The Mayor of Cranbrook says he will run in next year’s municipal election because he wants to finish what he’s started.
On Wednesday, Lee Pratt was the guest of a new Q & A format for the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s luncheons.
Pratt says he took the opportunity to answer some of the questions from a large representation of the business community.
With nearly 150 people in the crowd, the Mayor was asked if he will seek reelection in 2018.
Pratt says this Council currently has a lot of irons in the fire that won’t be taken out this year, and he wants to see the projects come to fruition so he’s willing to step forward and try to lead the municipal office for another term.
He suggests Council has been building the foundation for economic development over the last three years and landing big business in Cranbrook doesn’t happen overnight.
Pratt says Council and staff has been building the foundation for economic development and they’ve invested roughly $29 million into the City over the last three years in the effort.
$2.8 million was spent on improvements to the Idlewild Dam and park, $5 million was spent on roads and infrastructure in 2015 and 2016 while nearly $15 was put toward roads and infrastructure this year.
Pratt says they’ve achieved a lot this term but most of are things the public doesn’t see.
He talked about how council has reduced red-tape for businesses and made improvements to their engineering and planning departments.
All this is part of laying that foundation for economic development according to the Mayor.
Pratt told the crowd he’s optimistic the City is moving in the right direction.
Last year, the City saw unprecedented investment into the community by developers with $28 million spent.
However, the Key City Mayor poses that number could hit $40 million this year.
Pratt also answered questions about the Airport Commercial lands, replacing Mount Baker Secondary school, beautification, and doctor attraction.