Signage change for street rejected

Written by Daniel Gonzalez

A request to change the signage along the west side of Princess Street was discussed for a second time by council at the Aug. 11 regular meeting of council.

The request was brought forward at the June 8 committee of the whole meeting where a resident requested to change the stop sign located on the corner of Princess Street and 5th Avenue to a yield sign.

The resident wrote that during winter, it is difficult for vehicles to move again due to the icy incline at the corner.

After discussing and reviewing the information, council rejected the decision as they believe it would be better for vehicles to stop at the intersection.

The signage will remain as is and there will be no changes to the traffic sign on the corner.

Attended Nationals

Council congratulated the Elnora Minor Ball team for attending the National Baseball competition and placing fourth.
Mayor Jul Bissel outlined that this is a great achievement for the team.

Council moved to approve a $150 donation and will have Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Sharon Wesgate send a letter congratulating the team.

Patrolled village

Correspondence from Sgt. Irv Heide from Red Deer County regarding the June enforcement contract was sent to council.

According to the email, Red Deer County patrol officers spent five hours and two minutes in the Village of Elnora and no tickets were made during that time.

Council accepted the correspondence as information.

“You’re not listening”

Council expressed disappointment with the website launched by the provincial government to inform the public about the Alberta Police Service.

Correspondence from the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Tyler Shandro, provided council members with the link to the website.

Council unanimously questioned the creation and motive behind the website as several municipalities are against the proposal.

“There are a million better ways to spend that money,” says Coun. Lisa Ferguson.

Mayor Jul Bissel says he noticed the author of the website appears to be biased in favour of the program.

Deputy Mayor Ron Duft believes that the website was created after the negative reception of the program.

“I’m sure they spent thousands of dollars creating this website to promote it after everyone said no,” says Duft. “It’s like, excuse me? You’re not listening.”

‘Alberta Day’ funding

Council received correspondence from Dan Rude, the Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Municipalities, about funding for the new designated ‘Alberta Day’ set for Sept. 30.

Council believed that even if they applied for funding, the limited time for preparations was insufficient.

The email outlined council needed to submit a completed Expressions of Interest Application with details about the activities they are planning by August 12.

Additionally, council believed that the $1,500 provided is insufficient to host a celebration.

Funding would be based on a per capita model. As Elnora has a population of less than 1,000, the village would receive $1,500, the lowest amount listed.

Council will not apply for the funding but will keep this in mind for future ‘Alberta Day’ celebrations.

Daniel Gonzalez
ECA Review

About the author

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez is a multimedia reporter from Calgary, Alberta. He has experience reporting news from the streets of Calgary and even serving on the Institute of Investigative Journalism. He also has experience working in the nonprofit sector with the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

Daniel has graduated from Mount Royal University with a degree in Journalism in 2021. He hopes to learn more about Alberta and continues to hone his skills in the media industry.