There were some hugs and handshakes at the Regional District of Nanaimo Board meeting Tuesday, Nov 22 as directors and staff members wished Lou Biggemann all the best.
The outgoing Area F director who didn’t seek another term said he enjoyed his nine years representing the people in Coombs, Hilliers and Errington.
He said when he first joined the RDN, he had little experience in the political arena and over the years he has learned a lot.
He said he is proud of the work that he has done in the area and pointed to the improvements to the Coombs Recreation Hall as well as helping with the development of Meadowood and the fire hall there.
Along with the good things he participated in he admitted there were some controversial decisions he was involved in including the implementation of building inspections in the area, but he said he stands by the decision.
“My wife and I took lots of heat over that. People do tell me now that they think building inspection is a good thing.”
His advice to the director taking over his seat at the RDN table; “Don’t be afraid to ask questions, see what is happening in the area and keep people informed.”
Biggemann said now that his work as a politician is over, he will take some time to look after his health. The former police officer has some degeneration in his hips that requires him to walk with a cane.
He said when he was stationed in Squamish in the early years as a policeman, he got hit by a car one night while directing traffic and was thrown into the bush where he sustained many broken bones.
“I was told my body would pay for it down the road and that is what is happening now.”
Biggemann, who was born in 1935, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family who supported him 100 percent during his time in office.