The Drumheller Mail takes a look back on the high­lights of 2016 and plans for 2017 in our neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

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The Vil­lage of Delia a new face in its of­fice moves into 2017.

Mark Nikota has the role of CAO.

Nikota started at the Vil­lage of Delia at the end of Septem­ber. He has ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal gov­ern­ment as he served as Mayor of Hanna. He is also has as it taken on ac­tive on the Drumheller-Stettler Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Con­stituency As­so­ci­a­tion. While he is new at the vil­lage, he said last year was pro­duc­tive for Delia.

“As far as good things, in 2016, we got some in­fra­struc­ture projects com­pleted,” he said. “It was fairly com­pre­hen­sive, there was some sewer and wa­ter done and some paving, all on one street.”

He says look­ing for­ward to the new year, he is look­ing at re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“Go­ing for­ward, we are go­ing to try and get the vil­lage work­ing to­gether, es­pe­cially with sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, Drumheller be­ing one of them and Star­land County.”

He said eco­nomic devel­op­ment is a pri­or­ity.

“We want to get some busi- nesses here and try to spur on the econ­omy. The whole area has been stag­nat­ing with what is go­ing on, but for Delia like other small towns, we just want to get things mov­ing for­ward and try to at­tract peo­ple to the vil­lage.”

The first thing to look at in the new year is the bud­get.

“We haven’t laid things down. What I think we will be do­ing is tak­ing a se­ri­ous look at the bud­get,” he said. “We can’t do a lot of in­fra­struc­ture year af­ter year be­cause it is costly and we have a small tax base. We are still wait­ing on MSI (Mu­nic­i­pal Sus­tain­abil­ity Ini­tia­tive) fund­ing an­nounce­ment from the prov­ince. We don’t know where we stand as far as grant money. That will drive a large part of what we are plan­ning to do.”

Mark Nikota... Vil­lage of Delia CAO

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