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Residents give feedback on 2019 municipal budget

Residents are sharing their thoughts with city staff on what they want to see changed for 2019. On Wednesday, a Your Voice Night event was held at the Legacy Centre for the city to get input on their 2019 municipal budget.

Resident Jackie Dearden says her biggest concern is the lack of construction in the older parts of the city.

“There are areas in the city that haven’t been touched in 25 years. The sidewalks are breaking down, the roads are breaking down particularly in the Pioneer Lodge area that’s an area I drive a lot.”

Multiple city councillors along with the Mayor were present to share information, as well as answer questions. Mayor Gerald Aalbers says priorities for the next year include maintaining the ageing infrastructure downtown.

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“We want to maintain the infrastructure, the roads, the trails and the systems that are in place. There’s also the recreation in the city. What can we continue to maintain and ensure that the facilities are in the best condition that they can be, as well as safe for all people.”

Resident and local immigration partnership coordinator Kemoh Mansaray says he came to the event to find out more about what programs are in place for new immigrants.

“Lloydminster is attracting a lot of new immigrants coming here and I want to know what is there for infrastructure and so many other things like transportation, which is huge for immigrants moving around.”

Mansaray says he discussed these things and more with councillors, as well as provided suggestions for transportation options.

A second Your Voice Night will be held Thursday at the Servus Sports Centre from 4 to 8 p.m. An online survey is also on the city’s website for those residents who do not attend these events to give feedback.

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