Town Councillor Maureen Doerr has a lot to reflect on in 2017, and a lot to look forward to in the new year.
Q: What was the highlight for you last year?
A: I think in the last year what I am most excited about was the (new) hotel. It has been a long time coming and will be a great asset to Oliver and the Main Street. Also, the fact that people were able to move back into Park Place; many people were very happy.
Q: What made you sad in 2017?
A: I want to say that I was sorry to see Jack (Bennest) leave the council table, but feel he was ready to move forward. I believe that Oliver Daily News became so much a part of him, it was too hard to divide the two.
Q: What are you anticipating in 2018?
A: I am looking forward to working very hard on the Downtown Revitalization Committee. We have many great ideas and I’m looking for the public’s input on some of the wish list we have. It is a great group and very diverse, so it should bring forward some positive changes.
Also hoping to receive money from the federal government to move forward on the Gallagher Lake siphon repair.
Q: Do you envision more people smoking marijuana on our street corners when it becomes legalized this summer?
A: I do not see it being a problem; people are already doing it. The question will be how do we sell it, that is probably the biggest question for the council.
Q: Any personal New Year’s resolutions?
A: I do not make New Year’s resolutions, but I am hoping with positive thoughts and actions to have a great year.
I hope in this year, our final in a four-year term, we can accomplish more and finish our strategic plan. We have so much happening in Oliver that is good, I just want to see it continue.