Lac Ste. Anne County Activity Report ActivityLSAC_QTLY_2018-19_WINTER_FINAL_SM - Page 7

WINTER 2018/19 ActivityLSAC THOSE WHO WISH TO PRESENT INFORMATION TO COUNCIL ARE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW BYLAW #29-2017, AVAILABLE ON THE MUNICIPAL WEBSITE. APPOINTMENTS MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OR COUNTY MANAGER A MINIMUM OF EIGHT (8) BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE. One of the accomplishments I’m most proud of to date is the role I have played in ensuring our roads and bridges get the attention they so desperately need. Roadways will continue to be an area of focus to me throughout the remainder of my term on Council. A great deal of our aging road infrastructure needs to be addressed in order to meet the realities of today’s ever-increasing traffic volumes and larger farm vehicles. I also see opportunities ahead to attract industry to the County, and to helping the small businesses that already call Lac Ste. Anne County home. I look forward to working with my fellow Councillors in this regard. Challenges aside, we continue to make progress working with other municipalities toward sharing resources, breaking down walls and achieving collective goals. Although we don’t always share the same insights, interests and priorities as our neighbours, we must forge ahead in pursuit of shared resources, collective milestones and common ground. I am confident that our patience and diligence in this area will bear fruit to the net benefit of all stakeholders. It is with great pride that I have been given the opportunity to represent the hard-working people of Lac Ste. Anne County. I will continue to work hard to advocate for their interests, and to make our great County an even better place to work, play and raise a family. I’d also like to thank County staff for bringing such pride and passion to their jobs every day. Without their efforts, it would be impossible to achieve any of the goals we set on Council. I have chosen to participate in the same areas that were outlined in my campaign. Together with my committee colleagues and County staff, I have been able to help make inroads into these areas of interest, focus and concern. To varying degrees, progress has been made in all the areas listed above. These efforts must continue in all areas over the next four years in order to meet my objectives. However, one must remember that there are seven Councillors, and attention is given to the areas which are deemed to provide the most benefit to the County and its residents as agreed upon by Council. COUNCILLOR GIEBELHAUS Division 7 780.785.2095 lgiebelhaus@LSAC.ca Can you imagine! It has already been a year since the often controversial and innuendo-filled 2017 election. It was with a fair bit of apprehension and concern that I entered this term as the representative for Division 7. However, things have progressed fairly well this term — albeit with the normal challenges that face all Councils. I believe we are developing a relatively cohesive unit, and I am confident we all have the best interests of the entire County at heart. As readers may recall, I addressed six areas of concern during my 2017 campaign, namely: roads, infrastructure, public works and Fire Services; business and economic development; agriculture; connectivity; socio-economic growth; and cooperative spirit and communication. As witnessed by my committee involvement, I would like to mention the topic of cooperation and communication. I believe the County is continuing to address these issues and progress has been made, however, one must not lose sight of the fact that both cooperation and communication are two-way streets and must have willing participants to be successful. Strong relationships are developed through mutual respect and understanding. They are obtained with trust, a willingness to communicate, and a give-and-take attitude. They must be reciprocal in nature. I have utilized this philosophy in the past and will continue to do so into the future. In closing, I wish to thank my fellow Councillors and all the employees of Lac Ste Anne County in assisting and working with me over the past year. I am proud that I have been able to help make decisions toward the betterment of our County as a whole. I am equally proud of an administration that continues to implement Council’s directives, working diligently to ensure efficient operations despite legislative and public pressures. 7.