Mayor Wadsworth reflects on successful 2016 year

The Town of Millet saw a 2016 year that seemed to be 15 to 20 years in the making.

Town of Millet mayor Tony Wadsworth

Town of Millet mayor Tony Wadsworth

The Town of Millet saw a 2016 year that seemed to be 15 to 20 years in the making.

Mayor Tony Wadsworth says “without a doubt,” the biggest accomplishment for the town this year was the completion of town efforts to have EPCORE water supplied to Millet via Edmonton.

“The water will be turned on hopefully the middle of January,” said Wadsworth.

Wadsworth explained those serving Millet town council have been working for almost 20 years to get the town off well water and instead provide EPCORE water to residents.

“And it’s costing us 30 per cent less than we expected,” said Wadsworth.

Another achievement for the town is the Coppertree Lands.

The land, which falls within Town of Millet borders, is being sectioned up for reclassification to: medium density residential, low density residential, high density residential and direct control. First reading was passed at council’s Nov. 23 meeting.

Wadsworth believes the town is now in the final stages of an agreement needed to develop the land in the future for residents.

During the 2016 year the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools board came to a decision to close Millet School. Wadsworth says it has become a hot-button issue in town as to what will be done with the building when it is empty. “May people want to keep it.”

He added town council has yet to have a formal discussion on the matter as the building is still owned by the school division.

The re-dedication of the Royal Canadian Legion’s cenotaph in town is another positive accomplishment Wadsworth made sure to mention.

On the books for next year is the annexation between the Town of Millet and the County of Wetaskiwin. “It’s a major thing, for the town to double in size in one annexation,” said Wadsworth.

“And (it’s) a friendly annexation,” he added.

After waiting three to four years, by mid-January two pedestrian bridges in the Pipestone Park will be replaced. “Some of those have been closed for too long We’ve had the full area out of commission for too long,” said Wadsworth.

Another rising issue in the community is the matter of opening an off-leash dog park. “I think most people would agree we need an off-leash dog park but where do we (locate) it?” Wadsworth mused.

The Town of Miller meets regularly with the Wetaskiwin RCMP detachment to discuss crime prevention and enforcement tactics in hopes of making the area feel safer for residents.

“By and large I’m happy to say the crime wave we had 15 months has abated somewhat,” said Wadsworth.

However, he adds residents need to remain alert and vigilant, keeping doors locked and valuables out of site to deter criminals looking for crimes of opportunity. Another tip he gives is to leave exterior lights on at night. “They like to work in darkness.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Black Press file photo
 Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Black Press file photo
New COVID-19 death reported in the City of Wetaskiwin

COVID-19 updates for the City and County of Wetaskiwin.

Pictured left to right: Tyrone McDonald, Fire Chief Jamie Wilkinson, General Manager of Community & Protective Services Paul Edginton, Uwe Kurth (ASFA), City Manager Sue Howard, Deputy Fire Chief Alex Plant, Mayor Tyler Gandam. Photo/ City of Wetaskiwin.
City of Wetaskiwin Fire Services sends gear to firefighters in Paraguay

Former City of Wetaskiwin Fire Services member spearheading this initiative.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 456 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Five new COVID-19 deaths in Central zone, two in Red Deer

Province reports 456 new cases of COVID-19

File photo
Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit recovers valuable stolen property

Property valued at over $50,000 recovered by Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit.

Black Press file photo
Leduc RCMP arrest male for multiple break and enters and theft

34-year-old Michael Gilchrist has been arrested for his involvement in the thefts.

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canadian malls, conference centres, hotels offer up space for COVID vaccination centres

Commercial real estate association REALPAC said that a similar initiative was seeing success in the U.K.

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are sworn into office on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

In this March 28, 2017, file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energy’s Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo. Public opposition to the Alberta government’s plans to expand coal mining in the Rocky Mountains appears to be growing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mead Gruver, File
Alberta cancels coal leases, pauses future sales, as opposition increases

New Democrat environment critic Marlin Schmidt welcomed the suspension

In this March 28, 2017, file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energy’s Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mead Gruver, File)
First Nations seek to intervene in court challenge of coal policy removal

Bearspaw, Ermineskin and Whitefish First Nations are among those looking to intervene

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau vows to keep up the fight to sway U.S. on merits of Keystone XL pipeline

Canada’s pitch to the Biden team has framed Keystone XL as a more environmentally friendly project than original

Central Alberta’s Catherine Hayreceived a letter from the Government of Canada recently stating she had to repay the government. Photo submitted
Central Albertan asked to repay CERB amount

Catherine Hay says she received a letter in November saying she had to completely repay the benefit

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
No Pfizer vaccines arriving in Canada next week; feds still expect 4M doses by end of March

More cases of U.K. variant, South African variant found in Canada

Most Read