Cat bylaw coming to Delburne this winter

Written by Stu Salkeld

The Village of Delburne council decided to move ahead with combining cat control into their Animal Control bylaw.

The decision was made at the Sept. 22 regular meeting of council.

The meetings are being held in the community centre to meet pandemic guidelines.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Karen Fagan stated in an interview Oct. 5 that councillors agreed to move ahead on including cats in the village’s Animal Control bylaw. 

Fagan stated cats are controversial and the village receives a number of complaints about them every year.

Councillors are planning to consider first reading of the updated Animal Control bylaw at their Oct. 13 regular meeting and Fagan stated it’s expected it will be fully passed sometime this winter.

She stated councillors voiced interest in holding an open house so village residents can learn more about the cat control measures.

Typically, cat control measures under a municipal bylaw include the village having access to traps which residents can use to contain a problematic feline. An animal control officer will then take possession of the animal. This is only done in warm months to ensure the safety of the animal.

Ambulance dispatch

Fagan stated the councillors agreed to write a letter supporting the City of Red Deer’s concerns about Alberta Health Service’s plan to change 911 emergency dispatch for certain communities in Alberta, including Red Deer.

Plans call for certain 911 call centres to be closed and one central centre opened. Fagan stated councillors were concerned these changes would affect the quality of 911 emergency dispatch service in and around Delburne.

Water billing

Village resident Edward White, appeared before council to discuss concerns about is water bill, which was noticeably high. Fagan stated the village subsequently changed out his water meter for a replacement and the village staff will check the new meter in December.

White’s water usage will be averaged out over 2020 based on the new readings.

Fagan stated staff suspected that if there’s a problem it’s very likely with the old meter. She stated White was agreeable to the solution.

Golf ball netting

Councillors approved investigating the installation of some netting to protect buildings near the golf course. 

According to Fagan, apparently there are some shots that are breaking windows or damaging siding.

She stated the solution will be addressed as soon as possible, while the netting requires skilled staff to install. A decision on the netting will be made at the next council meeting.

Lot for sale

The CAO reported on a lot acquired by the village for tax recovery purposes. Plan 7464AJ, Block 2, Lot 23 – 25 was discussed by council and they set the sale price based on market value.

Fagan stated the property was acquired by the village some time ago and is on the market right now.

Public Works truck

Councillors decided to purchase a new truck rather than repair an old public works vehicle.

The CAO reported the Public Works truck requires a new front end, and since the vehicle is already 13 years old, councillors decided a new truck was the way to go. 

Fagan stated council has been prudent with funds, so some money is available to purchase a truck.

The old truck will be placed up for sale.

Internet project

Work continues on the village’s new high-speed fibre optic internet lines. 

Fagan stated the work is currently underway and the contractor estimates it will be completed in January, 2021.


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.