Council notes and highlights

Council, at its Oct. 22 regular meeting, heard from a representative from the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association.

Council, at its Oct. 22 regular meeting, heard from a representative from the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association.

Tabatha Phiri, program co-ordinator for Women’s Economic Security and Safe Home Program from the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association told council the program is looking for people to participate in focus groups who have immigrated to Canada and have had challenges finding employment, encounter language barriers, cannot find adequate housing and are facing other challenges. Anyone interested in participating is asked to contact the Central Alberta Women’s Association at 403-341-3553 in Red Deer.

The women’s association also wants a representative to sit on the advisory board.

Council forwarded the information provided by Phiri to FCSS.

Walking trails budget deferred

Council deferred a decision to fund walking trails until budget meetings that are to be held in November.

The recreation board is looking to extend the existing trail north from the RV Park to the Best Western Hotel area. Costs to develop trails is estimated at $125,000 per kilometre.

Administration will meet with Tagish Engineering and the rec board to determine the trail location, length, surveying and right of way agreements with landowners as well as construction costs.

Rimoka’s Rimbey project looking good

Coun. Gayle Rondeel reported she had attended an annual general meeting of Central Alberta Seniors’ Housing Association Oct. 19 at The Black Knight Inn in Red Deer. Mike Leathwood, assistant deputy minister for Alberta Municipal Affairs, reported on the Rimoka’s Rimbey project for seniors housing.

“He said they were very close with the re-development application and Dennis Beasley, who is the CAO of Bethany Group, said this is very significant because it is the first time the project has been mentioned at a public forum by the government.”

Rondeel sees this as a positive indication of the project moving forward.