Mayor Grant Creasey attended Coffee with Council on Sept. 14 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. City officials were available for comment on a range of City-related topics. Photo submitted

Mayor Grant Creasey attended Coffee with Council on Sept. 14 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. City officials were available for comment on a range of City-related topics. Photo submitted

City hosted a ‘Coffee with Council’ event on Sept. 14

Available to chat with residents on a range of City-related topics, City officials hosted Coffee with Council on Sept. 14 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

Folks who dropped by were able to discuss a variety of topics with councillors and City staff during the event, which was held along with the annual Active Living Fair.

Mayor Grant Creasey said several topics are currently of interest to local residents, including Budget 2o22, the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP), the new Vesta Energy Fish & Fetch Park and changes to the Community Standards bylaw.

“The budgetary process is well underway as it is in most every community in Alberta,” said Creasey. “We really try to be proactive, and we want the public to know that we want them involved – they are part of that process as well,” he said, adding that administration actually begins the budgetary process a bit earlier than most communities.

And speaking of the Vesta Energy Fish & Fetch Park, which is located at 53 Ave. and 34 St., the City of Lacombe and Vesta Energy Ltd. will host a grand opening and ribbon at the site on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m.

The City will also be hosting a public celebration on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – inviting residents to bring their pups to try out the park.

“It really has been a very well-received development,” said Creasey. “It appeals not just to dog owners, but also to any outdoor enthusiast and kids.

“It’s already used extensively by a lot of folks, and I’m sure even more will use it as time goes by,” he added.

As far as the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan, Creasey noted that it’s been terrific to see so many volunteers engaged in the community through their involvement with the ongoing project.

“That was the whole idea of council allocating those funds to the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan was to enhance it, and make it even better for the shop owners and the businesses that are down there, and for everyone in the community as well,” he said.

“This last addition they did with the ‘Heart of Lacombe’ entrance feature has been a big hit.

“It’s been outstanding, and they’ve got lots of exciting things planned as well. It’s a cooperative effort not only with the committee but with the City scheduling the infrastructure to tie in with all of it,” he explained.

City Council and the Downtown Area Development Plan committee unveiled the ‘Heart of Lacombe’ on Aug. 31.

The City’s new signature landmark, located on the southeast corner of Lest We Forget Park, is a year-round, social media-shareable site – which captures the experience of visiting Lacombe’s downtown by providing a frame for photos.

The heart, designed to light up in recognizable colours on significant dates throughout the year, resulted from months of collaboration and planning by the DARP Committee.

The committee has identified specific capital projects to undertake within the DARP boundary and has prioritized those projects based on impact, available funding, and other factors.

In the meantime, Creasey is feeling optimistic about the City’s future.

“I think that now, more than ever, I’m more optimistic because we’ve got some big things coming for Lacombe – some I can’t talk of just yet. The overall attitude is just really positive,” he said.

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