A recent mock or “table top” disaster helped a municipality plan ahead for actual disasters, heard Clive council at their regular meeting May 10.
Councillors heard a presentation from Director of Emergency Management (DEM) Tom DeForge of Lacombe Regional Emergency Management who reported to council on various activities he’s been involved in recently on behalf of the village including a mock or “table top” disaster intended as training for member municipalities.
DeForge stated the mock disaster included an uncontrolled fire causing damage to power poles within Clive along with heavy smoke affecting residents of the village.
As well, the imaginary disaster affected the natural gas supply for Clive, which was cut off for two hours.
The DEM stated the mock disasters are always illuminating as they tend to bring up issues that communities may not have considered before.
He said another issue discussed at the exercise was how to get emergency preparedness information out to the public in a timely fashion and while some people suggested social media, it was pointed out at the exercise not everyone uses social media.
Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney stated the exercise was practical and realistic and she learned a lot more about Clive’s resources, including that the school has automatic call-out.
Coun. Jeremy Whelan asked if the school also has a back-up generator, to which Mayor Luci Henry responded that no, she didn’t think so.
DeForge stated one recommendation from the exercise was to schedule another event that includes the mayor and all councillors in the activity.
It was noted at the council meeting, municipalities are required every four years to hold a large exercise, and DeForge stated he’d like to suggest Clive as a venue in 2022 because of the rail line.
Mayor Henry noted it’s useful to practice emergency skills in a realistic situation and DeForge added perhaps something could be set up after next October’s municipal election.
The CAO reported that the village had received a “request for service” for the undeveloped alley near the ball diamonds.
Kenney stated serious upgrading of that alley would require what’s called a “local improvement tax,” which is a tax hike that applies only to property owners who would receive direct benefit from the improvement work.
Kenney stated what that means is every property owner along that route would have to pay increased taxes directly for the work.
It would also mean, she added, residents would have to officially notify the village that they’re willing to pay extra for the work.
Councillors briefly discussed the village’s upcoming FunFest June 18 to 20. Kenney stated fireworks “are going no matter what,” obviously referring to COVID restrictions.
Mayor Henry stated she was glad to hear that something will be going ahead regardless, as Clive needs some community spirit building exercises.
Dogs and Cats…
Kenney reported that dog and cat licenses are slowly being purchased by pet owners.
She reported that the number of unlicensed dogs and cats, according to the village, is now down to 12.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter