South Lakeside project to go ahead

Early budget approval was given to the South Lakeside Widening Project, and it is now going to tender.

Good news for South Lakeside! Early budget approval was given to the South Lakeside Widening Project, and it is now going to tender.

This has been on the books for a few years, and I’m very proud that as a result of strategic financial planning over the last few budgets, it will go ahead this summer, without the need for long-term borrowing to add to our debt.

This project will improve safety, with a repaved road surface and additional lanes at the Hodgson Road and Pioneer Drive intersections.

It will also improve accessibility, with a new pedestrian/bike lane from Hodgson Road to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Work is planned to begin in June. The city will provide regular communication updates as the work proceeds.

We had a full house at the council meeting on Tuesday night regarding the branding issue before us.

Never before have I received feedback from such a diverse group of people. The people of Williams Lake are passionate about our city, and that is good news.

The new recommendation allows for the opportunity for people to continue providing input. A brand must have community support to move forward, so please make sure your voice is heard!

We had a very positive announcement between the Williams lake Indian Band and Gibraltar/Taseko Mines as they signed a Participation and Co-operation Agreement.

This is a great example of what’s possible when there is a willingness to move forward.

I respect the leadership from the chief and council, and I’m excited about the future.

As Chief Ann says, mining is here to stay, and so is the Williams Lake Indian Band.

The agreement means both the mine and the community will work together to create opportunities for the future. Congratulations!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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