City requesting views on safety

People with ideas for improving safety and security in Red Deer’s downtown are being asked to share their ideas during a Town Hall meeting to take place in mid-November.

People with ideas for improving safety and security in Red Deer’s downtown are being asked to share their ideas during a Town Hall meeting to take place in mid-November.

The City of Red Deer and the Downtown Business Association have joined forces to look at a broad set of issues in the city’s core, including safety, housing, communication, economic development and rejuvenation of the area, said Red Deer Mayor Morris Flewwelling in announcing the plan.

A committee of city councillors, police, city staff and business leaders is now drawing up some terms of reference in advance of the Town Hall meeting, which is set for Nov. 18 during the Downtown Business Association’s annual general meeting.

“This task force is a partnership that brings us together to discover how we can minimize safety and security concerns in the downtown,” said Flewwelling.

Janice Wing, CEO of the Red Deer and District Community Foundation, said the initiative is an example of the sort of action that can be taken as a result of information gathered from local residents to create the annual Vital Signs report.

Time and location of the Town Hall meeting are still being finalized, said Flewwelling.

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