Greg Granstrom has served on Rossland council for nine years, one as acting mayor and six as mayor. The husband and grandfather is finishing his current term as Rossland mayor, and is seeking a position on the city’s six-seat council.
He’s been a resident of Rossland for more than 30 years, and worked as the public works foreman for the Village of Warfield until retirement.
The number one challenge I see facing council is to continue to maintain taxes at an affordable level, as highlighted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Their 2014 municipal spending watch report shows that Rossland has been able to keep taxes below the rate of inflation. I am very proud of that and this is one of the things we have to continue to ensure for our community to remain affordable and sustainable.
We work very hard as a council to eliminate excess and to focus on core services. Infrastructure replacement is one of the most significant issues facing our sustainability, so we must also make sure we implement our asset management planning process. One of the biggest outstanding issues that requires a resolution is the entire liquid waste management planning at the regional district. Upgrading to a level two sewer treatment will cost in the neighbourhood of 27 to 47 million. We need strong representation at the regional district to ensure Rossland’s voice is heard. It is also very notable that our recent sewer crossing agreement reached between the three participants is a significant step forward in the relations between our adjacent municipalities.
Rossland has a very strong volunteer community and I think it’s very important that we continue to support their very valuable efforts.
I think it is important that we build a strong council and I look forward, if elected, to working with the team to move Rossland forward in a positive way.