Boutestein goes for third term

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A veteran town councillor says she’ll be seeking her third term in office in Morinville this fall.

Morinville Coun. Nicole Boutestein confirmed this week that she would run for re-election in the 2017 town election this October.

First elected in 2010, Boutestein is a 40-year resident of Morinville with two grown kids. She works as a yearbook consultant with Jostens Canada.

“I love the community that I grew up in and I love the community we are becoming, and I want to be part of the momentum that I think this council in the last four years has brought forward,” she said.

“I’m here for you. I have a voice for you. I will continue to work hard and give the time needed to do the job properly.”

Boutestein said she had pushed for council to do a long-overdue organizational effectiveness and efficiency review, one that has improved council’s budget process and its relations with town staff. If re-elected, she would continue to work on community safety issues, particularly the installation of pedestrian lights at 100 St. and 107 St. – a long-delayed project she said she would ask about at next week’s council meeting.

“The money is there and it needs to be done.”

Boutestein said she would push for more meetings with Greater St. Albert Catholic and Sturgeon Public School Division to improve relations with the school districts. She also wanted to hold regular town-hall-esque meetings in each neighbourhood so council could hear about local issues direct from residents instead of through public works officials.

“This next six months after the election is going to be a crucial time for the town,” she said, as council would have to hire a replacement for outgoing chief administrative officer Andy Isbister. As she had been on council during the last two CAO transitions (Edie Doepker and Debbie Oyarzun), she said she had experience in this process.

Boutestein helped establish the town’s new community services advisory board this term, and said she hoped to bring community groups together through it to reduce overlap between town and community initiatives.

“We have an age gap between 30 and probably 45 where we don’t offer anything for our residents,” she said, and this group would help create programs to fill that gap.

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