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Red Deer City Council Deliberating Capital Budget

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By Sheldon Spackman

It’s Budget time over at Red Deer City Hall as Councillors debate the 2017 Capital Budget and Ten Year Plan.

Council finished day one of the Budget debates on Tuesday, November 22nd and several projects were moved forward, including a Fire Training Facility, Water and Wastewater utility rehabilitation and replacement projects and Pedestrian signal infrastructure improvements. Some pavement rehabilitation and roadway construction was also moved forward, as was a City Hall barrier free ramp and main floor barrier free washroom.

Preservation funds were also made available for Fort Normandeau, the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, GH Dawe Community Centre, Kinex and Kinsmen arenas, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, River Bend Recreation Area and Lions Campground. In addition to that, funds were also made available for a 2019 Canada Winter Games Legacy Plaza at the former Central Elementary School site downtown and numerous Sports fields upgrades.

Projects deferred into the 2018-2026 Capital Plan include a Traffic Calming Pilot Project and Collicutt Centre enhancements which would add a second water slide.

Council will continue reviewing and debating the recommended capital budget and capital plan, as well as approve funding sources and amend the borrowing bylaw on Wednesday, November 23rd in Council Chambers.

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