Mayor counters recent candidates' complaints
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 06:00 am
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the letter, Council candidates challenge Mayor Spillerís comments, published in the June 20 edition of the Innisfail Province.
Regarding the first question posed by its authors, I can assure that the town has been working on a new communications strategy. Having had no such strategy in the past, this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, and with the new council coming in its implementation will be particularly timely.
The need for streamlined two-way communications is greater now than itís ever been, and the strategy will lay out for the new council guidelines on how to not just inform residents, but also engage and involve them directly in the decision-making process. I look forward to seeing this materialize.
On another matter, and one that was also addressed in last weekís letter, council has been actively and aggressively working on reducing water and wastewater costs for the entire seven years Iíve been on council.
Iím pleased to say that, during this same time, weíve been extremely successful in identifying and remediating water losses and reducing the many instances of inflow and infiltration into our wastewater system.
As such, our wastewater flows have been reduced from around 141,500 cubic metres (141,500,000 litres) a month to around 70,000 cubic metres a month.
Ultimately, this has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being saved, and made us the envy of every other community on the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission.
Finally, weíre very pleased that CAO Helen Dietz has agreed to stay on until her replacement has been hired. Importantly, this will ensure a smooth transition of uninterrupted service to our residents.
I appreciate the letter writersí intent to bring awareness to important civic issues; however, the facts must speak for themselves.
As always, Iím open to any questions or concerns residents may have. Iím at the town office Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Mayor, Town of Innisfail
Editorís note: Mayor Brian Spiller has recently announced he will be seeking a second term as mayor in the upcoming municipal election.