Lloyd Hackel believes his experience would serve him well on city council.
Hackel dropped off his nomination papers to run for council in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 24.
“I think I have something to contribute. I was born and raised here,” said 65-year-old Hackel. He said he has gained experience through living in other parts of the world. "I’ve seen how other communities grow.”
Hackel said he has several commitments to the city. The first one is optimizing investment and economic opportunities in Moose Jaw. New investments are on the way with the ongoing Mosaic expansion, the K+S potash mine north of Buffalo Pound, the Yara expansion and the hospital project to commence next year, among various projects in the city.
“We have to take those opportunities and find opportunities economically for the city and optimizing those opportunities — finding a way to grow our city’s economic tax base, attracting more people in the community (and) ensuring that basically as things come online, we’re in a position to take advantage of that,” said Hackel.
The second commitment category is modernizing city systems, processes and services. He said it is about giving city hall the tools and abilities to “put us in an advantageous position.”
He also said it’s important to invest in the city and address issues such as infrastructure and make sure the city is using “modern technical methods” to fix issues such as water and sewage upgrades and replacements. Hackel said repairs to road maintenance for example should be “affordable and realistic.”
“I think a lot of it goes to planning, addressing the planning and sticking to the planning,” said Hackel. “To me, the city to some degree is no different than investing in your own home. If you don’t do anything, then 20 years down the road, 30 years down the road, your home will be in trouble and why should we think any differently about the city?”
He added he strives to see pursuits of excellence in medical areas, agriculture, education, entertainment and tourism.
Hackel ran in the last municipal election. He joined the military in 1969 and travelled around the world until coming back to Moose Jaw five years ago. He has been involved with the South Central Enterprise Region in the last two years and believes in providing leadership to allow people to invest.
“When I came back in 2007 and the city had expanded in the amount of ground that it covered, but population-wise, really, it had trumped and that’s a bit disturbing,” said Hackel. “I think that now that Saskatchewan’s on the move, I see no reason why the city of Moose Jaw shouldn’t be on the move.”