April 23, 2018

Christmas message from Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law

Lacombe County Reeve Paula Law
Christmas season is upon us, once again, leading us towards January and all the hope that comes with a new year. As you come together over the holidays – with friends and families alike – I hope that you feel the joy and love of the season and that it will carry on with you long after Christmas is over.
This time of year has a way of making most of us reflect on the year gone by – along with its highs and its lows. There is no doubt that 2017 will be remembered as a year of uncertainty – and wind. I don’t think any of us knew what to expect, after a cold, wet summer in 2016 and devastating hail storms in 2015. But despite some extremely windy weather, our agriculture producers had a fairly steady, warm season to grow and harvest their crops.
For Council, 2017 brought an added layer of uncertainty because it was a Municipal Election year. On October 16, we had elections in three of our divisions, which resulted in us welcoming new Councillor John Ireland (Division 1) to the team shortly after. It’s important to acknowledge former Division 1 Councillor Rod McDermand for his 16 years of service with Lacombe County. At the end of December, we will say “farewell” to County Commissioner Terry Hager, who has spent the last 35 years with Lacombe County. During his time here, he has successfully and proactively guided the County. We are pleased to have Tim Timmons, Manager of Corporate Services, move into the role of County Manager in the New Year to provide guidance to Lacombe County staff and council.
Staff at Lacombe County continue to work diligently to allow our municipality run smoothly (and look great). Their hard work continues to be recognized provincially, from our parks, to our environmental initiatives, to our relationships with municipal counterparts.
As 2017 draws to a close, may we look forward to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018. On behalf of Lacombe County Council and staff, have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

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