Alix council hears report of suspicious visitors looking for coffee at 4:30 a.m.

Written by Stu Salkeld

Alix village council heard a detailed report from their community security contractor regarding a suspicious vehicle that was in town at 4:30 a.m. apparently looking for a cup of coffee. The report was made at the June 16 regular meeting of council.

Councillors read a report from Cyberus Security Services which showed the unusual nature of late-night patrol work. The report read, “Apr. 29 (I) had an unusual conversation with a Dodge Caravan (driver) that was looking for coffee or pop at 4:30 a.m. in which a police scanner could be heard in the vehicle and the license plate was covered over. Once they found out no places were open they left town.”

Cyberus Security stated they forwarded this information to RCMP but never heard back.

Coun. Ed Cole, a retired RCMP officer, stated the vehicle may have been linked to criminals, as they’ve been known to use scanners to keep one step ahead of police.

Road projects

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Michelle White reported preparations are underway for construction work on 49th Street, including clearing of the sewer line between 47th and 48th Avenues. 

Work on this project is set to begin on July 5 and was held to July so that school could wrap up for the year.

White stated it was hoped that the second coat of chip-seal could be applied on the north side of Alix in June, but this was not possible. She reported that the contractors were not able to get to Alix in June, but it’s hoped the work can be completed in July.

Getting around Alix

During Chelsea Giesbrecht’s economic development report it was stated village’s Wayfinding Project is also progressing, although White reported the contractor who has been hired to place signs around Alix is running a bit behind and needs some more time to get them up. 

White stated the new signs were supposed to be up by now and it’s hoped they’ll be in place soon.

Giesbrecht also reported that more groups have stepped up to take over recreation activities and programs that the village is no longer offering. White added that staff will be bringing a report to council soon on former recreation equipment that remains unsold.

Mayor’s award

White reported that the idea of a “Mayor’s Recognition Award” was forwarded to the Alix Lions Club for their input. 

Club members stated they would discuss the idea at their next meeting but cautioned while such awards point out great community members, there may be people angry that other community members are neglected.

RCMP commander

The meeting agenda listed Bashaw RCMP Commander S/Sgt. Bruce Holliday as a delegation. However, Holliday never logged on to the meeting. Coun. Cole stated he phoned Holliday but couldn’t get an answer.

It wasn’t stated what topic Holliday was going to discuss with council.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.