Village of Clive council will consider enforcing a cat bylaw after a resident asked council for help dealing with the unwanted felines using her yard as a litter box.
Dee-Anna Gunsch told council, at its regular meeting on March 14, that she has tried almost every natural method of keeping out cats but all it’s doing is attracting skunks.
“I feel like I’m getting nowhere and I would really like to see a bylaw,” she said.
She said cats roaming the neighbourhood have ruined her flowerbed, adding that even putting up a fence around the yard hasn’t resolved the issue.
“It’s very, very upsetting.”
Gunsch pointed out cat bylaws in Blackfalds and Penhold as examples of what the village could consider.
Mayor Anita Gillard said the village will have administration draft a bylaw to bring back to council to discuss and consider at its next meeting. She added, however, that Clive has diverse lots with some being acreages and it ‘s difficult to license barn cats.
She assured Gunsch, however, saying, “We are going to address it.”
Meeting with Lacombe County
Clive Mayor Anita Gillard told council that she wants all councillors, and the Chief Administrative Officer, to attend an upcoming meeting with Lacombe County and the Clive Community Hall Association in April.
The Clive Community Hall Association asked Lacombe County earlier this year for help funding its proposed $2.2 million hall, which would have a capacity of 350 people. But before the county council commits to funding they want to see more support from both the village and the community. The county also wants more details about the group’s fundraising efforts, updated construction costs and projected annual operating costs.
Clive’s current hall has a capacity of 150 and needs major repairs and upgrades.
Council awarded the 2016 paving contract to Border Paving whose bid came in at $204,284, not including GST or engineering costs. Railway Ave. and 46 St., as well as some patch work, will be completed this year. Border Paving was the lowest bidder with some bids coming in as high as about $500,000.
More police presence
Blackfalds RCMP Detachment will increase its presence at a Clive satellite office this June of about three days a week to start then once a week.
Emergency management plan updated
Clive council accepted its updated emergency management plan.
In addition, Lorrie Dupuis, Clive’s director of emergency management, told council that she plans to conduct an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) drill to see how the community responds to an emergency.
“I will activate it but won’t say when,” she said.
Dupuis said the exercise will help see if everyone is onboard, working together. She added that some councillors may have to fill in and help.
In the event of an emergency, the village won’t use an air siren and instead, will notify residents through social media.
Chief Administrative Officer Carla Kenney, in her report to council, said she attended the Boomtown Trail Rejuventation/Strategic Planning Workshop at the Red Deer County Office on Feb. 28, and how the group plans to work together regionally. Some ideas include driving routes, circle tours and regional calendars.
The new focus will be on tourism as the catalyst for economic development. The group may change its name and leave the past behind as they head into the 21st Century.
CAO Kenney told council there was one dog bite complaint investigated by animal control and resolved.