From business growth to a new approach for the McLean Mill Historic Park, 2017 was a busy year for the City of Alberni. And as the City embarks on the 2018 budget process, plus initiatives to celebrate the Valley’s many amazing features and amenities, 2018 is shaping up to be just as busy!
Here’s a look back, and a look forward!
Seven Success Stories from 2017
Looking back on 2017, the City of Port Alberni’s Council and staff achieved a great deal that helped put us on the path to a renewed sense of who we are as a town. Here we look at the projects, programs and initiatives that helped make 2017 a successful year for the City and its citizens.
- Funding Our New Wastewater Treatment Facility
The City of Port Alberni’s wastewater treatment facility, which is roughly 70 years old, requires upgrading to meet new federal wastewater treatment standards. To help pay for these upgrades and reduce the financial burden on taxpayers, city staff are pursuing grant opportunities. In 2017 the City received a $6.9-million grant from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Combined with grants previously received, the City has now received a total of $18.1 million for this project.
- Fresh Faces for Port Alberni Businesses
The City of Port Alberni, in partnership with Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot, established a Façade Improvement Program in 2016. This program assists property and business owners with improving the physical appearance of their buildings. In 2017 a total of 15 businesses took advantage of this program that invested more than $150,000 into facades on a matching funds basis.
- Building Up a Piece of History The McLean Mill Historic Park is an ever-growing all-season park nestled in a beautiful West Coast forest setting. Owned by the City of Port Alberni and operated by the McLean Mill Society, this property has something for everyone and has become a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. After only one year of operation under a new governance structure, the City is proud to announce that the park turned a profit in 2017 and created 30 new jobs for the Alberni Valley. Learn more about McLean Mill Historic Park at www.mcleanmill.ca.
- A Year of Truth and Reconciliation
To foster relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the Alberni Valley, the City created a Reconciliation Committee composed of local First Nations, community members and an appointed council member. This committee is responsible for investigating and reporting on actions to help strengthen relationships, increase cultural awareness and understanding, and support the building of a welcoming and inclusive community.
- 50 Years Together
In October 2017 the City of Port Alberni celebrated its 50-year union between Alberni and Port Alberni.
- Open For Business
The year 2017 saw substantial growth in Port Alberni’s business sector with 110 applications for new business licenses and 445 renewals of existing business licenses. This gives us a grand total of 555 licensed businesses in Port Alberni – an increase of 20% from 2016!
- Dialogue on Big City Problems
In December 2017 the Committee of the Whole, key stakeholders and members of the public met to discuss ‘Big City Problems’ in Port Alberni. A number of actions arose from that meeting including increased RCMP foot patrols, the distribution of an emergency contact list to businesses in affected areas and the establishment of the Nuisance Building Working Group. In 2018 Council will continue to consider further steps to help build a safe, vibrant and welcoming community.
The City of Port Alberni is looking to create positive discussions around town by challenging audiences to get out and explore the region.
We Want to Hear From You – Budget 2018
The City of Port Alberni wants your input on the draft 2018 – 2022 Five-Year Financial Plan. Help shape how your tax dollars are spent on the services you value.
Join the City at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29 for an “e-Town Hall Budget Meeting.”
While the event takes place in Council Chambers at City Hall, 4850 Argyle St., the e-format means that comments and questions will be received from those attending the meeting, as well as those viewing from the comfort of their home.
The feedback provided at this meeting will help inform the City’s budget and give direction regarding the services that residents and businesses want and need.
Here’s how you can participate:
• In person – At City Hall in the Council Chambers
• Online – Go to www.portalberni.ca/streaming-video. Online participants can submit questions via:
Facebook: @cityofportalberni – Budget 2018 events page
Twitter: @cityportalberni or by using the hashtag #BudgetPA
To learn more about the draft 2018 – 2022 Five-Year Financial Plan go to www.portalberni.ca/budget.
For more information about the City of Port Alberni, or to share your comments/concerns, please contact us at: