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Greetings from the Mayor –Cheryl Christian

Posted: March 4, 2019

 
 

Greetings from the Mayor –Cheryl Christian


It is my pleasure to bring winter greetings to the residents of West St. Paul with our latest community newsletter.  I must say that although this winter season has been a particularly cold and snowy one for West St. Paul, I have heard many heart-warming stories of neighbours helping one another clear snow or pull cars out of ditches. I am proud to see this positive community spirit here in West St. Paul.  I remind everyone to please be safe and exercise caution on the icy winter roads.  

I would also like to acknowledge and thank our public works staff for their dedicated service.  They have been working long hours throughout January and February to keep our streets clear of snow and there has certainly been plenty of snow!  The level of service provided to our residents by this small team of five has consistently exceeded expectations.  This crew has worked long days starting at 5:45am and snow is often cleared in less than the 72 hours outlined in our snow clearing policy.  Great work!

In this edition of the community newsletter, Council and staff would like to bring to your attention some of the positive changes that we have made since the October election, as well as some of our upcoming plans.  I’m very proud of the numerous changes Council has made to encourage more community engagement.  More transparency, more input from residents and more open decision making!  I look forward to discussing strategic planning with Council and staff during our upcoming budget deliberations.  This will not only allow us to gather more community feedback, through surveys and focus groups, but will also help us plan for the future of West St. Paul as a community.  

Council has also been working hard to build a strong and respectful team, as promised during the election.  In January, we participated in a dynamic team building session together.  The goal of that session was to learn about the typical "dysfunctions” of a team and how to prevent and address those challenges.  I’m pleased to report that Council members, administration and staff are committed to a positive, respectful workplace.  We are all working together to help our community and serve our residents.  

In this newsletter, we also take a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of former Reeve Art Christensen.  Christensen passed away at the age of 102 on December 30th.  On behalf of myself and Council, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family.  Christensen was a wonderful role model for community service.  Through his volunteer work in various forms and his time as a Councillor and then Reeve, Mr. Christensen helped shape our community in so many important ways.  As we work together to plan for the future of West St. Paul, I believe it is equally important we take time to reflect on the past and recognize the invaluable contributions made by former leaders and volunteers.  It provides an important reminder that we all have so much to offer to help our neighbourhoods and our community.  

Sincerely, 

Cheryl Christian, Mayor