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Brian Hammond re-elected MD reeve

Thursday, 31 October 2019. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Brian Hammond re-elected MD reeve

Reeve Hammond extends greetings from the MD of Pincher Creek at the Southern Alberta Summer Games hosted last July in Pincher Creek.   Photo by Shannon Robison

Brian Hammond re-elected MD reeve

By Jess Harrington

Brian Hammond has been chosen to serve as reeve for the MD of Pincher Creek for another year.

The councillor for Division 4 was re-elected in a secret ballot at an organizational meeting Oct. 22, as required by the Municipal Government Act.

According to the act, council must elect one councillor to be reeve every year in October.

Rick Lemire will also continue on as deputy reeve. Rick has served in this position for the past two years.

Brian says council’s main priority over the next year will be improving public services for constituents.

“There’s a tremendous interest in improving the service level [in the MD] and our basic focus is infrastructure — our roads and bridges,” says Brian. “More and more we see people needing to get into town on a regular basis from rural areas.”

“We’ve made efforts to begin that process [of improvement], and I think that will be our ongoing challenge,” he says.

To help with this, council and administration will be putting a large focus on municipal policy over the next term — revising old or incomplete approaches that don’t serve the MD in its current state, and creating new ones to address policy gaps.

“There’s a number of things that need to be updated and added to, and we have to get what we do into policy if it isn’t already … because sometimes we look for a policy to provide direction or help make a decision and it’s not there,” Brian says.

“The game board is ever changing, so sometimes we need to devise new policies to address challenges that our ratepayers face at work or home.”

Brian says he’s also looking forward to working soon with his fellow councillors and administrators on a strategic plan for the MD.

This is Brian’s 15th year on MD council. He has served as reeve for nearly six of those years, from October 2013 to 2017, then again last year and now. He says he feels lucky to be able to continue to serve the residents of the MD.

“It’s really something, isn’t it?” he says with a chuckle. “There’s lots of stimulus here, lots of activity and lots of challenges, but probably the best part is working with people and trying to provide service.”