Local briefs – July 8

Plans for expansion at Koinonia Christian School hit a roadblock on Monday when Red Deer’s municipal planning commission raised concerns about the appearance of portable classrooms there.

Commission tables portables plan

Plans for expansion at Koinonia Christian School hit a roadblock on Monday when Red Deer’s municipal planning commission raised concerns about the appearance of portable classrooms there.

Koinonia is seeking to install a pair of portable classrooms, each measuring 18.3 by 7.3 metres, adjacent to its school in Riverside Meadows. These would be joined into one unit and placed next to two existing portables that have been on site since 2000.

In addition to the possibility that the new portables might not contain washrooms, the appearance of the current portables was cited as a worry by commission members. Those structures were approved for an initial three-year period but have been allowed to remain in use.

Koinonia representative Al Griffith said washroom facilities could be installed in the new portables.

He added that the school building at 6014 57th Ave., which is leased from the Red Deer Public School District, is nearing the end of its functional life.

Griffith said he anticipates that Koinonia will relocate within five to 10 years and that it is already negotiating for an alternative site. Student numbers are high, he said, but enrolment fluctuates and the need for portables could diminish.

Councillor Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer acknowledged that portable classrooms have become a reality and she doesn’t want to make things difficult for Koinonia officials.

“I have a great deal of sympathy for them.”

The commission voted to table Koinonia’s application for two weeks to allow the school to propose improvements to its existing and proposed portables.

Fewer speeders in Red Deer

Red Deer RCMP saw a huge drop in speeders during the week of June 28 to July 4.

Police issued 17 speeding tickets compared to 57 the week previous.

Other traffic charges, tickets or actions by police included:

• 43 motor vehicle collisions;

• 24 hit and run investigations;

• 22 impaired driving charges;

• three 24-hour driving suspensions;

• five liquor tickets;

• 31 non-moving violations like suspended driving, unregistered vehicles and equipment violations;

• 14 no insurance tickets;

• three red light and stop sign tickets;

• eight seatbelt tickets;

• 35 bylaw and other tickets.

Statistics do not include photo radar or red-light camera tickets.

Costco planning liquor store

Costco is planning a liquor store and gas bar in the parking lot just east of the warehouse outlet.

Red Deer County’s municipal planning commission conditionally approved the development on Tuesday.

Costco is proposing to install six gas pumps, kiosk, controller enclosure and a warming hut.

The 4,500-square-foot liquor outlet would be built on the south side of the 130,200-square-foot store.

Additional landscaping will be installed around the gas bar to improve the appearance.

“As the liquor store will be an addition to the existing building, extending into the parking area, it is very difficult to add landscaping,” says a planning report to council.

As a solution, Costco plans to install planters at the entrance to the liquor store.

Representatives for Costco at council would not comment on the project, directing questions to head office in Issaquah, Wash.

A spokesperson there could not be reached for comment.

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