January blog 2015,
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year........” - Ralph Wilde Emerson
2014, where did the year go?
It all started with a number of new businesses opening their doors to the community. Of the Art/Home Décor Stores: Prairie Chicks lead the way and was a welcomed delight of the crafty folks and followed by Patina and then 3R's. We had Subway expand to a second store, which was followed by a host of new restaurants, all offering a broad selection of great and delicious food options. The Coop grocery store opened its doors in early July and it continues to be bonus to our community. Soon the Legends Plaza welcomed brand new shopping options for everything from pets and clothing to electronics and finance. In total the City welcomed over 20 new store front businesses and many more home based and contractual ones! With the recent announcement of a new hotel it is likely that this trend will continue right through 2015.
We were pleased and honoured to showcase our community when CTV Hometown tour came to Warman. The excitement and involvement of the community was infectious. What proud moments for our City.
Our Emergency Operations Center was completed and introduced to the community at the annual Fire Department open house. How proud we are and grateful to our EMO Coordinator Randy Meginbir and his team for the long hours putting it all together. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we never need to use it other than for our emergency training practice.
As our Legends Center and Middle Years School partnership evolved it was clear that this fantastic blend of services was going to be a community hub with activities in every part of the building. Great job to everyone involved and it is also important to mention that the willingness to compromise to make this partnership possible is a great example for other jurisdictions.
Our Legends Golf Course continues to shine in the north east corner of Warman. General Manager Jody Dueck has moved on to Elk Ridge and we thank him for his work here in Warman. Jody was instrumental in moving from the old course to the new Legends course. His contributions and talents that he brought with him benefitted both golf clubs and Warman as a whole. Thank you Jody. We wish him and his wife Candice all the best in the 2015.
What a great year it was. With our community growth and development in all aspects of our city we should feel a great deal of accomplishment and pride.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” As quoted in 2015 we can help write that story by setting goals and working with all the vested partners. Warman City Council and staff have set strategic plans for the next few years. It looks ahead toward managed growth, attention to necessary infrastructure and continued services that guarantee the quality of life we enjoy here at home.
2015 also means some new health incentives here in Warman. I’m excited to announce that the Smoking Regulation Bylaw is now in effect for Warman. The development of this bylaw represents a joint effort between Warman and Martensville to encourage healthy and prosperous communities. While you are enjoying sports in our parks, whether it be baseball, soccer, football or any sport for that matter, you and your children can rest assured that you will not be affected by second hand smoke within 10 meters of the perimeter of any sports fields; this includes bleachers as well as playground structures. These new regulations also extend to any outdoor seating areas at restaurants, lounges and bars, unless the owner chooses to use their outdoor space solely as a standing smoking area with no drink or food service. For more detailed information please see the Smoking Regulation Bylaw at the following link: http://www.warman.ca/DocumentCenter/View/656
In closing I would like to wish you all New Year’s blessings from my family to yours. May this New Year continue to over flow with opportunities and possibilities for our family's, for our community, for our Province and for our Nation.