Red Deer Minute: Arena Demolition, Hydrogen Hub, and Ongoing Dispatch Discussions

Red Deer Minute: Arena Demolition, Hydrogen Hub, and Ongoing Dispatch Discussions


Red Deer Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Red Deer politics


This Week In Red Deer:

  • It’s going to be a relatively slow week at City Hall, with only one meeting scheduled. Next week will be much busier, however, as Council begins debate on the City's budget.

  • That one meeting will be a meeting of the Audit Committee at 8:00 am on Wednesday. At this meeting, Council is set to receive a number of Audit Committee reports including variance analysis, Reserve Reports, and a KPMG Audit Planning report for the end of the year. A motion will then be presented to move to a closed meeting as Council gets advice from external auditors.

  • The City of Red Deer is looking for public input on new programs and services that could be provided at the newly expanded G.H. Dawe Centre when it opens sometime in 2023. The newly expanded community centre will feature two NHL-sized ice surfaces, expanded fitness areas, including a track and two fitness studios; an outdoor spray park with washroom; a fully accessible change space; a pool deck party room, and more.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Abatement and demolition work at the Michener Centre North site is continuing to make progress and is expected to continue throughout the winter months. Of the 28 structures set for demolition, 9 have been demolished so far.

  • An information session about hydrogen, a potentially clean-burning fuel source, kicked off the first day of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. Mayor Ken Johnston met with potential investors and was quick to pitch Red Deer as a potential servicing hub for future hydrogen development in Alberta. Johnston believes hydrogen is a viable, clean-energy alternative and will be a major resource for Alberta in the coming years.

  • The City of Red Deer also received overwhelming support from other Alberta municipalities in its call for an independent review of Alberta’s ambulance services during last week's AUMA convention. AUMA will now seek an independent third-party review of emergency ambulance dispatch that would look into technical outages and whether or not emergency response times are keeping up with professional standards.



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