Council sets dates for election advance polls

The fall election is nearing in Rimbey and at the last council meeting dates were set for advance polls.

  • Jul. 20, 2010 9:00 a.m.

By Adam Eisenbarth

The polls are established to give Rimbey residents an opportunity to vote early if they will be unable to on Oct. 18.

The Rimbey Community Centre will host a poll on Oct. 5 and the Parkland Manor lobby on Oct. 9.

“Early in September, people will be able to file papers that they’re going to run,” says CAO Tony Goode.

The position of mayor and four councillors will be up for election.

Borrowing bylaw gets first reading

Also at the most recent council meeting, the $1 million aquatic centre debenture went through its first reading and now will have to go through a 15-day petition period that allows residents the opportunity to petition against the borrowing bylaw.

“There’s a special meeting scheduled for (July 22) and if there is no petition, then the second and third reading will be done,” says Goode. The money will be borrowed in September.

Goode delivered a CAO report to council in which he discussed the pool project. Demolition at the pool has been scheduled for early this week.

“We’ve had a delay because we have to get ATCO Gas in here to cut the line and cap it.”

Weather has also had its impact on the project, which is three or four weeks behind schedule.

“The rain has had something to do with it. We had some issues with asbestos that had to be removed.”

Goode still expects the project to be ready for next spring, though he says instillation of the pool liner will be key.

“The temperature can’t go below 15 degrees Celsius or it starts to shrink, so it depends on the fall. It’s scheduled for installation in the fall but if we don’t have good weather we won’t be able to do it until the spring.”

As for the use of the Best Western pool, Goode notified council of a report from the hotel.

“Our agreement with Best Western seems to be working out quite well. They’ve had quite a few people in swimming, so that’s good.”

Council also took further steps to finalize their agreement with the Summer Village of Gull Lake to use their peace officer for 10 hours a week. It is expected that the agreement will go into effect in September.

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