Fort Saskatchewan mayor Gale Katchur summed up 2017 in one word; remarkable.
 
With the year coming to a close there were many memories, highlights and moments that came to mind for Katchur.
 
“2017 has been a remarkable year. If I were to pick three highlights of what happened in 2017 it would be the twining of the Highway 15 bridge, the 2017 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter habitat build and being re-elected for my third term as mayor,” said Katchur.
 
Key highlights for the year include, Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, the Lion’s Club launching their floating dock and the addition of the Acres of Dreams statue at Legacy Park.
 
Katchur also highlighted land being granted to Heartland Housing to ensure more affordable housing for seniors and families, hiring of the new city manager, the addition of a new high performance sports field and the new Southpointe School.
 
When it comes to whether the city’s economy held up in 2017, there was no doubt.
 
“The City of Fort Saskatchewan is positioned well in the Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, so as far as the economy goes we have been able to remain relatively stable,” said Katchur. “ As we turn the corner for the economy starting to improve with the announcement of Inter Pipeline, we’re going to see more construction jobs happening in Fort Saskatchewan... so it is good news.”
 
Katchur also revealed the one person who caught her interest the most in 2017.
 
“Even though we had President Carter come to Fort Saskatchewan and he should be the one, I would have to say it would be Walter Thomas and his words at his celebration saying, 'when times get tough, you just work harder' and those are words to live by for everybody,” said Katchur.

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