Mayor says Wetaskiwin looking up this spring

City of Wetaskiwin mayor Bill Elliot gave a brief community update during a business luncheon Mar. 9.

Mayor Bill Elliot

City of Wetaskiwin mayor Bill Elliot gave a brief community update during a business luncheon Mar. 9.

Speaking to the crowd at the Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting, Elliot started off by noting the Kraft Hockeyville competition, which includes the neighbouring community of Maskwacis in the top 10, is offering $100,000 to the winner, plus the hosting of an NHL pre-season game.

Voting for the Hockeyville competition was scheduled for Mar. 12 and 13.

Icemen

Elliot stated the Wetaskiwin Icemen of the Capital Junior Hockey league have made the 2016-17 playoffs and are scheduled to play Beaumont in the playoffs.

He said the gentlemanly Icemen wouldn’t tolerate any trouble from the visiting Chiefs. “We have the RCMP coming because the Beaumont fans are not very nice,” he joked.

Elliot also stated, as of Mar. 9, the date of the next playoff game had not been released.

City changes

The mayor noted city communications people are now located at the visitor information centre. As well, there is no longer an economic development department.

Rather, those departments are now renamed the Community Development department, located at the VIC, right across from the water tower on Hwy #2A.

Planting seeds

Elliot told the guests that the city recently attended a shopping centre association meeting. He said when it comes to attracting new business the City of Wetaskiwin keeps planting seeds and watering and watering.

Main Street work

The mayor noted that Main Street improvements will continue this coming construction season. Improvements will continue from the No Frills corner on Main Street all the way down to the water tower on Hwy #2A.

Also, Jubilee Park, located in that same area, will be finished this year as well, including the amphitheatre which is going to be great for festivals.

The mayor also noted with so much construction going on in that downtown area, there will be more detours, and detours are a good thing because they mean the town is growing and improving.

Plant a tree

Elliot said he wanted to remind people that there is a memorial garden at By The Lake Park where people can plant a tree in memory of a loved one.

Those interested can contact the city Public Works department for more information.

Wetaskiwin’s state

Mayor Elliot reminded the crowd that the state of the City/County luncheon will be held Apr. 20.

On May 16, the Reynolds-Alberta Museum will be hosting an estate-planning seminar.

A big event is coming up at By The Lake Park June 24. Elliot said Art in the Park will be a full day of events at the Wetaskiwin park.