Mayor Warman

Mayor's Blog - 2015 Blogs

Columns written by Mayor Tyler Warman in 2015, on a wide range of topics, including town council information, upcoming events, important budgetary issues, and local attractions. His blogs can be found here, and published in the Lakeside Leader the Wednesday after it appears online.  

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Sep 27

A Year in Review

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 3:16 PM by Jordan Schenkelberg

Well 2015 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been!  Between the economy, elections, and changes in government it has been a tough year for municipalities.  Its also been a tough year for a lot of families, and I think we will have another tough year in 2016.  It will be a year to buckle down, find efficiencies, watch our spending, take a good look at how we do business, and will make sure the services we offer are ones we can afford. 
 
That being said, it has also been a very productive year and as this will probably be my last blog for 2015 I wanted to let you know what we got done.
 
In capital projects we finished up cemetery, ball diamonds, berm along Highway 88, built a new town shop to better protect our people and equipment and put in the new salt shed which limits our environmental impact that has been costing us money from the salt run off into the ground. 
 
This combined with the $10 million in road and sidewalk repair in recovery areas kept us very busy.  We held tight to budget the last two years really working hard to keep costs in line.  Over 150 hours has been spent on the 2015 and 2016 budgets to examine every cost center and department to cut costs and find efficiencies. 
 
We made strides in health care this year as well.  The opening of a private ultrasound clinic, moving the FCC to the hospital, getting our physician numbers back to an acceptable level having anesthetics and obstetrics is huge.  This combined with investment in Tele-health to keep our residents here in the community, opening of Points West to add another level of care for seniors, and approval of a paramedic program to train people locally have been huge wins for our region. 
 
We worked hard on community consultation.  We reached out to residents more than ever before through our open houses, almost 90 blogs, 4 surveys, and the thousands of updates to our website from our communication team.  I feel residents are better informed than ever before. 
 
We spent hours looking at snow removal, made some changes and are looking forward to a better level of service that will see us get around town faster and more often.  We worked hard at economic development evaluating housing issues, recreational expansion, and now tourism to find ways to better diversify the economy and promote growth. 
 
2015 was also a year of assessment to see how we move forward.  We looked at all our roads, sidewalks, and underground infrastructure to come up with a plan to move forward and get back to normal business.  We worked on our recreation master plan that will shape our recreation, arts and culture and programming needs for the next ten years.  We engaged the community, business, and the Chamber of Commerce to determine ways to help make development easier, more understandable, and still protect tax payers. 
 
Strengthening our relationship with our neighbours, was an area that we also worked on, and signed a communication protocol. 
 
Fostering and encourage other organizations was a key priority for us this year.  This assistance will help our community recognize itself as more pet friendly, with the addition of a dog park and the new animal rescue shelter. 
 
We also invested in equipment with a new street sweeper, grader, steamer, and some trucks to keep our fleet running and look after our infrastructure.  Our staff spent countless hours working on training, health and safety, customer service, etc. that will help make our organization more customer service oriented. 
 
These are just a few of our accomplishments but I can tell you I think this huge.  When I compare us to other communities, we are leaps and bounds ahead.  We have a region full of elected officials trying to make this a better place to work, live, and raise a family.  To keep it running takes a lot of energy.  To improve it takes even more.  As we end this year I am extremely proud of how much our council and administration has completed, and I hope you are too.  More than that I am very proud of our community and its people, because they had a huge part to play in that journey as well. 
 
So from our house to yours I just want to say thanks for working hard, being patient, understanding we don’t always get it right, and knowing we only do it all for the right reasons.  I hope your family has a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 turns out to be all you want it to be.  Thanks for making this one of the greatest places on earth!