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Joint Community Services strategic plans reach halfway point


The Community Services Strategic Plan project services, and business. participants etc.; and suggested areas for
undertaken by the Town of Edson and Written submissions were received from six investment.
Yellowhead County has reached its mid-point. organizations. An Open House has been scheduled for May
Project sponsors Christopher Read and Jim The consultant team from WMC, Edmonton is 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Galloway Station
Desautels report that the response to the public currently analyzing the data gathered to Museum to gather final input for the project, as
engagement process has been strong. 789 determine outcomes in a number of key areas. well as share the early results of the analysis.
households responded to the survey, available These include reported usage rates for facilities The final report containing recommendations
Blind View online from both municipal websites and paper- and programs; the number of households that use will be presented to the two municipal councils
based copies completed at Open Houses and the
each facility; patterns of usage; demographics of
in September 2017.
Window Fashions Edson Trade show. Early analysis shows that
respondents represented a broad geographic
spectrum. County seeks solutions for waterlogged roads
This represents 554 households from Edson,
226 from the County, and 9 from outside the two Continued from front season. We prioritize our road rebuilds as best as
Custom Window Treatments municipalities or unidentifiable. we can. I don't feel that we're not getting what
since 1988 In addition, a number of focus group meetings has paid $67,000 for graveling. The east end is we require. A lot of it is based on timelines.
were held with participants including key at 10-15% of what the County has budgeted for We're maxing out on 75 miles a year," said
stakeholders (e.g. library, arts and culture, this year and the west is getting close to the Ropcean.
budget at 30% (west of Leaman Road).
780.723.5734 Julie Van Ember recreation, and museum/archives), and staff "We tend to get more rain west of Obed," said "We need more shoulder pulls," said Hankins.
Giezen asked if the department has looked into
780.542.0898 blindvw@gmail.com members. Telephone interviews were conducted
with 15 representatives of community services MacDonald. any new ideas for grading and flattening.
Councilor Dawn Mitchell thanked the
“The shoulder pull is the best method to pull
partners, such as schools, industry, social
blind view Theft complaints department for responding to complaints quickly. gravel on top the road,” said MacDonald. He also
Macdonald expressed concerns over expenses
explained that people get concerned when they
and employment.
see a lot of gravel placed in the ditch. He
"Trucking costs and availability is an issue. It's
window fashions top list difficult to find enough qualified people," said reassured that sometimes gravel is removed off
of the snow ripples to ensure vehicles get traction
MacDonald.
when coming to a stop sign.
of RCMP calls
Councilor Fred Priestly-Wright inquired about
Giezen inquired into the possibility of running
2017 Ads May 8 to 14 saw 69 calls for service by the if Transportation was eliminating the "bad spots". a packer.
"We're spending a lot of money to try and fix the
“It helped a little but you need the right
problem for the short term. There are still bad
conditions for it to be effective,” said
local RCMP detachment. Topping the list of calls
was 15 Traffic Complaints. spots as soon as it rains again." MacDonald.
Other calls include14 Theft Complaints, 13 MacDonald admitted that there wasn't a plan in “To fix the bad spots, we'll open up the road
Suspicious Persons or Vehicles, 11 Assistance place. "Moving forward, we need an action plan. and repack,” said Ropcean.
Soroka asked if Transportation has come across
Calls, 9 Traffic Collisions, 6 Alarms/False There's so many spots and with the amount of any new concepts.
manpower, it might be something to look at."
January 23 Alarms, 6 Drugs, 6 Harassment/Criminal was running behind on their shoulder pull and they have all worked well until you get the
Councilor David Russell asked if the County
“We've tried a number of different techniques
Harassment, 5 Mischief or Damage, 3 Mental
Health Act, 3 Missing Person/Request to Locate,
2 Lost/Found Property, 2 Municipal Bylaws, reconstruction. freestyle cycle. Ensuring good drainage in the
February 13 along with various other requests for service. "The utmost gets fixed first with our short ditches and good culverts is our best defence,”
said Ropcean.
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