Peter Meggs is moving on.
After 13 years as councillor with the Town of Cornwall, he has resigned so he and his wife, Linda, can move back home to Ontario. They want to be closer to their family.
“It was tough decision to make but I’ve got a little granddaughter now,” says Meggs, who surprised everyone at the January meeting when he announced he was leaving.
The second surprise came when he told them he was moving to another Cornwall – Cornwall, Ont. “I have sisters living in (nearby) Ottawa and it’s also not too far to Toronto where my son Joel lives,” Meggs adds.
While he waits for the movers to arrive, he reflects on his municipal career. “The thing that I enjoyed most was watching the town growing. Now we see all the subdivisions popping up and all the growth happening around the town hall. It’s going to be the focal point of main street.”
In Meggs’ early years on council he chaired the town’s planning board. So much of Cornwall’s development over the years are among his highlights including the recent active transportation lane along Main Street, the Terry Fox Sports Centre and the town hall.
But it was not always easy street, he adds. “I came into it green. I did not know anything about planning, by-laws, or water-sewer issues.”
And now, even though his knowledge base has grown, there are still new issues and new things to learn. “It’s been a great learning experience for me, and people have been very kind.”
The secret to his success? The support he has received from the CAO of the Town of Cornwall and staff members.
“Elected officials come and go but the staff do the heavy lifting and make sure the town runs smoothly and they do a great job at it.”
What’s next? After he settles into the new community he plans to volunteer.
“I wouldn’t mind putting my name in for a little bit of committee work based on the work that I’ve done in Cornwall, PEI.
“I hope I can contribute something. . . I’m not ready for the rocking chair yet.”