Exciting years lie ahead for Cranbrook.
This from Mayor Lee Pratt after the City released its 2016 Annual Report Monday.
Mayor Lee Pratt says they’ve been creating the foundation for economic activity City Council has been prudent in cleaning up bylaws to reduce red tape for potential developers.
He admits some residents may question where that activity is but the Mayor says you have to lay the groundwork first and the next few years should be exciting ones for the Key City.
Pratt goes on to say he’ll be entertaining major business developers over the coming weeks with the hope they’ll set up shop in Cranbrook.
The City also saw nearly $27 million in construction costs last year which Pratt says is by far an annual record.
The 2016 annual report highlights key accomplishments such as creating improved Project Delivery process, implementing a new development approval process and creating the Development Procedures & Delegation Bylaw, and completing Idlewild Dam reconstruction.
It points to setting up major projects such as the extensive $14.8 million roads programs, with last year’s approved borrowing of $10 million by the electorate.
It also suggests the hiring of new CAO David Kim has helped the municipality make strides forward with key priorities including: changes to the development approval process, innovative and sustainable community infrastructure development & delivery, and change the City’s corporate culture to a customer-service focused approach.
Initiatives and projects listed for 2017 include:
• expand air service at the Canadian Rockies International Airport
• create an inventory of City owned land and land agency development framework
• recruit for and transition to a new Information Systems Manager
• pursue additional contract revenues for Fire Services to help create cost neutral budget impact
• undertake $14.8 million capital roads program
• expand the capacity of City’s asset management to match capabilities and benefits
• upgrades to recreation facilities, pathways and equipment at Idlewild Park
• launch a cafe service within the Library
• create and implement a multidisciplinary staff development program
• roads and sidewalk construction program
•reduction of property and violent crime
– Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt