Local mayors speak to state of the region

Houston, Shaigec, Choy speak to local priorities

Collaboration was a key theme at the local Chambers' annual State of the Region address last night.

Local Mayors William Choy, Stuart Houston, and Rod Shaigec prepared video presentations that highlighted the last year in Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, and Parkland County, respectively.

In Stony Plain, Choy touched on the challenges faced with CN's twinning of the railroad tracks, but also how it didn't hamper other major work, with phase two of the downtown project completed last year, and phase three on track for this season. He also talked about the town's plan to buy two buses to add to Spruce Grove's public transit fleet in 2020.

Shaigec talked about modest growth in Parkland County, as council decided not to increase its budget for this year from last.

He also talked about three full-time firefighters that will be added to Wabamun this year.

Houston talked about the housing market's effect on Spruce Grove, which has now surpassed a population of 35,000.

The city is also adding eight additional firefighters this year, along with two RCMP members.

Another major topic was the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain chambers having a unification vote at a meeting on April 10.

If the two Chambers merge, the result would be the third largest Chamber of Commerce in the province.

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