City of Thompson
2015 Organizational Meeting
November 4th, 2015
I am once again honored to provide greetings and opening remarks at this, the second organizational meeting of the City of Thompson Council for the 2014-2018 term.
I would like to welcome all in attendance, including my City Council Colleagues, City Manager Gary Ceppetelli and his administrative team, and members of the general public in attendance. I would also like welcome those viewing from home with the services provided by Shaw Cable.
I would first like to thank the residents of this community for their input over the last year. We have had good participation in the enquiry and question periods of our Council Meetings as well as good participation via social media and our web page. We value your comments and suggestions as we move through the process of providing services to the community at large.
Secondly, I would like to recognize and thank City Manager Gary Ceppetelli and his administrative team and City Staff that make our job as Mayor and Councillors that much easier by doing all the hard work at the ground level.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my fellow Council Colleagues for their efforts over the past year. The first year was a learning process for many on Council but now I look forward to moving forward and having this Council establish its own identity for the remaining three years of our term.
To say that our first year in office was a learning experience does not mean that we did not see numerous achievements as we came together as a team. Here are a few to note:
LAUNCH OF THE NEW BRAND
January 5, 2015 - The City of Thompson revealed its new brand identity at the first council meeting of the year. The new identity is a result of the work led by the Local and Regional Identity Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the Thompson Economic Diversification Working Group (TEDWG).
NEW SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS IN EFFECT
February 17, 2015 - The amended school speed zone speed limit by-law passed its third and final reading.
ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY/WINTERFEST
March 10, 2015 - Thompson was host to Rogers Hometown Hockey and Winterfest 2015. This was an excellent opportunity to showcase our community and demonstrate to the nation how we are a proud Northern city, rich with culture, history and the spirit of the people who live here.
CITY OF THOMPSON APPROVED FOR FUNDING FOR NEW WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
May 15, 2015 - Mayor Dennis Fenske was joined by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface and the Honourable Steve Ashton, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, to jointly announce funding of up to $24,333,333 for Thompson’s new Wastewater Treatment Plant.
CITY OF THOMPSON AND VALE PRESENT WATER TREATMENT PLANT TRANSFER DETAILS
June 11, 2015 - Mayor and Council together with Vale, held an open house to present the transition plan of the Water Treatment Plan from Vale to the City of Thompson at St. Joseph’s Hall and offer residents an opportunity to ask any questions they may have had.
LAUNCH OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER PROGRAM
June 12, 2015 - The City of Thompson, along with its partners in the Downtown Strategy, celebrated the graduation of eight Community Safety Officers (CSO) at a ceremony at City Hall today.
The new CSO program aims to build positive relationships while also improving public safety. Under Bill 31 of the Police Services Act, the CSO’s have been granted Peace Officer status in the City of Thompson and will work with local law enforcement to:
• Implement crime prevention strategies and initiatives
• Enforce some provincial laws, like The Liquor Control Act, The Intoxicated Persons Detention Act, The Mental Health Act and The Highway Traffic Act
• Connect social service providers with people in need
• Maintain a visible presence in the community
CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN OUR CRIME SEVERITY INDEX RANKING
July 24, 2015 - Statistics Canada released 2014 figures for the Juristat Crime Severity Index this week. Thompson continues to improve its community ranking across Canada and saw a 15.1% drop in the overall crime severity. Specifically, the violent crime severity value realized a 9% drop and the non-violent crime severity value a 17.3% drop, continuing the trend over the last couple of years.
ACQUISITION OF WASTE DISPOSAL GROUNDS
July 28, 2015 - The City of Thompson assumed ownership and operational management of the Waste Disposal Grounds (WDG) effective Saturday, August 1, 2015.
THOMPSON RCMP RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR PROJECT NORTHERN DOORWAY
September 9, 2015 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Thompson Detachment, received an award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for their part in Project Northern Doorway.
As I stated at last year’s Inaugural meeting, decisions made by this Council in this term will frame the future development and sustainability for our community for many years to come. As always, I look forward to the discussion and debate on all the issues and I encourage Council to be actively involved as we move through the process.
I also encourage and challenge residents of all ages in our community to also become actively involved in the decision making process. It is your thoughts and opinions that will guide us in moving our community forward and face the challenges that are ahead of us.
Moving forward, Council has begun the 2016 Budget deliberations with an anticipated completion date of February 2016. As per the Municipal Act we have to formally submit our budget to the Province of Manitoba by May 15th, 2016.
This evening we will announce the addition of a new committee of Council being the Communications Committee.
Through the Aboriginal Accord Standing Committee, we will review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report and its 94 recommendations. We will endeavor to adopt practices that reflect the recommendations moving forward, one of which will be the establishment of an Aboriginal Relations Committee of Council within this term of office.
As a Council we will continue to make decisions based on our Strategic Plan which will be presented to the community in the next month.
We will continue to use the Master Parks Plan and the Sustainable Community Plan as guiding documents in our decision making process.
At the Canadian Citizenship Court recently held at Deerwood School we welcomed 163 new Canadian citizens to our community and region. This is a reflection of the diversity of both the region and community and is one of our strengths that allows cross cultural discussions at this time.
I am confident that we will continue to work towards being the most inclusive, caring and progressive community that we can be, to the benefit of all.
In closing, I would again encourage residents to be involved with the municipal process of governing. Council provides governance and sets policy; Administration supports the governance and carries out the policies implemented.
Residents….and this is the most important part…..provide feedback….both positive and negative so that Council and Staff can affirm or adjust direction that we are guiding the community forward.
By working together, the outcomes will benefit everyone, both in the community and our neighbouring communities.