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Message from Mayor Hart

Posted: February 26, 2021

Message from Mayor Hart
Positivity rules in East St. Paul

Each month, a different member of Council submits an article to the newsletter. February, the month of love, is my turn and I am going to take this opportunity to focus on some of the positive things in our community – you can watch the news for all the rest of it!

COVID-19 has upended so much in our lives, but East St. Paul residents have rallied!

Across the province, a renewed appeal to support small, local businesses has been the rallying cry of so many communities. Entrepreneurs have put their hearts and souls (not to mention their cash) into establishing their businesses and we have responded.

Our local restaurant owners have moved their operations to "curb side” offerings and our residents (and those nearby) have overwhelmingly supported their efforts with the goal of ensuring they will be with us when they are able to reopen.

I would like to give a shoutout to ESP resident Debbie Heckman who runs the East St. Paul Community HUB Facebook page. Debbie has always used her page to support the community with such positivity and over the holidays she initiated the Countdown to Christmas Giveaways event in support of small business.

Sobeys, a mainstay in our community, has been an anchor throughout the pandemic and they have adapted their practices to keep us safe. With the December 2020 changes to the Provincial Retail Business Hours of Operation Act, Sobeys has now extended their hours to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday evening.

With so many provincial closures, residents have literally taken to the streets (and trails). I have never seen so many residents out walking in our neighbourhoods.

In late summer, the RM paved the 3.7 kilometers of Marconi Trail, which runs between Raleigh Street and Gateway Road from the City of Winnipeg boundary to Hoddinott Road. At a cost of $267,589 (minus the $180,000 in grants we received), this was money well spent! To say the trail has been busy is an understatement. We know how important the trails are to our residents and we continue to look for opportunities to add to them and improve the existing system.

In January, the RM contracted with MORR Transportation Consulting (in partnership with Scatliff Miller Murray) to conduct an Active Transportation Connectivity Study for the RM. This is another project for which we received a grant, this one in the amount of $33,785.00. The study had three main tasks:
  • Evaluate our existing active transportation network
  • Engage our residents to determine the modes of transportation and desired destinations
  • Provide the RM with recommendations for trail improvements
The results of this study will give us a roadmap to future investments in our trail system.

Speaking of trails, our staff completed two skating trails – a new addition to outdoor recreation this year. Both trails are located on the grounds of the arena recreation complex, one at the entrance to the Farmers Market and the other behind the +55 Centre. Thank you to our staff for this great initiative.

Like each one of you, I am anxiously awaiting the return of some normalcy in our lives. I feel truly blessed to live in this community and our Council and staff will continue to navigate the road ahead with the safety and well being of our residents foremost in our thoughts.  

  • Mayor Shelley Hart was among those of you who enjoyed time walking and exploring the RM's outdoor spaces this past year.
  • Skating trail at the arena recreation complex


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