Cranbrook has made major inroads in 2017.
Mayor Lee Pratt says one of City Council’s biggest accomplishment’s this year was seeing $15 million worth of road and infrastructure work come to fruition.
Heading into the final year of his first term, Pratt recalls it was the promise council ran on in 2014.
They were going to fix the roads.
He notes they’ve spent a combined $29 million on repairs for not only the roads but what’s underneath them the last three years, all of which he suggests was used to hire local contractors.
Pratt says they even had some money left over from this year that will allow them to throw roughly $7 million dollars total in 2018 at further roads projects.
When it comes to development, a significant highlight for the Key City this past year was construction costs.
Values were up 41 per cent in Cranbrook compared to last year’s unprecedented growth.
At the start of November this year, there was an increase to $31.2 million from $22.3 million at that point in 2016.
At the end of 2016, construction values were up 55 per cent in Cranbrook compared to the previous year.
For the Mayor, there’s other accomplishments he’s proud about when looking back at 2017.
He points to the City’s unique wildfire interface initiative and upgrades at Ildewild park.
When it comes efforts to reduce wildfire fuels south of the city while creating business for the local forestry industry, Cranbrook is trying to convince the Province to support the project that is currently entering its second phase.
As for Ildepark Park, nearly $3 million worth of upgrades that started in 2016 wrapped up this year with the addition of several beautification efforts around the popular recreation site.
Pratt also mentions efforts to revitalize the downtown, such as finally selling the old Fire Hall to developers who are turning it into a brew-pub, a changing culture at the City, and a truck survey to help determine traffic volumes through Cranbrook in hopes of attracting truck stops.
Having already made his intentions clear for 2018, Pratt says him and Council are not letting any moss grow under their feet.
Stay tuned for more Year-In Reviews from East Kootenay newsmakers as we make our way through the holiday season.