Regina Mayor Michael Fougere says 2016 was a good year in order to lay out plans for the Queen City.
In his year-end discussion with 620 CKRM NEWS, Fougere says despite Canadians having to go through three elections, he feels Regina was not lost in the shuffle during the October civic election.
Fougere says his first commitment to the city is to try to help Regina Police deal with crime. In particular, drugs on the streets.
“We’ve seen some changes – not just in Regina, but in Western Canada – related to Fentanyl,” said Fougere. “Now people are using guns to support their habit and it’s caused some difficulty for Regina Police.”
Fougere says his goals for 2017 include helping new Police Chief Evan Bray work towards erasing Regina’s dubious distinction of having the highest homicide rate among major Canadian cities.
He says council’s achievements in the past year include the completion of the waste water treatment plant – on time and on budget.
Fougere says other commitments he made during the last election focussed on infrastructure.
In the 2016 budget, 5.5-million dollars was allocated to improve residential streets and a record 6.4-million dollars on bridge infrastructure renewal.
Beyond roads, there are also investments needed in the city’s wastewater system.
Fougere says the new council will start this term focusing on the Rail Yard improvement project as well as developing plans for Regina’s downtown
The year-end interview with Mayor Michael Fougere can be heard on New Year’s Day on 620 CKRM.