Council highlights for Jan. 13

At its regular meeting, Mon. Jan. 13, council approved funding of $500 to the Rimbey and Area Early Child Development Coalition

At its regular meeting, Mon. Jan. 13, council approved funding of $500 to the Rimbey and Area Early Child Development Coalition (Powerful Moms and Super Dads), $500 to the Rimbey and District Victim Services (Big Band Valentine Gala), and $500 to the Rimbey Kinsmen (Christmas Supper and Entertainment. The funding came from the Community Events Grant Program.

Council listened to a proposal by Dave Karroll entitled Destination Rimbey.  The proposal outlined a 12-week test program which Karroll said would lay the foundation for a long-term marketing initiative for the town to help expand the community. The program involves the creation of a website with a domain name of www.rimbey1.com. Karroll proposed advertisements for the website be placed in Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association newspapers in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta inviting participants to visit the website.

Coun. Mathew Jaycox suggested council could achieve similar results by providing a link to their own website.

Karroll’s proposal was accepted as information and was referred to the 2014 budget.

Council agreed to extend the Rimbey Art Club’s three-year lease agreement at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre until December, 2016. The art club pays $1,800 a year to lease the facility.

Council approved Parkland Regional Library’s requisition of $17,835 for 2014. The requisition is divided into four equal quarterly payments.

Council approved the requisition from West Central Planning Agencies for $7,021.08. The agency provides planning services for the town.

There were 13 new residential building permits issued in Rimbey for 2013 valuing approximately $2.34 million. There was one new commercial development permit issued valuing $2.47 million.

Council agreed to put in a team at The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rimbey Bowl for Kids Sake to be held March 2.

Mayor Rick Pankiw and Coun. Jack Webb will attend the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention to be held in Edmonton March 17 to 19.