Red Deer Minute: Rodeo Money, Green Carts, and Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Red Deer Minute: Rodeo Money, Green Carts, and Pedestrian Safety Improvements


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • Council is set to get back to work this week with a City Council meeting scheduled for today at 1:30 pm. The meeting will begin in camera (in secret) to receive a report on a Permanent Shelter and advice from officials regarding Council representation on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The meeting will then revert to an open meeting to receive the Federation of Canadian Municipalities report, as well as decide on two motions regarding the City’s immunization policy for councillors, municipal staff, and volunteers.

  • Today marks the start of the usual seasonal change to green cart collection, with carts now only collected every other week. The schedule for blue and black carts isn’t expected to change, with regular service returning for green carts in the warmer months when waste increases. Updated cart collection calendars and reminder notifications are available on the City website.

  • The 2021 AUMA Convention is set to take place November 17th - 19th, in person, at the Edmonton Convention Centre. The AUMA is the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association - think of it as a kind of union for city governments. Their convention is set to hold discussions on a variety of topics including strategic planning, "working the bureaucracy", cyber security, and drug decriminalization. Premier Jason Kenney, Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver, and NDP leader Rachel Notley are all set to attend and give speeches.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Despite crowds being down for the annual Canadian Finals Rodeo, spirits were high and so was the revenue coming into the city. According to Westerner Parks’ CEO Mike Olsen, the Canadian Finals Rodeo injected about $25 million into the local economy, which compares to about $30 million in a normal year.

  • The City is working to improve pedestrian safety by installing rectangular rapid flash beacons at five new locations throughout the City. The work includes the installation of steel anchor bases, poles, solar panels, crosswalk buttons, and flashing beacons.

  • The COVID-19 situation continues to improve in the City. Red Deer has 234 active cases of COVID-19, as of last Tuesday, significantly down from the highs of a month ago.



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