Telkwa Council is bidding a sad farewell to its own as Jim Hiltz steps down from his duties as a municipal councillor.
Hiltz delivered his resignation letter several weeks ago, citing health reasons for the decision.
“We have quite a few health problems in the family, he said.” “My time is devoted to my wife. I felt I didn’t have the time to give to council the time I should give them.”
He added, “I thought it was better rather than make blind decisions I would step down.”
He said he has felt like he hasn’t been committing the time to council for the past six months.
He has attempted to cut back on more of his activities, partly on the suggestion of his doctor, but he’s remained a part of much of the community.
He is still part of the Telkwa Senior Housing Society and the Telkwa Seniors group.
And, “I’m working with the Town of Smithers on Measuring Up the North.”
Hiltz has been an avid member of the political scene since 1974. He started out serving on the school board and with council on the Queen Charlotte Islands. He has been on Telkwa council for five years.
He was heavily involved in the revitalization of Eddy Park and helped build and finish the trails in the town.