Image of Stratford Mayor Steve OgdenMayor’s Message
January 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

I would like to thank all residents and businesses for continuing to follow the direction of our public health officials to minimize the effects of the pandemic in Stratford while keeping the economy going as much as possible. There is now light at the end of the tunnel with the anticipated roll-out of vaccination programs to beat this virus once and for all.

Despite everything that has happened in 2020, a lot of positive steps have been taken in Stratford over the past year. The project to pipe our wastewater to Charlottetown is nearing completion, freeing up our beautiful waterfront. The new Emergency Services Centre is now fully operational. The Town has purchased 170 acres of land to accommodate a new high school, a future junior high and whatever other community facilities may be determined to be necessary in the future. The active transportation lane on the Hillsborough Bridge is underway. The new MacKinnon/Glen Stewart/Marion Drive connection makes access to our elementary and primary schools much safer and easier. Also, we are all happy to see the return of a hardware store to our town, with the opening the new Kinlock Home Hardware.

As part of our budget planning process, I thank residents who are participating in public consultations by identifying their spending priorities. Long term budget planning will consider the initiatives that are most important to our taxpayers and help identify where our spending priorities should lie. We will soon present a draft 2021/2022 budget for residents’ comments, with the final version being presented for Council approval before March 31, 2021.

Phase 1 of the public consultation on developing the waterfront is also now complete, with phase 2 coming soon, and a completion date targeted for the end of March 2021.

Lastly, I would like to reiterate how important our annual resident survey is in all decisions made by Council. It helps staff immeasurably in designing and delivering programs and services for residents. I encourage you to participate in the survey to help guide future decisions which will affect you and your family.

With all its challenges, 2020 is now thankfully behind us. We look forward to 2021 with renewed optimism in our collective resilience and strength as a vibrant, growing community. I hope you had a peaceful and happy holiday season and I wish you and your families all the best in 2021.

Mayor Steve Ogden