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New Director of Community Changes considered

to town signage
Service Jim Desautels due to vandalism

by Adrienne Tait Lemieux said the town
by Adrienne Tait Jim is tasked with facilitating and advancing the “wish is more concerned about
list” of the community in a safe and fiscally Due to increased the safety of the walking
A familiar face has taken over the role of Director of responsible manner. “At the end of the day we need to vandalism the town may and travelling public
Community Services. be able to give the residents of the community services soon find themselves than the financial
Jim Desautels has lived in Edson since 2006 and they want, but we have to be able to do it within our replacing more signs in impact.
during his time here has served the town as the means.” the downtown core. “Due to the frequency
Sergeant at the Edson detachment, president of the In order to achieve this goal, Desautels will be Since January 1, 2014 of this vandalism,
Orcas Swim Club, Legion member, on The Drug speaking with community residents, elected officials, t h e r e h a v e b e e n c h a n g e s t o t h e
Coalition and on numerous other sporting groups and and others with ideas they believe will “make our approximately 150 signs breakaway system are
clubs. community stronger and to ensure an optimal quality damaged or vandalised. being considered and
Desuatels said, “I have faced many challenges as a of life for our families.” W h e n t h e T o w n will be tried on a trial
member of the RCMP. I oversaw the operational side Jim is anticipating a steep learning curve and is not undertook re-signing the basis in the area of 50th
of policing in Edson for the better part of 7 years. That looking to make big immediate changes. He has noted community in 2006 it Street.” said Brigitte.
Over the past few
coupled with my community involvement gives me a a number of strengths that already exist within the selected a “breakaway months new signage has
unique insight into the community.” current structure. system” for the new been placed throughout
Jim has a reputation for being a team player and for “In my short time at the conn, I see a strong focus on To w n o f E d s o n t h e t o w n ' s m a i n
being approachable member of the community. “I've youth, families and support. I think that is a strong Assistant CAO Brigitte corridors. Those
moved from one great team to another. I look forward foundation of where our focus should be. We are in Lemieux said, “In an include no stopping
to the new challenges ahead.” the midst of a community services needs assessment effort to reduce liability, signs on the north side of
As an RCMP member since 1991, Desautels has which many people contributed their input towards. a sign post with a S e c o n d A v e n u e
lived in various Alberta communities including High The results of this assessment will form an integral breakaway system was effectively addressing
Prairie, Faust, and Morinville. His experience as a part of our planning process,” said Desautels. selected because if a the trucks and vehicles
police officer, his degree in physical education, and Instead his focus is a strategic one with a goal to sign was hit the post that were causing
commitment to his community are attributes he enhance and optimize the quality of life for Edson and would break away at the visibility concerns
believes will be of benefit. area residents. bottom lessening the amongst residents.
“Community service has always appealed to me. When asked what aspect of the new role he is looking damages to both the Other new signs
Being an RCMP member pretty much prepares you for forward most Jim said, “Working with a great team vehicle and the sign include the addition of
anything. Policemen and women are truly frontline that I know has a tremendous impact on the quality of hardware.” playground signs on 55
community service workers. They solve myriad life for the residents of Edson and surrounding Unfortunately the Street between Second
problems 24/7-365 days a year. For me it was a community. We are uniquely positioned to be able to design also tends to be and Fourth Avenues
across form the Edson
natural transition. I have a background in recreation offer support, programming, facilities, and a easier for vandals to Day Care Centre and
and physical education and was leaning towards that tremendous park system that will positively impact push over. Centennial Park, and no
While there the
career stream when I was accepted into the RCMP,” families.” monetary expense for truck parking on beside
said Desautels. Desautels officially started his new role on the damage has not been Sobeys.
As part of his role as director of Community Services September 15th. independently tracked,

RCMP Update

Traffic collisions, suspicious persons top list of police responses UPCOMING EVENT REMINDER
September 20
Parkland Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual
by Adrienne Tait suspicious persons or conditions and theft noise complaints. found property and P r e v e n t i o n A c t ,
vehicles, 17 traffic complaints. RCMP False or abandoned Liquor Act violations missing person, and Grandparents' Walkathon starting at 10 am form the
E d s o n R C M P complaints. also responded to 911 calls resulted in all numbered two. recovery of stolen lodge. Entry forms are available at the lodge on
responded to 127 calls There were nine seven mischief or three responses while Single investigations property were also 9 Avenue. This is a major fundraiser for the benefit
of the Lodge Residents. For more info call Ivan at
for service last week. alarms or false alarms, damage calls, five incidents of fraud, into driving while performed. 780-723-4020 or Ann at 780-723-4522.
Those calls were e i g h t c a l l s f o r animal calls, four h a r a s s m e n t a n d unauthorized, failure to
largely comprised of assistance, failure to incidents of assault, impaired operation of a stop or remain at a
19 traffic collisions, 17 c o m p l y w i t h three drugs and four motor vehicle, lost and collision, the Fire

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