“Let’s get it done” says Cranbrook’s Mayor Lee Pratt

Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt presented his annual "State of the City" address at the recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Chris Thom, president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Lee Pratt.

Chris Thom, president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Lee Pratt. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Business

At the September luncheon of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt made his annual "State of the City" address. 

Here are some highlights: 

  • 85 homes for sale on the Cranbrook market
  • 2016 home sales projected to be in 260 - 265 neighbourhood
  • 5% of purchasers are coming from Lower Mainland (a shift from Alberta)
  • Home prices are up 3.2%
  • $19.9 million value of building permits versus $9 million last year
  • 177 building permits to far versus 162 last year
  • 106 new business licenses versus 90 last year
  • 1441 business licenses in Cranbrook
  • Passenger load at the Canadian International Airport is -3%
  • Integra Air is closing down at the end of October
  • Four major concerts at Western Financial Place saw some 7,349 people attend
  • George Thorogood concert was the highest attended at 2,138
  • City has invested over $147,000 in energy savings projects
  • Projected residential tax increase will be 2.26%
  • $500,000+ has been generated for a joint Cranbrook/Kimberley Development Initiative marketing campaign
  • City plans to borrow up to $10 million for infrastructure projects
  • There has been a streamlining the development permit process
  • Inter-community business license being introduced for businesses in Cranbrook/Kimberley
  • The old Firehall (heritage building) has received an offer for sale
  • A new destination marketing organization (DMO) has been established in Cranbrook
  • The City will save $400,000+ with new contract with a Kelowna-based company for 911 services
  • The City will launch a truck transportation survey to find out how many trucks pass through the city and what they are carrying
  • Presentation being made for an inter-modal hub in Cranbrook
  • Forestry interface project underway
  • MGX Minerals is still looking at moving ahead with processing plant on the former Tembec mill site

All in all, Cranbrook's mayor says it has been his mandate to "Let's get to yes and let's get it done."  He predicts solid economic times for Cranbrook in the future.

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