Red Deer County News

Posted on: January 8, 2018

Looking Back on 2017 with Mayor Jim Wood

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2017 was another tremendous year for Red Deer County. The most significant event was the municipal election in October. Once again, the public voiced their opinion on who should represent them, and I am happy to report that almost all of County Council returned for another term.

2017 saw major infrastructure changes to Gasoline Alley. New roundabouts and changes to the road network are setting the stage for major commercial and residential development. This area is now maturing into a sought after place to locate both businesses and homes.

A partnership with Mountain View County resulted in both Counties co-hosting the 2017 Agriculture Service Board Tour. This showcased some of the most progressive and exciting Ag operations in central Alberta.

Red Deer County completed a very successful Community Needs Assessment. We asked residents from across the County to identify their priorities on recreation, transportation and family services. The feedback will be the foundation of our Community Services going forward.

Our Economic Development department unveiled a new strategic plan. This plan will guide the way we attract new business to the County and improve our relationship with existing businesses in very concrete ways.

I am excited to say that our County once again received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) award for our budget document. We are being very transparent at the County in how we spend tax dollars. The award is proof that we are effective and efficient in our budgeting process.

The County continues to prepare for emergencies participated in mock emergency exercises in 2017. Our Emergency Management team is the envy of the province. We partner with our surrounding municipalities to ensure the entire region is well equipped to handle any emergency that comes our way.

Rural crime was a major area of concern for Council this year. I am happy to report that the County provided increased funding for additional policing and produced top quality information on how residents can help themselves to avoid being victims of rural crime. Rest assured, this will be a top priority for Council in 2018 again.

Finally, the County continues to work toward agreements with adjoining municipalities. In 2017, we began formulating inter-municipal agreements with several urban neighbours. These agreements will make things like land use planning, recreation and protective services easier and more efficient for everyone in the region.

As we begin 2018, I want to thank you for making Red Deer County such a great place to live, work and grow. I look forward to another great year ahead.

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