Monday November 24, 2014


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Mayor’s Musings


I would like to welcome everyone back to my monthly round-up of City Hall news. I hope everyone had a good summer. We didn't get as many hot days as we would have liked and some of those storms were really wicked. In spite of that, my family managed to get out and enjoy the season a bit and I hope that yours did too.

Speaking of the storms and the other effects of summer weather, I would like to say a big 'thank you' to all of our city crews, including the parks, recreation, city engineering, maintenance and mosquito control teams for doing their best to make the season as pleasant as possible for everyone. So far we have had two major rainstorms. Although, there was localized flooding on the street, we were happy that there were no reported flooding of homes which we saw in some of the communities in Saskatchewan that had to declare a state of local emergency. We are doing our best to prepare and plan for such an event but Mother Nature has her own mind when it comes to weather.

On the topic of parks, I would also like to thank the Kin Club for their generous donation towards the new playground equipment Tatagwa Park. I'm sure it will help enrich the summer fun for years to come for both Weyburn youngsters and visitors to our area.

As we all get ready to head back to school and back to work, at City Hall we are going to be welcoming a new face around the office. Sean Abram has joined our team as the new City Engineer. We all remember from the 2011 floods and from the water plant crisis that an effective engineering department is essential for the well-being of a city, both in times of crisis and during day-to-day maintenance. Welcome aboard, Sean!

As we head into fall, City Hall is going to be tackling the city's growth related challenges with renewed vigour. As our economy has expanded, we have faced significant infrastructure costs. We are fortunate to be in a healthy financial situation, one that has taken many years of dedicated Council and Staff to administer. But our efforts at planning ahead have now paid benefits to the tax payer of Weyburn.

We are also going to continue exploring new development as a way of addressing housing but we know this has to be done carefully and sensitively. We received a great deal of feedback about the proposed 60 unit condominium proposed for 2nd Street. I want to assure everyone that these concerns are being taken seriously. City officials will be having frank discussions with the developer to explore compromises, solutions and opportunities that fit into our mission statement.

As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch with my office if you have comments about these or any other city matters. While summer is over, fall has its charms as well so I hope everyone continues to enjoy everything our city has to offer in the weeks ahead.



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