Articles I have written for I Love Creston.

From the Mayors Desk

New Fire Hall for the Next 50 Years

NOTE: This is my 91st From the Mayor’s Desk article, originally published in the November 2017 edition of I Love Creston. All figures and amounts discussed here are updated for the 2018 pre-referendum. Please visit the 2018 Referendum for Borrowing page to view the current information on the proposed fire hall project. You can also pick up a paper copy of these questions and answers at Town Hall.

Our community is growing! The most recent Canada census data (2016) indicated our population to be at 5,351. As we continue to grow and develop, we need to plan strategically for our infrastructure. And our infrastructure includes more than pipes and roads; it also includes municipal buildings.

A key piece of our municipal infrastructure is our fire hall. Did you know that this building, located on 10th Avenue North, is a converted grocery store that was built in the 1950s? Our fire department moved into that building in 1982. Many years later we now serve a population base that extends beyond our municipal borders; providing fire protection to approximately 8,000 people. Our department has grown, our service provision has grown, regulatory requirements have grown and now we are faced with the need for a new fire hall.

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From the Mayors Desk

Firefighters Held in High Esteem

The old adage of having to walk a mile in someone’s shoes in order to understand their reality certainly held true one day this past July. I found myself, with other Councilors and senior staff, dressed in full firefighting gear, undertaking a number of training exercises. The purpose? To get a glimpse of what it is that our volunteer and career fire fighters do for our community.

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From the Mayors Desk

10 Years of Thought

The beginning of this election season, as with all of my others (2008, 2011, and 2014) marks a drastic uptick in the number of politically active individuals on social media. The common theme discussed is often focused on finances. There are also many questions asking where candidates stand on various topics. I’ve even been told of a comment from someone saying they “don’t even know what I look like” which is more sad than funny given I have been in office for 10 years now and make myself available as much as possible.

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From the Mayors Desk

My 10 Years as Mayor

When I first ran for the mayor’s seat in 2008 I could not have expected that in 10 years I time I would be seeking my fourth term. But, like many who are elected to public office, I find the work fulfilling and endlessly challenging. So here we go again!

I believe that my strength has been the ability to lead three great Town Councils, all of which have had certain strengths and areas of expertise. Leadership involves bringing out the best in all involved, and I have strived to do that with each Council.

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‘Silly Season’: An Election Year Begins

I recently attended a two-day local government leadership forum in the company of 25 mayors and regional district chairs from around the province. At that forum, an observation was made that with the arrival of 2018, “silly season” has officially commenced throughout B.C., the period leading up to the local government election scheduled for Oct. 20 of this year. The phrase “silly season” is used widely in the political realm, and usually refers to a time when undeliverable promises and frivolous accusations are the order of the day leading up to election time.

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