By Anna Smith
January 8 welcomed Redcliff councillors back to their usual spots in Town Hall, for the first meeting of 2024.
The Town received a delegation from S/Sgt. Michael Courty, part of the RCMP Report to Council. It was noted within the report that Redcliff/Bow Island RCMP continued to experience a higher than normal volume of property crimes within the second quarter, but through collaboration with other detachments throughout southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, were able to bring into custody four different groups of individuals responsible for 95 per cent of property crimes experienced in the areas.
Regardless, rural crime prevention, alongside road safety and presence in rural communities remain the priorities for the RCMP moving forward, according to the report.
It was noted that the Body Worn Camera (BWC) field test pilot project is currently in the process of finding a new contractor.
Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Town and the RCMP for the community Peace Officer. This is a regular occurance, as it is required for the town to be able to employ a peace officer and work alongside RCMP.
The Town received notice that the requisition for the Cypress View Foundation would be $101,126, which represents a 5.94 per cent increase over 2023’s budget. The Cypress View Foundation provides rent-geared-to-income housing for seniors, and it was explained in the meeting to base their requisition off the assessments of the towns, of which Redcliff’s has increased.
The Town also reviewed their policies for public notification of meetings, donations to organizations, programs, events, and activities, and selection of members on boards.