The Town of Morinville council saw a pretty big overhaul this fall.
 
With four newcomers on council (Scott Richardson, Rebecca Balanko, Sarah Hall and Lawrence Giffin), mayor Barry Turner has seen the conversation improve greatly in just over three months.
 
"We've really got a great team, I can tell it's going to be a productive term," said Turner. "It's been encouraging to see the new members of council get involved and to see the returning councillors really take on key leadership roles in the group sets us up for really great things coming down the road."
 
New innovative ideas have been brought forward in council, but right now their first hurdle is lowering the proposed tax increase.
 
"The public hasn't necessarily seen all the interactions, but some really great ideas have come forward. If they've got something to say they're saying it and that's great," added mayor Turner.
 
Having an open environment where all ideas are welcome was one of the town's goals, as they're looking to leave no stone unturned.
 
"I suspect that over the coming months, council will set some clear priorities for this year and then we'll apply rubber to the road right a ways."
 
Council meetings in Morinville go every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
 

 

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