Local briefs – September 3

Employees from three businesses in the Burnt Lake industrial subdivision had to leave their buildings for a short while on Wednesday afternoon due to a gas leak.

Natural gas leak prompts evacuation

Employees from three businesses in the Burnt Lake industrial subdivision had to leave their buildings for a short while on Wednesday afternoon due to a gas leak.

Ric Henderson, director of community and protective services for Red Deer County, said a small quantity of natural gas vented from some pipes that were being worked on at Stream-Flo Industries in the subdivision west Hwy 2.

Stream-Flo and neighbouring business on both of sides were evacuated until the gas had dissipated, said Henderson.

New RV park proposed for Pine Lake area

A new RV park has been proposed next to a popular stop for area residents heading to Pine Lake.

Red Deer County council gave first reading to a rezoning bylaw on Tuesday to make way for the RV park next to Ghost Pine General Store at Hwy 42 and Secondary Hwy 816.

The 3.5-acre site includes the general store, a gas station, liquor store and several accessory buildings.

To make way for an RV park, the owners have requested changing the zoning to highway commercial from general commercial district, says a planning report to council.

A public hearing on the project will take place on Oct. 6.

The county’s municipal planning commission also dealt with an application for a business related to RVs.

A landowner near Bowden is proposing to turn a 59-acre site just north of the town. The site will have room for about 80 stalls.

The five-year conditional approval includes annual county inspections and a fire inspection must be done before the business begins operation.

Sod-turning ceremony planned for Olds

A sod turning ceremony is expected to take place for the new Olds Catholic school by the end of the month.

The Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board’s tender approval committee has accepted a bid of $4.5 million plus GST from Reed Atwood for the construction of Holy Trinity School in Olds.

An agreement between the developer and the town will still need to be signed before work moves forward.

The initial $6-million project included CTS and more classroom space that had to be cut when construction costs were at their highest in the province.

Christine Moore, the chair of the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board, said she is hoping the division will be able to include the CTS lab in the plans again now that construction costs are lower.

Holy Trinity School is expected to open in September 2010.

Catholic schools getting childcare modulars

Childcare modulars are expected to be up and running by the end of the month at St. Martin de Porres and Maryview schools in Red Deer.

Until that time, after-school activities are taking part within the schools, said Christine Moore, chair of the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board.

Five modulars were awarded to school divisions earlier this year by Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority.

The modulars will create 40 child-care spaces in Red Deer to be administered by Red Deer Child Care Society, with the modulars attached to the two Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division schools.

An additional 21 spaces will be created with one modular in Penhold attached to a Chinook’s Edge School Division school and 28 spaces will be created in Three Hills with a Golden Hills School Division school.

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