Council can now discuss RCMP report in public

Written by Stu Salkeld

The Village of Clive council learned they are now able to discuss their RCMP news report in the open meeting rather than behind closed doors. The revelation was discussed at the June 27 regular meeting of council. ECA Review/File

Clive village council learned they are now able to discuss their RCMP news report in the open meeting rather than behind closed doors. The revelation was discussed at the June 27 regular meeting of council.

Councillors discussed the Blackfalds RCMP incident reports, which Mayor Lucy Henry noted previously had to be discussed only in “closed session,” meaning the public wasn’t allowed to hear.

The report noted the Blackfalds RCMP detachment, which is responsible for the Village of Clive, received 117 calls for service between June 7 – 13, which included one assault, three break and enters, three mischiefs, two thefts, three theft of motor vehicle and nine motor vehicle collisions.

Some of the calls included:
On June 7 a business in Red Deer County reported the theft of a fuel pump valued at $400 and surveillance video captured a male leaving the area in a U-haul truck. The incident remains under investigation.

Also on June 7 RCMP were notified of a train that appeared to have a car wobbling excessively near Lacombe; it appeared the car might come off the track. The information was forwarded to CP Rail police.

On June 9 RCMP received a complaint that a male had breached a no-contact order by sending a text message to a person. RCMP attended the residence and spoke to the complainant and the issue remains under investigation.

Between June 14 – 20 the Blackfalds RCMP received 139 calls for service which included one assault, two break and enters, three mischiefs, six thefts, four theft of motor vehicle, 15 motor vehicle collisions and two impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

Some of the incidents included:

On June 14 RCMP responded to a break and enter at a business in Red Deer County, with the suspects fleeing and ramming another vehicle while trying to escape. This remains under investigation.

Also on June 14 a complaint was received of a stolen vehicle in Blackfalds. Investigation revealed there was a dispute over the ownership of a vehicle.

One June 15 RCMP received a complaint of a possible impaired driver. RCMP located the vehicle with the driver being issued an immediate roadside sanction suspension and the vehicle was towed.

Also on June 15 RCMP were notified a vehicle was broken into while parked outside a Blackfalds business. Multiple items were stolen, including a garage door opener. This remains under investigation.

Councillors accepted the report as information.

Bylaw complaints
Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney reported on recent bylaw complaints. She stated two dogs running at large complaints and one barking dog complaint were forwarded to the animal enforcement officer.

Kid tour
CAO Kenney noted the village office recently hosted a tour of Grade 1 students. Students were able to act as mayor while also making suggestions on what would make Clive an even better place to live: splash park, soccer field, parks, library, school, arena, swimming pool, hospital, ice cream shop and “more dogs.”

In the future…
Kenney reported on a recent future of local government webinar she attended which included a discussion on understanding population growth and decline trends and how they could affect a municipality.

She pointed out Clive’s population is not dropping, unlike many other villages.

Request for service
The CAO also reported the Public Works department received one request to have a curb lowered; that request is under investigation.

A member of the public also requested the village mow grass in a deep ditch located at 51st Ave. and west of the corner of Fox Drive.

Kenney reported Public Works typically mows and trims this area once per year.

Fun Fest
The CAO reported the village’s annual summer event, Fun Fest, was successfully completed and featured eight floats, 12 vehicles and four walking groups.

She reported 137 kids completed the penny carnival.

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.