Local briefs – September 10

Members of Red Deer city council will be recognized with a dinner and a commemorative gift once they leave office.

Councillors will get dinner, gift when they leave office

Members of Red Deer city council will be recognized with a dinner and a commemorative gift once they leave office.

Civic leaders decided on Tuesday to adopt administration’s suggestion for a policy to honour councillors upon departure. The city will host a dinner for the outgoing politician. The individual will also receive a gift worth up to $250.

A council policy is in place to recognize councillors once they are elected. The individual is presented with their choice of a gold ring, brooch, bracelet or necklace.

Administration investigated what nine Alberta municipalities, plus the cities of Regina and Moncton, N.B., have done. All give some kind of formal or informal recognition, such as a dinner or gift.

Feedback was also sought from current Red Deer council members, two previous councils and senior administration.

“The majority of these individuals indicated they would like to see recognition of council members in a simple but meaningful way that is not at a significant cost to the city and is sustainable,” says a staff report.

Injured great horned owl getting muscle tone back

A great horned owl rescued from a barbed wire fence in mid-August has moved from his indoor cage into an outdoor enclosure.

The majestic bird was rescued by Jan Bell and Kevin Lundie after his right wing and feathers became tangled in a fence near the junction of Hwy 816 and Hwy 590.

He has been recovering at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre over the past few weeks.

“He is in the outside cage right now just getting his muscle tone back,” said Carol Kelly, executive director and founder of the Medicine River Wildlife Centre. She said the owl’s wing has healed nicely and now it’s just a matter of getting the muscle to work again.

The bird had three to five puncture wounds on its wing.

Kelly said she expects they will be able to release the great horned owl in the next couple of weeks, but she can never say for sure.

Bell took the owl to her vet before it was transported to the centre and she is looking forward to being there for its release.

With friends and family, she was able to raise $120 for the centre to help fund the bird’s recovery.

Bell visited the great horned owl and took a couple of pictures of it in the outdoor enclosure recently and was pleased with how he was doing.

Commission approves subdivision for historic home

Red Deer’s municipal planning commission has approved the subdivision of a residential property that ranks among the city’s most historic sites.

The commission voted on Tuesday to allow the sprawling lot at 5140 43rd Ave. — site of the home known as the MacGregor Parsons residence — to be subdivided. The application by James Bryce and Ravi Mitchell had been tabled on Aug. 24 to allow for a review of the likely impact on the historical significance of the land and character of the area.

Tara Lodewyk, a planner with Parkland Community Planning Services, told the commission that the house is historically significant because it was designed by renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, features a Prairie-style design, and was developed by MacGregor Parsons and his wife Helen.

MacGregor was a second-generation Red Deer physician who established Parsons Clinic with his brother Bill, also a doctor, and served as chief of staff at the Red Deer General Hospital.

Built in 1963, the 3,000-square-foot home is one of 50 sites in the city’s inventory of historic sites.

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