of resignation on July 20 citing personal reasons.

His letter was officially received at a municipal council meeting on July 24.

"The decision respecting my resignation is a very difficult one to make," his letter reads. "I trust that Council will ensure District 1 residents are well represented until my seat can be replaced."

Veinotte told LighthouseNOW he had thought of resigning from council for the past month in order to "give someone else a chance to step into that leadership role."

He said his resignation was not for health reasons.

Veinotte is the founding partner of ABLE Engineering Services Inc., an engineering and land survey consulting firm established in 2009 and based in Chester, with offices in Tantallon and Kentville.

He has been involved with a number of organizations, including the Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce, New Ross Credit Union and Junior Achievers, and he told LighthouseNOW he will still be engaged with the community.

Warden Allen Webber said a byelection would take place as soon as possible.

He said it was a pleasure to work with Veinotte, who always brought his own opinions to the table, and that his departure had "nothing to do with council itself."

He was first elected in 2012, defeating incumbent Marshal Hector, and went unchallenged in the 2016 election.

"I believe that we are going to miss that experience that he brought to the table," said Tina Connors, councillor for the New Ross area, who was first elected in the same year as Veinotte.

She said Veinotte represented both his district and the municipality equally and she respected him for that.

"I know that he was so committed to the job."

Councillor for District 7 Sharon Church, who represents the Windsor Road and Marriott's Cove area, said Veinotte brought new ideas to council as a business owner and she was sorry to see him go.

"When you lose a member of the team it'll have an impact."

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