Positioning for 2013 decisions

I was in Prince George Monday for a Women’s Dialogue and Luncheon with Premier Christy Clark, and it was well worth the trip.

I was in Prince George Monday for a Women’s Dialogue and Luncheon with Premier Christy Clark, and it was well worth the trip on the snowy highway.

I was able to meet with the premier face to face, and again I reminded her of the importance of South Lakeside Drive, and asked again for her support for the project to repave and widen it.

Tuesday night we heard from the public on the budget, and today (Thursday) council is holding an all-day budget meeting.

Our goal is to have a provisional budget in place by Dec. 1, which is well ahead of the city’s normal schedule.

We believe having a provisional budget before 2013 will position us to make better long-term decisions, and to be ready to hit the ground running with capital projects.

I went to the Diamond Dinner fundraiser at Signal Point for the first time Saturday, and it was a fantastic event.

I attended with Chief Ann Louie and we enjoyed the best meal I’ve ever had.

Thank you so much to all the generous businesses for their donations. As always, you’ve come through for the community!

I also attended the open house Friday hosted by the construction association, who in partnership with School District 27 and Thompson Rivers University, rebuilt a house destroyed by fire.

It was great to see the success that comes from partnerships.

On Wednesday, I was surprised by a flash mob of seniors and students, all dressed up in costume. It was part of the intergenerational project between students and seniors, which is a fantastic initiative.

They had great energy, and they made my day!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.