Drumheller's new town council has been sitting for about a month now and the new and veteran councilors are starting to get a better feel for how to work with each other.
This is the third council term for Jay Garbutt, who is looking forward to taking a slightly different course from previous councils.
"I think that the community spoke loud and clear that it wanted to see things done in a different way, but it also wanted to temper that with some experience," he stated. "At the same time, I too am looking for us to do many things in a different way than we have been and that's always really exciting."
While he's looking forward to new things, Garbutt maintains it's something the previous council worked on for four years that is his first priority: flood mitigation.
"That, to me, is the number one, two and three issue for this community is how do we make any long term plans moving forward until we've addressed our overall threats to this community," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "Certainly, flooding is the number one that we can consider."
Garbutt calls his new council mates an incredibly enthusiastic group and he's interested to see how they will work with the public.
"Sometimes you wonder what other avenues could we do to make it clear to everyone that we're making decisions in the best interests of this community and that's they're more than able to connect with us about any concerns and questions they've got," he maintained. "At the same time, we can always do better at making sure that our message is being relayed the way we want it to."