Society makes steady progress

Delburne report

Gradually, Delburne Aging Well Society is making progress on its plan to develop a senior’s lodge in Delburne.
Roger Gibson and Sandy Paradon from Aging Well gave a progress report to Delburne council at the Jan. 26 meeting.

Paradon reported that a donor has come forward to finance the feasibility study needed before the Society can proceed with their business plan.

“There is a need for it [the lodge]. We don’t doubt that the feasibility study will show that,” stated Gibson.

The Society previously appeared before council to ask the village to donate two lots towards the project, or consider allocating the special levy tax revenue to the society to purchase the property.

However, in order to proceed with a business plan, the Society wanted some assurance that the lots would still be available for the project before spending money on a feasibility study. Consequently, they requested that the village commit to holding the property for six months while the study is completed.

According to CAO Karen Fegan, the Municipal Government Act, Section 70, allows a municipality to hold land for a specific purpose.

Council opted to hold the lots until September 30, giving the Society an eight-month window to complete the study.

According to Gibson, the Society has approached ‘The Rural Way’ of Cochrane for guidance with completing the study. The organization specializes in the development of rural seniors housing.

Coun. Kathy Faulk abstained from voting to avoid any conflict of interest.

Expanding services
Parkland Community Planning Service (PCPS) has Delburne’s support along with several other PCPS members to apply for an Alberta Community Partnership Grant to add geographic information systems (GIS) to its services.

GIS digitally maps infrastructure, roads, land and can be used to keep track of equipment. The additional service will not cost members anything to set up but, like all PCPS services, will cost when the members use them.

PCPS already has GIS trained staff and hopes that the additional service will generate revenue.

Village Voice open for business
Businesses wanting to advertise in the Village Voice will now have that option.  Council passed a motion to allow commercial advertisements at ‘competitive rates’.

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