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Council Column: Moving Cochrane forward, key Town projects breaking ground this spring

Heading into the final stretch of our four-year term as your Cochrane Town Council, I believe it is important to reflect on past achievements, while also looking ahead to the projects breaking ground this spring that council has planned for the futur
Alex Reed
Councillor Alex Reed.

Heading into the final stretch of our four-year term as your Cochrane Town Council, I believe it is important to reflect on past achievements, while also looking ahead to the projects breaking ground this spring that council has planned for the future of the community.  

As a councillor dedicated to fiscal responsibility, proper planning, traffic, and recreation, just to name a few of my personal priorities on Council, I am very proud of our record as your Town Council, and I am confident that the Town is well positioned for a bright future. 

Despite the unforeseen circumstances 2020, your Town Council has remained resilient and focused upon our commitment to deliver upon our strategic priorities, including: 

  • Traffic – The construction and opening of the Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge over which 3,500 cars a day pass, in addition to cyclists and pedestrians, the twinning of southbound traffic on Centre Street and now the twinning of Highway 1A through town and the realignment of 4th Avenue to 5th Avenue, all aligning with the provincially funded Highway 1A/22 interchange project we anticipate breaking ground in 2022.  
  • Budget – In perhaps the most challenging budget year in Cochrane’s history, Town Council kept property taxes while still ensuring that you receive value for your tax dollars while minimizing service impacts. 
     
  • COVID-19 Response – Our Mayor, Council and Senior Leadership have helped navigate our community through the global pandemic, taking proactive measures to protect Cochrane while continuing to operate and deliver Town services to residents without interruption. 

Now as we proceed through 2021, Council will be focused on the efficient and effective delivery of three critical capital infrastructure projects: the previously mentioned twinning of Highway 1A from Centre Avenue, the new Protective Services Building in Heartland and the Transit Hub and Innovation Centre, which will include a pedestrian walkway crossing over the CP Rail tracks.  

 These are very important projects to the future of our community and reflect this Council’s commitment to investing in our community and providing capital projects that make a difference to everyone in Cochrane.  

 To find out more about the three projects that will break ground in the months ahead: https://www.cochrane.ca/CapitalProjects