“The big thing in 2013 was that our pool got shut down. We’ve already had one meeting already about the pool, so far just looking at getting quotes to see if we’re renovating it, or if we need a brand new pool. So we’re looking at the quotes for that, and of course we’re looking at grant opportunities, so that we can get it done.”
Mayor Plumtree will be actively trying to bring a commentary on town business and initiatives to the public by opening up a dialogue through a semi-regular newsletter.
“I’ve got a couple of things that I’m doing. I’ll be continuing the Mayor’s Message, and I’m going to have a newsletter as well, which is going to be a little different, and whenever public works or the CAO needs to add something in, I’ll have a little section for them. What I’m going to add to that as well is a business in focus section, just a way to showcase some of the businesses we have in town. I’ll be looking at going to — especially being very new in Vauxhall, I’ve only been here two years — I haven’t been to every business, and some of them, not being a farmer, I wouldn’t go to anyway. I think it would be really good for me to go out and meet them, learn a little about the business, and then write a little commentary in the newsletter so that people around town, if they’ve never known anything about the business, then they would.”
Working to make Canada Day celebrations in the community even more than they have been in the past is a goal of Plumtree in her new role as mayor.
“Last year, I worked as organizer for Canada Day. I’ve said that I’m doing that, I don’t see any reason to change that at all. I like it, it’s part of our tourism, and we need more tourism for Vauxhall. So organizing Canada Day, trying to get more things to do. So we’re looking to get more entertainment to compliment — obviously — the ag society does their demolition derby, and we had the show and shine last year, that was new, so we’re just looking at adding more onto that and making the event better each and every year.”
To further open a dialogue with members of the community, Mayor Plumtree will be testing office hours starting in 2014.
“For January, I’m trying office hours. Right now, it’s Mondays from 1-3 p.m. to see what people think of those hours. I’ll have to make sure I factor in some evening and weekend hours. People can come down and talk to me about any questions or concerns that they have.”
Plumtree is optimistic about the working group that makes up the new town council, with only two incumbents being returned following the fall 2013 municipal election.
“It’s wonderful. I think as a group we work really well together. Nobody’s shy, everyone’s right there asking questions. They’re very involved, and very active. We don’t have anyone that just sits and listens — everyone is quite passionate about getting things going,” said Plumtree.
“It’s going to be a good year I think. I think we’re all on the same page, which is really nice. We want to see the town grow, we want to see the arena get fixed up, we want to see the pool back on track, we want to see the downtown spruced up a bit, maybe see about getting rid of the empty buildings and getting new businesses in.”