Enderby tackles sustainability

The City of Enderby continues to move ahead with an aggressive process to plan for future growth.

The City of Enderby continues to move ahead with an aggressive process to plan for future growth.

Mayor Howie Cyr says the plan will create a sustainable community, economically, socially and environmentally.

“We have essentially looked at every segment of our community,” he said.

“We want to be positioned to be sustainable for decades to come, so our scrutiny has been very broad.”

The process has been about examining how the community does business, how it can attract new business and how it can do a better job of supporting those who already are here.

“This is by no means an easy task, but we have all been up for the task,” said Cyr.

“In addition to the work we have done on this major project, funded by a gas tax grant, we have worked very hard to try and stay ahead of the curve when addressing infrastructure needs. Council and I have been supported by an outstanding crew at city hall, and through careful management of our fiscal resources, successfully applying for grants and ensuring we kept our reserves in a healthy state, we have managed to accomplish some very significant things.”

The most recent one has been securing some $700,000 in grant money to assist in flood protection efforts.

“That will assist us in preventing flooding that has occurred in the downtown area and affected businesses and residences alike.  Had we not placed funds in reserves to fulfill our contribution, this grant would not have occurred,” said Cyr.

Cyr believes there is much to look forward to in the city as the economy continues to improve.

“In the near future you will see and hear of the results of our efforts to stimulate our community,” he said.

“We can be proud of the fact we have an excellent working relationship with all of our neighbours and collectively we recognize the importance of those relationships, in everything we do.”