Mayor Alanna Hnatiw gave an update on the state of Sturgeon County.
At Thursday's (Mar. 29) State of the County breakfast, Hnatiw discussed upcoming projects and challenges the county is facing.
Hnatiw spoke about road and bridge maintenance as one important issue in the area. It's estimated that over the next 10 years, the county's 147 bridges will need $70 million worth of repairs and replacement.

“Roads and bridges are a huge expense for what has been a predominantly an ag-based tax assessment,” said Hnatiw. "We are really looking forward to an industrial assessment to be able to fund those improvements."

The mayor also addressed annexation talks with St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona County, something she believes will have to be a compromise between all parties.

With cannabis legalization coming into effect this summer, Sturgeon County is preparing to read and react when the groundwork is finalized.

“You don't know how it's going to go until it happens. Obviously we need to do some preparations up to that around land use and policies, but I think we're best to do the work that has to be done to manage that and then monitor and adjust as time goes on,” added Hnatiw.

The mayor also talked about successes in the local petro-chemical industry and the area's thriving agriculture industry..

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