November 8, 2017
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the previous council and the great work that they accomplished during the last term. Councillors Gerald Campion, Jerry Kruse, Richard Preston, Jason Smith, Larry Stickel, and Cathy Watts were a dedicated group of elected officials who worked well together, always with the best interests of our community in mind. Although we didn’t always agree on everything they were very supportive of all decisions made by council. Some of our accomplishments were; completing an infrastructure study which would provide a roadmap for not only the council of the day, but also for future councils. This process has made our budget meetings much simpler. Through this study it was identified that our storm sewer was in need of an upgrade to alleviate some of the localized flooding that we experienced during heavy rainfalls. As a result, Council approved the 3rd Street upgrade which was completed in September at a cost of $1.1 million. Another deficiency that was identified was the condition of the sidewalks in our community, since that study your council has budgeted a significant increase to sidewalk replacement and I hope that your new Council will continue to support this as we are still not where we would like to be on that front. I am also very proud that through their fiscal responsibility, the Town of Hanna does not have any long term debt. This is definitely not the situation in most rural municipalities in Alberta. I have to say that the last four years working with this council certainly made my position as Mayor very easy and for that I thank you.
I would also like to thank all of the candidates for putting their names forward during the last election. This is never an easy thing to do as you are really putting yourself out there. You should all be proud and hold your heads high. I would also like to congratulate the successful candidates, Sandra Beaudoin, Connie Deadlock, Melanie Jensen, Kyle Olsen and incumbents Gerald Campion and Larry Stickel on running successful campaigns. I look forward to working with you over the next four years to make the best decisions for this great community that we call home.
Together we will make Hanna truly “Worth The Drive!”.
Chris Warwick, Mayor