Hard to believe another year has ended and a new one is beginning. Last year was a time of joining together as a new council with three new members at the October 2017 election. It’s always a learning curve for both new and past members to form a working team. We have done that and I must say its a privilege to work with all of them. The first year is a lot of planning with wish lists that are looked at realistically at budget time. Then it was on to carrying out some of the plans we had put in place and time to start thinking about how we would celebrate Eckville’s 100th Anniversary in 2021. The Communities In Bloom committee was an additional asset to the Town and were a catalyst for our new Off Leash Dog Park. I’m sorry to say we have yet to receive confirmation of funding from the Province of Alberta Wastewater Program for the Water Pumphouse Upgrades Project. We have met with the department twice and after being reassured that it wasn’t only the big projects being funded, we were told to reapply and also to apply for the the federal grant “Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.” We have done that and hope to hear something before construction season starts. The project estimated cost is $721,731. The provincial grant would pay $521,234 with us paying $200,497. The federal one would pay $288.692, the province $240.553 and our share would be $192.486. One of our main focuses in the new year will be the Main Street Project, more lighting is essential. Stay tuned for updates on that as we are looking at solar lighting as a option. Also the 75th Anniversary monument at the end of Main Street has not stood the test of time and needs to be replaced. The 100th Anniversary Committee will be confirmed soon and I look forward to see the ideas that come from there. On behalf of council we wish to thank all of the volunteers both from Town and our surrounding rural communities who keep all of our facilities in such good shape and their continued commitment to their operation. Thank you to administration and Public Works, you are the ones that truly make Eckville a great place to live. Happy New Year and all the best to everyone.
Mayor Helen Posti
Town of Eckville