All too often in life, it's the little things that are overlooked. For example, at a recent City Council meeting, we passed a routine development permit which, on further reflection, was pretty amazing. An industrial business applied for a permit to build a 5,700 square foot contractor shop. Our city is growing so fast that we need much bigger buildings just to accommodate the people who are building other buildings.
At every Council meeting, there are dozens of little stories like this - things that would have been big news in town a decade or so ago but that have now become routine. New businesses, new developments, new roads, new parks - Council members are giving the nod to these sorts of projects so often now that they have become commonplace.
I think it would be a mistake for us, as a city, to start taking our new era of growth for granted. It wasn't so long ago that we celebrated our centennial and took the time to appreciate how far we've come. I think it's equally important to appreciate where we are headed and keep fresh in our minds both the opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead of us as a community.
That's why I've started this monthly column - Mayor's Musings, unless you can think of a better name - to celebrate our successes and discuss our challenges. My goal will be to highlight City Council decisions which you may not have heard about. I'll also be paying tribute to success stories from Weyburn's businesses, public institutions and community groups. From time to time, I'll seek to spark discussions about issues that are important - or should be important - to Weyburn ratepayers.
I hope you'll take time to watch for and read my column in the months ahead. If you have any ideas for topics for Mayor's Musings, my door is always open. You can contact me directly by writing to ma...@weyburn.ca or calling my office at (306) 848-3209.