After a month in office it seemed time to look back. Not just at the last 30 days but at the whole year and beyond. A lot of hard work went into a great many accomplishments.
I would like to thank Mike Fennell for his efforts as mayor over the past four years. Mike spent many hours on a multitude of projects and tasks. Never one to not have a view on things his input during the Council meetings is well documented. Mike was a frequent volunteer at many of the local events as well as being a willing worker, quick to lend a hand when help was needed.
I would also like to thank the members of the previous council. The last three years saw a few issues that required your wisdom, as well as more than a few projects that without your help and guidance would not have progressed as far as they have.
In addition I would like to thank the District staff; their hard work and dedication is really what makes the District operate as efficiently as it does.
Doug Borrill, Paul Amos, Jim Harms and Gerald Allgaier can each be found out working in any sort of weather to provide the services most of us take for granted.
Colleen Hannigan, Nora Johnson, Tasha Buchanan, Lynn Wright and Ellen Krause provide the administration services that seem to include everything and anything. They take care of payroll, grant applications, paying suppliers, investigating and drafting by-laws, organizing agendas and a multitude of other tasks that need to be done everyday.
Andrew Hayward the District Economic Development Officer is often found in the company of investors touring the District. Andrew has a great many contacts in the world of finance and industrial investments. His hard work and long hours will help to grow Barriere in the not too distant future.
Last but not least I want to apologize for not mentioning our adopted staff member, Dave Underwood from True Engineering at the recent Wastewater Funding announcement by MP Cathy McLeod and Vice-President of the UBCM Rhona Martin.
Mr. Underwood spent many unpaid hours working with the council and District staff to bring the Sustainable Wastewater Management Solutions grant to a successful conclusion.
I personally thank Mr. Underwood for his help in assembling the grant. I hope he will continue to work with us in the future to ensure our continued success with the project.
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. I wish you all happiness and success in 2012.
Mayor, District of Barriere