New Year’s Eve blaze: Rimbey Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call at approximately 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 at a farm north of Rimbey on Hwy. 20 about a mile north of the Bluffton junction. The fire was extinguished by about 9:30 p.m. but the barn was partially destroyed. Firemen had to fight the fire while sinking into huge snowdrifts caused by snow coming off the roof during the blaze.

Highlights and review for the months of January to June 2014

Joe Anglin, MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, sees 2014 as a year of possibilities, and he plans to keep working hard

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JANUARY

MLA Anglin pushes for change in 2014

Joe Anglin, MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, sees 2014 as a year of possibilities, and he plans to keep working hard to push for those possibilities to become realities.

Anglin stands by his belief the 350-km Western Alberta Transmission Line approved last December which will carry energy from power generators in Genesee southwest of Edmonton to Langdone, east of Calgary, is an incredible waste of money. He is saddened because he believes Albertans will continue to see their electricity bills skyrocket.

New Year’s Eve blaze: Rimbey Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call at approximately 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 at a farm north of Rimbey on Hwy. 20 about a mile north of the Bluffton junction. The fire was extinguished by about 9:30 p.m. but the barn was partially destroyed. Firemen had to fight the fire while sinking into huge snowdrifts caused by snow coming off the roof during the blaze.

FEBRUARY

Winter festival to bring fun and excitement to Rimbey

The cold, dreary month of February will be brightened somewhat with the fun and adventure of a winter festival.

The festival, to be held Feb. 15, is a sure way to promote family fun, fresh air, exercise and socializing.

Director of Community Services Peter Stenstrom said the town is partnering with the Christian School to bring the best ever winter festival to the community.

Council agree to hire headhunter for CAO position

Council hires headhunter

After a somewhat lengthy discussion, council has opted to go ahead with its original decision to hire a headhunter to help find a suitable candidate for the CAO position.

A motion by Mayor Rick Pankiw to hire the recruitment firm of HR Group Management Consultants of Edmonton was carried unanimously at council’s Feb. 11 meeting following an in-camera session.

MARCH

Dialysis support group to take concerns to Alberta Ombudsman

The Rimbey and District Dialysis Support Group is stepping up their lobbying efforts to bring a satellite dialysis unit in Rimbey.

Members of the group including Irene Kurta-Lovell and June Norvila plan to take the group’s concerns to Alberta Ombudsman, Peter Hourihan and a group of investigators in Lacombe on March 12. They will meet with the group from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lacombe Legion and invite any interested persons to come along.

Kurta-Lovell is aware of that the Red Deer Regional Hospital has run out of dialysis spaces and the situation has become critical, but she is concerned a private company will step in to create more dialysis units in Red Deer.

Provincial tournament huge success

The Bantam C Provincial Championship held here last weekend was a great testimonial to how the game is played is what really matters.

Sunday, the Renegades lost the final game against rival Ponoka 2-1, but the team put forth its best effort, both on and off the ice, and the fans who filled the bleachers were, indeed, proud of the effort put forth by the young players.

The Provincials held March 13 to 16 was a class act from start to finish with Rimbey’s own Bantam Renegades making it to the gold medal game.

APRIL

County looking at breaking even with 2014 budget

After Ponoka County councillors approved the 2014 budget, March 25, council is looking at breaking even for the upcoming budget year.

As councillors examined the budget line by line, they ended with an estimated $30.7 million in revenues and the same $30.7 million in expenditures. However, when it comes to approved donations, there’s always a chance every dollar won’t be granted, which is just one area a surplus could arise from.

Bentley Generals bring home Allan Cup

In front of a huge, enthusiastic crowd of fans, the Bentley Generals skated, stick handled and shot their way to a 3-0 victory against the Clarenville Caribous, bringing home, once again, the coveted Allan Cup.

The game held April 20, at the Red Deer Arena, marked the second Canada’s senior amateur men’s hockey championship for the Generals, who also brought the Allan Cup home in 2009.

Goalie Dan Bakala, the team’s tournament MVP made 35 saves in Saturday game and opposing goalie, Jason Churchill kept out 30 shots.

MAY

Salary for mayor, council and administration included in 2013 financial statements

The yearly salary for the mayor for the Town of Rimbey is about $23,530 and councillors bring in between just over $17,000 to $19,649.

In 2013 the chief administrative officer earned $142,106 plus $26,379 in benefits.

The assistant chief administrator earned $78,320 plus $17,058 in benefits.

Salaries include regular base pay, bonuses, overtime, lump sum payments, gross honoraria and any other direct cash remuneration.

Employer’s share of all employee benefits and contributions or payments made on behalf of employees include pension, health care, dental coverage, vision coverage, group life insurance, accidental disability and dismemberment insurance, long and short-term disability plans, professional memberships and tuition.

Benefits and allowances figures also include the employer’s share of the costs of additional taxable benefits including special leave with pay, financial and retirement planning services, concessionary loans, travel allowances, car allowances and club memberships.

Plans in the works for proposed new lodge

An announcement by Wild Rose MLA Joe Anglin that $13.3 million is up for grabs to build a new lodge in Rimbey has still not been confirmed.

However, the announcement has resulted in bringing to light information regarding the proposed lodge.

Denis Beesley, president of Bethany Group, who is the CAO for Rimoka Housing Foundation said the process of building a new lodge is complicated and involves players on a municipal, provincial and federal level.

And while he said obtaining the funding would be exciting, there is a formal process to be followed.

“We need to get all the players in the same room and we need to get input from the seniors. It is their home. It is them who will be the most impacted and it is important we let them know first what is going on.”

Water damage causes problems with community centre’s auditorium floor

Rimbey town council is weighing the best options to deal with the severely water damaged hardwood floor in the main auditorium of the Peter Lougheed Community Centre caused by a leaking water filled base of a basketball net.

At its meeting, April 28, council discussed the issue and looked at possible options to fixing the problem.

Removing sections of the floor in the four areas which are suffering from water damage, and replacing and resealing the hardwood in those sections would cost approximately $10,000. While this is the cheapest option, the repaired areas will be noticeable.

JUNE

Council changing its criteria for open mike discussions

At its meeting, May 26, council voted unanimously in favor of revising the bylaw regarding open mike sessions.

Wording has been changed to state that people who want to talk at the open mike forum will have to speak only on issues that are discussed during that council meeting. The previous bylaw stated the public was allowed to bring any town related issue to the forum.

However, council agreed holding open mike sessions in such a way was not productive, as councillors would be able to better to answer these questions after looking into the matter and obtaining the correct information.

Council want the public to phone or come into the town office and request to be put on the agenda as a delegation if they have issues they wish to discuss that are not related to the current meeting.

Construction on Main Street slated for August

The Main Street of Rimbey will see some upheaval later this summer, but the end result will be worth the disruption.

Earlier this spring, the provincial government made the announcement that the province would be planned to rehabilitate highways in rural Alberta.

Highway 53 which runs through Rimbey is one of the highways designated for upgrades.

Melissa Beebe, acting CAO for the town of Rimbey said Alberta Transportation plans to start the work in mid to late August.

A paving crew will start on Secondary Highway 771 to the Keyera Gas Plant and then move into the town.

Work will continue 29 kilometers west to the Clearwater County border.

Cost for the project is $8 million.

See more photos in this week’s paper.