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Mayor Richard Poole has served the community for over 20 years and brings a unique brand of passion to municipal leadership and a strong commitment to citizen engagement, collaboration and service delivery innovation. His vision is a connected, sustainable and inclusive community.  #myBlackfalds #visitBlackfalds

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Start to Finish

posted on Oct 30 2020

Hello everyone:

As I write this article, summer is gone and fall is well underway.   We need to remember September when the days were fair and many of us had the opportunity to enjoy finishing up our gardens and yards during hot and sunny days as we prepare now for cooler, then colder days.

Many important events have taken place over the summer.   In mid-June we broke ground for the new expanded Multi-plex and the continued activity on the site is exciting.   I would like to again thank the County for their presence and continuing support on this project.   We can see the enthusiasm that this project is creating from member groups such as the Library Board, the Dual Ice Development Society and our AJHL partner and as well we are reminded about the strong commitment to provide an outstanding product by Eagle Builders.   Council and Administration had an opportunity to view the building operations at Eagle Builders and we were very impressed - we even saw our bleacher stands being formed by our very own residents. 

Covid 19 has definitely taken a toll.   Council is aware of the challenges this is creating within our community.  We look forward to coming out of this with a sense of understanding about how we can use the new skills and experience to make our community stronger.  Over the summer, we saw playgrounds, the bike and skate parks open and busy.   While the Abbey Centre was is also open, due to the strict precautions in place to keep everyone safe, we know that the pool was used by only a fraction of those who normally would enjoy our hot summer days at the pool.   We also need to continue to follow the guidelines of our Provincial Health office and do our part to minimize any future wave. 

It was exciting to see our new Buy-Low store hold their Grand opening on July 15.  Each time a new business opens in our Town it provides more options to our citizens and creates an atmosphere that will make all businesses more successful as Blackfalds shops local.

During September, the Town had the opportunity to experience our new Blackfalds on Demand Local Transit (BOLT) for free.   This service is a combination of Red Deer to Blackfalds trips as well as providing greater opportunity for citizens to use it for moving around within our community.

Due to the concerns over large gatherings, the Pastoral association has chosen to cancel the Remembrance Day ceremony for this year.    Town residents appreciate the work that this association does within our community and look forward to future events.    I know I speak for the association and Council when I urge all readers to take time to remember and recognize Remembrance Day.    

These and other highlights are continually listed in your Town web page at https://www.blackfalds.com/ as well as our Face Book and Twitter pages so keep checking them often.

Have a great fall season.

Richard Poole

Mayor

Town of Blackfalds