Red Deer Minute: Hospital Helpers, Construction Update, and Committee Meetings Resume

Red Deer Minute: Hospital Helpers, Construction Update, and Committee Meetings Resume


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • On Wednesday, the Audit Committee will meet at 1:00 pm. They will receive several reports, including updates on the City’s Land Bank and the development of the City’s Long-Term Financial Plan Process. The Committee will also receive a Variance Analysis and a Debenture Report, before closing with an in-camera (secret) meeting to discuss a legal matter.

  • A Beat The Heat Pop-Up Spray Park will be at Highland Green Park this week on Thursday from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Put on by Red Deer Emergency Services, Municipal Policing Services, and the RCMP, these Thursday night events are a great way to get the kids out to get sprayed by a firehose and to see inside a police car. They’ve been well-received and will continue to rotate through various parks in town until August 31st.

  • The City’s year-long Period Promise pilot project, which provides free menstrual products in the Collicutt Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre, and City Hall, is coming to an end. The pilot cost $30,000 and Administration believes the project was well-received. Online surveys and comment cards in the facilities will be evaluated to determine the future of the program.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • The City provided an update on the extensive construction on 19 Street. Apparently, the project is going smoothly, with very few delays other than what had been built into the plan for inevitable inclement weather, and work is still on track to be completed by October 15th. Base work is in progress on the eastbound lanes, and pavement has been removed up to Irwin Avenue. The intersection of Irwin Avenue and 19 Street is currently right-turn only. Meanwhile, the Taylor Drive Bridge project will be wrapped up this week, save for some minor landscaping.

  • There were two developments at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. The Pediatrics Unit was named in honour of Joan Donald Jr. - a donor and volunteer who helped to renovate and enhance the Pediatric Unit. It is the first unit at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre to be named after an individual. The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation also accepted a grant of $34,800 from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation to support the purchase of an Incubator for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Currently, the NICU has to share their only Incubator with another unit, so this purchase will allow them to have their own.

  • It was a busy week for emergency crews. Power was knocked out several times - twice due to lightning striking power poles, and once due to an unknown cause. There were also two separate house fires over the long weekend, one in Mountview and one in Glendale, both unrelated to the lightning strikes. Thankfully, no one was hurt in either fire.




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