The Village of Munson is approaching the new year with optimism, as the community continues to thrive. The Mail caught up with Munson CAO Lyle Cawiezel. He said it was a busy year for the village.
“We completed some much overdue road work, and were able to knock off quite a bit of the projects that we have delayed for a few years, while we build up grant funds,” said Cawiezel.
The road work consisted of applying a sealing product on a couple of main roads in town as well as the entry road from Highway 9/56. “That road hasn’t been touched since back in the day when Alberta Transportation put a bend in the road and paved it,” he said.
This coming year the village is working on replacing the playground and hopes he can begin installation in July. This is to replace the aging playground. They are able to finance much of the playground from the same grant pool as the paving as it came in under budget.
“The playground was put in before my time and I have been here nearly 20 years,” he said. While it might be a little cold for jungle gyms, youngsters still have the opportunity for outdoor activities thanks to the strong volunteer spirit that maintains the village’s skating rink. Community organizations are also responsible for many of the year’s family and community events.
Due to its infrastructure limits, the village is constrained in growth. Despite this, he says the demand for housing in Munson is strong. “We have a few properties that are looking at getting developed, so we could have a few more residents coming to town. The market still seems to be quite strong for it,” said Cawiezel. “When they were listed, they were sold rather quickly.” He adds that most vacancies are snapped up quickly with new residents from all over.
“In 2022 and 2023, there were a few out-of-province people that moved in so it is a good mix,” he said.