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“I think this election has given us a fresh start and a clean slate to work with.”
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Bruce Decoux  
- on the 2010   
election results   

 

Gordon Lundy reflects on past and looks to future
 
Gordon Lundy, Chief Administrative Officer for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, has seen a lot in his career as a municipal administrator. With his last day of work approaching on November 10, he can look back at six years of work in Crowsnest Pass and can look ahead to what council and the municipality will need to tackle in years to come.
First moving to Alberta in 1980, Lundy worked as an administrator in High Level, Peace River, and Barhead before accepting the CAO job in Crowsnest Pass in 2004. He began work in September of that year, taking over from previous CAO Ron McCullough.
"It's always been one of my goals to work in a mountain community," says Lundy. Once he is retired, he and his wife, Pat, plan to stay in the Pass, and Lundy says he will get to catch up on all the local recreational opportunities he has seldom had time for with his job.
Lundy has been CAO through a number of changes in municipal operation over the past six years, and says that there are several things he is happy to have played a part in, including a number of capital projects such as the Blairmore-Coleman water interconnect and the rejuvenation of a number of important underground utilities. In addition, he says, there are the procedural matters that take a lot of work even though most people don't see it, such as the important civic addressing bylaw that he helped bring to council, and which was passed.
While a lot of work has been done, Lundy says that there is still much more that future councils must put effort into, such as a number of evaluations of municipal operations and the continuing maintenance of roads, buildings, and underground infrastructure, which he feels has to be a priority.
Lundy says that the next council must strongly lobby the province to renew the Crowsnest Regulation, which allows the community's population to be considered either as a whole or as its separate former parts, whichever is more beneficial. This has been helpful in getting grants and allowed the Pass to be considered a community with less than 5000 people so that the province would pay for policing, which was a substantial savings in the local budget.
 
"Our Crowsnest Regulation is extremely important to maintain," says Lundy. The current regulation expires in 2012.
In the longer term, he says, he would like to see the Highway 3 issue resolved favourably, and hopes that the province will work on improving it over time. He says that the municipal development plan needs to be upgraded and updated, along with related bylaws, and that council must work on attracting economic generators to the municipality, which he feels is a job for an entire council and not just one person.
"My biggest hope," he says, "is that the council will work together in a cohesive, professional manner to see our municipality thrive. I wish council the best in accomplishing their goals."
Lundy says that municipalities are not just about money, but are also about services and the best way to bring them to residents. He hopes that council is able to maintain as many of the current services as possible. "The municipality has a terrific amount of organizations and facilities that are offered for a community of our size," he says.
On top of the services available locally, Lundy feels that two of the community's greatest resources are its water system and its volunteers.
"The volunteerism in our community here is far higher than any other community I've lived in," he says, adding that many of our organizations would not exist without such a high level of volunteer effort. He notes that Crowsnest Pass even has a hundred qualified volunteer firefighters, which is quite amazing for a community of 5700 people, and which along with Crowsnest Pass Rescue and the ambulance service affords the community great protection.
Lundy has seen a number of management and staffing changes at the municipal office, and says that he appreciates the work the staff does. "We have a lot of very knowledgeable employees in each of the areas," he says. "I have very much enjoyed working with them to get projects completed."
Though he is retiring from full time work, Lundy says that he is still interested in assisting municipalities and councils on a part time basis in the future.
The new CAO, Tully Clifford, is expected to start work at the municipality on November 15.
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