Clive library green space idea approved by council June 22

Clive council recently approved a green space for the local library.

Clive village council approved a proposal for green space on public property after a presentation by the local public library.

The proposal was made at the June 22 regular meeting of council.

Clive library board treasurer K. Storey presented to council an idea to develop a green space between the village office and the library building.

“Our plans are to fence off the area with black metal pipe fencing that will be similar to the railing currently at the library,” stated the presentation.

“All hedges, trees, benches and flower boxes will be bordered by washed rock laid on top of landscaping fabric and closed in by landscaping ties for easy maintenance by the village.

“The yellow lines in the picture are representative of where the washed rock will be.

“We are planning to request that Lacombe County do the removal of the gravel and are hoping that they will donate the fill the space. 

“Our budget for the area is $5,000. Flower boxes and possibly benches will be built by volunteers. All planting and laying of sod are also to be done by volunteers. The front hedge is being donated by Gail Payne.”

A summary of costs provided in the presentation quoted the estimate of $4,974 for the project.

Later in the meeting councillors approved the request, noting that the library board would be allowed to proceed with the green space idea as presented.

Councillors also agreed that the village will provide summer maintenance including mowing, weed control and watering for the green space provided there is access for motorized equipment.

COVID-19 update

Councillors dealt with a number of resolutions related to the provincial re-opening after coronavirus pandemic measures were instituted in March.

The village will allow teams to use the sports fields provided they follow Alberta Health Services directives and also noted a copy of guidelines the team is using will be requested as well as the contact person who will ensure the members are following those guidelines. 

It was also pointed out there will be no port-a-potties but the washrooms are available for rent.

Visitors will also be happy to know councillors approved opening the Clive Centennial campground at 50 per cent capacity to users provided they have fully self-contained recreational vehicles.

Pharmacy getting closer?

In the past, the village was approached by a private party inquiring about the interest in the community of a pharmacy opening.

A survey was conducted on the village website.

Councillors passed a motion to direct administration to have further contact with the pharmacy representatives and request a formal plan for support be presented for council’s consideration.

Unsightly premises beware…

The village council agreed to include expanded authority for contracted peace officers to handle cases of unsightly premises or nuisances in the community.

Councillors passed a motion to amend Schedule “D” of the Peace Officer Service Agreement to add enforcement of Clive’s Unsightly & Nuisance Bylaw.

Unsightly premises can include a variety of situations including tall grass, untrimmed trees, defunct vehicles or condemned buildings.

The village contracts Lacombe County peace officers to handle bylaw enforcement in Clive.

After deliberations

Councillors moved “in-camera” for about 15 minutes to discuss a private matter.

After coming back to the open meeting, councillors passed a motion to offer the owner of Lot 69; Block 35; Plan 0821702 a half metre encroachment on the Village of Clive held utility right-of-way Plan 9123369 and that all administration and registration costs associated with the encroachment agreement shall be at the expense of the property owner.

 

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

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.

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