A train going off its tracks did not slow down Sturgeon County council; its full steam ahead for this busy team.
Just days before the county's new mayor and council were sworn into office, a train derailed on Oct. 22,
“There was a train derailment very near to one of our neighbourhoods, so that was definitely an experience working through it and we’re continuing to work with CN to make sure we’re taking every opportunity to learn what we can from what worked there and do what we can to make sure we don’t have any repeats,” said mayor Alanna Hnatiw.
Just four months into term, council’s focus for this year, is updating their council code of conduct and revisiting the land use bylaw to see if improvements are needed.
“We’ve had a very full schedule and I don’t see it necessarily lightening up. There’s a lot of opportunities and work for us to follow up on because we definitely want to be a council of action and a council of finding solutions to perhaps some old problems and paving the way for opportunities in front of us,” said Hnatiw.
Council has had several days of orientation, continuously attend events, they laid wreaths throughout the county on Remembrance day, their budget was passed and they experienced the maiden voyage of the Edmonton Metro Regional Board and the birth of Edmonton Global.
Other noteworthy activity included, the North West Refinery having it’s first diesel production, 15 years in the making and they have started annexation discussions with St. Albert.
“We’re undergone workshops for public participation, so we can improve that going forward as we undertake the beginning of our Ag. Master plan in Sturgeon County,” she said.
When asked to sum up how council and administration is doing so far, Hnatiw said, “I think we’re all taking a drink of water from a fire hose. Not just new council members, but even staff.”
Each councillor brings something very different to the table.
“We don’t always agree on things but I think we have some very fruitful discussions and I really appreciate that,” she added.
The top items council would like to achieve this year include the 15 inner collaborative frameworks with other municipalities, learning more about the legalization of cannabis and how to move forward with that, maintaining roads and of course, celebrating the county’s centennial year.