“Allan has had a lot of experience (with SHCA) and has been a
member for a lot longer than I have,” he said. “He understood and
was able to just roll with a lot of the goings-on with (SHCA). But
we’re lucky having Shantel (Lipp, president of SHCA) in her position
because she keeps everyone rolling along.
“We have a good group of guys and gals here.”
Arneson hasn’t exactly had much time to ease into his new role.
With the looming carbon tax coming into effect, there’s plenty of
buzz in the industry about how it and the fuel levy will impact businesses
around the province.
“The carbon tax is the big one that everyone is watching,” Arneson
said. “It’ll be interesting to see how it all unfolds… no doubt it will
have a big impact on how things go.
“The other big (issue) is keeping on the Ministry (of Highways and
Infrastructure) and the government to put the money out to continue
with our infrastructure projects and keep growing the province.”
The Regina Bypass is scheduled to be completed later this year
and talks already are underway in Saskatoon about a major freeway
project – similar to the bypass.
In addition, Arneson said there are plans for more passing lanes
later this year on Highway 5 from Saskatoon to Humboldt.
“It’s exciting to be in this role. There’s a lot to learn, though. It’s interesting
meeting the different people associated with this role, the
different ministers in government and seeing what their plans and
ideas are for the future. I know I’ll be busy working with government
in keeping those projects coming.
Arneson and his wife have two boys aged 17 and 12, who keep
them busy with a variety of extra-curricular activities.
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