Local briefs – September 9

A man charged with attempted murder in connection with a domestic dispute will have a preliminary hearing in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 15.

Hearing set for man charged with attempted murder

A man charged with attempted murder in connection with a domestic dispute will have a preliminary hearing in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 15.

Tibor Frank Smode, 44, of Red Deer, is also charged with forcible confinement, aggravated assault and uttering threats.

On Wednesday, his lawyer Lorne Goddard, asked that a preliminary inquiry be held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant his client be tried in Court of Queen’s Bench.

On Aug. 23, RCMP were called to a residence near 39th Street and Gaetz Avenue in Red Deer about 8:50 p.m. as the result of reports of an assault.

Police allege that a man held his common-law wife against her will, bound, smothered and threatened her. She was eventually able to run to a nearby residence and call police.

The woman didn’t require hospital treatment.


Application made to rezone industrial plot to commercial

A property owner at 67th Street and 52nd Avenue on the city’s north end is interested in rezoning industrial land to commercial major arterial.

CAPP Investments have asked the city to rezone its five properties on which Kal Tire automotive business, an outdoor storage area known as McLevins Welding, and radio station Kraze FM are situated. It also has a vacant lot.

It would also like to keep Fanta Homes and Canadian Cancer Society there, so would be asking for their uses to be legally conforming.

The applicant wants the change because there is a greater market demand for commercial compared to light industrial in the area. According to CAPP Investments, the city has grown and industrial uses have become inappropriate for this location.

Re-districting those properties to commercial will also better serve the long-term needs of surrounding residents because it will encourage more pedestrian and cycling, said City of Red Deer planner Jordan Furness.

City council supported first reading on Tuesday to the rezoning bylaw, which will pave the way for a public hearing to be held within the next month.


City finds funds for road expansion

The City of Red Deer wants to ensure construction can begin next spring on extending 55th Street as part of downtown redevelopment plans.

Engineering Services will sell a surplus road right-of-way to River City Developments and use the sale’s proceeds to partially pay for the 55th Street project. City council supported the recommendation on Tuesday.

The land is valued at $2.15 million.

River City Developments Ltd. is building Elements at Rivers Edge project, a housing and commercial development that will overlook the Red Deer River on the west side of Gaetz Avenue.

In July, council approved constructing the road along 55th Street in stages so that access is maintained to Saputo dairy processing plant until Aug. 31, 2011, subject to development approval. The city has had plans to extend 55th Street west into the Railyards district, directly south of the proposed site, for several years.

Once the city gets the $2.15 million in its hands, about $3.325 million is still needed for the road extension project. That money will be included in the 2011 capital budget.


Streets should be named after pioneers, councillor argues

A Red Deer city councillor has asked for historically significant names be given priority in the naming of streets.

Frank Wong submitted a notice of motion on Tuesday that would see Parkland Community Planning Services no longer heading a committee that would name city streets.

The City of Red Deer decided in May to opt out of the regional planning co-operative and instead will form its own planning department by Dec. 1.

“Now that we’re dissolving our relationship with Parkland planning, I thought we better get this straightened out,” said Wong after the council meeting.

Wong said his motion would involve the creation of an internal committee to pick street names and which doesn’t involve an outside agency, namely Parkland.

Wong said he wholeheartedly believes in looking to the past for coming up with street names.

“We want to recognize our pioneers,” he said.

Wong said some names came from the 1910s and 1920s and as they were used up, names were collected from business directories and obituaries.

“Right now, we’re using people’s names from the 1980s and maybe 1990s because we’re running short of names,” he added.

In 1975, city council passed a resolution, requiring its archives department to gather a list of historically significant names for consideration as street names.

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