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New city councillors share their goals for Grande Prairie

Three newly elected Grande Prairie city councillors say they would like to work towards a greener, more sustainable future, make Grande Prairie a better place to raise a family, roads, and quality of life.

Gladys Blackmore, Grant Berg, and John Lehners are just over two months into their work with the city, but they have all been heavily involved in the community.

Blackmore, who took an extended break from politics following her mayoral campaign in 2010, is very glad to be back and helping the community. She says that infrastructure and roads are very important to her.

“I want to make sure that what we are doing today makes us a better city than we were yesterday. I think infrastructure is very important, especially roads. I’m particularly interested in building on Grande Prairie’s ring roads system so that we have something on the east side, specifically 84th Street going from 100th Avenue north,” she says.

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Berg, who is serving for the first time on city council says that after living in the city for 30 years, he would like to continue to work on making Grande Prairie a better place to raise a family.

“My focus and goals will always be improving the quality of life here in the city and helping provide a positive living experience. I’ll continue my work with the Community Services Committee and do what I can to offer more family-friendly activities as the city continues to grow,” he says.

Lehners, who has been a resident of Grande Prairie since 1963, and a member of the Grande Prairie Public School Board for nearly 20 years, says that he would like to focus on a greener, more sustainable future for the city.

“We’re looking at a few things and I just passed a motion to look at doing some micro-hydro work at the existing damn and reservoir,” he says.

Blackmore, Berg, and Lehners feel that the support of their fellow council members has been great throughout and feel that the current group is one of the best city councils in years.


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