City of Lacombe Council Highlights
City of Lacombe
January 8, 2018
HT Catering and Meats
Henk and Tamara Bos from HT Catering and Meats presented Council with a request to become the exclusive
in-house caterer for the Lacombe Memorial Centre, in an effort to realize greater revenue for both HT Catering
and the City. They also indicated that HT would be willing to work with community groups to help cater their
Bylaw 393.1 (Utilities)
Council gave second reading to Bylaw 393.1, the Utility Rate Bylaw, for the supply of water, wastewater and
solid waste services to the residents and customers of the City of Lacombe, as amended.
Bylaw 448 (Line of Credit)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 448, the City’s annual bylaw authorizing the establishment of a $3,500,000
line of credit.
Bylaw 440 (2018 Supplemental Assessment)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 449, the 2018 Supplementary Assessment Bylaw, for the levying of the
annual supplementary property assessment tax.
Council & Legislative
Bylaw 370 (Procedural Bylaw)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 370.1, Council’s Procedural Bylaw, as presented.
Board and Committee Appointments
Council approved the following board appointments for citizens-at-large as presented:
• Corey Gish has been appointed to the Lacombe Police Commission for a term ending December 31,
• Tamara Helder has been appointed to the Lacombe Library Board for a term ending December 31,
Motions Out of Camera
Council passed a resolution to decline the submitted renovation proposal from HT Catering. Council also
declined the exclusive catering request for the Lacombe Memorial Centre.
Council directed Administration to submit a proposal in response to the North Red Deer Wastewater Services
Commission’s Request for Proposal for Management Services.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on January 22, 2018, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on February 5, 2018, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on February 12, 2018, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on February 26, 2018, at 5 p.m
Exporting Publicly Funded Jobs is Bad for Alberta.
This article is submitted by The City of Lacombe
Mayor Grant Creasey
Recently, the Mayor of the Town of Athabasca, Colleen Powell, outlined what she described as a battle with implications for all Alberta. The problem she described was the decision by the Board of Governors of Athabasca University (AU) to adopt a “near-virtual” model. This model effectively takes well-paying rural Albertan jobs in her community and outsources them to communities like Victoria, Toronto – or anywhere else the institution approves. Over 10 years, this decision will reduce employment in that community by nearly 500 high quality jobs, according to Mayor Powell’s opinion column submitted to the Edmonton Journal.
A similar battle is brewing in the City of Lacombe. Our largest employer, Alberta Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), has opted to pass a ‘Work Away Policy,’ essentially allowing staff to work remotely, anywhere in Canada.
Our Council has significant concerns with this decision, as it erodes employment opportunities both provincially and locally. Further, this policy change is not compliant with the formative legislation of AFSC.
It is important to remember that Athabasca University, and AFSC, were deliberately placed in our respective communities to promote rural development and viability. Premier Lougheed had a vision for Alberta that included locating publicly funded entities beyond the Edmonton and Calgary metropolitan regions – he recognized that strengthening rural Alberta strengthens all of Alberta.
As outlined in letters to our local MLA, as well as the Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Premier Kenney, the City of Lacombe believes this Alberta Crown Corporation policy is bad for Lacombe and the province as a whole. While the letters outlining our concerns have gained limited traction, we believe Albertans should be aware of the implications when organizations outsource jobs away from rural communities like Lacombe and Athabasca.
AFSC’s decision is against the Agriculture Financial Services Regulation; the governing document of the crown corporation. The regulation designates “Lacombe, Alberta as the location in Alberta at which the head office of the Corporation will be situated.” Like AU, AFSC was intentionally placed in our community to support economic viability in smaller rural communities – and indeed it did, bringing highly-skilled and highly-paid employees to our community for years. Simply stated, AFSC’s “Work Away Policy” disadvantages Lacombe and negatively impacts our local economy. It increases commercial vacancy and results in less overall commercial investment.
For this reason, I want to publicly thank Mayor Powell for speaking out on the damage caused when large publicly-funded institutions outsource Albertan jobs from the communities that rely on them, into other provinces.
These changes should concern us all, and we hope that Albertans will agree. Exporting publicly funded, high quality jobs from small Albertan communities to Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal is ultimately harmful and will damage the economic viability of not only Athabasca and Lacombe, but all of Alberta.
Train Derailment south of Lacombe: 1 rail car leaked liquid asphalt
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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