The City of Cold Lake is hosting two Budget Open Houses today, one from 11:30am-1:00pm (registration closed) and one from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Lakeland Inn. Mayor of Cold Lake Craig Copeland says this is an opportunity for the public to see where the City plans to spend money and what implications the ID-349 deal has on Cold Lake.
“The Open Houses are really about people asking questions. We’re going to have a brief power point presentation with the vision for 2017,” the mayor says he along with City Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Kevin Nagoya, will be on hand to present the budget. “Then we’ll talk about the sustainability of the City through the ID-349, throw that on the table and show people what it’s meant for us, as a city.”
Copeland explains there have been a lot of projects funded through the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range money; perhaps the public is unaware of the scope of the those projects. “Going forward against some of the implications by massaging that agreement, what devastating effects that could have on the city. We want to make the residents aware.” Mayor Copeland says there have been rumblings from neighbouring municipalities to open up the agreement. He would like to show the people of Cold Lake what effects that may have on future projects and the sustainability of the city.
“It’s going to be cold outside, but we’re hoping people can make it,” the Mayor welcomes anyone who would like to learn more about the 2017 Budget and the ID-349 deal to attend today. The lunch hour presentation was by pre-registration only; which has now closed. The evening session is open to the public and anyone can attend, 6:00pm-7:30pm.