South Glengarry mayor won’t seek re-election

South Glengarry Mayor Ian McLeod listens to a member of township staff during a council meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Lancaster, Ont. McLeod says he won't be seeking re-election this fall. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

LANCASTER – The mayor of South Glengarry won’t be seeking re-election this fall.

Ian McLeod made the announcement at the start of last night’s (May 7) council meeting.

McLeod thanked all council members, past and present, and said it was his “pleasure” and “honour” to work on council for over two decades.

“I’ve been on council since 1997 and I think it’s just time to allow some other people to take over council as well as my age, I’m still working full time. I think it’s time to spend more time with family and grand kids,” McLeod said in an interview with Cornwall Newswatch.

McLeod, 67, described it as 21 “great years” but he’s happy to “pass the torch on to whoever is coming next.”

The mayor says there’s been many improvements over his years on council, including how the municipality conducts business, working with the public and being “very open to the public.”

While he’s quite happy with how things are progressing, he would like to see water works servicing between the City of Cornwall and South Glengarry completed.

“Servicing along Boundary Road would be great. We’re working on and we should hopefully have this summer an EA (environmental assessment) for the Glen Walter area completed which should give us direction in that area.”

Voters will go to the polls October 22 for the municipal election.