CITY HOLDS 2018 ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING AND STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
THOMPSON, November 2, 2017 –
The City of Thompson hosted its annual organizationalmeeting on November 1, determining the committee responsibilities of Councillors for the 2018 year.
Fenske thanked Council and administration for their service and accomplishments over the past year, including the initial construction of the wastewater treatment plant, the construction of the MacLean Park canopy, lobbying the province to waive $1.5 million in taxes on the transfer of the Water Treatment Plant from Vale, as well as their role in securing $59.5 million in private investment throughout the community.
“Working with developers,” said Fenske, “our staff continue to position the City with future investments that will see major projects in the summer of 2018.”
Nonetheless, Fenske acknowledged that councillors will face several critical challenges over the final year of their term: Front and center this year are the workforce reductions currently underway at Vale, including over 500 positions that will be affected when Vale scales back to a mining and milling operation in August of 2018.
The mayor acknowledged the efforts of Thompson 2020 and its partners to mitigate the impact of these looming changes. However, he cautioned Council that the community could not afford to become complacent.
“There are many partners working together to minimize these impacts, but no one should be under the illusion that there will not be residual effects for our community.”
The current council will also conclude negotiations for renewing the City’s grant-in-lieu agreement with Vale, and continue discussions with the province for support and funding for the City’s Community Safety Officer Program.
The council will also oversee the city government’s role in hosting the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games, and the 1400 athletes, coaches, and support staff that will flood into the community come March 4.
While Fenske reiterated for councillors his call to leadership, he also called on the community for their continued input, involvement, and constructive criticism of our government and its operations.
“I encourage and challenge residents of all ages in our community to become actively involved in the decision-making process moving forward,” said Fenske. “It’s your thoughts and opinions that will guide us in moving our community forward through the challenges ahead of us.”
Appointed as Deputy Mayor this year is Colleen Smook, who Fenske lauded for her involvement with Omnitrax, One North, and the Hudson Bay Rail Line. “She’s carried the mantle of the city through all conditions, and for that I thank her.”
Addressing the community, Deputy Mayor Smook replied, “I will be here to listen to the community’s concerns. Please feel free to talk with me at any time.”
Please see the full release for the full 2018 committee structure:
2017/2018 Organizational Meeting