Corner Brook City Council Year in review 2013-2014

Image 1It’s been one busy since Corner Brook’s 16th city council was sworn in at Corner Brook’s new, LEED Silver Certified City Hall on September 27, 2013 and I became Mayor of this great little city for the second time.

When I ran for the Office of Mayor of the City of Corner Brook, I committed to making Corner Brook an Age friendly, Family Friendly, Business Friendly community through transparency and good government and I have not forgotten that commitment as my council and I work to transform this place we call home.

As a new council, we took our commitments to the people of Corner Brook seriously as we began the process of change immediately upon being sworn in, taking steps to reduce expenses, cut waste and increase productivity at all levels, by reducing council and staff travel, freezing discretionary spending and new hires, and of course, council remuneration was also frozen for the full 4 year term of council.

IMG_3968With a balanced budget that saw no tax increases, a $1million surplus from 21013, new housing developments and a more business friendly atmosphere, we have turned the corner, but we are not done yet.

As a new council, we moved quickly to tackle some of those long standing issues that have been on the back burner for too long: this year we undertook the most extensive streets paving program in this city’s history – which also included a new sidewalk along upper Brookfield Avenue, took over the former Pepsi Centre and are transforming it into our community centre – we also invited the Corner Brook Royals back to the city and found a home for Saltos gymnastics.

IMG_3567Over the past year we have been working extensively with many community groups such as the YMCA, Dunfield Park Community Association, Rotary Arts Centre, TNL, Stage West, Off Broadway Players, Gros Morne Summer Music, LAWN, Corner Brook Running Club, the Mountain Biking Club, the Corner Brook Baseball Association, the Corner Brook Soccer Association, the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association, the Corner Brook Corner Brook Winter Carnival, Silver Blades,  Downtown Business Association, the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade and so many more, and we even found money to complete one of the city’s hidden gems: Bartlett’s Point Park in the Curling area.

Yes, it’s been a very hectic but also a very rewarding year. We could not have accomplished so much in so short a time without the continued and unwavering support of everyone in this community who has helped us transform this place we call home.

IMG_0163Through your emails, conversations, meetings, letters and phone calls, combined with your willingness and determination to work together for the common good, you have helped guide us in our daily decisions about what’s right for our city.

As we enter our second year in office, please accept my most sincere and humble thanks for allowing me to lead our city as your Mayor.

Charles

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