Next city election can’t come soon enough

Is there anyone at City Hall smarter than a fifth grader? Some days it sure doesn’t seem like it.

Is there anyone at City Hall smarter than a fifth grader? Some days it sure doesn’t seem like it.

Here we go with another task force (the Sustainable Active Friendly Economically-viable task force).

It seems like it’s the same couple of dozen people going from one committee to the next. The number of times they’ve done it, they should be able to write a paper now from memory.

The subject of SAFE’s efforts has been studied so many times a deaf and dumb blind man can not only tell you what the problems are, but also what the solutions are.

If City Hall quit awarding contracts that continually come in over budget and late they could afford to do things that matter to the city and downtown community. Clean and fix the sidewalks so they’re not obstacle courses. Give the police the support they need. Make the parking affordable. Get safe lighting on the streets and in the alleys downtown.

Painting light posts, hanging flowerpots, adding more or new banners doesn’t put customers in my store.

I got a downtown revitalization tax bill today. If I have to pay it, I will close my store. This new Downtown Action Plan is all about Riverlands, the rail yards and River Bend. All of them ignore the problems that are downtown. They try to put the focus everyplace but downtown.

Why have we got so many boarded up, fenced up properties, empty lots and holes in the ground? It’s property owners looking for more speculators like the Executive Place Group. Just what we need, more white elephants with no tenants. And we all know what happens next, a parade to City Hall with hands out looking for tax breaks so the banks don’t take the buildings from them.

The last time I know of was five or six years ago to the tune of about $40,000: money the rest of us have to make up in more taxes or less services.

This next election can’t come soon enough. We need more people who care about this city, not people who can brag about what they’ve done or how long they’ve been there.

I not only have a store downtown, I live downtown.

Jerry Anderson

Red Deer

Just Posted

Red Deer area businesses recognized at Business of the Year Awards night

“It’s an honour just to be nominated.” The popular words echoed throughout… Continue reading

Child sex offender should get 12 years: Crown prosecutor

Stuart Peter Hunt has pleaded guilty to 10 child sexual exploitation and pornography charges

Legalizing cannabis cost estimate for Red Deer just under $400k

Although the province of Alberta has announced $11.2 million for cannabis legalization,… Continue reading

WATCH: Every square tells a story: Edmonton expert is exploring Red Deer’s quilting history

Community members can bring in family heirloom quilts for documentation

Red Deer-area dads going through divorce are invited to Man Up

Support group formed to focus on positive activities, networking

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

PHOTO: Say goodbye to City Hall Park flowers

A sure sign that winter is on its way is when City… Continue reading

PHOTO: Chew On This! campaign draws attention to national poverty

Lunch bags were being handed out in front of The Hub downtown… Continue reading

Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL’s trend toward diversity

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With a laugh, Kim Pegula’s competitive nature kicked in… Continue reading

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

DUBBO, Australia — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked… Continue reading

TV Review: A Roseanne Barr-less ‘The Conners’ is a triumph

NEW YORK — Can there be a “Roseanne” without Roseanne? The answer… Continue reading

Canadian manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent in August: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.4 per cent to… Continue reading

Brian Mulroney joins board of directors of New York-based pot company

NEW YORK — Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is joining the board… Continue reading

Canadians waking up to legalized cannabis: ‘My new dealer is the prime minister’

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Canadians across the country woke up to legalized… Continue reading

Most Read