The City has unveiled the 2018 Report to the Community. The annual document includes updated summaries and statistics from key City service areas, including governance, finance, development and growth, parks, recreation and culture, family and community support services.
In a statement, the City says it highlights Lloydminster’s ongoing commitment to enhanced fiscal accountability and the provision of quality municipal services. As his council enters its fourth year, Mayor Gerald Aalbers wants to continue with an open dialogue with residents.
“The 2018 Report to the Community provides an important glimpse into the good work this council and administration have done to update and refine the way we manage and operate our city,” said Aalbers. “In building toward a stronger community, members of this council have made themselves accessible for conversations with residents and stakeholders who are willing to share their ideas, hopes and expectations for the future of Lloydminster and we look forward to continuing these insightful, productive conversation moving forward.”
The report expects a 2.7 per cent property tax increase to keep up with inflation and operating costs while touting no increase in utility rates. The City also expects to break ground on the new wastewater treatment plant this year, requiring an initial investment of $9 million. Lloydminster continues to seek out federal and provincial grant funding for the project. The City will invest a total of $6.7 million into improving streets and roadways. A $5.7 million storm water management program is also expected to begin this year.
According to the report, 194 building permits were issued in 2018 valued at $25,090,406. There were 38 new dwellings in 2018 and the city received 465 development permit applications. In addition, there were 50 applications for a Letter of Compliance and 52 applications for a property file search or review. Four subdivision applications were approved to promote infill development and one was approved to develop a neighbourhood commercial site.
The city’s emergency services saw 416 calls for service. Eight firefighters were hired and began their eight-month training program and 2,034 fire safety books were printed and distributed to schools. Bylaw officers issued 1,035 tickets, received 1,816 calls, had 354 animal enforcements and 186 taxi enforcements. Mayor Aalbers says he looks forward to continuing progress with his council through 2019.
“Heading into the fourth year as Council, we will continue to build on a culture that supports and honours growth as we work towards completing the priorities set out in City Council’s strategic plan,” said Aalbers. The full report can be viewed on the City’s website.