By Justin Seward
The Village of Foremost had a pretty good year, said Mayor Lorne Buis.
The municipality saw its spray park get completed, a couple of businesses-including Buis’ selling his W. Buis Holdings Ltd.- and another service shop changing hands.
However, COVID had an impact on areas of the Village.
“COVID threw a wrench into a lot of things, but we seemed to get through it, and our little community was pretty much unscathed by the whole COVID so far,” said Buis.
“It made it difficult not only on the businesses, but the public in general. The ones I really feel for are the seniors that don’t have any family that can come and see them. It’s different if you have a son or a daughter in the community, then at least you have some interaction or connection. But we have some people, that family has all left the community and so they’re pretty much on their own and that’s got to be tough on them.”
Buis says their only solace was when the seniors could go to the Seniors Centre in the morning for coffee- which got shut down because of COVID.
Village staff have done a great job during the pandemic.
“Our staff did very well through the whole COVID,” said Buis.
“They kept things running and maintaining it (and) didn’t have a lot of issues that way.”
Normal maintenance such as sidewalk and road repair were completed and the unmanned aircraft centre at the Foremost airport had one of the best years ever, he added.
The Village is currently looking for a new chief administrative officer after Kelly Calhoun resigned in October.
“We’re going through that process right now,” he said.
Heading into 2021, Buis said, “I think with Foremost, we’re pretty much that ‘Let’s keep the ship afloat and air in the sails’ and see where it takes us.”
Buis added, “Like I put on our website at Christmas time, we’re a small community of family and friends and we need to stick together to get through this and so far we’ve been doing a great job.”