2018 was quite the year for the Town of Edson.
The community saw a lot of new projects brought forward, including the new curbside waste and organics collection program, the LED streetlight conversion program, the creation of a strategic plan, the introduction of the public participation policy, live streaming of council meetings, and the new youth advisory council.
Other highlights include the town and Yellowhead County agreeing to a memorandum of understanding for a new recreation multi-use facility, and continuing to create the skills bike park in Edson.
The multi-use facility and bike park are two projects that Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara says the Town is looking forward to in 2019, among others.
Zahara says the year also had its challenges, with low water pressure issues at the Tiffin Booster Pump station and a failure of the water reservoir, as well as the tough decision to demolish the Edson Recreation Complex.
The Tiffin Booster Pump station took a lot of time in 2018 to fix, and Zahara acknowledged the challenges Council faced.
One of the hardest decisions faced by Council this year was giving the go-ahead to demolish the Edson Recreation Complex, to make room for a new multi-use facility they will build in partnership with Yellowhead County. It was a tough decision for Council to make, according to Zahara.
When looking ahead to 2019, Zahara says in addition to the multi-use facility and skills bike park, the Town has plans for new infrastructure projects. These include the replacement of water and sewer lines and repaving 7th Avenue. The Town will also continue investing in the trail system, and working with Yellowhead County on a regional fire training centre as well.