Image of Stratford Mayor Steve OgdenMayor’s Message

PEI summers always seem too short but we enjoyed lots of great weather for getting to the beach and other outdoor activities. It remained a very busy time for Council and I however as we attended to the business of the Town.

A top priority remains the Waste Water Treatment Plant which was at the top of the list of Stratford issues and concerns discussed during meetings held with Premier Dennis King, Leader of the Official Opposition Peter Bevan-Baker, Interim Leader of the Third Party Robert Mitchell, Stratford MLAs James Aylward and Michelle Beaton, MP Lawrence MacAulay, and Charlottetown Mayor Phillip Brown. The original tenders for the project were almost double the estimated cost so a new approach to reduce costs has been agreed upon with all government project partners and a new tender issued in mid-August. If responses to it are reasonable, work will start as soon as possible; if not, we will work with our partners to find an alternative solution.

Another very high priority is keeping tax rates as low as possible. To that end, during my meetings with our Premier and the other Provincial leaders, I stressed the importance of a more equitable sharing of property tax revenues in recognition of Stratford’s incredible population growth. Currently 61% of all of Stratford’s property tax revenue goes to the Province so we are seeking a better financial deal to prevent the need for a tax increase.

The safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is of top importance as well. Speed humps are being placed in areas where complaints of speeding are highest and speed-radar signs are being used effectively to let drivers know when they are speeding. Most importantly, we have asked the RCMP to focus on traffic safety in residential areas during busy periods when most infractions are reported. These initiatives, along with other possible approaches, will improve safety for all users of our streets and roads.

By the time this update is published, the new Stratford Emergency Services Centre will be nearing completion with Island EMS and the Cross Roads Community Fire Company soon moving into their new quarters, and the RCMP moving in a bit later. I also look forward to a future announcement of the site of the new high school and further Community Campus consultations and updates throughout the fall.

As always, please let any member of Council know if there is something we can do to help make Stratford the best community possible. I hope you have an enjoyable end of summer and early fall season.

Sincerely, 

Mayor Steve Ogden