Building permit values continue to climb

Mayor Kerry Cook's weekly column covers real estate sales, awards, events and budget meetings.

The positive news continues this year with some key economic indicators: building permit values continue to climb, up to $12.1 million at the end of September, which is already more than all of last year and ahead of the third quarter stats going back to 2008. So far, 95 permits have been issued this year.

It is good to see the good work and leadership of Chief Fred Robbins continue around community healing and reconciliation. On Tuesday we had another way to celebrate with the unveiling of the diversity mural at Jubilee Place and the Walk for Harmony. Congratulations to the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Fraser Basin Council for celebrating the city’s diversity with the beautiful mural!

The long wait of what will be going into Zellers should be over soon.

We should be hearing the announcement of who the tenant will be before Christmas. The doors of the new business are expected to be open late spring/summer of 2014. This will be a positive addition to our mall and our community. Stay tuned!

Council recognized longtime water/sewer employee John Halfnights with a Certificate of Appreciation Tuesday night. He has been named the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) Operator of the Year for British Columbia. In addition to his work for the city, John is an active volunteer in the community. John has been with the city for the last 40 years and has been an important mentor to other employees.

He is a very valuable part of the city. Congratulations, John!

Please mark your calendars: the next budget meetings are Oct. 16 and 17 as council reviews departmental business plans at 6 p.m. in council chambers. I would like to encourage everyone to come out!

This holiday weekend my husband and I get to celebrate our 27th anniversary. We’re looking forward to filling our home with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake