Nice surprise for retiring mayor

Mayor Wayne Roth reacts to shouts of surprise after walking into a party in his honour at the community centre room at the Wilmot Recreation Complex last night.

The mayor was under the impression he was there to give representatives of another municipality a tour of the complex. Instead he walked into a room filled with family, friends and colleagues there to celebrate his 33 years of service to the township. Wilmot’s longest serving mayor said he was extremely humbled and honoured by the tributes that followed, including speeches from Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Pastor Bob Thaler, Wilmot CAO Grant Whittington, past police chief Larry Gravill and Kitchener Wilmot Hydro president Jerry Van Ooteghem.

Roth’s last Wilmot council meeting is Monday night, followed by regional council on Wednesday. Mayor elect Les Armstrong and the rest of the new council will be sworn into office on Dec. 7 Dec. 6.

A public open house, inviting everyone to drop by and extend best wishes to Mayor Roth, is scheduled for Nov. 25 at the Wilmot Administration Complex in Baden from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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