Season’s Greetings; This is my first letter to the town.
I would like to thank all those who turned out to vote. Our thanks to former councillors and those re-elected for the hard work they have done. Our thanks to all who threw their hat in the ring; no matter if you won or lost. It is imperative that the people have choices and we have ended up with a good council.
We had a great Remembrance Day Service, as usual, held at the school on the eleventh. Special guests included the United Church Choir, The RCMP, Cadets from Fort Macleod, and Piper Shelley Kozub. It was a great service and we do well to remember all those who came before and those who are out there serving now. Kudos to the Granum Historical Board!
Our new council has barely had time to do anything as we have only had one meeting thus far. We have a great many things on our plate, the town office building, finishing the upgrades at the water house, deciding what to do about our computer system that is so inadequate that we cannot even get a monthly statement, figuring out something for the pumps out at the creek. And the list goes on. Work has started on the building referred to as the 2000 center.
We will be asking for an extension from the Minister of Municipal Affairs as there is no way that all their requirements can be met. They now want all the by-laws from before 1998. When all the council has had a chance to sit together and review all the directives and recommendations, we can update where we are and we will probably post all of it on the website. We still have a lot of work to do and our present staff is working very hard to get all of that done and still keep everything else caught up.
We have issues in town and I would briefly like to address them. We studied a poem when I was in High School that was written by Edwin Markham. It is a quotable quote:
“He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!
This council has a goal. There are groups in town who are trying to shut the town out because of distrust or whatever. They are still part of the town. We, the town, and thereby the council, value all of them. Every group, society, committee, whatever you may be, serves a purpose for the good of the town. Your focus must be on the goal that your group promotes. The goal of the council is everything that is good for the town. It is our desire to work WITH everyone. It is our purpose to do everything properly, legally and above board. There will be many things posted on the Granum website in the future in an attempt to keep you all informed.