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Holiday greeting from Mayor Peter Brown

By: Peter Brown

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 06:00 am

Mayor Peter Brown shares the successes and challenges of 2013.
Mayor Peter Brown shares the successes and challenges of 2013.
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As we near the end of 2013, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who have contributed so much to the great successes we’ve experienced as a community this year.

Certainly 2013 will be remembered as the year of the flood and watching our community come together to assist our neighbours in need was phenomenal.

It was truly inspiring to witness countless residents and businesses giving their time and resources to support the people impacted by the terrible floods.

We have much to celebrate this year.

We launched the new website, allowing us to provide better customer service and give you the answers you need, when you need them.

We developed a mobile version of the site and we’re making great headway on our single sign-on service, which will allow residents to use one log-in to access all City services.

Our community services are growing rapidly – we opened the third phase of Genesis Place this year, adding two much-needed ice surfaces. We also completed the Bert Church Theatre expansion, and if you haven’t seen a show there yet this year, I urge you to visit thebertchurchtheatre.com and check out the fantastic line-up we’ve put together this spring.

We also expanded our transit system and added weekend and statutory holiday service to CrossIron Mills mall, a direct result of resident feedback.

Of course, on a personal note, I was pleased to know that the residents of Airdrie felt I had represented them well as their mayor during the past three years.

While I would have welcomed the opportunity to campaign alongside your aldermanic candidates, I am honoured to have been acclaimed to lead for another term. I am happy to see many familiar faces on council, and to welcome Candice Kolson and Darrell Belyk, who bring to council excellent ideas and tremendous enthusiasm.

In the coming year, I will continue to work hard on behalf of you, the resident.

You’ve entrusted council and I to provide the best value possible for your hard-earned dollars, and to provide you with quality service that exceeds your expectations. In areas where the City has direct control, I will continue to work with council and our City manager on ways to improve the service we provide to you.

I also want to sincerely thank our City staff. I am very proud of all their efforts on behalf of our citizens and businesses

Thank you as well to the many community members, parents and volunteers who contribute to Airdrie’s enviable reputation and success.

I also won’t rest when it comes to working with the Province on the issues you’ve told me matter to you – to providing the best possible health services available, transportation infrastructure and quality educational opportunities.

During the course of the year, I attended countless events in the community, from small business networking functions to school events to public festivals and parades. If we haven’t had the chance to meet yet, I’m certain to run into you at the 2014 Alberta Summer Games in July. I expect to see all of Airdrie turn out to enjoy watching more than 3,200 exceptional young athletes from around the province compete in a variety of events. As always, I am accessible by phone, email, Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to speak with me about issues affecting our city.

Merry Christmas, wishing everyone a very healthy and prosperous 2014.


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