Council to discuss games, homelessness

A $60,000 request from the 2019 Canada Winter Games bid committee and support for three homelessness transition projects are just two of the issues that Red Deer city council will tackle on Monday.

A $60,000 request from the 2019 Canada Winter Games bid committee and support for three homelessness transition projects are just two of the issues that Red Deer city council will tackle on Monday.

In November 2012, the bid committee received $200,000 for the development of the city’s bid to land the games in five years.

But the fees and expenses were higher than expected so the committee will ask for more money to cover the shortfall.

The Community Housing Advisory Board will ask for council’s approval for projects for the Youth and Volunteer Centre project, Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society and Red Deer Native Friendship Centre Society.

Funding for the projects are covered through the Community Entity grant, part of the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

Talk will also turn to ambulance dispatch when council considers endorsing a letter of intent for the negotiation of the satellite collaborative ambulance dispatch agreement with the province.

Once the letter in principle is endorsed, a steering committee will begin negotiations on the contract while the project implementation team will begin to finalize the implementation details for Red Deer.

This will include internal prioritization, budget impacts and service delivery process reviews.

In late February, following months of advocating, the city and the province came to a fix that would allow Red Deer to retain its integrated ambulance and fire dispatch system.

Other meeting highlights:

l Stantec will give a North Highway Connector presentation.

l Council will consider second and third reading of a bylaw amendment that would extend and revamp the Central Alberta Theatre’s loan agreement with the city.

l Several residents will be appointed to city committees, including the Red Deer Multi-Use Aquatic Centre Review Ad Hoc Committee and the Municipal Planning Commission.

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