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Redcliff council briefs: Raw water, branding campaign, pay hikes for councilors

Posted on May 17, 2016 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Tim Kalinowski
New Raw Water rate rejected
Council discussed a new, potential, raw water rate which would have lowered the monthly bill for one local acreage owner significantly, and perhaps would have had some repercussions on negotiations with the Riverview Golf Club, (which also uses raw water to water its greens). But when it came to the vote, most on council wanted nothing to do with the proposed rate change, voting 6-1 against.
“I don’t think anyone should be receiving raw water in the Town of Redcliff,” said Coun. Chere Brown before casting her vote against the rate change. “We are already taking on a greater liability for doing that. So if the individual (getting raw water) has to pay more, they have to pay more. That’s where I stand.”

Citizens on Patrol makes plea for new members and municipal funding
George Dowson from the Alberta Citizens on Patrol (COP) Association and local COP member Al Robertson made a delegation to Redcliff council at last Monday’s meeting in an effort to drum up community support for the organization, which has been in decline in Redcliff in recent years.
COP volunteers patrol the community watching out for individuals engaged in public vandalism and other crimes, whom they then report to the RCMP.
Redcliff COP currently only has three active members in the community. They are hoping to renew interest in the organization and recruit new volunteers. A big incentive toward doing that would be to get the Town on board to kick in some funding to help reimburse members for their gas mileage.
In the past COP received funding from Redcliff’s FCSS grants until the organization was deemed ineligible under new government rules. The organization also used to receive $800 per year from the Redcliff Support Services golf tournament until the tournament ceased to run.
Councillors voted to add COP to the list of organizations which will be considered for funding in next year’s budget discussions.

Redcliff looking for a new brand
Economic Development Alliance (EDA) executive director Theresa Hardiker reported to council last Monday that she felt the Town was ready to move into the next phase of discussions on a possible new brand for the community. This would involve broad consultations with community members and creating a contest to come up with the new town slogan. This process would begin in June and be completed by October.
Redcliff has been known for awhile as the “Greenhouse Capital of the Prairies,” but council has been thinking of coming up with a new brand for the community, a process Hardiker has been facilitating.

Council gets a raise
Council voted at the April 25 council meeting to give its councillors a $100 per month remuneration hike starting June 1. The discussions on the increase took place during the In Camera session of the April 25 meeting, this was followed by a vote later that evening. The result of the vote was published in the April 25 minutes presented at the May 9 council meeting. According to the minutes, Coun. Jim Steinke made the motion to approve the rate hike which was subsequently carried by the other members of council.

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