by Lucie Roy
Morinville News Correspondent
A State of the Region Address with Sturgeon County Mayor Tom Flynn and St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse was held Wednesday morning with Morinville Mayor Lisa Holmes acting as emcee.
The event, held at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, had more than 135 in attendance from across the region.
“You’ll notice the theme today is ‘Growing Together,’ which is what our Councils set out to do when we signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) back in 2014,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Tom Flynn. “Having important discussions about future planning, regional projects and boundaries, specifically regarding lands within Sturgeon County and adjacent to St Albert’s boundary. We are focused on the shared future success of both our communities, municipal boundaries are only political. Our communites do not begin or end with a line on a map.”
Briefing notes from Flynn and Crouse touched on the City of St. Albert and Sturgeon County’s Inter-Municipal Affairs Committee (IAC), Joint Infrastructure Opportunities, Joint Advocacy Opportunites, including transit, major roadway infrastructure, Joint Growth Boundary Study, Sturgeon Valley and long term plans. Additionally, there Tri-Party arrangement with St. Albert, Sturgeon County, and Edmonton, the Capital Region Board, 127 Street in Edmonton and other transportation, and density development topics were touched on.
Both mayors acknowledged John and Bill Bocock for their donation of 777 acres of land to the University of Alberta which allowed for the establishment of the St. Albert Research Station for the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences and preservation of agricultural land.
Crouse also spoke of Fowler Way, a future road by Walmart and Costco and a movie theatre complex to be built North of St. Albert scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.