Local briefs – September 2

A teenager injured while visiting Crescent Falls during the weekend has now been released from hospital.

Teenager released from hospital

A teenager injured while visiting Crescent Falls during the weekend has now been released from hospital.

Sgt. Patrick Webb, a media relations officer for the RCMP, said the 17-year-old girl is in fine shape despite falling eight metres after crossing the railing to get a closer look at the falls, located on the Bighorn River west of Nordegg.

Police and rescue crews had been called to the scene at about 12:35 p.m. on Friday. Specialists from Kananaskis Country Rescue pulled the girl to safety and a STARS helicopter then airlifted her to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

Her identity is not being released, said Webb.

Service call figures jump in August

RCMP responded to 933 calls for service last week, the highest number of calls in more than a month.

Crimes against the person hit 170 for the week ending on Sunday, reports Const. Shawn Marchand of city RCMP. Thefts topped that list with 77 while 42 assaults and 19 domestic violence incidents were reported.

Police also responded to two robbery reports and 24 business and residential break-ins.

Other statistics included:

• 20 motor vehicle thefts;

• 184 bylaw infractions;

• 12 drug investigations;

• 11 frauds.

County pitches in for roof

Red Deer County will contribute $83,334 for a new roof for the Delburne Agriplex-Arena.

On Tuesday, council unanimously approved the contribution to the project expected to cost about $500,000. The Village of Delburne and Delburne Ag Society are contributing up to $83,333 each. The provincial government has also approved $200,000 towards the project already underway.

“There is a consensus in the community concerning the need for the project,” says a report to council from Jo-Ann Symington, county community services manager. “The repair of the roof is a “must have” rather than a “want to have” project.”

The county’s portion of the cost will come from a special recreation reserve fund.

Gas co-op project gets green light

An Innisfail-area gas co-op can go ahead with a shop and office project after reaching a compromise on dust control with Red Deer County.

Crossroads Gas Co-op and the county have agreed to split the cost of keeping the dust down on an 800-metre stretch of Range Road 282 west of Hwy 2A. The cost of the dust control has not been determined yet.

The co-op wants to build a 15,254-square-foot office and shop on a 19-acre site about 2.5 km north of Innisfail.

Now levelled and fenced for use as storage, the site is in a direct-control district, meaning all development applications must be approved by county council.

The application hit a snag during deliberations two weeks ago when Councillor George Gehrke questioned whether the gravel road leading to the site should be paved and at whose cost.

There are many homes in the area and residents have already expressed concern about piecemeal development, Gerhke said at the time.

The initial approval for a direct control district, which allows the site to be used for storage, identified a gravel road but did not mention paving or dust control.

Commission approves retail meat shop

A custom retail meat shop near Markerville can go ahead after Red Deer County’s municipal planning commission gave development approval on Tuesday.

The proposed shop would give area hunters a place to bring their kills to be processed and cut up for personal use. The shop will also market sausages from time to time.

The prospect of a nearby meat shop raised concerns among some area residents. Three letters were sent to the county.

“The major concerns expressed are parking, sanitation, garbage, smell, water usage and septic,” development officer Francoise Joynt told the commission.

Joynt said the owner of the proposed business had already lined up an agreement with an area farmer to remove animal carcasses.

A row of trees will be removed to create parking spaces.

Alberta Health Services will be responsible for providing permits and inspecting the meat operation.

Councillor Jim Lougheed noted there will be no slaughtering on site and other areas of concern will be addressed.

“I’m very confident this family is going to deal with the smell and garbage issue in a very proper manner,” he said, adding he would not support the application if there were problems on those fronts.

“I don’t have any hesitation in supporting staff recommendation.”

For more on local events, see “Home Front” and “Switchboard” under the “Community” tab