2020 - A Year in Review Village of Hussar

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The Village of Hussar has reason to celebrate 2020, from completing infrastructure upgrades, to overcoming financial constraints and cancelled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the village celebrates accomplishments in 2020, council is also looking forward to what 2021 will bring.

Hussar Mayor Corey Fisher says upgrades to the water and sewer system along 2nd Avenue East, from Centre Street to 1st Street East, were completed “on time and on budget.”

The village also completed demolition of the old Hussar School building.

The school grounds were purchased by the village and Mayor Fisher says the village has “begun the process of annexation,” which will provide additional space for future projects.

Big challenges for the village in 2020 were budget constraints posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cancellation of community events such as Summer Daze and Canada Day celebrations.

Mayor Fisher says, “We overcame (budget challenges) through steady management and a common sense approach to dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.”

The village held a socially distanced Light Up The Night event, with viewing limited to drive through only, on Saturday, December 5.

Donations received from the event will be used for a new underground watering system for the Hussar Cemetery in the spring of 2021.

Other projects scheduled for 2021 include paving of a key intersection at Centre Street and 2nd Avenue, with work anticipated to begin in the spring.

“We look for a realistic ‘can we afford it’ approach for capital project spending and a ‘hold the line’ operations budget, while ensuring the village remains strong fiscally in 2021,” Mayor Fisher said.

The Village of Hussar’s council for 2020 is made up of Mayor Corey Fisher, Deputy Mayor Les Schultz, and Councillor Tim Frank.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail