This was an excellent article about the real threat in this election to the continued success of the region. Many of us have worked so hard to develop cooperative relations between the cities in the area. We are finally starting to see the fruits of our labour… with shared data, Global Edmonton, and the new transit M.O.U. that was just recently signed.
It is my strong desire to continue representing St. Albert in this developing region, so we can benefit from all that strong relations with Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Sturgeon County, and the cities and towns around us have to offer. Together we will ALL benefit, grow, and provide brighter opportunities for future generations.
Do I support a new library? The question is not simple and it is not black and white. Anyone who has a yes or no answer is doing a disservice to the residents of St. Albert because this is complicated.
St. Albertans have to opportunity to express their opinion on whether to pursue building a library, aquatics and additional ice surfaces during the upcoming election. All are needed in the future and are competing for scarce municipal dollars. Overwhelming for or against results will provide the next council with a clear path, but my concern is that the path will not be so clear, that our community will come out looking to further pursue one, two or possibly all three projects and we need a mayor and council capable of coming up with non-traditional solutions. I would love to see our library branch attached to the next and much needed high school. We also need to build a new fire hall in the next few years so why not build the two together and find synergies in land, parking, and operations. Or why not partnering with some of the needed sports and recreation facilities?
Ray Gibbon Drive was a huge addition to the road network in St. Albert. I cannot imagine our city without this option of travel.
It was built surrounded by some controversy regarding the exact route and funding, but it is here today and now we have the issue of how to expand it to the road it was designed to be.
Expanding Ray Gibbon Drive to safely and effectively move goods and people and supporting the economy is a priority of mine!