Sergeant Andrew Brand presented the RCMP 2022 first quarter stats to Council and highlighted that property crimes are down in comparison to 2021. Sergeant Brand also informed Council of the new RCMP App that can be downloaded free of charge and will help keep community members connected through features such as reporting crimes, contacting the detachment and more.
The Chief Administrative Officer reported that the Town is seeing some positive signs that the economy is headed in the right direction. CAO Milne reported that the large oil producers in the area are reporting increased or steady drilling activity and other industries in the community are seeing sales and occupancy continue to trend upwards.
The Director of Community Services reported to Council that the Community Resource Centre will be partnering with the United Way “Tools for School” program which supplies backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in need. The CRC is also excited to launch their new Calendar that allows community partners to input events and activities, this central hub should be a great place for community members to stay updated on everything that is going on in our busy little town.
The Director of Recreation reported that the Memorial Trees at Oasis Park have been planted and plaques installed. The program was very well received in the community and the Town will be making it available annually prior to spring planting. More information on the continuation of the program will be made available in the coming months.
The Director of Recreation also wanted to recognize and thank Rival Trucking for the sponsorship of the Bike Rodeo that was held on June 3 as well as thank the Nordic and Trail Club, Michelle Williscroft, Brad Peavoy and their team for all of the hard work that they put into the event. The event was a huge success, welcoming over 50 riders!
The Director of Operations reported that the construction on Kaybob Drive and 2A Avenue is going well, however we are seeing some delays due to the wet weather that we have been experiencing the past couple of weeks.
The Town continues to receive copies of letters to the Alberta Utilities Commission in support of the initial letter sent by the Town of Fox Creek regarding the increase of distribution fees that consumers are seeing on their utility bills. Council continues to advocate for our community and has motioned to support the City of Grande Prairie in bringing a resolution forward to Alberta Municipalities, so the issue is addressed on a Provincial level.