Weber not seeking re-election in Lambton Shores

Lambton County Warden Bill Weber asks residents to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and stay home. Screen image from video uploaded to social media. March 30, 2020.

The longtime mayor of Lambton Shores won’t be seeking re-election this fall.

Bill Weber announced he’s retiring from politics after 22 years on council, including the past 12 as mayor.

He said he’s proud to have overseen a number of projects over the years.

“Our two arenas have been rebuilt, along with Main Street in Forest, and the construction of the bridge is ongoing now in Grand Bend,” said Weber. “We are in the process of having an actual chamber for Lambton Shores council meetings. Council meetings, for the past 22 years, have been in a hall or in a community centre set up on folding tables. It’s a huge step forward and I’m very proud to have been a part of getting that to fruition. I’m not sure if the chambers will be done in time for me to have a meeting in November but it’s a good thing to have there for council moving forward.”

Weber said he’s also proud of Lambton Shores’ International Communities in Bloom wins in 2016 and 2018.

He believes the municipality is well positioned for the future.

“I’m very happy with the situation in Lambton Shores, the financial situation, and their staffing with the projects that are ongoing. We’ve got a lot of work done and now it’s time to pass the torch on to others.”

Weber began his political career as a councillor for Stephen Township in 1986, was elected deputy reeve of that municipality in 1992 and reeve in 1995.

He served on Huron County Council from 1992-1997, and had two terms as Lambton County Warden, between 2016 and 2020.

So far, Deputy Mayor Doug Cook is the only name on the ballot to replace Weber.

Voters will head to the polls in the municipal election on October 24.