Message from the Mayor


2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

Water to Wembley coming in 2019: the 26 kilometer potable water transmission line from Aquatera’s water treatment plant in Grande Prairie to Wembley is back on schedule with a planned completion for Spring 2019.

The importance of getting a long-term water supply to Wembley means the capacity to service future growth and development in our Community. Aquatera will be assuming responsibility for the Town’s water infrastructure on January 1, 2019. We are also looking forward to becoming an Aquatera shareholder on January 1, 2019.

Potential future growth for the Town does present some challenges for our wastewater treatment facility. In order to meet the Federal and Provincial effluent discharge regulatory requirements, upgrades will be required to our treatment facility. The Town was able to get a grant to cover a portion of the costs to assist with identifying what work is required to keep us compliant. Aquatera has been assisting the Town and ISL Engineering in the process. Aquatera will assume the wastewater infrastructure facility in Wembley on July 1, 2019.

Town council has completed the first step in its Strategic Planning process, and will be taking it out to the residents of Wembley in 2019.

The mini-mall at the corner of 100 Avenue and 97 Street is filling its units with tenants. The announcement that a gas bar will be opening soon was welcome news to our residents.

The by-election for one vacant council position was held on November 20, 2018, and Jessica Guimond was the successful candidate. I would like to thank the two individuals who put their names forward, and we welcome Councillor Guimond to Town Council.

Rural Transportation Pilot Project County Connector: Phase II of this project is expected to be up and running for residents in the West County – Hythe, Beaverlodge, and Wembley in early 2019. Wembley, as a partner in this project, is another way to improve the quality of life for our residents. For more information and details including route maps, schedules and ticket purchasing information visit www.countygp.ab.ca/connector

2018 Summer Games opening ceremonies in Wembley at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum: July 19, 2108 saw athletes, coaches, family and spectators from across the Province officially open the games at the Museum. This was a major event for our Town.

Our Parks and Recreation department has another busy year with activities for our residents. To get a better idea of what our residents want for activities, the Advisory board took a survey out to the community asking for feedback. The results of the survey will be reviewed in the New Year and referenced with the Town’s Strategic Plan in identifying priorities going forward.

Our FCSS programs are an integral part of our community and partner with many of our other organization as their mandate allows.

Recent changes to the Municipal Government Act requires that all municipalities in the province must have an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) and an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) with our bordering municipality by April 2020. As Wembley’s boarder is with the County of Grande Prairie, we have been working with the County to meet the 2020 timeline. The ICF must address services relating to transportation, water and wastewater, solid wastes, emergency services, and recreation. The IDP is intended to address future growth opportunities and development related matters of joint interest between the municipalities.
Wembley is in the “Heart of the Action” when it comes to the oil and gas activity in and around the Region. This will provide many opportunities for growth within our Town.

I have stated it many times that volunteers are the strength of any community, and it is no different in Wembley. I thank our volunteers who make things happen for Wembley. As a resident, it is your responsibility to keep informed, and get involved in our community.

If you have any questions, or want more information on what is happening in Wembley, follow our Town website, newsletters, your local newspaper, or call our Town office.

On behalf of Town Council, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and all the best for 2019.

Chris Turnmire
Mayor
Town of Wembley