Candidate: Jan Butler


Running for: St. Albert Council
Years resident in community: 31
Neighbourhood: Oakmont
Age: 61
Family status: Married with 3 children, 1 grandchild
Education: Post Secondary – Business Management
Current Occupation: Retired

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
I have been involved with boards and volunteering for more than 30 years and being on city council will offer an extension of this work.
Over the last 20 plus years, I have been involved with planning, engineering and city council and other administration as part of land development. Now is the time to come forward and use this knowledge for the governance needed in the city.
The collaboration of the current city council has been dysfunctional.
Council needs strong leadership, and strategic budget and planning decisions for the future of the city. St. Albert must also become more business friendly and understand the needs of each diverse business.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
My experience includes, banking, sales management, project management, budget planning, balance sheets, marketing, business leader, several positions on boards, land planning, business development and leadership.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Moving forward on large capital projects needed for the growth and sustainability of the city, that will involve tough decisions by the residents and city council.
Road requirements are needed to move traffic in and out of the city efficiently and safely.
Continue to find ways to keep tax increases to a minimal without reducing the quality of services. Find more affordable housing for seniors.
Planning of the 2,180 hectares of land being annexed.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Look at the speed limits of the major arterial roads and assess why they are all different.
Increase grass cutting during the peak growth periods in the spring.
Reduce the number of additional reports and studies requested by city council that adds to tax money spent. Advocate for road twinning on major arterial roads to move traffic.
Review transit availability in areas it doesn’t exist and improve after hour service.
Work with the business community to find solutions that affect their businesses and look to obtain more business investment.
Support infrastructure needed for the growth of the city with the annexation of lands.
Work with RCMP regarding traffic safety and photo radar.

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