Three months after the election, Strathcona County mayor described things as "active."
Mayor Rod Frank and nine councillors were sworn in last October and the first thing they had to cross off their to-do list was the budget.
“The budget and that was a big item to deal with,” said Frank. “A big part of my campaign was holding the budget.”
They were able to achieve a 2.18 per cent decrease, which he felt was very important for residents and businesses as the county slowly comes out of the recession.
Since then, council has been working on their strategic vision. For him, that includes making the county more people focused.
While he described the focus on the county’s services and roads as their bread and butter, he would like citizens calling into county hall to feel like the person on the other end of the phone is addressing their problem or questions.
“We have nine people that are really, diverse skills and diverse backgrounds but we all want to make the county go forward. That’s not to say there hasn’t been debates and differences but the big picture is people are doing this out of public service and for the good of the county,” said Frank.
Council has been focused on making sure everyone is heard. An example of that would be their public hearing on cannabis, which saw diverse views from council, a huge influence from the public and speakers going well into the evening.
“It was done respectfully and everyone was heard,” he noted.
As 2018 continues, council will address issues such as growth and debates around spending public dollars on recreation facilities and cannabis, as the province rolls out their regulations.
“We are doing well,” said Frank.