The mayor for the City of Dryden, Greg Wilson, is looking forward to more stability for the city in the upcoming four-year term. While 2018 had its low-points, Wilson says the city came out better -for it at the end of the day.

“I think we’ve created a financial and strategic foundation that we’re going to use as a springboard going forward. I think I’ve really grown and matured over the past few years, usually through adversity. Would I want to go through that again to get another growth-spurt? No, it was pretty difficult, but we’ve really grown as a city,” said the mayor.

A major portion of the financial foundation that Wilson referred to is the city’s debt repayment plan. As of Dec. 31, 2017, the city had listed their long-term debt at $17 million, but debt servicing charges have brought that to $20.1 million. The city paid off 3.7 million, or just over 13 per cent, of their debt in 2018. By 2020, the city expects that two-thirds of their debt will be paid off.

Moving forward, Wilson says that his priorities lie with improving the city’s financial position, improving cultural representation in the area, and to lead city hall with a positive mindset.

“I’m very optimistic going into this next term. The staff have been so great. We’ve got stability now. We’re putting the safeguards in place to be financially stable and make it through this rough patch to 2021, to do the things that we said we would do. We want to make sure that we leave this city in a stronger position, financially, our culture and our mindset. There’s a lot of good things coming for this term.”

Mayor Wilson will be joined by new councillors Shayne MacKinnon, Michelle Price and Dave McKay, as well as returning councillors Norm Bush, John Carlucci and Martin MacKinnon for the upcoming term.

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