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Blackfalds Town Council Highlights

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From January 23, 2018

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6.1 CAO Monthly Report (verbal)
Sean Barnes (Acting CAO) delivered the verbal monthly CAO update

6.2 North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Project update (verbal)
The Town was interviewed by the Commission and will await the decision, expected in the next few days. The RFP is for the scope of management services. Decision as to who will be awarded contract will be made Monday, Jan. 29.

6.3 Proposed Subdivision S-05-17 Lot consolidation-Speers Property
Council moved to approve Subdivision S-05-17 subject to the conditions outlined by Administration. This subdivision will be part of the East Area Storm Water Management Plan and will include linear wetlands and park area within the boundaries of the Town of Blackfalds.

6.4 2018 Wage & Compensation Review Update
Betty Quinlan (Director of Corporate Services) and Ed Grose with HR
Outlook presented compensation review. The purpose of these reviews is to adjust the grids for comparability and to make the rates competitive with similar municipalities, for attraction and retention purposes. The plan is to take the new proposed grid and have it implement by end of February. Council accepted as information.

6.5 2018 Municipal Census Approval
Council moved to proceed with a Municipal Census from May 1 to June 30, 2018 and that the approved budget funds allocated be used to cover all related expenses for the 2018 Municipal Census.

6.6 2018 Red Deer Home Show
J. Hartigh (Economic Development Officer) made formal invitation to Council to volunteer and add their names to the schedule. The Red Deer Home Show will be hosted at the Westerner Park on March 9 – 11, 2018.

ACTION ITEMS
? Meeting date for joint council meeting with Lacombe County was decided to take place on March 1, 2018.

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Blackfalds Community Plaza To Be Named Border Paving Plaza

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News Release from the Town of Blackfalds 

The Town of Blackfalds is proud to announce that the community plaza set to open in the fall of 2022 will be officially named the Border Paving Plaza! Council formally approved the naming sponsorship at the March 22 Regular Council meeting.

The Border Paving Plaza will be a four-season gathering place that will provide residents and visitors with an aesthetically pleasing open area in which they can participate in markets, festivals, performances, and other community events. The Plaza will be east of the Eagle Builders Centre and south of the existing parking lot.

“Over the past number of years, outdoor gatherings and events have been steadily growing in participation and popularity in Blackfalds, so it’s very exciting that we are moving forward with the Border Paving Plaza project that will serve to be a focal point for many of these exciting events,” shared Mayor Jamie Hoover. “Along with completing the Eagle Builder Centre and the road realignment, this outdoor plaza will quickly become a central point of pride in our always improving community.”

The 24,000 square foot space will feature a decorative stained concrete deck, stairs and ramps, landscape features, and a natural gas fire pit.

Border Paving Plaza’s budget is $668,000, of which 75 per cent was approved through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. The remaining funds will be alleviated from sponsorships, including Border Paving Ltd, DB Bobcat Services, STEP Energy, Stantec, and ATCO gas.

Amanda Stasiuk, Border Paving’s Community Outreach Coordinator, said that the company is looking forward to the development and the continued partnership with the Town.

“Once again, we are very excited to be a part of Blackfalds’ commitment to public gatherings and community-minded development. Donations like this are part of our long-standing commitment to the communities we are part of.”

Construction of the Border Paving Plaza will begin this spring, in conjunction with the Gregg Street Realignment project.

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Train Derailment south of Lacombe: 1 rail car leaked liquid asphalt

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News Release from Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP advise of train derailment – Update

Blackfalds, Alta. – On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County.

Initial reports suggested a number of oil cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire. A nearby residence was evacuated as a precaution, and multiple emergency crews responded.

Emergency crews were able to determine that 23 train cars had derailed, four of which were carrying Tar Oil (liquid asphalt). Upon further inspection, only one of the cars was found to have a leak while the remaining were intact. No fires had started.

No injuries were reported and those evacuated were able to return home.

CP Rail and Lacombe County Emergency Management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours while crews investigate and cleanup.

CP Rail Police has taken over this investigation.

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