Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig delivered his annual State of the City address to the Estevan Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's monthly meeting February 12.
Much of the content was similar to the New Year's Address that he issued at an Estevan City Council meeting in January. Ludwig recapped 2013's accomplishments, such as the housing plan, the new water reservoir, the rebuild of Highway 47, the arrival of curbside recycling and the switch to front yard pick-up. He also discussed the 2014 budget and council's plan to pay down debt.
And he spoke on a couple of recent management developments. He said that council is very happy to have Amber Smale hired as the new City manager.
Ludwig also noted that a new police chief could be hired as soon as next week. Current chief Del Block will retire in the spring.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*Six nominations were received for five vacancies on the chamber's board of directors, so an election will be needed. Ballots will be e-mailed to members soon. The candidates are: Sheila Guenther from Watson Land Services, Catherine Welta-Eagles from TD Bank, Antoine Saliba from RBC, John Williams from Enbridge Pipelines, Caryn Halbert from Super 8 and Aaron Ludwig from Kohaly, Elash and Ludwig.
*The annual farmer's appreciation evening will be February 27 at the Days Inn Plaza. The Farm Family of the Year Award will be handed out that night. There will be several 4-H speakers, and the keynote speaker will be curling gold medalist and broadcaster Joan McCusker.
*The chamber's annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 19 at the Days Inn Plaza. The guest speaker will be retired Canadian Forces Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie. He was the chief of land staff for the country when he retired.
*The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, April 9 at the PTI Group's Boundary Dam Lodge. A representative from SaskPower will discuss the Crown corporation's plans to power Saskatchewan's future. There won't be a monthly meeting in March due to the annual general meeting.