Budget discussed

Budget discussions continued April 22 as council deliberated the 2014 budget and the five-year financial plan.

Budget discussions continued April 22 as council deliberated the 2014 budget and the five-year financial plan. As always, we are taking a multi-pronged approach, including finding efficiencies, as we balance our infrastructure needs with keeping taxes low. Stay tuned for more information about the budget in the coming weeks.

This Thursday, you will see a brand new website at williamslake.ca. We’ve created an informative, user-friendly site that offers an opportunity for residents to customize how they interact online with the city. You can choose how to be notified about a number of city topics, including news, initiatives, and job opportunities.  There is even an option for text message or e-mail updates.

Council wants to hear from you!  The website now features a Community Voice module, where registered users can participate in discussion about city initiatives, and share ideas for Williams Lake’s future. We’re excited to have the ability for vibrant online dialogue through the website. Everyone who registers for the website in the first month after its launch will be entered in a draw for some prizes, including a six-month pass to the complex.

Make sure you check it out — I’m sure you’ll be impressed!

Do you know that Williams Lake is home to the TRU Health Centre, the only one of its kind in the province?  This nurse practitioner-run centre got a boost last week with a generous $20,000 donation from the Robert L. Conconi Foundation.

The Health Centre gives patients an additional option for health care and complements the emergency service at the hospital. Other than the emergency department at the hospital, it is the only place in Williams Lake that offers drop-in services.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter long weekend with family and loved ones.  I had fun in the kitchen with my grandchildren making goodies and lots of memories.

It was a busy weekend, with the Indoor Rodeo providing excitement for the whole family.  A big thank you to the organizers and volunteers of the Indoor Rodeo.  By all accounts, it was a great success!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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