Stan­dard wel­comes new coun­cil­lor in by­elec­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Bran­don Duf­fala, 46, was elected coun­cil­lor in the Stan­dard by­elec­tion on April 8, af­ter beat­ing out op­po­nent El­iz­a­beth Nys­trom in a 63-27 re­sult.

“I’m very ex­cited. It’s a new ven­ture for me,” said Duf­fala, a for­mer com­mer­cial pi­lot who has vol­un­teered in Stan­dard, pop­u­la­tion 390, along­side his wife for a num­ber of years.

“I ran for coun­cil with a gen­uine con­cern for the well­be­ing of the res­i­dents of Stan­dard, so it’s ex­cit­ing to be a part of that.”

Duf­fala was elected as re­place­ment for Ron Cor­biell, who re­signed and moved from Stan­dard due to health con­cerns.

“It’s a hit-the-ground run­ning stage for me right now. I’m try­ing to get up to speed with the rest of coun­cil and the is­sues fac­ing our com­mu­nity.”

Cur­rently Stan­dard coun­cil is ad­dress­ing the 2016 Pro­vin­cial Bud­get, which Duf­fala said was “cer­tainly chal­leng­ing in this econ­omy,” and also plan­ning for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a re­gional wa­ter cor­po­ra­tion that is ex­pected to break ground later this year, which would serve Stan­dard, Wheat­land County, Hus­sar, Gle­ichen, and Rock­y­ford.

“It looks like it will come to fruition this year if all goes well,” said Duf­fala, who said con­sul­ta­tion and in­for­ma­tion ses­sions have been con­ducted with the in­volved com­mu­ni­ties for the project, which is ex­pected to be func­tional in Spring 2017.

There is one and a half years left in his term, and Duf­fala said he ex­pects to run in the next elec­tion.

Bran­don Duf­fala... New Stan­dard Coun­cil­lor

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