Lacombe County Council Highlights

Council discusses rural crime, recreational funding issues, and affordable broadband Internet

Lacombe County Council held a Regular Council Meeting on March 8th.

Paradise Shores RV Development

Council made a resolution instructing County Manager Tim Timmons to send a letter to the County of Stettler addressing Lacombe County’s concerns with the Paradise Shore Development, which is a proposed 1000 unit RV resort which the County of Stettler requested comment from Lacombe County on.

Council also requested that a Lacombe County Staff Member and Councillor be allowed to speak at and attend the Public Hearing for the development on March 17th at 1 p.m. at the Stettler District Agricultural Society Pavilion.

City of Lacombe Capital Funding Request

Lacombe County Council made a resolution to give funds to the City of Lacombe’s 2018 Recreation Facilities Capital Expenditures.

The Lacombe Memorial Centre will receive $906.50; the Gary Moe Auto Group Aquatic Centre will receive $13,195 and the Gary Moe Auto Group Curling Club will receive $3,720 — all funded through the County’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Eckville Community Centre Upgrades

Lacombe County approved a contribution of $15,000 to upgrades to the Eckville Community Centre. The contribution was funded through the Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Lacombe Regional Airport

County Council approved funding in the amount of $32,000 towards the Lacombe Regional Airport’s north taxiway capital project.

Council will be given a tour of the Regional Airport at a yet undetermined future date.

Parkland Regional Library(PRL) Headquarters

County Council received an informational report on the future of the Parkland Regional Library

The PRL is in search of a new home after receiving a $2.4 million grant, which is intended to be used on renovations or the construction of a new facility.

The PRL is now conducting a study on possible options going forward.

Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) Report

County Council authorized the County Manager to designate staff from Corporate Services to continue to represent Lacombe County on the CAEP broadband initiative.

The authorization comes after Council heard a report on the status of CAEP’s broadband study, which is determining the state of broadband in the region. The intent is to find opportunities and options for high-quality broadband in the region at an affordable price.

Rural Crime

County Council endorsed a Private Members Motion by MP Shannon Stubbs which promotes the creation of a governmental study on Rural Crime.

A report was presented for Council’s consideration regarding the escalation of theft, assault and burglary in rural areas.

The County will contact the Standing Committee on Public Safety and Natural Security.

-Vaughan

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