From the Town of Blackfalds
The Town of Blackfalds is moving forward with the Arena and Library Expansion
The Town of Blackfalds is excited to announce that the Arena and Library Expansion project will be proceeding and shovels will be in the ground in June of 2020 with a completion date targeted for Spring of 2021.
At their May 26 regular meeting, Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the final and guaranteed maximum price of the $24.6M capital budget which includes $18 M for the arena (which includes a $1 M contribution by the Junior A team) and $6.6 M for the Library.
Over the last year, the Town participated in various engagement opportunities including public open houses and meetings with stakeholders, school boards, and other organizations. The consultations prompted changes and additions to be incorporated into the design to improve the functionality of the facility which also resulted in increased costs.
Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole is proud of the work that Administration and its contractors ACI Architects, Eagle Builders and Delnor Construction undertook in the last 2 months to review those areas where costs could be reduced to come up with a target value design, “I support this project for a number of reasons,” asserts Mayor Poole. “First of all, this will be an excellent value for our community when it is built. It will be second to none and I believe it will be a project our community will be proud of, and, as Councillor Taylor stated, it will ‘enhance business opportunities within our community.’ The Abbey Centre continues to receive praise and compliments from community members throughout Alberta and I am confident Blackfalds will duplicate that success with this facility.”
Mayor Poole added, “I am also excited about the opportunities that the AJHL will bring to the community. The new Library is going to be one of the largest in central Alberta and, for a community under 20,000, this will be an attraction that we will not only be extremely proud of, but given the provisions of the facility, will allow for progressive programming even in a post-COVID era. In addition, by awarding the construction contract to Eagle Builders, we are providing jobs for many central Alberta families. I am thrilled to be working with such great partners like Eagle Builders, Delnor and ACI with whom we have had a great relationship in the past.”
The guaranteed maximum price ensures that the Town will not pay any more than the $24.6M and therefore, if the cost of the project does go up, the risk will be to Delnor and Eagle Builders, and not the municipality. CAO Thompson echoed some of Council’s words, “We want to provide a high quality facility to our community similar to our past successful projects, and not have to cut corners.”
A gallery of final design concepts can be viewed on the Multi-Plex Arena web page at blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.
A small ground breaking ceremony will take place on Friday June 19 and will celebrated by invitation only to ensure physical and social distancing.
If any organizations are interested in sponsorship, please see the sponsorship brochure at http://blackfalds.com/tourism-recreation/multi-plex-ice-arena.
Blackfalds, Bentley, Eckville, Lacombe County now under COVID-19 measures
From the County of Lacombe
Lacombe County under new COVID-19 measures
Lacombe County has moved to Enhanced Status on the Provincial Relaunch Status Map. The Province of Alberta has implemented a number of voluntary and mandated public health measures for our community to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Lacombe County Enhanced Status applies to the Town of Blackfalds, Town of Bentley, Town of Eckville, Village of Alix, Village of Clive, as well as ALL hamlets and summer villages within our municipal boundaries and the remainder of Lacombe County.
- Hamlets include: Mirror, Haynes, Joffre, Tees, Morningside, Rosedale, Hespero
- Summer Villages include: Gull Lake, Sunbreaker Cove, Birchcliff, Half Moon Bay
Lacombe County currently has 11 active cases, for a case rate of 50.5 per 100,000 people.
We are actively monitoring the situation and continue to monitor Alberta Health Services (AHS) instructions. The health, safety and well-being of County residents, businesses and employees and maintaining essential services for the public are the County’s top priorities.
Lacombe County is under the following Public Health Measures as directed by AHS:
MANDATORY MEASURES (As of November 17, 2020)
- 15-person limit on social and family gatherings – indoors and outdoors – where people are mixing and mingling.
- Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by 11pm – applies to Class A, B or C licenses (Nov 13-27).
- 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services. VOLUNTARY MEASURES
- Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity at one time.
- Limit your cohorts to no more than 3: your core household, your school, and one other sport or
social cohort. Young children who attend child care could be part of 4 cohorts, given that child
care settings have not been a high risk for spread.
- Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace, like an office or
cubicle, where you are safely distanced from others, or an appropriate barrier is in place.
- No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize
outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other businesses that are subject to legal
limits and take steps to prevent transmission.
- Employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.
WHY THESE MEASURES ARE NEEDED
We must take action now to help slow the virus’s spread and make sure the health system can continue supporting patients with COVID-19, influenza and many other needs. There is a time lag between when people get infected and when new cases are identified. This means the cases we see today were infected up to 2 weeks ago. By following provincial recommendations, staying home and reducing close contacts, you can lower the chance of spreading the virus to others.
We must work together to protect each other. These measures will help protect our health care system, keep schools and businesses open, and protect vulnerable Albertans by limiting the spread of the virus.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO
We must continue following existing public health measures to keep ourselves and others safe:
- Keep two metres apart when you can, wear a mask when you can’t
- Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
- Monitor your symptoms every day
- If sick, stay home, get tested, and follow mandatory isolation requirements while waiting for
o if positive, isolate from others for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is
o if negative, stay home until you’re better
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Get the flu shot to keep influenza cases low so health workers can focus on the COVID-19
- Stay informed: Stay up to date on the situation and get your information from reliable sources,
such as this webpage: www.alberta.ca/COVID19.
RCMP looking for suspect in connection to robbery and kidnapping
From Ponoka RCMP
Ponoka RCMP lay charges after social media meeting results in kidnapping – Female Wanted
The Ponoka RCMP have laid charges and made arrests against two males and a female following a 911 complaint of a kidnapping, beating and robbery which occurred on Sept. 7.
At 4:23 a.m. on Sept. 7, Ponoka RCMP were alerted to the above incident which was reported to have occurred, hours earlier, in Ponoka. Investigation reveals that a 22-year-old male victim from Slave Lake met a female online, and after almost a year of online communication, agreed to meet her. The male got into a vehicle, determined to be previously stolen, with the female in Ponoka.
Allegations are that the while in the vehicle, the male was assaulted by two unknown males, one of whom had a gun. Over a lengthy period, the male was driven to several banks where he was forced to provide his banking information in order for withdrawals to be made from his accounts. The victim’s truck and cell phone was stolen, and he was eventually dropped off in Blackfalds.
Ponoka RCMP General Investigation Section members collaborated with Red Deer and Blackfalds RCMP to coordinate intelligence on this incident. The suspects were identified as Amber Loretta Knickle (21), Jared Michael Mcleod (26) and Chasetin Jon Arthur Morin (25). Charges were sworn against all three subjects. An arrest warrant was issued for Knickle on Sept. 9 and for Mcleod and Morin on Sept. 15.
Knickle is charged with robbery, while Mcleod and Morin are charged with robbery with a firearm (x2), kidnapping and assault.
On Sept. 16 at 11:58 a.m., the Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit located a stolen vehicle in Gasoline Alley, and with assistance from Blackfalds RCMP, arrested Jared Mcleod and Chasetin Morin, who were both in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle incidental to arrest led the RCMP to recover an imitation firearm, a loaded shotgun, ammunition, methamphetamine, and at least 61 pieces of miscellaneous stolen identity documents. Charges are pending.
At the time of his arrest, Morin was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Red Deer for an earlier incident where he fled from police while driving the victim’s stolen truck.
The RCMP have been unable to locate Amber Loretta Knickle and are seeking public assistance. Amber is described as:
– Caucasian female
– 5’3” tall / 119 lbs.
– Blonde / brown hair and green eyes
– Unknown tattoo on one of her fingers
If you have information about the whereabouts of Amber Knickle, please contact the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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