Opinion Column

Christmas message from the mayor

 Grant Creasey/City of Lacombe

The holiday season is a great time for us to gather in celebration with our loved ones; to reflect on the past, and look forward to new possibilities for the upcoming year.

It also gives us an opportunity to be thankful for our many blessings, and reminds us to lend a hand to those who are less fortunate.

We have had another productive year in Lacombe, with many significant achievements. The Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex renovations and the Main Street infrastructure replacement projects were completed; construction began on a regional wastewater transmission system; and an historic joint servicing agreement was signed with Lacombe County.

The municipality also experienced significant changes in 2017, including key staffing changes within administration, and the election of a new Council in October.

Looking ahead to 2018, we will continue laying the groundwork on the West Area Project with a vision of expanded commercial and residential growth for Lacombe through regional partnerships.

Construction of the regional wastewater line connecting Lacombe, Blackfalds and Lacombe County to the regional wastewater treatment facility in Red Deer is expected to wrap up in late March 2018.

Lacombe is a beautiful city filled with selfless, generous people who show true community spirit by volunteering their time and talents with local community organizations, service groups, or by simply looking out for their neighbours.

This time of year reminds us of all the good that we can do and the positive impact we can have in the lives of our fellow citizens. I want to thank everyone who reaches out to those in need, for making a positive difference during this special season of giving.

I am thankful for the hard work and commitment of my fellow Council members and the staff at the City of Lacombe; all of whom are committed to working together with residents to make Lacombe a safe, inviting community. I consider myself fortunate to serve with such dedicated and passionate public servants. Thanks to them, 2018 promises to be a positive and exciting year, and I am confident that working together we can overcome all challenges and achieve great things for our community.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge you, the citizens of Lacombe, for your patience and understanding during the busy construction periods, for supporting our local businesses, and for believing in the promise of our city. I invite you to join us in continuing to create a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable community in 2018.

In closing, as we gather with family and friends to celebrate and exchange presents, let us be mindful that the greatest gift we can give to each other is our time, love, patience and understanding. Please reach out to those who are unwell, the elderly, the vulnerable and those who feel lonely this time of year.

On behalf of Council and staff of the City of Lacombe, my wife Wendy and I wish you and yours a peaceful and safe festive season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

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