The Mayor of Quinte West says the state of the city is “fantastic” as we head into 2017.
Jim Harrison gave his annual address to the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Friday, where he outlined some of the accomplishments in the city of the past year and looked at what’s to come in 2017.
Overall, Harrison says the city had an outstanding year as far as business development and home sales go, and partnerships between other municipalities and organizations in the Bay of Quinte region are a big part of that.
Mayor Harrison tells Quinte News , the city has also done a great job attracting new businesses, with 40 opening up in the past year.
Among the highlights from the past year, a building boom which saw $142.3 million worth of permits issued, not counting the millions worth of infrastructure work at CFB Trenton, as well as a massive savings through the LED streetlight program and the near completion of the $25 million public works yard.
For the upcoming year, Harrison noted they’ll be breaking ground on a new $5.5 million dollar fire hall on Dixon Drive, as well as beginning plans for a new police station, to be built closer to the water, not far from the current one.
Other priorities include making upgrades to the Trent Severn Waterway, in conjunction with Canada 150 celebrations and continuing much needed doctor recruitment initiatives and improvements and upgrades at Trenton Memorial Hospital.
He also heaped praise on the city’s farmers, who he says are “a big part of Quinte West”.