2017 in Review: An interview with Mayor Tammy Burke

By Keanna Nelson (B94 Newsroom)
January 4, 2018 - 7:51pm Updated: January 17, 2018 - 4:58pm

If you could use one word to describe 2017, what would you use and why?

“Memorable, because we had an election that went in the favour of me and I’m thrilled to be serving Rocky Mountain House as the Mayor.”

What were some of the issues that came up this year that weighed heaviest on you?

“Of course the helipad. In 2017 the helipad and the demolition of the water tower were obviously some of the bigger stories of 2017, and we’re happy that it has all worked out now. Obviously we would have rather had the water tower to still be standing and have our logo on it but, in the end it had to come down and now we have a fully functioning bigger helipad that we desperately needed for the care of the patients.”


What were some of the best moments of 2017, and what were some of the hardest to deal with?

“The best moment was the opening of the helipad, that was a great moment to see that finally finished and functioning and then wouldn’t you know about an hour after it opened the first STARS landed there. So, you know that was obviously a highlight of the year, getting that back and functioning. Some of the Canada 150 celebrations were fantastic. Seeing all the canoes take off on July 1 on their 23-day journey to The Pas was really a fantastic experience for me, we spent a lot of time at the historic site around that time and it was an exciting time in our community.”


How did the past year in public office shape you, what did it teach you?

“Its taught me a lot about patience. You know the election time is definitely an intense time because that was my second campaign time. You know, being that I was running for the Mayor this time it was certainly a lot more intense and definitely the weeks felt like months, I was glad it was a short time but, happy with the results.”


What do you look forward to in 2018 in accomplishing in Rocky Mountain House?

“I know as a council we are all really looking forward to our new CAO starting on January 22 and I know our staff is also looking forward to that. There have been a few months, although we had great interim CAO’s, it’s been a couple of months where there have been gaps and it will be great to start moving forward and forming that special strong team again.”


Is there any particular issue you will be keeping your eye on in 2018, any upcoming policies or initiatives the town is looking at?

“We have to do our budget, that’s first and foremost, so budget will start before the end of January. We are also going to be doing a strategic planning session, we want to make sure that you know that we are all working on the same strategic planning issues. You know what might be important to the last council might not be important for this council, but I do know that we are all pretty keen on moving 54 street forward. We want to figure out how we can get that going. Myself personally I also want to see some more waste reduction strategies. I think it is easy for us to just continue to keep dumping and wondering why the cost of the waste management keeps going up but we also have to look at ways of waste reduction and I think that is responsible stewardship.”   





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