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City of Lacombe council highlights – Sept. 23

The next scheduled council meetings is Oct. 7


Traffic Safety Initiative

Lacombe Police Commission (LPC) Chair Bob Huff and Lacombe Police Service (LPS) Chief Lorne Blumhagen presented Council with a collision reduction initiative to improve public safety at three identified high-risk intersections. The proposal requests Council consider:

  • Installing Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE) units at Highway 2A and 50 Avenue, Highway 2A and Woodland Drive, and 50 Avenue and 63 Street in an effort to reduce traffic collisions.
  • Hiring one Community Peace Officer to monitor, approve and attend court hearings for all ATE matters. This position will be under the Lacombe Police Service to ensure all enforcement is in line with the LPS/LPC strategic priorities and operates in conjunction with other LPS initiatives and recommendations from the annual traffic analysis report.
  • Entering the City of Lacombe into a shared delivery model contract with a private company where the company provides equipment, processing and technical support, while the Police Service oversees and directs daily operational procedures.

Council subsequently accepted the traffic safety presentation as information, and directed Administration to return the recommendations for further discussion of the contract term length, and additional automated enforcement data, prior to the Council budget workshop.

2020 Budget Presentations

Lacombe Police Commission

Lacombe Police Commission Chair Bob Huff and Police Chief Lorne Blumhagen presented Council with the 2020 Lacombe Police Service budget following its acceptance by the Commission.

The presenters confirmed that the budget presented allowed for the proposed traffic safety initiative, should Council approve it.

Lacombe Athletic Park Association

Darren Berg, Chair and Jay Adamson, Vice-Chair, presented Council with the Lacombe Athletic Park Association’s 2020 budget. They also highlighted 2019 accomplishments and ongoing plans for the park.

Echo Lacombe Association

Drayton Bussiere, President, and Jared Reich presented highlights of the Association’s 2019 activities, programming, ongoing plans and their 2020 budget.

Heritage Resources Committee

Heritage Resources Committee representatives Lantry Vaughan with Jennifer Kirchner, presented the Committee’s 2020 budget and the Heritage Management Program highlights to Council.

Lacombe Days Committee

Event Coordinator Rosanna Kerekes and Justin Cass presented Council with an update of the Committee’s 2019 events and their 2020 budget request.

Mary C. Moore Library Board

Board Chair Lynda Nicholls and Christina Petrisor, Head Librarian, presented Council with the library’s 2019 program statistics, highlights, accomplishments, and their 2020 budget.

Lacombe Flying Club

Lacombe Flying Club Treasurer Keith Vandenbrink, Treasurer, and President Jon From presented Council with highlights of the Flying Club’s activities over the past year, and their 2020 budget.

Council accepted the budget requests for information and subsequent review during Council’s 2020 budget deliberations.

Council & Legislative

BOLT Transit

Council directed Administration to initiate the process for discontinuing the BOLT Transit service in the City of Lacombe. Administration will now review the relevant contracts and service agreements, and provide the requisite notification to the Town of Blackfalds, Red Deer Transit and Burman University of the City of Lacombe’s intention to exit the regional public transit partnership.

Community Services

Community Builder Fund Application

Council approved the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation’s Community Builder Partnership Grant application, in accordance with the September 17, 2019, recommendation from the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board.

The resolution was amended to include a dissolution clause in the Foundation’s bylaws that should the group dissolve and assets be liquidated, the amount granted will be returned to the City.

Financial Services

2020-2029 Capital Plan

Administration provided Council with the 2020-2029 Capital Plan for review.

*The next scheduled Council Meetings are:

-October 7, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Committee)

– October 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

– October 28, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Organizational)

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