Jan 2012 - Crossfield Ready For Growth
Crossfield ready for 2012 growth
By Marie Pollock — Senior Reporter
For the Town of Crossfield, 2011 brought the opportunity for more growth and expansion, according to Mayor Nathan Anderson.
Anderson said that in the last year, Crossfield was able to explore opportunities for growth, with more developers starting to set up shop in the area.
The town also got to work on getting a new water reservoir underway, and Anderson said he expects that project to be completed in June of 2012.
"That will allow this community to grow," he said. "Without that water reservoir in town, we were at our limits and we couldn't grow, and now that we have new development and stuff coming on, we needed to get on the ball with that in order to allow this community to grow and flourish and prosper economically."
On the financial side, Anderson said that Crossfield's new council, which was elected in 2010, was able to cut down on city spending without having to cut down on town services.
By making some budget cuts, council was able to set up an infrastructure surplus fund so the town can start upgrading some of its infrastructure.
One of the major buildings in the town that needed upgrading in 2011 was the Pete Knight Memorial Centre — the town's local ice rink.
Crossfield's Raise the Roof for the Rink fundraiser, which was held in September, helped to collect more than $50,000 for the project.
The money raised allowed the town to renovate the exterior of the building and upgrade some parts of the interior as well.
Although the town experienced many successes over the year, Anderson said that 2011 brought its challenges as well, one of which was the diverse demographic of the town.
"We have a lot of seniors, and we have a lot of young families, and their needs are very different," he said. "And (we need) to make sure that we're balancing things, that we're not disrespecting our history … but that we're also open-minded to the fact that just because something's been done a certain way since the beginning of time in the town, doesn't mean it's the right way.
"We need to be looking at everything to be looking for efficiencies, economies of scale, and ways to do things better."
Going into 2012, Anderson said the biggest priorities for the town are to get all of the infrastructure up to standard, getting the roads in good shape, and to look into more recreational activities and opportunities for Crossfield's youth.
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