Potential shelter site list going to Council on Monday
- 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.
Fire ban in effect for the city of Red Deer
The following fires are not allowed within city limits:
- Open fires using charcoal, briquettes or wood
- Any source of open flame (i.e. tiki torches)
All existing fire permits are suspended
The following fires are allowed:
- Certified portable gas fire pits
- Certified gas stoves or barbeques designed for cooking
- Certified cooking appliances utilizing charcoal, briquettes or wood pellets on residential property
Red Deer Emergency Services encourages residents to take extra caution to prevent fires. Proper disposal of smoking materials is very important as many fires are started by individuals throwing them out a window or discarding them in plants.
Residents who notice someone having a fire during this fire ban are advised to call 9-1-1. Any person contravening the fire ban will be subject to a $210 fine and applicable response fees.
This ban will remain in effect until conditions change, and further notice is given. Updates are available here.
For more information on fire bans across the province, visit https://albertafirebans.ca/.
City looking to help homeowners affected by flooding from June rains
City applying for disaster recovery funding to support residents affected by June rainfall
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:
- 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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