Delburne cat bylaw now out for public comment

Written by Stu Salkeld

The Village of Delburne council passed initial reading of their new cat control bylaw, and it will now be available for public comment noted the chief administrative officer.

The decision was made at the Oct. 13 regular meeting of council.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Karen Fegan stated councillors unanimously approved first reading of Animal Control Bylaw 1166/2020, which also contains rules for controlling cats in the village.

Fegan stated the bylaw now goes out to the public for comment, and it’s possible, if the public wishes, a town hall meeting can be held to discuss the proposed rules.

If there is no opposition, the proposed bylaw may come back to council in November for second and third reading, then be implemented on jan. 1, 2021.

Golf ball protection

Fegan noted councillors held a special meeting Oct. 7 to approve netting at the golf course to protect nearby houses from errant golf balls.

Fegan stated the project will cost $42,500 and councillors approved the quote from a company that specializes in installing these barriers. The netting will be 50 feet high and 80 feet long.

Fegan stated residents in the area are pleased to hear council approved protection for homes in the area. 

Funds will come from the subdivision restricted surplus account and work could begin this fall on the project. It will definitely be completed before the next golf season begins stated the CAO.

FCSS update

Councillors heard an update from the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) worker Carol Kihn. She gave an update on how COVID-19 has affected FCSS programming.

Fegan stated Kihn has done a fantastic job thinking outside the box. 

“It’s been pretty incredible,” said Fegan, noting Kihn has been working hard to offer programming while adapting to pandemic rules.

School division

Fegan stated councillors ratified an agreement with Chinook Edge School Division regarding use of municipal facilities. 

Fegan stated the agreement covers the Main Street park, skate park and the community hall.

The school board must still book the hall but they can use the other venues as needed.

Support grant

Councillors reviewed the Delburne Community Support Grant, funding which comes from Red Deer County.

Fegan stated this funding covers activities within the village that county residents may take part in, such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Legion and others. Funding has been allocated for the year.

MOST information

Councillors also reviewed Municipal Operating Stimulus Transfer information, which included signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for this funding program which helps municipalities with COVID-19 related expenses.

CAO Fegan stated the funds can be used for cleaning, reduced revenue from COVID-19 and some other things. 

The funding must be used by next spring.

Facility requests

Councillors forwarded on two requests to use the community hall, one from the Boys and Girls Club and the other from the Delburne Gospel Church. 

The CAO stated both groups wanted to use the hall for activities because the hall is big enough to meet pandemic guidelines, and other facilities, like the school, aren’t available.

Event insurance

The CAO stated councillors also received a notice from the community hall board that they’re introducing a requirement that users of the hall must provide their own event insurance.

Fegan noted other community halls in the area have such requirements in place.

Exact details haven’t been provided yet, such as when the new rule comes into effect.


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.