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Council invests in infrastructure at mid-year budget

September 5, 2018 1:13 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

City Council approved a $1.22 million one-time capital investment in a variety of items including the realignment of Waskasoo Creek to protect water infrastructure, and parking lot improvements in the downtown core.

Today’s meeting included an update from City Administration about Red Deer’s economic context, the financial status of The City of Red Deer, as well as mid-year budget recommendations for City Council’s consideration.

“Mid-year budget gives us an opportunity to provide City Council with a strategic and financial update for the organization as a whole as well as to bring forward any issues, projects or initiatives that need to be heard prior to capital and operating budget discussions,” said City Manager Craig Curtis.

This year, Council approved the investment of $1,000,000, for the realignment of Waskasoo Creek to protect the water infrastructure that was exposed during flooding this spring. The exposed water pipes service the Clearview Booster Station and need to be protected to ensure service levels are protected.

This year’s mid-year budget review also included a report to Council on the additional ten RCMP officers that were approved as part of the 2018 Operating Budget. These resources are being deployed to support priorities identified by Council with six members assigned to the Community Response Team and four members to the newly created Downtown Unit.

“We know crime prevention and community safety is a priority for citizens in our community and it certainly remains a priority for City Council,” said Mayor Veer. “Council will continue to monitor and allocate resources as necessary to reduce crime in our city. Thanks to the ten additional RCMP members and recent proactive enforcement initiatives, we are seeing positive results with reductions in property crime.”

“We are always looking for efficiencies and more sustainable ways of doing business,” said Curtis. “The items approved by City Council today were only considered in response to an immediate need or an emerging opportunity that will continue to make Red Deer a safe and desirable community.”

Funding for these projects is planned through reserves and there is no anticipated impact on taxation. Council will start considering the 2019 capital and operating budgets in early November, 2018.


For more information, please contact:

Tara Veer
Mayor
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8154

Craig Curtis
City Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8156

Communications and Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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