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Hanover plans for next two years

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Council in the RM of Hanover have set their priorities for the next two years, with goals to include economic development, improved organizational structures and regional collaboration.

The two-day planning session saw council meet to discuss their priorities and set council’s planning agenda, with five priorities identified.

Among the items discussed were helping the municipality reach a balanced residential-commercial assessment.

Reeve Jim Funk said council’s goal is to achieve a 60-40 split. At the moment, the municipality falls short in all communities with Blumenort coming the closest at a 25-30 percent commercial assessment and Grunthal trailing behind at approximately 10 percent commercial assessment.

“If we can bring commercial stats up, that will not only increase a tax base but also create jobs, a housing market, then it continues to have a snowball effect within our own communities,” he said.

Asset management is also at the top of council’s list, with a goal of using information collected for long-term decisions.

Funk said purchasing GPS for some of the municipality’s fleet is under consideration, as the systems would increase the efficacy of the public works department. Road and ditch maintenance and dust control would be improved with the addition, the reeve added.

Council also discussed the creation of a governance model which would improve services offered by the municipality, as well as improve the RM’s recreation with the creation of a governance model to deliver recreational programs more efficiently.

A ‘special gem’ strategy identified in the planning session was to improve regional collaboration with neighbouring municipalities.

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