Councillor praised for efforts
Horizons regional councillors have shared jokes and praise at their first meeting since nominations closed for this year's local body elections.
After four terms on the regional council and time on Palmerston North City Council before that, Vern Chettleburgh is stepping down from public office after October's elections.
At the end of a meeting yesterday of the Horizons passenger transport committee, which he chairs, Cr Chettleburgh's contribution was acknowledged by Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon.
"Your passion and commitment is unparalleled," Cr Gordon said. He noted in particular Cr Chettleburgh's efforts in the field of public transport.
Horizons transport manager Anne Redgrave also thanked Cr Chettleburgh for his commitment to public transport. She said he had been a regular visitor to the transport team's office where he provided support and inspiration.
The start of the meeting was more light-hearted, with committee member Colleen Sheldon congrat ulated by her colleagues on her re-election.
Cr Sheldon and fellow incumbent Lindsay Burnell were the only two candidates for the two Horowhenua-Kairanga ward seats, meaning they will be elected automatically.
"You ran a great campaign, give us the secret," said Cr Paul Rieger, who is seeking re-election in Palmerston North.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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