September 19th, 2014
First of all I want to say how proud Council is with the recent announcement of the Town of Hanna being selected the 2014 Communities in Bloom Provincial winner in the 2,001 – 6,000 population category. Since Hanna’s first involvement with Communities in Bloom in 2005, the Town through the efforts of the Hanna in Bloom Committee, property owners, residents and staff have improved our standing and ratings in each of the prospective evaluation categories starting with a three bloom rating in 2005, reaching five blooms in 2013 to five blooms and Provincial winner in 2014. On behalf of Council, I would like to thank, , the Hanna in Bloom Committee, Town staff and property owners who take great pride in the community and their properties. Well Done.
In my 2 1/4 terms on council I never would have imagined that the Town would have to look at expansion at the airport. This is exactly what happened at the September Council meeting as Council approved a development plan at the airport. With the recent pilot training that has taken place at the Hanna airport there have been a number of new pilots who have purchased planes and are looking to build hangers to lodge their aircraft. The development plan will create 12 new lots. There is currently interest in six lots and construction on some hangars will begin this fall.
Also at our last council meeting we had a presentation from Emily Campbell and Jian Diaz, the two young ladies who were a part of the Japanese Student Exchange program with the Town of Wake that was rejuvenated this year. They left Hanna on August 1st with the two boys from Wake who had been visiting Hanna as part of the program and returned to Hanna Aug 25.
Both Emily and Jian expressed what a wonderful experience the exchange was, providing an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, education and lifestyle. They extended their
sincere gratitude to Council for the opportunity. It is anticipated that the student exchange program with the Town of Wake will continue in 2015. If students are interested in the program or any families interested in home staying Japanese visitors in 2015 watch the newspaper for information on how to apply.
The subdivision known as Fielding Place on Fox Lake Trail is complete. The lots vary in price and size, and are now available for purchase. Council approved a discount of 5% if purchased before January 1st 2015. For more information visit www.HANNA.ca or drop into the town office.