Clive council will look more closely at a bylaw to control addresses being visible in the municipality.
The decision was made at the Jan. 25 regular meeting of council held via Zoom to meet pandemic rules.
Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney presented councillors with a report about the visibility of addresses within the village.
Kenney stated not every location in town has a visible address.
Kenney went on to say smaller municipalities don’t always have addressing bylaws, but larger areas usually do.
The bylaw would set out the rules that residents and businesses have to follow when it comes to placing addresses clearly on their structures.
Kenney presented a copy of the City of Red Deer’s addressing bylaw as an example.
Coun. Jeremy Whelan asked if there had been a problem of some kind that brought this to council.
Kenney stated nothing serious had occurred, but there was one recent instance involving an ambulance doing a medical response within the village, with the fire department assisting.
Apparently, the emergency responders had trouble finding the location in question as the access wasn’t obvious.
Mayor Luci Henry stated that since Clive is on a regional emergency dispatch system out of Calgary, there isn’t necessarily someone with local knowledge of the village on the line.
Whelan stated that the mayor made a good point and it would be a good idea to be proactive before a serious problem occurred.
Coun. Norma Penney agreed, noting council should address this issue before something bad happens.
She noted an addressing bylaw may also help delivery drivers.
Councillors passed a motion that the village staff would draft an addressing bylaw and present to councillors at their next regular council meeting.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter