Hogan hanging up his hat

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Longtime mayor pleased with his legacy

Placentia Mayor Bill Hogan is winding down his political career. He announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in September.
— Photo by Elizabeth MacDonald/The Charter

Placentia Mayor Bill Hogan will not run again for the mayor’s chair in Placentia in the Sept. 24 municipal election.

“I started to convince myself not to run again sometime last year … for no particular reason other than I feel bad about my physical shortcomings, not being able to get around well.

“There is a lot of stuff that I can’t get to now that I used to get to, that I was prominent in, so I guess the physical capabilities can’t go where the mental capabilities are trying to take me,” Hogan told TC Media after issuing a news release Thursday.

The longtime politician — who has been involved in municipal and provincial politics for 44 years — has had health problems recently, including an issue with his knees.

“Up to a couple of months ago, I could barely walk in here,” he said. “I thought I was wheelchair-bound. I didn’t want to be laid up. My knees were an issue and interrupted my ability to get out and around. It made it difficult even to get to council meetings. So with the Cortisone shots I am pain-free. My physical problems impede what I want to do. I’m only doing a third of the job that I want to do.”

Hogan said he feels he’s leaving the town in good shape financially, with its capital-debt ratio under control. He’s also confident there’s potential growth and development to come.

“We are well-positioned now with Vale in Long Harbour and Husky coming to Argentia,” he said. “The town is in excellent shape financially.”

Hogan said the biggest issue facing the town is replacing old infrastructure, and he doesn’t know if  residents realize just how critical that is.

“If they listened to my suggestions over the last two or three years, I wanted adjustments made in the rates so that when the day came, they’d be in the financial position to do it — water, sewer and storm drains. Freshwater is in really bad shape. Dunville needs its main water line replaced. These things are becoming critical. These issues need to be addressed.”

Hogan said he feels confident a new council will make Placentia a better place to live.

His advice to the incumbents?

“Govern by the book, but do it friendly,” he said. “Good fiscal management. Maintain the fiscal regime that we got now. And have a vision for the town. The town is made up of more than bricks and mortar.

“The townspeople have been very positive of what we’ve done in the past two years.

“They are critical of Bill Hogan, but not of what we are doing as a council. I would like to see more people come forward to run for council and I would love for them to be less passive. Get involved.”

 

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Geographic location: Placentia, Long Harbour

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