No roadblocks from province on plebiscite

Rocky Mountain House residents will decide the question of VLTs once again. The town is going ahead with a plebiscite on the issue.

Rocky Mountain House residents will decide the question of VLTs once again. The town is going ahead with a plebiscite on the issue.

Council learned this week that the province won’t interfere in the question after it sought a legal opinion earlier this month.

VLTs were outlawed 12 years ago in Rocky after two-thirds of the 1,600 people who voted in a plebiscite opted to turf them.

The town is now drafting a bylaw to go to council on June 2. It will result in a plebiscite being held within 90 days.

If residents vote in favour of VLTs, a letter will be sent to the province asking for their return.

The action was necessary after an association of town pub owners gathered more than 800 names on a petition calling for their return.

The total cost of the plebiscite, including legal fees, could be around $10,000.

This was the second time in the last several months that petitioners approached council.

Town officials rejected the first petition, declaring it invalid because of inconsistencies in names and questions on petition sheets.

Pub association spearhead Jim Pogson said earlier that business has dropped about 30 per cent from the same period last year because of the slumping economy and that taverns need to attract customers.

Organized debate could take place before the plebiscite.

The Rocky ministerial association, which is opposed to the machines, said earlier it will debate the faults of VLTs if meetings could be arranged.

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Several Red Deer businesses’ phone/fax lines taken over by ‘spoofers’

Same ‘prank’ calls were made as happened with RedCliff RCMP

Red Deer apartment project opposed by some neighbours

Two buildings proposed for a site in Normandeau with existing four apartment complexes

Red Deer’s osprey cam celebrities are back

FortisAlberta has webcam set up at nest created as part of avian protection program

Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run introduces Community Diaper Dash

Central Albertans will make a dash in diapers to bring lunches to… Continue reading

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Opinion: Schools can’t be exempt from scrutiny

This weekend’s meeting of the Alberta School Councils’ Association promises to be… Continue reading

Bishop now the Stars goalie trying to beat Blues in playoffs

Ben Bishop grew up rooting for the St. Louis Blues before being… Continue reading

Nashville gets its chance to step up for NFL draft

NASHVILLE — Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as… Continue reading

The Cranberries, still in mourning, return for the last time

NEW YORK — Whether or not there would be a final Cranberries’… Continue reading

Dance studio owner in dispute with Burton Cummings fined for noise ticket

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The owner of a dance fitness studio who… Continue reading

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Most Read