The City of Lacombe has released their 2021 Year in Review.
The digital publication highlights the City of Lacombe’s key municipal projects, initiatives, and decisions over the previous year.
It covers the 2022 operating budget and capital budget in depth. Significant projects like a fire ladder truck replacement, the road renewal program, a new water reservoir and the decommissioning of pumphouse 8, which are included in the 10-year capital plan are also mentioned.
“Lacombe City Council is pleased to share the highlights of the previous year through the Year in Review. Business continued at the City of Lacombe, and there are certainly many initiatives that should be recognized and celebrated, in spite of challenges,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. “I’m sure the services and initiatives of the last year will continue to bear fruit for our citizens in the years to come.”
In operations and planning, an update on the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP) engagement process and Vesta Energy agreement to repurpose three former lagoon cells into revenut-generating properties.
External agencies like Lacombe FCSS, Echo Lacombe and Mary C. Moore Public Library also submitted updates. They highlighted the Lacombe Museum Learning Garden, the Christmas Giving Campaign and the senior’s outreach program.
The Lacombe Fire Department (LFP) and Lacombe Police Services (LPS) both submitted an update of their 2021 year. The LFD reported 327 calls for service in 2021 with an increase of five per cent over 2020.The LPS reports that the city of Lacombe has a crime severity index of 60.5, which they say indicates a high community safety rating relative to other municipalities in Alberta and Canada. Other updates from LFP and LPS include membership, strategic plan goals and pandemic response.
The publication is not all cut and dry information, readers will also find data on “fun facts,” with 6,369 followers on Facebook and 2,300 on Instagram the City of Lacombe has adapted to the digital age. Readers will also get facts on how many metric tonnes of cardboard were recycled, ridership of the Connex, building permits and bookings of city facilities.
Residents can view the entire document by visiting lacombe.ca/162/City-Publications and a small number of hard copies will be available at Lacombe City Hall.