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3% of our city’s population gets a lot of our attention, while 30% gets ignored

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3,628 residents call Downtown Red Deer, home.

Downtown is strongly represented by advocates like our Mayor and the majority of city councillors. I have had communications with a few them  on separate issues and somehow the Downtown gets brought into the conversations.

I just want to know how many business owners live downtown? How many managers, workers, landlords live downtown? How many businesses buy their supplies downtown? If I shop downtown, how much of my money stays downtown?

Not very much.

So, why do they get so much time, budget, and services?

Nearly 10 times this population lives north of the river. Who advocates for them? Who is a strong representative for the 30% + residents who live north of the river.

30,000 plus people live, eat, and pay taxes north of the river yet often get the short end of the stick. No high school but there will be 6 high schools south of the river, 5 of them along 30 ave. for example.

Why does every project not wanted anywhere else gets developed north of the river? It is looking likely that the homeless shelter will be built north of the river. I asked about this and guess what, downtown was brought up.

Some of the same people who said we needed the aquatic centre downtown, (later to be slotted for 30 ave, up the road from the Collicutt Ctr.) because there was no room for a pool north of the river, now say we have room north of the river to build a homeless shelter.

I asked and I am asking; with the majority of our civic politicians scrambling to appease the downtown, who, on council,  will seriously advocate for the nearly 1/3 of our residents, living north of the river? Anyone?

Please someone.

Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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Process for choosing a permanent site for shelter in front of City Council Monday

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Potential shelter site list going to Council on Monday

Detailed information about potential sites for the future integrated shelter will be discussed by Council during a closed portion of their meeting on Monday, August 15. Thanks to the support of a commercial realtor, citizens and community partners, 96 potential sites were identified and assessed based on Council’s Site Evaluation Matrix approved on July 4. The following is a breakdown of those 96 sites:
  • 50 market sites recommended by commercial realtor
  • Five unlisted sites recommended by commercial realtor
  • 13 City or Provincially owned land
  • 22 publicly recommended sites from May to July
  • Six sites put forward during the public call for sites from July 20 to 27

From the high-level list of 96 sites identified, administration completed the initial site assessment using the tool that was shared with Council at their meeting on July 18, 2022. Sites that scored more than 70 per cent moved to the next phase of technical assessment. The 12 sites that were moved forward, were put through a more comprehensive technical review, including administrative analysis, scoring and site related details

On Monday, during a closed meeting, Council will receive detailed information about the top 12 sites, as well as the full list of 96 sites. The site locations and detailed information will not be shared publicly at this time to protect the economic interest of potential parties (including site owners) involved.  On Monday, Council will also determine their next steps in the process of selecting a site to recommend to the province, which will include their own site assessment based on their Site Evaluation Matrix.

The current target date for Council to select a site to recommend to the province is August 29, however, if additional technical information is required on the current 12 sites, or additional sites identified by Council, that target date may be pushed out by a minimum of two weeks.

For more information on the future shelter, visit www.reddeer.ca/shelter.

To view the public Council report, please visit the agenda packet page 102-111 for shelter report.

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City looking to help homeowners affected by flooding from June rains

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City applying for disaster recovery funding to support residents affected by June rainfall

The City of Red Deer is submitting an application to the Government of Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) seeking financial relief for residents and property owners who experienced flooding due to excessive rainfall in June.

The DRP provides financial assistance for uninsurable loss and damage caused by emergencies and disasters. Following a disaster, affected municipalities can apply to the program and, if the municipal application is approved, affected residents can apply to the Province for financial assistance.

On Monday, The City will be submitting the first round of a DRP application seeking financial assistance for residents affected by ground flooding on or after June 23, 2022. The City is seeking to learn how many residents were affected by flooding to ensure the next phase of the application process has the most up to date information available.

Affected property owners are asked to contact the Engineering department to ensure the DRP application can be updated with more detailed information about the impacts of flooding. Owners can email [email protected] or call 403-342-8161 with the following information:

      • Name
      • Address
      • Phone number
      • Confirmation of the date flooding started on their property
      • 1-2 photos if available

If they have not already, affected residents should first contact their insurance provider to confirm which costs will be covered, as DRP funding would only apply to uninsurable losses. Residents are reminded to keep track of all receipts related to flood expenses and are forewarned that it will take time before funds may become available. Applicants to the DRP should anticipate a site visit to confirm details as part of the application process.

In June 2022, The City reported between 167 and 182 mm of rain at different locations across the city. According to Environment Canada, from 1981 to 2010, the average precipitation for the month of June at the Red Deer Regional Airport was 94 mm.

Information and updates on the application process are available on The City’s website at reddeer.ca/flood.

More information about the Alberta Government’s Disaster Recovery Program (DRP), including the types of disasters covered by the program, is available online at https://www.alberta.ca/disaster-recovery-programs.aspx. Residents affected by ground flooding are encouraged to review the ‘Homeowner and residential tenants’ fact sheet for details about qualifying for the DRP.

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