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From LangelyElecteds.org: My Last Posting!December 6th, 2011 at Tue, 6th, 2011 at 8:34 am by Fran Abel
Last evening I said goodbye to council seat #3. Newly elected Jim Sundberg was immediately sworn in. Jim will be an outstanding councilman, coming to Langley’s council from Chair of the Planning Advisory Board and a lifetime of education and work experience making him exceedingly well qualified to represent the citizens of Langley.
Jim has my full support. I campaigned for Jim and have been in close touch with him during the transition. Despite the fact that I made the choice to not run for reelection, and that I couldn’t be happier with Jim as my seat’s new holder, I am experiencing some sorrow, along with relief.
The council’s work during these political tumultuous times has been annoying, difficult, and frustrating. It has also been mind-expanding, rewarding and exciting. Throughout the entirety of my short term, the challenges have been huge, especially as we were confronted with an economic downturn that put Langley’s budget in the red and were faced with the huge challenge of acting as a quasi judicial body in a complex land use matter.
Both of these challenges resulted in favorable outcomes but were stressful along the way. The favorable outcomes are: First, the city’s budget is now in the black with healthy reserves. Second, the Passages development was approved with increased public benefit. Third, the city has hired a hearing examiner for any future complex land use matters.
I am also exceedingly pleased that I was involved in Langley’s first very popular and successful summer market — Langley Second Street Market. I plan to continue my involvement in the market through the Langley Main Street Program.
It has been rewarding to serve and I thank you for the opportunity.