I want to wish everyone a happy 2017 and take this opportunity to thank the entire community for helping us celebrate the municipality’s 100th anniversary in 2016. When council announced the agenda for the yearlong celebration, we made sure the events were family friendly and included something for young and old. We were very pleased with how the community came together and supported each and every event.
Tickets were sold out in advance and outdoor events, where everyone was welcome, attracted crowds that exceeded our expectations. As Mayor, I want to thank the community for supporting council and helping us recognize the years 1916-2016 in West St. Paul’s history.
In 2017 Mayor and Council will continue to focus on building a strong, vibrant community for future generations.
We have completed Phase 1 of the wastewater project and all communities in the first phase are online.
The West St. Paul Water Project is also underway with Phase 1 being completed January 2017. Phase 2, which includes construction of the reservoir and pump station at the Public Works yard on Kapelus Drive, will begin in March. Anticipated completion is December 2017.
We have been tremendously successful in applying for and receiving Federal and Provincial funding for these large infrastructure projects, which greatly reduces the municipal contribution. In many cases, the West St. Paul financial contribution is 33 percent or less, allowing the community to bring in affordable, sustainable infrastructure while funding as available.
Maintaining our infrastructure and public assets is a top priority for council. We remain committed to being fiscally responsible and delivering services to our ratepayers in the most cost effective way possible.
Watch for our 2017 financial plan, which we will be working on in the coming weeks. We will hold a public hearing to allow residents the opportunity to review the plan and we encourage residents to attend. We ask that you remain vigilant in raising concerns with the Seven Oaks School Division and the provincial government over the educational tax levy. Visit the school division web site (http://www.7oaks.org) for updates on their financial plan for 2017.
In West St. Paul, for every $100 in property tax collected, $64 goes to education and not the municipality.
Our council has made communication with residents a top priority and we will continue to do so. We are communication leaders in the capital region and since the 2014 election our communications with residents has increased more than 400 percent. We have a mailing list of email addresses that receive regular community updates and our newsletters are larger and distributed, via Canada Post, at least four times a year. We have improved our website and keep residents informed with Facebook and Twitter updates. We are committed to keeping residents informed. We have a small staff and we follow Legislative requirements on all planning and public hearings. Visit our web site often and also visit the Red River Planning website (http://www.redriverplanning.com) this will ensure you can keep up to date on all meetings, agendas and past minutes. Council members receive the agenda at the same time as the public has access.
If you are considering moving to WSP or currently reside in WSP we encourage you to be sure you know and understand the land use and zoning that is in place for the area you live in or the area you may be considering to purchase. Often Council members and administration hear concerns related to land owners not being aware or understanding land uses in our community. Our Administration and Red River Planning can assist in explaining the areas of our community and permitted uses and zoning approvals.
We encourage residents to sign up for CodeRED, an emergency notification system that sends emergency and other community notifications to residents in a timely fashion.
Residents can contact the municipal office with questions or use our online request for service. Our administrative staff will investigate your concerns and respond. Also, please contact your elected official with questions and concerns.
Please feel free to attend our regular meetings of council, our planning meetings and any special meetings – we want your input in shaping the municipality’s future.
Please take the time to review all areas of our website and provide positive feedback.
Mayor, West St. Paul