Come share ideas at Sept. 12 budget meeting

Long term financial planning has always been a goal of this council, and we’ve always been looking at ways of improving our budget process.

Long term financial planning has always been a goal of this council, and we’ve always been looking at ways of improving our budget process.

This year, we are taking it to the next step. I want to invite all residents to come out in an informal setting and let us know what your priorities are.

We want to hear what’s important to you in shaping the future of Williams Lake. The meeting is at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Gibraltar Room. We will be there to listen to you and hear what you have to say!

Thank you to all those who showed up to the recent Highway 97 and Johnson Street Open House. There was a great turnout with lots of questions and discussion mainly around the impact on Johnson Street.

The Ministry of Transportation project to improve safety on Highway 97 near Carson Drive by reconfiguring the intersection has been in the works for many years. There have been four open houses since 2009 about the project.

The Ministry started with three design options, and based on input and reviews, brought one recommended design to an open house in June this year. Based on city concerns about local connections, another option was presented to council.

A report summarizing the input from the August open house dealing with a number of issues will be prepared for council, and we will have further discussion with the Ministry of Transportation before making any decisions about the final configuration of roads and intersections.

A huge thank you to all of the organizers and volunteers for the Harvest Fair and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Tour de Cariboo this weekend. And as ArtWalk wraps up, a big thank you to the BIA and all of the businesses and artists for another successful event!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.