Red Deer City Council

Red Deer city Coun. Vesna Higham said many people have been contacting her saying they can’t wear masks for medical reasons and are being turned away from businesses and clinics. (Advocate file photo).
Red Deer city Coun. Vesna Higham said many people have been contacting her saying they can’t wear masks for medical reasons and are being turned away from businesses and clinics. (Advocate file photo).
City council gave final approval to a site exception that could allow an RV storage yard to open on agricultural land in east Red Deer. (Black Press file photo).
City council gave final approval to a site exception that could allow an RV storage yard to open on agricultural land in east Red Deer. (Black Press file photo).
Red Deer city council gave initial approval for more mixed-use developments in Riverside Light Industrial Park. (File photo by Advocate staff)

More industrial landowners in Red Deer are pursuing mixed-use zoning

A third of Riverside Light could become a commercial/industrial district

Red Deer city council gave initial approval for more mixed-use developments in Riverside Light Industrial Park. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer households have until the end of January to exchange their waste carts for a different size at no cost. (Advocate file photo).

Waste cart exchange fee kicks in on Feb. 1 in Red Deer

Red Deerians have a couple more weeks to exchange their waste carts…

Red Deer households have until the end of January to exchange their waste carts for a different size at no cost. (Advocate file photo).
Four Alberta mayors, including Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer, are fighting against proposed changes to ambulance dispatching. (File Advocate file photo.)

Red Deer city council offers to pay to keep local ambulance dispatch

Mayor is fighting against moving it to Calgary

Four Alberta mayors, including Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer, are fighting against proposed changes to ambulance dispatching. (File Advocate file photo.)
A computer illustration by GEC Architects of what Red Deer’s future aquatic centre could look like. (Contributed image).
A computer illustration by GEC Architects of what Red Deer’s future aquatic centre could look like. (Contributed image).
(File photo by Advocate staff)

Zero tax increase approved by Red Deer city council for 2021 and 2022

City council passed operating budgets for the next two years on Thursday

(File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer city council approved a $39.6 million police budget for 2021, up for inflationary reasons from $37.9 million in 2020. (Black Press file photo).

Red Deer city council retains police funding, while also launching a crisis team

De-funding police is not a conversation in this municipality

Red Deer city council approved a $39.6 million police budget for 2021, up for inflationary reasons from $37.9 million in 2020. (Black Press file photo).
The City of Red Deer is including $1 million in its 2021 operating budget, just in case Westerner Park’s pandemic cancellations continue and it needs more support next year. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer city council approves $1M in 2021 budget for Westerner Park

Many unknowns about whether future event cancellations will happen

The City of Red Deer is including $1 million in its 2021 operating budget, just in case Westerner Park’s pandemic cancellations continue and it needs more support next year. (Advocate file photo)
The G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer is getting a twinned ice rink, spray park and other upgrades as part of the 2021 capital budget. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer city council approves $43.3 million upgrade to G.H. Dawe Centre

In a 7-2 vote, the majority on council felt it’s about time

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer is getting a twinned ice rink, spray park and other upgrades as part of the 2021 capital budget. (Advocate file photo)
A new public washroom, proposed for downtown Red Deer, was tabled in the city’s 2021 budget discussions so more questions can be answered about the proposal. (Advocate file photo).

Proposed downtown public washroom is stalled in 2021 budget discussions

More questions need to be answered about the $511,500 project

A new public washroom, proposed for downtown Red Deer, was tabled in the city’s 2021 budget discussions so more questions can be answered about the proposal. (Advocate file photo).
Some Red Deerians complain about too much light “spillage” from new LED streetlights. (Black Press file photo).

LED streetlights in Red Deer too bright, complaints discussed at city council

Night-time light ‘spillage’ can be a problem, says councillor

Some Red Deerians complain about too much light “spillage” from new LED streetlights. (Black Press file photo).
(Black Press file photo.)

Red Deer city council holds closed-door discussion about proposed aquatics centre

Recommended design, cost and location won’t be made public until next spring

(Black Press file photo.)
A community gathering space was created in front of the new Red Deer Culture Services Centre before the 2019 Canada Winter Games. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer’s Culture Services Centre to get additional $4.6 M in renovations

It’s one of many capital projects approved by city council

A community gathering space was created in front of the new Red Deer Culture Services Centre before the 2019 Canada Winter Games. (Advocate file photo).
The City of Red Deer is still repaying two loans for the Sorensen Station parkade, which are contributing to a deficit in the parking revenue fund. (Advocate staff)

Dropping parking revenues in Red Deer are creating a deficit

Loan repayments for the cost of the parkade are straining reserves

The City of Red Deer is still repaying two loans for the Sorensen Station parkade, which are contributing to a deficit in the parking revenue fund. (Advocate staff)
Red Deer firefighters look for coloured tags on downtown fire hydrants to determine water pressure levels before connecting their hoses to fight blazes, such as this fire at a low-income housing complex last summer. (Advocate file photo.)

Tagged fire hydrants are some of the City of Red Deer’s new innovations

New ideas are being generated to improve services or save money: general-manager

Red Deer firefighters look for coloured tags on downtown fire hydrants to determine water pressure levels before connecting their hoses to fight blazes, such as this fire at a low-income housing complex last summer. (Advocate file photo.)
The G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer could get a twinned ice rink, spray park and other upgrades as part of the 2021 capital budget. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer city council discusses $219 M in capital projects for 2021

The total funds have increased because of government grants

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre in Red Deer could get a twinned ice rink, spray park and other upgrades as part of the 2021 capital budget. (Advocate file photo).
City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer (Advocate file photo).

Veer urges indoor mask wearing immediately

We must protect hospital capacity and each other, says Tara Veer

City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer (Advocate file photo).
(Black Press file photo.)
(Black Press file photo.)
Red Deer Pickleball Club received $30,000 from the City of Red Deer to host a national championship in 2021. (Black Press file photo).
Red Deer Pickleball Club received $30,000 from the City of Red Deer to host a national championship in 2021. (Black Press file photo).