Red Deer Minute: UCP Majority, Michener Demolition, and Public Input Sessions

Red Deer Minute: UCP Majority, Michener Demolition, and Public Input Sessions


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


This Week In Red Deer:

  • On Tuesday, the Red Deer & District Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Board will meet. The agenda says the meeting is scheduled for 5:00 am, but we're pretty sure they mean 5:00 pm. There will be a budget update as the Province is allowing FCSS to carry forward some unused funds, as well as an update on how the municipalities involved share the funding for the Board. During the in-camera (secret) portion of the meeting, the Board will discuss 2024-2026 funding recommendations.

  • Red Deer seniors are invited to the Mayor’s Garden Party on Tuesday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Mayor Ken Johnston will welcome guests to Harvest Centre at Westerner Park, and there will be musical entertainment, games, and refreshments. Interested seniors can RSVP online.

  • The City is hosting four in-person sessions to get more public input on changes to the Land Use Bylaw. There are two sessions on Wednesday, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm or 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. These have a developer, real estate, and commercial focus. On Thursday, the session times are also from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm or 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm but have a resident and community groups focus. Sessions take place at Westerner Park and those interested must email [email protected] to register.


Last Week In Red Deer:

  • Danielle Smith and the United Conservative Party won a majority government and Red Deer reelected two incumbent UCP MLAs. Adriana LaGrange was reelected in Red Deer-North with 58% of the vote, and Jason Stephan was reelected in Red Deer-South with 56% of the vote.

  • Mayor Ken Johnston shared his comments on the provincial election. Regarding the Red Deer Hospital, which was the biggest election issue for the area, Johnston said that he will be “watching it closely” and with a sense of optimism that the UCP understands the need for urgency. The Mayor is also looking forward to sharing the fourth proposed location for the homeless shelter once the new cabinet is appointed.

  • The demolition of the Michener Centre north site is complete, and crews will soon finish clearing away the rubble. The expectation is that the site will be fully cleaned up by September and handed over to the City of Red Deer to be incorporated into their park system. Only the north east corner of the grounds will be developed - the area has been chosen as the site for the future potential new pool.




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