Red Deer city council has busy agenda on Monday

Election signs, pollinator parks, pay hikes, community amenities and climate change are just a few issues on the table for Red Deer city council on Monday.

Election signs, pollinator parks, pay hikes, community amenities and climate change are just a few issues on the table for Red Deer city council on Monday.

Council will consider a two-per-cent general pay hike for exempt (non-unionized) staff retroactive to Jan. 1. Exempt staff salary scales are reviewed annually. Factors taken into consideration include external equity, internal equity, cost of living and the local economic picture. For the last two years, the city increased the wage by three per cent. There are roughly 140 exempt staffers at the city.

The first of two planned Climate Change Adaptation Plan reports will be considered. In 2011, the city began work on a corporate plan to respond to the anticipated impacts of climate change on city operations. The first report covers the overall goals, anticipated climate change impacts facing Red Deer and the responses.

The second part, to be developed in the coming months, will provide specific and detailed plans under each major theme, as well as priorities and implementation details.

In the future, the city may consider undertaking a community-based climate change plan.

A community amenity consultation plan that will allow council to determine what Red Deerians want for amenities is also on the agenda. The proposed formal process will allow council to connect with residents to prioritize amenities and balance what is needed with the financial realities that face the city.

Council will also discuss pollinator protection after Councillors Paul Harris and Lynne Mulder introduced the motion at the last meeting. The motion calls for banning neonicotinoids and related pesticides, and creating dedicated pollinator parks in the city.

The consideration of a notice of motion brought forward by Councillors Lawrence Lee and Ken Johnston about election signs may be pushed ahead to 2016. The councillors want to limit the number of signs and reduce the time they are up during elections. Administration recommends considering the motion in the overall context of the Election Report from the Legislative Services Manager in 2016, a year before the next municipal election.

Just Posted

Eager-beaver cannabis entrepreneurs already waiting outside Red Deer City Hall

Appications will be accepted on a first-come basis starting on Tuesday

Like father like son: Red Deer area Dreeshen family dedicates life to public service

There are three jobs that could be considered the Dreeshen family business:… Continue reading

Restaurant owner concerned about Gasoline Alley road changes

Nearly 20 trucks were lined up on the service road in front… Continue reading

Preliminary hearings set for two men charged in weapons and drugs bust

A Red Deer man and Sylvan Lake man are facing 80 charges

Eight dogs found in Innisfail hotel room were kept in cages

Eight dogs, kept in cages in a small hotel room in Innisfail… Continue reading

WATCH: Hypnotizing show at Westerner Days

Hynotist and mentalist Joshua Seth performs three times a day at Westerner Days

PHOTOS: River Town Saints rock Red Deer

River Town Saints play Westerner Days Friday in Red Deer

PHOTOS: Dogs, horses and more animals at Westerner Days

Westerner Park’s pavilions were filled with animals during Westerner Days

Red Deer residents can’t get enough mini-doughnuts

Mini-doughnuts were the biggest draw to Westerner Days according to a Red… Continue reading

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff vehicles were also involved in the collision

Divers hunt for 4 after Missouri duck boat sinks, killing 13

BRANSON, Mo. — Divers are searching Friday for four people still missing… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer’s noxious weeds are a goat’s dietary delight

Piper Creek Community Garden gets chemical-free weed control

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

From hot to not? The Baloney Meter weighs in on Scheer’s economy claims

OTTAWA — “Justin Trudeau inherited a booming economy, but he’s squandering it.… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month