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Posted: April 5, 2014

Village is now on Facebook

utejurasCanal Flats Mayor’s Message

By Ute Juras

We are now on Facebook. Thanks to Sylvie for setting it up. If you already are on Facebook, just search ‘Village of Canal Flats’ or if not follow this link, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-of-Canal-Flats/667625283279811, and check it out. Like the page and you will be updated with current information, meeting dates, Mayor’s Messages, etc.  Please do not post any complaints or anything involving private individuals. This should be handled in confidence through the Village Office.

It is the time of year again when we experiencing the annual phenomenon of  ‘natural speed bumps’ on our roads.  There is nothing that can be done to prevent them as they are due to the thaw and freeze that is going on in the spring. Public Works is doing a great job in marking the worst ones, so be sure to slow down to avoid any damage to your vehicle.

At our last meeting, council had a presentation providing us with information on creating a community brand that will provide distinctive positioning and a creative way of communicating about the village and its qualities. Council is hoping that this exercise in conjunction with the Community Profiles will help us to attract more families as well as businesses.

A big part of this process will be public consultation and council will be looking to all of you for help and input in developing our brand and how we want to present ourselves to the outside. Look for more information and public meetings in the upcoming newletters.

After a frost break we are expecting the work on the Water System Upgrade project to resume in the next couple of weeks. Despite this break, the project is still on time and, most importantly, on budget.  We were also advised that the goal of spending the remainder of the grant money by the deadline of March 31 was reached.

The 20-Year Capital Plan is also moving ahead on schedule.  Councillor Dean Midyette is on the committee and reports that we can expect a first draft very soon. This plan looks at our entire infrastructure (i.e. water, sewer, roads, etc.) and its conditions.  This will help us make decisions on future for upgrades and capital projects.

I have been receiving a lot of positive feedback on our road maintenance during this past winter.  There have also been some cheers in the local paper.  I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge thank you to Bill Doroschuk and his crew for keeping our roads and the walkway safe.  Great Job, everyone!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/concerns  (Phone: 250-489-9070; e-mail: [email protected].

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