When Nomination Day came and went in Three Hills, there was only one candidate for Mayor. Timothy Shearlaw was acclaimed as the town's Mayor and will be sworn in for his third term on Oct. 23.
When asked about why he decided to run for a third term, Shearlaw had one answer: the water treatment plant.
"We have a very large project that we're focused on and that would be our water treatment plant upgrade. I really want to see that through."
According to the Alberta Government, the proposed infrastructure project is scheduled for 2018 and is expected to cost $14.8 million.
"Our plant is over 30 years old and there are a number of legislated environmental upgrades -- through the province of Alberta and the federal government -- that have to be met," explained Shearlaw. "We've been working with engineers and consultants on that for some time, and I want to make sure that we see it through."
In June 2017, Three Hills received a grant of $8.9 million to help pay for the water treatment plant upgrade.
"We've been working on this for about a year and a half," elaborated Shearlaw. "It's ongoing so this new council faces some tough decisions: Of course, the finance aspect, how we're going to pay for our share of it. The province has been very generous to us, but we want to make sure that our ratepayers here get the best bang for their buck."
Shearlaw was the only member of the Three Hills Council acclaimed this year. There are 12 candidates for the six seats, including all incumbent Councillors. Election Day in Alberta is Monday, Oct. 16.