Now that we are into the depths of summer and 3 months away from the municipal elections, it is a great time to reflect on the work done by this council, Esquimalt staff, and council committees over the past 4 years. This has been a very busy and very productive term in Esquimalt, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with the people you elected in 2014.
Through our Strategic Priorities council set out 4 overarching goals:
Esquimalt recognized Inflow and Infiltration (rainwater and waste that contribute to the flows to the municipal sewer system) from old pipes would cause significant cost and environmental stress to the municipality in the future. Significant work has been done to repair and reline municipal sewer infrastructure. Esquimalt reduced flow by 15% 2005-2012 and greater reduction since then. This translates to you in reduced cost for sewage treatment, as greater longevity for the plants being built now.
Roads, sidewalks, municipal buildings are also part of this goal. Council gave direction to increase the connectivity of our community through increased sidewalk, road and cycling infrastructure. Your input, as was requested recently for Lyall and Lampson St corridors, is crucial to prioritizing these connections. Maintaining buildings such as our sports center which is now almost 60 years old can continue to serve us well with our focus on good management. Upgrades and maintenance to Townhall, the rec center, and the public safety buildings are all continuously reviewed .
In the next number of blogs I will go through the other 3 goals and I am hoping these will stir comment from you!