City Briefs: Local microbrewery in the works

Following in the City of Red Deer’s footsteps, Lacombe may soon be the home of a local microbrewery.

Following in the City of Red Deer’s footsteps, Lacombe may soon be the home of a local microbrewery.

Lacombe City council approved first reading to amend a bylaw to consider a microbrewery as a discretionary use in commercial districts of the City at their regular council meeting on Jan 12th.

Director of Planning and Operations Matthew Goudy told council an application was received for a microbrewery, which is a licensed facility where craft beers are produced and packaged.

A public hearing will be held on Feb. 9th before council proceeds to second and third reading.

Small increase in utility rates for Lacombe residents

At their regular meeting this week, City council passed a resolution to approve the Utility Rate Bylaws 70.42 and 316.11 in order to set the 2015 utility rates for water, waste water and solid waste services.

The combined average for residential customers sits at 0.87% while the average commercial customer will see an increase of 3.23%, City officials say.

The 2015 operating budget, which was adopted in December, included the estimated rates.

The rates are effective Jan. 1st.

Industrial traffic routes

The City has locked in a new truck haul route.

The bylaw also addresses overweight industrial vehicles that enter the Lacombe City limits.

Much public concern was received regarding trucks going down 50th Ave., the use of C & E Trail and 63rd Ave. as well as use of Hwy. 2 and Hwy. 2A as bypass options. Council took in the public input and considered the impact on industry.

Third and final reading of Bylaw 223.12 was approved.

“We are not a unique community,” said Mayor Steve Christie in regards to the amount of industrial traffic the downtown core sees.

“This is all over the place.”