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Cypress County briefs from Aug. 2 meeting

Posted on August 16, 2016 by Tim Kalinowski

By Tim Kalinowski

Dimestore Fisherman not filming in Cypress County

Council was informed by staff that Alberta Culture and Tourism has rejected funding a proposal submitted by Cypress County to bring the television show “The Dimestore Fisherman” to the region for an episode. The ministry suggested the county consider a broader regional partnership on other tourism campaigns with other municipalities in the area instead or go it alone on the Dimestore Fisherman for a cost of approximately $25,000. Councillors directed staff to follow up with Alberta Culture and Tourism on some other possibilities and voted against funding this particular television program to do an episode here at this time.

South Boundary Road will see some repairs done this year after all

The City of Medicine Hat informed Cypress County council last Tuesday that they had reconsidered their position on South Boundary Road. The City has agreed to do basic repairs on the section of South Boundary Road between Range Road 61A and Range Road 60 outside of the hamlet of Desert Blume with a hot mix asphalt this fall or winter, with more comprehensive repairs to follow on the entire road in 2017/2018.

Coun. Richard Oster, who represents the community, was pleased with the decision, saying he was happy the City was deciding to do something this year to help Desert Blume residents with their road problems.

Artillery shell found in Elkwater

Curtis Richter, Director of Public Works for Cypress County, informed council of a strange incident at the Elkwater Transfer Site. A tank artillery shell was found in a scrap metal bin and had to be removed by staff and set aside for ordinance collection. CFB Suffield and the RCMP were notified about the discovery and the shell was eventually picked up by the military’s shell disposal unit.

New District Fire Chief in Elkwater

Council voted to approve the appointment of Les Derksen as the new Elkwater District Fire Chief at last Tuesday’s meeting. Derksen replaces O’Brien Tarnasky, who resigned on June 7. Derksen has been with the department for 11 years and is one of the most experienced firefighters in the Elkwater Fire Hall.

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