Supporting Strong and Connected Communities

Posted by: Roxanne Carr

Our rural residents have unique needs when compared to those in an urban setting. The lifestyle they have chosen to raise their families, retire in, or even the setting in which they run their business is different than living in Sherwood Park. There are similar issues, but they are handled differently. Both have crime, traffic and utility issues, among others, but they are quite different.

Over the past four years, I have championed many rural issues. 700 more rural households now have access to high speed internet. Maintenance costs of rural community halls and facilities are now being taken care of by the County. Council also advanced key rural infrastructure plans including Ardrossan Recreation Complex's Skateboard Park, the rural spray park, and a multi-use agricultural facility.

I also believe we need to be more connected and have greater mobility within Strathcona County. Over my next term, I will instruct administration to explore a rural transit loop for Sherwood Park, Ardrossan, Josephburg and Fort Saskatchewan.  I also want to research the feasibility of a bike path along Baseline road which would connect Sherwood Park with Ardrossan. This path would provide an additional and safer way for our residents to run, walk or bike between the communities.

Lastly, we will build a multi-use agricultural facility that is capable of hosting world class equine sporting events, but also can host a broad range of agricultural and economic events.  This facility has been proposed for many years and now Council has set aside funds to acquire the land to build this facility. Let’s get that facility built!

I'm extremely proud of the work Council put forward these last four years. I'm excited to see what we can accomplish the next four!