The arrival of the new year marks the beginning of a renewed drive within the ranks of County Council, staff and management. Back to regular municipal business following the holiday season, we refocus our efforts on making the County an even better place to live, work and play.
Much has been achieved over the past year. As we kick off the new year, I’d like to provide a look back at some of the more noteworthy achievements of 2016. We made some much-needed changes to firefighting programs and facilities in order to better serve the County and better equip those who work to keep it safe. We completed a new Intermunicipal Development Plan that is designed to facilitate new growth and attract economic development to the region. We have strengthened our communications program in order to better engage ratepayers in a two-way conversation, and we have worked hard to introduce a new FCSS delivery model aimed at better meeting the changing needs of the community.
2016 was a year of positive achievements for the County, but it was not without its setbacks. We were all saddened by the passing of Councillor Dwight Davidson in October. Councillor Davidson will be dearly missed as a friend and colleague, and his many contributions to the County will endure as his legacy. Resourcefulness is one standard by which we measure our efforts at Lac Ste. Anne County. As stewards of County growth and prosperity, we continually look for more efficient and effective ways of doing business. I’d like to personally commend County staff and administration for the vital roles they have played in better steering the County through the ups, downs and economic uncertainties of 2016. Your enthusiasm, your commitment and your tireless efforts form a large part of what makes our region so resilient. We are all aware of the many reasons why Lac Ste. Anne County is such a great place to live. By continuing to pull in the same direction, we can make it even better.
In the words of the great industrialist, Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” I am confident that in working together, we will achieve many successes both large and small to the net benefit of the County.
Mayor Bill Hegy