It's been almost 30 years since Ray Courtman first took his seat on the Beiseker Village Council and the popular mayor has decided not to seek another term. Ray Courtman 1
Courtman, who is 70, told 99.5 Drum FM it's time to move on to other things and for other people to take up the slack at the Village Office.
"A lot of our industry here is based, not on agriculture, but on oil production and well servicing and such," he explained. "That has really taken a hit, obviously, in the last couple years (but) we've managed to keep this village going and doing quite well, actually."
"We're not to a point where (Alberta) Municipal Affairs would like us to be, but we're very close," he added. "I think that's something that the present council can be very proud of and the future council will hopefully keep that going."
One of the things Courtman is most proud of has been a concerted effort to get Beiseker's financial house in order, despite a loss in tax revenue.
"Right now, we have over $200,000 of back taxes owing and to a small village of 800 people, that's a significant amount," reported the outgoing mayor. "We're working on it (and) it's lower than it has been, a lot lower than it has been. We've been working on ways to get people to get their taxes caught up, but we've still got a ways to go."
Despite Courtman's departure, Beiseker Village Council remains very much as it has been the last four years with incumbents Al Henuset, Warren Wise, Nikki King and Karen Ursu and newcomer Victor Lemky all elected by acclamation.

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