For his first time, Marcel Roy was behind the podium at this year's Weyburn Chamber of Commerce's "Breakfast with the Mayor and the Reeve."

Mayor Roy and RM of Weyburn reeve Carmen Sterling spoke to business leaders and stakeholders from the Weyburn and surrounding area Tuesday morning at the Royal Legion.

Both dignitaries reflected on 2016 and projected what 2017 will bring for their constituents.

ReeveSterling ChamberBreakfast 2017Reeve Sterling said population growth, better services for residents and economic development prevailed in 2016 for the rural municipality.

She concluded her speech with hopefulness for the new year, as her council looks forward a solid partnership with Weyburn's new city council.

After recently returning from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) annual convention and hearing some unpleasant news from the provincial government, Weyburn's mayor was not nearly as optimistic off the top of his speech.

However, Roy maintained that Weyburn's new council does not want to fail its people, despite financial cutbacks from the province.

"We have to set our budget according to what the provincial government is giving to us, which will make some impact but not really an overwhelming impact," he said.

MayorRoy ChamberBreakfast 2017

As well, the future twinning of Highway 39 may be in the distant future, according to Roy, who said increased costs are pushing the province to hold back on the project.

The positives for 2017 are a growing community, a major upcoming project - a new water reservoir - and a positive relationship with the RM of Weyburn.

"We've made headway on a lot of things, the fire agreement, we're talking about the water and sewer septage receiving station," he added.

General manager of the chamber, Twila Walkeden, reflected on what she heard in the speeches.

"Right now, 2017, everyone has a really positive outlook," she said.

"We're bracing for some cuts obviously from municipal standpoints, but, you know certainly everyone is just going to do a little bit more with less and we'll get through 2017 and we'll just be stronger because of it."

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