Red Deer City Council

The City of Red Deer is piloting a program in which a social diversion team can be called, instead of police, to respond to at-risk individuals who are in crisis. (Black Press file photo).
The City of Red Deer is piloting a program in which a social diversion team can be called, instead of police, to respond to at-risk individuals who are in crisis. (Black Press file photo).
Mask wearing on Red Deer transit buses will be mandatory, says city council

Mask wearing on Red Deer transit buses will be mandatory, says city council

Council is still discussing whether it should be expanded to other indoor public spaces

Mask wearing on Red Deer transit buses will be mandatory, says city council
This statue, called Sounds the Alarm, is located outside the downtown Red Deer Library. City councillors will discuss changing the public art process in August. (Advocate file photo.)

City grapples with choosing public art

‘Art is in the eye of the beholder’

This statue, called Sounds the Alarm, is located outside the downtown Red Deer Library. City councillors will discuss changing the public art process in August. (Advocate file photo.)
Red Deer city council considered Westerner Park’s bleak financial picture and opted to contribute $ in relief funding. (Photo by Susan Zielinski/Advocate staff).

Westerner Park gets up to $2 million from city

By then, city officials hopes more revenue-generating events will be allowed to run

Red Deer city council considered Westerner Park’s bleak financial picture and opted to contribute $ in relief funding. (Photo by Susan Zielinski/Advocate staff).
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer spoke during a press conference for the launch of a new public crime map tool. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer’s crime map to continue beyond a one-year pilot project

There’s been nothing but good public feedback, says city manager

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer spoke during a press conference for the launch of a new public crime map tool. (Advocate file photo).
Red Deer Coun. Frank Wong does not favour allowing office use all over the city, saying the downtown will suffer. He added it already has about a 25 per cent vacancy. (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer city council is open to allowing office space in Edgar Industrial Park site

Coun. Frank Wong unsuccessfully argued the downtown will suffer

Red Deer Coun. Frank Wong does not favour allowing office use all over the city, saying the downtown will suffer. He added it already has about a 25 per cent vacancy. (Advocate file photo).
This illustration of how a former Deer Park fire hall could be redeveloped into a new insurance office will come to pass after all. The rezoning was approved by city council on Monday after a councillor filed a motion of reconsideration. (Contributed image).
This illustration of how a former Deer Park fire hall could be redeveloped into a new insurance office will come to pass after all. The rezoning was approved by city council on Monday after a councillor filed a motion of reconsideration. (Contributed image).
Westerner Park is facing financial challenges. (Advocate file photo).

Westerner Park asks the city for up to $3.5 million to continue operating

The city has already given Westerner Park $1 million in emergency funding

Westerner Park is facing financial challenges. (Advocate file photo).
Coun. Vesna Higham isn’t totally sold on switching residential and commercial parcels in Timberlands, but is waiting to see what the public will say at a hearing in four weeks. (Advocate file photo).
Coun. Vesna Higham isn’t totally sold on switching residential and commercial parcels in Timberlands, but is waiting to see what the public will say at a hearing in four weeks. (Advocate file photo).
Coun. Dianne Wyntjes (Advocate file photo).

Red Deer city council directs administrators to prepare for zero tax increases in 2021 and 2022

Coun. Dianne Wyntjes is alarmed about what this could mean for the city’s future

Coun. Dianne Wyntjes (Advocate file photo).
(Advocate file photo).
(Advocate file photo).
Rayann Toner, executive director of the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, told Red Deer city council that demand for shelter space is expected to rise dramatically after the COVID-19 crisis subsides. Council approved a rezoning on Wednesday that will allow for a shelter expansion. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer city council approves rezoning to allow for women’s shelter expansion

Council felt a balance was achieved between community concerns and the shelter’s needs

Rayann Toner, executive director of the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, told Red Deer city council that demand for shelter space is expected to rise dramatically after the COVID-19 crisis subsides. Council approved a rezoning on Wednesday that will allow for a shelter expansion. (Contributed photo).
John Ponto is disappointed his plan to turn the former Deer Park fire hall into a new location for his insurance business was defeated by council. He now plans to move his business to Red Deer County, citing the downtown’s social problems and the city’s lack of flexibility. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Owner of former Red Deer fire hall says he will move his city insurance business to Red Deer County

John Ponto said he wasted six months trying to get the city’s approval for his development

John Ponto is disappointed his plan to turn the former Deer Park fire hall into a new location for his insurance business was defeated by council. He now plans to move his business to Red Deer County, citing the downtown’s social problems and the city’s lack of flexibility. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
The former Deer Park fire hall will not become a new home for an insurance company, Red Deer city council has decided. (Advocate file photo).
The former Deer Park fire hall will not become a new home for an insurance company, Red Deer city council has decided. (Advocate file photo).
Red Deer city Coun. Lawrence Lee feels it’s time to hear from the public about what “tolerance levels” are for service reductions. (Black Press file photo).

COVID-19 has pushed City of Red Deer’s finances over a precipice, say councillors

Mayor hopes to be back on more solid footing within two years

Red Deer city Coun. Lawrence Lee feels it’s time to hear from the public about what “tolerance levels” are for service reductions. (Black Press file photo).
The business of golf has been less lucrative since about 2007, but appears to be making a comeback this spring. Wes Heffernan of Calgary is shown here, putting for a birdie during the PGA of Alberta Championship at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area in 2019. (Advocate file photo.)

Fluctuating usage leads City of Red Deer to order operational review of River Bend Golf Course

Sustainability, service provision and governance to be studied by Deloitte LLP

The business of golf has been less lucrative since about 2007, but appears to be making a comeback this spring. Wes Heffernan of Calgary is shown here, putting for a birdie during the PGA of Alberta Championship at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area in 2019. (Advocate file photo.)
City of Red Deer staff will continue mosquito treatments as required. (File photo by Black Press)

Wet spring brings more mosquitoes

City staff continues spot treatment as needed

City of Red Deer staff will continue mosquito treatments as required. (File photo by Black Press)
Red Deer Coun. Ken Johnston commended both order of government for addressing the needs of vulnerable people. (Contributed photo).

More funding provided to lessen Red Deer’s housing gaps

Extra money received by services that support housing the homeless

Red Deer Coun. Ken Johnston commended both order of government for addressing the needs of vulnerable people. (Contributed photo).
Pandemic-related costs and shrinking revenues are raising fears of a cash-flow crunch at City Hall. City council approved a borrowing bylaw for another $10-million, if needed, to be added to its overdraft. (Contributed photo).
Pandemic-related costs and shrinking revenues are raising fears of a cash-flow crunch at City Hall. City council approved a borrowing bylaw for another $10-million, if needed, to be added to its overdraft. (Contributed photo).
Red Deer Coun. Dianne Wyntjes successfully argued that no new spending is needed for more traffic and environmental studies about whether to allow for the future expansion of Molly Bannister Drive. (Contributed photo).
Red Deer Coun. Dianne Wyntjes successfully argued that no new spending is needed for more traffic and environmental studies about whether to allow for the future expansion of Molly Bannister Drive. (Contributed photo).