Bill Garrett is running for a council seat in the Town of Lake Cowichan.
Garrett said his family had been holidaying in the area for a number of years and in 2017, they had the opportunity to buy their “forever home” in the town.
He said he and his wife of 47 years spent the past 14 years raising their grandkids and are now helping raise their two and a half year old great granddaughter.
“After serving five years with the Canadian Armed Forces, I went into banking with a career of 20-plus years,” Garrett said.
“In 2005, I left the bank and started my own bookkeeping company. And I am pleased to say that as of Sept. 15, I have moved my last clients to other firms allowing me to retire and devote my attention to other interests.”
Garrett said that since moving to Lake Cowichan, he started attending in-person council meetings in order to try to gain a better understanding of the community.
“It’s my hope, that if elected, I will gain a better insight regarding the town infrastructure plan; including water-line upgrades, sewer lines, sidewalks, paving of town streets and when the last engineering inspection of the bridge was. I would like to see council work closer with the Chamber of Commerce in promoting and attracting new business to town, which would create jobs. One project jumps to mind being a fully, self-contained, seniors’ residence.”
Garrett said he would also like to see if there is a means of providing some incentive to encourage property owners along South Shore Road to develop or renovate their properties.
“I’m running because I want to see this town and her people do well, to see tax dollars spent wisely, and to see sustainable growth,” he said.
“So, I’m asking for your vote on Oct. 15.”