After 28 years on County Council Brock Smith is calling it a career.
The long-time councillor will not seek re-election this fall when residents head to the polls.
Smith says one of the things he is most proud of during his tenure on council is raising money for the Hythe Arena.
“That was a $1.2 million renovation, and it was very difficult raising the money. We also saved the old rafters that were made by the community. The round roof, we saved that too. A lot of those arenas had to come down, but we reinforced it and it’s going today.”
Smith first decided to run because of poor road conditions and unmaintained schools in the county, and is proud that both issues have “vastly improved” over the years.
“Our budget then was $12 million and this year it was $132 million. It was hard times when cutbacks came with Ralph Klein. In ’96 I remember we just cut out all the main construction to balance the budget. We had two spot crews to keep things going,” said Smith.
Smith says he plans on relaxing when his time on council comes to an end this fall, but will certainly remain informed about local and provincial politics, as well as the community.