That's Life - July 22, 2020

Every once in a while I have to say a few words to explain why things get done or don’t get done the way we are accustomed to in the Town of Three Hills.

Let’s talk about mowing grass.

Yes, I have received many questions pertaining to mowing over the past few months.

Just to clarify a few things. The Town of Three HIlls was six staff members short from our outside crew. We were two months late in being able to hire our summer students that spend their time with the town cutting grass, picking weeds, etc. We finally received word that Three Hills was approved to hire four summer workers compared to five in 2019. They started at the beginning of July.

I would also like to remind everyone that we have had to deal with a lot of heavy rain this year and that has also been a factor with grass cutting.

Yes, Anderson Park has come under fire as well. Staff shortages and a wet summer have played havoc there as well.

I appreciate constructive criticism and the town of Three Hills, I assure you, is doing everything possible to keep up with the ongoing maintenance of our parks and other green spaces.

I would like to thank the wonderful volunteers for all of their hard work in doing everything they can to keep Anderson Park beautiful. I urge anyone who is offended by the weeds they spot at the park to pick them and place them in one of the many garbage receptacles. You know, be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

The water features have had their issues this season and the town is working on solutions. We like them working too.

Now, let’s touch on our wonderful flower barrel/basket program. This is something else that some folks take for granted as something that just happens, seemingly for free and without any planning, effort or dedication.

You know, one unsigned letter suggested that the Town couldn’t blame the missing flower barrels on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Well hear this, the flower barrel/basket program comes with an annual price tag of $7,000. Communities in Bloom also ran out of volunteers at the end of the 2019 season. This is a volunteer-based project, not a Town of Three Hills project. If the author of the unsigned letter had ever been involved in the program, he or she would have known that it was totally driven by hardworking volunteers. The $7,000 annual cash injection is the result of business solicitation. Have you ever tried to squeeze a $100 cash donation out of a small business that was closed during the pandemic with little or no revenue stream? For spring planting those flowers have to be ordered before Christmas. Well, not this year.

So you see, it’s not as easy as so many of your friends and neighbors, who volunteer, year after year, make it look. Instead of being critical with unsigned letters how about joining in and volunteer to help keep our town the jewel that you want it to be, no matter what obstacles we have to face and we have all had to face a lot in 2020. This is no ordinary year.

Ladies and gentlemen, your concerns and suggestions are not falling on deaf ears. Stuff is getting done, between downpours and within budget.

That’s Life.