Monday, 27 November 2017 09:56

New mayor settles into town of Milk River position

Written by  Demi Knight
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With the general municipal elections this October, many areas throughout Alberta saw changes in their local councils, one being the community of Milk River.

 With a 44% voter turnout on this year’s election day of Oct. 16, Milk River now find themselves ‘under new management’ with the proud new mayor, Peggy Losey.
After choosing to elect the woman with strong values to keep Milk River a vibrant town that compels residents to stay and new members of the public to consider as a beautiful place to live, Losey is ready give her all to the town she loves.
“I’ve lived here all my life,” says Losey on her decision to run for mayor. “My family is here and now they have children and I wanted to run because I really love where I live, and I want to help make it a better place and keep it going for my kids and their kids and all the other family that’s here and love this town too.”
With the town seeing growth over the past five years from 811 residents to 827, one of Losey's main goals during her term as mayor will be to help stabilize and increase the town’s population as well as creating a more vibrant and exciting municipality for the younger demographics to stay in or come back to once finished with obtaining their educations.  
“I’m not sure how we’re going to go about it, but I would like to see it grow a little,” says Losey of her plans to increase young populations in the area.
“I want to see it keep going for years to come and with rural areas, it’s so hard because a lot of people are moving away to the city and we’re having less people stay overall.”
With the 2016 census showing that the average age of the population within Milk River is that of 50.5, the town is currently facing a low school enrolment problem. Losey added it is important to make it a place that people of all ages can relish in, grow with and enjoy — such as in schools.
“We have lower enrolments in the schools and less young people are staying in our community I think mostly of having a lack of things to do. But we want to change that so that young people can stay or come (back) home.”
“We still want people to go away and get educated if they need or want to,” added Losey, “But, we want to make the town a place that they can come back to and want to live in.”  
With a rich history, a warmer southern climate and surrounded by natural beauty, the town of Milk River which is nestled perfectly in the prairies has endless opportunities to grow and build across Southern Alberta.
With that in mind Losey also says she has another plan in place and would like to expand economic opportunities within the town during her time with the council.
“We want to have new businesses come to town so that then we can have growth, enabling more jobs and opportunities for young people to stay and keep our school active. We hope that with brining in a new business it will show more businesses the opportunities here and hopefully bring in more and become this domino effect.”
With several plans in place to elevate the town and its impact on the province, Losey is excited on entering her four-year term as new mayor of Milk River, as four councillors stand by her side and work together to create opportunities and a brighter future for the town they call home.

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