O’LEARY -- Mayor Stanley MacDonald listed during the annual council meeting Tuesday night the hosting of the Under 16 Girls National Fast Pitch championship last August and launching the process to become a town as key highlights for O’Leary in 2013.
Mayor Stanley MacDonald
MacDonald acknowledged it was the hard work of staff and many volunteers over long hours that made the national softball championship a success. The event showed revenue of $47,011.55 excluding governmenet grants and expenses of $42,690. The figures don't include spin-offs realized at local businesses.
MacDonald told residents town status, which was approved earlier this month, will mean new advantages for O’Leary.
Another highlight was the much-needed sewer line replacement project on Kent Street.
MacDonald said the community still faces challenges with the geo-thermal heat system at the community complex, the surveillance cameras in the town and with the costs associated with operating the Alice Duncan Intergenerational Centre. He expressed hope the ADIC’s new Advisory Board can help turn the facility around and have it functioning as a youth centre.
Projects for this year include promoting the use of the Community Garden, adding to the town’s landscape with more flowers and shrubs and improvements to the town entrance including maintaining huge flower containers.
MacDonald is also encouraged by the formation last fall of a O’Leary Region Business Association and he told of his goal of having community groups working together. “Think and talk positively and great things can happen,” he said.