Council discusses future of manor

Rimbey town council highlights

Council highlights at Aug. 28 meeting

Future of Manor discussed

A letter addressed to Mayor Rick Pankiw regarding the use of Parkland Manor generated discussion with council at Monday’s meeting.

Pankiw said he understands that many residents want the manor to be used to house residents needing long term care. However, he stressed that the building is not owned by the town, but is a government owned facility. He said a decision as to what the building will be used for is not up to the town or Rimoka.

“We have no control over that building. It is a government building.”

Pankiw also pointed out that Rimoka is still pushing for assisted living, although he has been told there is presently no money available in the provincial budget for renovations, which could run in the neighbourhood of $11 million.

Pankiw said he was sympathetic towards concerns about residents being forced to live elsewhere as there was no room at Rimbey’s Long term Care, but he said the hospital administration has assured him that is not happening.

Town helps out chamber

At it regular meeting on Aug. 28 Rimbey town council agreed to allow the Chamber of Commerce to use the community centre free of charge for their business awards dinner. The regular cost to rent the community centre is $300.

The event is to be held on Tue., Oct. 19. The town donated the use of the Vern Poeffenroth Memorial Arena for the April 21 and 22 trade show. The total donation for the trade show was $1,050. The town also provided a $500 grant to the chamber to assist with the trade show.

Town donates to Rimbey &District Crime Watch

Council agreed to authorize the Rimbey &District Crime Watch Association to hold their monthly one-hour meetings on the third Tuesday of each month in the Kinsmen Room at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre free of charge from September through to May 2018.

Municipal election updates

Council agreed to allow administration to use their own staff for the purpose of conducting the election at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre on Mon., Oct. 16 and to close the office on that day.

Franchise fee to increase

Council agreed to adjust the franchise fee by one per cent to 26 per cent which will result in an increase of $5.79 per year for the average residential customer. The Town of Rimbey has a natural gas distribution system franchise agreement with Atco Gas and Pipelines which began on Jan. 1, 2016 and runs until Dec. 31, 2025.

Atco Gas and Pipelines Ltd. forecast their delivery tariff revenue for next year to be $886,706. With no increase the town would receive approximately $221,677. A one per cent increase will generate an additional $8,867.

Back alley issues

Council held a lengthy discussion regarding the back alley behind legacy Ford, The Co-operators and Michael’s Studio. The issue was brought to council’s attention by Coun. Matt Jaycox who suggested crushed concrete and oil might be a suitable surface for the alley. However, Rick Schmidt, director of public works said that type of surface is not suitable. He agreed to look into the matter further.

Lindy’s Mobile Home Park Water Lines

Council also discussed the fact Lindy’s Mobile Home Park has one main water line which supplies the entire trailer court with water and there are no shut off valves to the individual units. Although there are no shut off valves to the units if the water bills are not paid, all utility bills that are outstanding for more than 45 days are transferred to the owners tax account an collected through the tax collection process.

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