Slight crime decrease in Clive: Blackfalds RCMP

Village of Clive ECA Review/File
Written by Stu Salkeld

The Village of Clive enjoyed a slight drop in crime statistics for the first quarter of the year according to a report submitted by Blackfalds RCMP. The report was presented to village council at their regular meeting June 13.

Councillors read the summary for crime statistics from January to May, 2022, as compared to the same time last year.

The report stated persons crimes, which includes acts like assault, were down 19 per cent year over year, property crimes, which includes things like theft, were up three per cent and other Criminal Code offences were down by a whopping 25 per cent.

Looking at specific types of crimes in more depth, break and enter was up quite a bit, 127 per cent, with 47 more instances than a year ago.

Theft of a motor vehicle was up 65 per cent with 24 more instances and theft under $5,000 was down eight per cent with eight fewer instances.

In a phone interview June 16 Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney stated councillors were not overly concerned with anything in the report, and she also pointed out the numbers of instances in Clive tend to be small, so when percentage increase is quoted it can sometimes sound like a very large jump when in fact it may only represent a few instances.

Animator course
Kenney provided a report to council on Assistant CAO Abby Notland’s attendance at an “animator course.”

“Animator course is almost completed, A. Notland has one module left,” stated Kenney’s report.

“The idea behind an animator is to create a coalition to bring awareness to rural mental health. We are not here to fix the problem we are here to talk about rural mental health and create awareness.

“This was a very in-depth course about how to bring rural mental health to the forefront. Sometimes just talking about it gets people thinking differently about mental health.

“Just because you may have a mental health issue does not mean you have a mental health illness.”

Water system delay
Kenney reported that the Hwy. #12/21 Water Commission pipeline will likely be delayed again. It was estimated the pipeline to Clive would be completed by the end of June, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

The CAO stated the water commission continues to run into supply chain problems, especially computer components it needs for its system.

Bylaw complaints
Kenney reported on the various bylaw complaints made to the village office. “One unsightly complaint, call made, and email sent to homeowner and renter,” stated the memo.

“One fail to cut grass, owner complied. Complaints forwarded to animal control – enforcement (included) one dog complaint of too many dogs, one unregistered dog, one failure to pick up dog defecation, one keeping meat rabbit and running at large compliant.”

Kenney stated it’s not unusual to see bylaw complaints pick up when spring arrives.

LUB review
Councillors agreed to move ahead with the village’s land use bylaw review, with a price tag of $16,000.

The CAO noted this will be a full review of how the village handles land development and will include public consultation. She estimated first reading of the new bylaw will be on a council agenda by the end of 2022, with final approval in 2023.

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.