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October 8, 2014 – Mayor’s Report

Meet the Mayor

October 8, 2014


Well, folks, my three-year term as Mayor is rapidly winding down and you will have to decide very soon, if you haven’t decided already, if you want me in this office for another term. This one will last four years – 33% longer than the previous term which will give the incumbent 33% more time to do great things for Chetwynd – or otherwise, as the case may be.

Can we assume, on the basis of recent history, that the next four years will witness a community following a vision that values caring, beauty, sustainability, labour and income stability, and reasonable growth – conditions that promote prosperity? We can’t. But we can know that if we are not careful we’ll be breathing our own exhaust as we come around again.

My intent, of course, would be to follow a vision much like the vision that guided our debates and decisions during the last three years. But circumstances change. Events happen. Life next year cannot be predicted. The only thing an incumbent Mayor can promise is to provide the environment in which Administration is able to work and carry out the vision of Mayor and Council. That’s what we have done during the last term.

And that’s what I would do again if I hold this office.

The vision that Mayor and Council followed for the last term has had tangible results in a number of ways.

Not only have streets and roads been upgraded, they have been upgraded according to a plan with a 10-year horizon. We don’t have to flip the coin every year to figure out what needs to be done –or where to find the pot of gold to fund the project.

We have been developing the strategy and the funding sources for the upgrades necessary for the sewer treatment plant to be carried out over the next two or three years. And guess what: hundreds of other municipalities across this great land are scrambling to do just what we are doing. Government assistance is not always a given. Actually, truthfully, government assistance is seldom a given and we may have to look to our own resources. Nothing new here.

The jewel of my term is the beginning of the Comprehensive Treatment Centre with the concrete in the ground just across from Canada Post. It’s a nice beginning that is on schedule for a happy completion in time to turn the keys in the spring.

A bigger project and farther along, the new District Office has been a long time getting to this stage. It was before my memory but I’ve been told that the addition to the present office was for a five-year term only to give time to build a proper District Office. That was twenty-five years ago, more or less. Well, thanks to all the work that went on over the years the new Mayor and Council can expect to be working out of new offices sometime in the new term.


Merlin Nichols, Mayor