Taking steps to clean up Rimbey

Councillors to begin project

Taking steps to clean up Rimbey

Rimbey could soon have a new freshly scrubbed bright and clean look about town.

While council remains undecided about whether to officially become involved with Communities in Bloom, one thing they have ascertained is they want to do something to beautify the town.

At its Tuesday meeting, council discussed the options regarding the program.

In her report to council, CAO, Lori Hillis noted that a member of the Horticultural Society had been contacted regarding Communities in Bloom. However, that organization had declined becoming involved due to their declining membership. The Horticultural Society noted that they had previously participated in Communities in Bloom and found the project to be extremely time consuming.

“I don’t want to see it dropped,” said Coun. Gayle Rondeel. “Our town needs to do some cleaning up.”

Mayor Rick Pankiw said beautification of the town is important, but a willing volunteer needs to step forward to take charge of such a project.

“Someone needs to take the bull by the horns,” he said. “Everyone does have busy lives,” he added.

Rondeel agreed to take on the project until April 15 when she has other commitments. Coun. Lana Curle will work with her.

Rondeel and Curle met Wednesday to discuss plans.

“I am passionate about beautification and I want to see other people get inspired, too,” said Rondeel. “Lana will work with me (to spread the word). She is my partner in crime.”

The councillors plan to talk to individuals and service groups.

“We are willing to accept any ideas or help,”said Rondeel.

With spring coming, the town will need volunteers to help pick up garbage and deal with refuse that has been buried under winter’s snow.

A group of volunteers calling themselves the Gorilla Gardeners have gone around town in the past planting flowers and doing small beautification projects. The group wishes to remain anonymous.

Administration recommended council decline to participate in the Communities in Bloom project as the town has not budgeted finances or personnel for the project.