May 2015 highlights
Mill rate set
Municipal mill rate in Rimbey goes up by two per cent
Depending on the assessed value of their home, taxpayers in Rimbey could see about a hundred-dollar increase on the municipal portion of their tax bill this year.
The increase equates to a home in Rimbey which is assessed at around $205,000, said acting CAO Lori Hillis, who noted the municipal mill rate has increased by two per cent this year.
Commercial taxes have also gone up two per cent.
Mayor Rick Pankiw is pleased with the minimal increase.
“We tried to listen to the taxpayers and make it as light as possible. The town is in good shape, barring any unforeseen disaster. As with all municipalities we are waiting for the NDP’s budget to determine what may happen (regarding municipal funding).”
Rimbey’s $6 million budget shows projected operating expenses of $5.8 million with $172,000 slated for reserves and $1.5million to go towards capital expenditures.
Capital expenditures include $30,000 worth of upgrades to the RCMP station, two stand-by generators valued at $85,000 each for the community centre and Well 13, a new water well for $60,000 and main reservoir and pump house upgrades for $75,000.
June 2015 highlights
Break-in involves theft of highly valued hockey memorabilia
Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 40 files this week. Highlights include a break and enter to a residence, theft,mischief, drugs, fraud and other serious matters.
A local homeowner, who resides north of Bluffton, had his house broken into while he was away over the last few weeks. Police were notified by a concerned citizen that there was a suspicious yellow side-by-side utility vehicle hidden in the trees on his farm which was visible from an oil lease road on his property. Further investigation revealed the $18,000 off-highway vehicle had actually been stolen from an acreage north of Bluffton near Township Road 444. When police notified the owner of the vehicle it was realized that his home had also been broken into. Rimbey detachment members and a RCMP Forensic Crime Scene specialist attended the residence and began to gather evidence pertaining to the case. The thieves had completely emptied out the entire residence, stealing everything from kitchen ware to highly valued authentic framed NHL signed jerseys from noted players, such as Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Pavel Bure and many others. A priceless Royal Bank Cup hockey ring was also stolen. Police continue to diligently follow up on all leads and examine evidence as the investigation continues.
July 2015 highlights
Canada Day celebration provides plenty of family fun
The Canada Day celebration held July 1 at Pas Ka Poo Park did Rimbey proud.
In his speech Mayor Rick Pankiw, who was MC of the opening ceremonies, said the organizing committee spearheaded by Cindy Bowie, community services director deserved kudos for a job well done.
He mentioned Cheryl Jones, Pas Ka Poo Park administrator, Gayle Rondeel, Dawna Providenti and councillors Matthew Jaycox, Jack Webb and Brian Godlongton for their help in making the event the success it was.
Out-of-towners who came to Rimbey to enjoy the festivities were impressed with the event, enjoying many of the activities,eating birthday cake, and simply having a good time.
“It’s more kid friendly than Red Deer activities,” said Rieki Solberg.
“There is no shortage of activities for the kids,” added Jessi O’Reilley, who was at the park with her husband, Jesse and their three pre-school children, Saeber, Ranger and Drae.
Halina Pearce, who lives in the United Kingdom and was visiting her brother Michael Jarmoluk for a few days, also took part in the celebrations. A gracious lady with a lovely smile, Pearce held onto her brother’s arm as she mixed and mingled with the crowd. Jarmoluk, dressed in his Legion uniform, took great pride in introducing her to his many friends.