On January 31 and February 1, 2011, the city of Lacombe council along with the mayor and head administrative staff had the opportunity to be in a retreat mode with the Positive Culture Company from Medicine Hat to develop new Vision and Mission Statements for the city as well as a strategic plan. This process created the need for full engagement by all attendees to provide input for all areas of council and city administration involvement. With their assistance we created Strategic Areas for Action for the next three to five years. Apparently other councils had not gone through this process before in recent years. This retreat was absolutely beneficial for each council member to give their input into the future to try and achieve a new City of Lacombe. I have heard you as the constituents of Lacombe and was able to share your concerns and wishes. The Positive Culture Company will now compile this information into a final report to be presented to council probably sometime in late March. This will then enable council and city administration to create work plans to make these priorities a reality! Definitely worth the time and input of funding!
The new year has come and council will be busy over the next two meetings discussing the budget for 2011. Administration has proposed a 4% increase in the operations budget and council at it’s last meeting in December requested administration look at the options of paring it down possibly a percent. I would like to hear from you what you think is acceptable for our times. 4% increase transfers to a $40.00 amount for the year on your taxes if your assessment is around $250K. The capital budget has not been discussed yet and will be very shortly since the entire budget is expected to be passed at the January 24th meeting.
Feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear what our citizens of Lacombe are thinking with regards to the increase!
On November 22-25th there will the the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association conference in Edmonton. I will be in attendance and look forward to meeting new people from other municipalities and learning all sorts of new things that will be useful in my tenure as city councilor. Since it is Grey Cup week as well, there will be a Tailgate Party on one evening at which we are recommended to wear a football jersey. So in this case – GO STAMPS GO!!
Since the election, I have jumped right into the work needed for this position as city councilor. All the necessary preliminary coordination, information gathering and sharing is underway. I attended the new council orientation on October 22nd held in conjunction with about 8 other municipalities in Blackfalds. Very good information to understand process etc. Our own council orientation for the City of Lacombe will occur this Saturday, November 6th. This will be a good for all the new and returning council members to connect with the desired processes of how council will run. For anyone needing to contact me at any time, feel free to leave an email at firstname.lastname@example.org This is my new email address from the city for use for all council business.
My first council meeting will be on November 8th at which time I will be swore into office. This is an exciting time for our community and I look forward to serving it in a new capacity as your representative on city council.