Downtown businesses increase

A number of new businesses took out business licenses in Delburne in January 2019. Village council reacted positively at their Feb. 22 regular council meeting as the inclusion of these new business ventures will ease the burden of the commercial tax base.

Some of these include a new bake shop, a deli and art gallery, a niche soap shop and an energy services outlet.

Council received a request from the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer for funding to host three two-day sessions to benefit children in Delburne.

The matter was referred to administration for further action.

Also, the matter of future seniors’ housing engendered some discussion as did the issue of combining waste disposal and recycling services under one contract.

No final decision was made regarding the two issues.

The Delburne Medical Centre Agreement was reviewed and several changes in wording and dates were agreed to by Council and directed to administration to revise.

Council gave third and final reading to the Fees and Charges By-law for the village in which adjustments were made to the water rates, both the flat rate and additional consumption rate.

Website improvements

Council was given a short visual presentation on improving the website for the Village.

The changes would include brighter colourful pictures, more information via video links, more events listed and adding councillor’s bios.

“Our website needs to be more easily readable and eye catching!” said Deputy Mayor Jeff Bourne.

The website will be divided into four major headings: Business Development, Information for Residents, Recreation and Culture, and Explore Delburne.

Council plans to finalize the new website at their two council meetings in March.

The matter of developing a business directory was discussed briefly without any decision being made other than to attempt to work together with the local Chamber of Commerce Group.

 

Ray Reckseidler

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