The following is an e-mail submission on a look back on 2014 by M.D. of Taber Reeve Brian Brewin and municipal administrator Derrick Krizsan.
Author Kurt Vonnegut once said that “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”
Well I can tell you that maintenance is not an issue with us.
2014 was a successful year for the MD of Taber in terms of infrastructure renewal. Major all-weather roads were constructed and rehabilitated, the regional stormwater management plan work moved forward, a shooting range project was initiated and will be completed in 2015 as well as intermunicipal projects such as the Barnwell Community School project which the M.D. of Taber will participate in along with the village of Barnwell and the citizens of both Barnwell and the MD. Grassy Lake residential and commercial lot construction was largely completed in 2014 and will be completed in 2015.
2015 will be a continuation of our program to undertake the rehabilitation of the municipal road network with work planned for near 80 kilometers of municipal roadways by municipal forces and, if grant funding is available, the rehabilitation of another 15 kilometers of oiled and paved roadways by contracted forces.
We have been told by our citizens that transportation infrastructure is their primary concern and we will continue to place our primary focus on that subject. Council has established the 2015 operational plan and in February of the coming year we will work to establish a multi-year capital works plan that will enable municipal staff to enact a long term plan.
In 2015 we will complete the South Saskatchewan Regional Drainage Study and the South Municipal Regional Drainage Study and seek to develop a long term plan for stormwater drainage through consultation with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. As well and application under the Alberta Community Resiliency Program for certain drainage works construction will be re-submitted in the spring.
The current state of the impending provincial budget will impact the municipality. Contracted project tendering may be delayed as we await news on Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding and other grants that may be available.
We will continue on our course of maintaining our infrastructure to sustain future economic growth.