Submitted by Stirling Mayor Trevor Lewington
Stirling Coun. Matt Foss, myself and CAO Bob Payette were able to attend the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association or AUMA annual convention in Edmonton at the end of September. The meetings provided us with the opportunity to hear directly from the premier and members of the provincial cabinet, connect with other similar-sized municipalities and attend training sessions on key issues related to municipal governance.
Council held a full-day strategic planning session on Oct. 12. We used the additional time to review the accomplishments of 2019, as well as debate the top priorities for the coming year in more depth. Budget pressures resulting from reduced transfers from the province were top of mind, as we look into the future. We have to find a balance that allows us to deliver on the services and projects that will keep Stirling strong – while at the same time ensure we can afford to maintain what we have.
We would like your help! A short survey is posted on the village website to help gather resident feedback on priorities. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas with us.
Council was pleased to hear a presentation from Darlene Sinclair, general manager of Lethbridge and Region Community Futures. Community Futures offers business advice, entrepreneur training and financial assistance to small businesses. Council is exploring ways to better partner with Community Futures and leverage the services they provide in our region.
Council also met with Jamie Anderson in her role as director of emergency management with the County of Warner. We are exploring ways to strengthen our emergency management practices and work with our regional partners to better share best practices, resources and training. Preparing for unexpected events like floods, train derailments, tornadoes and other potential disasters is important to ensure we have the people, equipment and processes in place before the emergency happens.
We are excited to welcome the opening Village Dental on Nov. 4. Dr. Brad Cornish will be offering a broad-range of services from orthodontics, to cleanings, fillings, crowns, root canals and much more.
Stirling Parent Link Centre and FCSS (Family and Community Support Services) is hosting a Clothing and Toy Fest on Nov. 13 from 3-6 p.m. at the Community Centre. This free clothing and toy exchange benefits many families in our community. For more information see the posts on the Stirling Parent Link Facebook group or talk to Stacey at 403-756-3572.