By Anna Smith
The Town of Redcliff prepared to move forward on a handful of items at their January 22 Town Council meeting, in hopes of taking advantage of the early spot in the calendar year.
Redcliff RCMP had a delegation to the Town, with S/Sgt. Michael Courty highlighting some of the most important focuses for the detachment and covering some of the notable statistics from the July-September 2023 season.
Overall, it was noted that there had been very little change from previous years, save for a small increase in property crime in the area. Priorities remained crime prevention, traffic laws and safety, and making better community connection.
Council received a Development Permit Application that falls within the referral area as
identified within the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP). Such projects do require a comment from the Town, due to their potential impact on the town.
The project in question is for a service dog training facility with a maximum of four dogs that will not be boarded at the site, providing a minimal impact to the Town of Redcliff and the residents within the Town, noted the staff report on the issue. A motion was passed to “let the puppies train” by council.
The agreement for 911 dispatch services is set to expire soon, and a motion was passed to renew the services for a further two years. It was noted that there are issues with the per capita cost of these services, due to a difference in how the population counts were taken, noting that they know they don’t have as many people as stated.
The possibility of using a different dispatch service was briefly brought forward as something to research in the next two years.
Council moved to increase the budget for geotechnical investigations on 5 Street SE Infrastructure Upgrades. The hope was that pursuing these investigations will cause the RFP’s to come in as more accurate to the actual cost of the project, without any expensive surprises uncovered during the process.
Comment was made that, knowing the area, the odds are good that contractors will encounter bricks in their work, one of the potential issues that the investigation would make obvious before work begins.