Well it is 2017 and the Village is still hopping. A record number of development permits have been issued for the last two years, and this year it is continuing. The new motel is open and I have had the privilege of a tour, it is very nice. What a great addition to the Village. This past Spring we launched our Blue Bag Recycling Program, thank you for your participation, so far it has been a huge success!

The Village has leased the commercial lot on the corner of (47th St. & 50th Ave) and will be turning it into a user pay parking lot for the summer months. As you may have noticed the WILD water line is coming into the Village, early in the New Year we should have a bulk water truck fill station set up on Museum Road. Unfortunately we won't have water to our individual houses quite yet, but we are working on it. Council has approved plans to upgrade 47th street coming into the Village, we will be installing drainage culverts, filling in the ditches, new curbs and sidewalks, then paving. Plans also include upgrades to a number of residential streets. Our friends at Fortis will be changing all of our street lights over to LED bulbs which will lower our consumpton which in turn will save us dollars.

Council has been working hard developing a new Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw. Alberta Beach Council will be holding an Open House on July 7th, 2017 asking for your comments and input into the documents. A Public Hearing will follow on July 20th, 2017, please come out and participate. Dates, time and location are listed on page 2.

Once again, we will be holding the White Metal Pick Up June 21st & 22nd. Please call the Village Office to be added to the list. Also our annual Large Bin Clean Up will be held on June 24th, 2017 at the new Public Works Yard on Museum Road. Details are listed on page 6. Let's all gather up the junk and waste in our yards and see how many bins we can fill.

The Rebuild the Rink Committee has been hard at work. The new boards have been installed and they look great! A Big Thank You to the people involved, they still require funds to finish the project so please keep donating. Bottles and cans can be dropped off at the village office.

R.C.M.P. Short Term Enhanced Policing - Not only will the Village have enhanced patrols during the summer they will be setting up a field office in our administration building to use year round. Maybe you've seen the new sign.

As always if you require any information or would just like to sit down and have a coffee, please contact the Village Office to set up an appointment, I will make myself available. I encourage you to get involved in your community, volunteer for a service group, because when we all get involved; we can make a positive difference.

Please enjoy your summer and be safe!

Jim Benedict, Mayor