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Redcliff Council looks at abandoned wells, event supplies

Posted on July 27, 2023 by Ryan Dahlman

By Anna Smith
Commentator/Courier

The Town of Redcliff came together July 17 for one of their singular council meetings during the summer months.

It was noted that the Town has received an increase in requests to rent event supplies from local organizations and businesses, such as picnic tables, the stage, or fencing.

At the time of the meeting, the Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw did not have a fixed rate for these rentals, and administration requested approval to assign a fee to these items at the discretion of the Municipal Manager, for the purpose of Community Events.

These rates are available currently via the meeting portal, and it was noted that they may be subject to change if it seemed like the rates were being “used and abused,” added council.

Council made a decision regarding two City of Medicine Hat abandoned well sites located in the northside industrial area.

Administration was directed to sign a release that the Town plans to redevelop

the sites in the future to sell, and indicated that while the sites will need to be reclaimed, restoring them to natural grass is unnecessary, partially due to the zoning of the nearby land.

Over the summer, the Redcliff/Cypress Regional Waste Management Authority borrowed the Town’s Land Pride Flail Mower. The equipment sustained damage over the course of use by the landfill, including damage to the belt guard, blades, and the unit now having a vibration to it.

It is believed that the mower should last the rest of this year assuming it doesn’t get damaged again or vibrate itself apart, but Council directed administration to seek a replacement for the mower, which was likely to be replaced in the next year regardless. Furthermore, it will seek to recover costs for the damages from the Redcliff/Cypress Regional Waste Management Authority.

Council received a report regarding the success of their Canada Day event in the park, as well as a breakdown of calls made after hours to the town.

It was noted that out of the 47 calls received, 16 were calls that should have been made through the office during regular business hours. The calls that required a response were mostly regarding water leaking, Fire or RCMP assistance.

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