August is just about over and the chill of Fall is in the air. I want to take this time to remind everyone that Tuesday, September 4, 2018, is the first day back to school for nearly 5,000 Northern Gateway students! That means that the school buses will be on the roads once again transporting our precious cargo to and from school. That also means that our four newly trained and certified Community Peace Officers will be out on the highways and County roads issuing tickets to anyone speeding in school zones or not abiding by the traffic safety laws. Let's keep our kids and each other safe, slow down and watch for school buses.
With the wind-up of the summer months also comes the end of the summer student positions at the County Office. The Public Works, Agricultural Services, Recreation, and Records Management departments were in full swing this summer with the assistance of many seasonal staff. We wish those student's returning to post-secondary all the best in the upcoming school year.
Many of the summer projects for the Agricultural Services Department and Public Works Department are nearing completion. The paving project on Road 544 is just about finished, and the two-mile paving project for Road 540 is being prepped to begin. It has been a very productive summer for the outdoor crews, thank you for all of your hard work for making Lac Ste. Anne County so great!
The hottest topic on the table right now for County Council is the discussion on the legalization of cannabis. Council and Administration have been reaching out to other Municipalities and the Province to see how they will be handling the regulations and bylaws surrounding cannabis. Stay tuned on this item as it will no doubt be thoroughly discussed in the upcoming months.
As we head into September and harvest season, take time to be thankful for all of the riches our County has to offer. Thank you to the farmers and their families for working so hard to keep the agricultural sector thriving. Enjoy the colors of Fall and remember to slow down and watch out for our youth as they journey back to school.