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Hussar plans centennial project, proposes elevator

The Hussar Historical Society (HHS) asked Wheatland County Council at the Tuesday, March 12 Special Council Meeting, for a letter of support to submit with their grant applications, for their Centennial Project for 2028.

  The HHS has partnered with the Hussar Lions Club to create a plan for a free-standing elevator in Hussar’s east end at the entrance to the Village. The size of the elevator will be approximately 30 feet by 40 feet, by 50 feet tall. It will promote the history and the significance of the grain history to the community, and act as a rest stop, with public washrooms and a historical walk around courtyard. There will also be a picnic area and a fenced-in area for dogs.

    The Village of Hussar has shown their support of the project and approvals have been received from Alberta Transportation and Palliser Planning.

    In a letter to Peter Sanden of the HHS, John Houseman with Heavy™️, the Calgary based company overseeing the development of the project, provided the Grain Elevator Schematic Package. 

    “The proposed feature offers an engaging element for the residents and visitors of Hussar and an elegant homage to the historic, ever-present prairie grain elevator. We have worked to balance aesthetics, longevity, maintenance and cost,” states Houseman. “We look forward to reviewing this package with you and are excited to move into turning the Hussar Grain Elevator feature into a reality.”

    The grant, if awarded to the HHS, will be used toward the construction part of the project.

RCMP meet with Kneehill County to discuss crime

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Drumheller Staff Sergeant Robert Harms was one of four RCMP members who met with Kneehill County council at the Tuesday, March 12, Committee of the Whole Meeting.
The Three Hills, Olds, Beiseker and Drumheller detachments gave a presentation to council members about the impact recent policing has had on the communities involved.
Through Town Hall Meetings and online surveys, RCMP have been able to piece together important information from residents about what they believe should be priorities for police within their communities.
Crime reduction, community engagement, mental health/family violence, and enhancing road safety are the top main focuses for Kneehill County’s RCMP detachments.
Mental health is an ever increasing concern, especially in rural areas.
There is a new Regional Police and Crisis Team (RPACT) that will be made available to the county to help assist with mental health calls. It will be made up of an officer and a health practitioner to help better address what exactly it is a person in crisis needs.
Three Hills’ short-staffed RCMP detachment loses a member if they have to transport someone to Red Deer, where wait times are on average ten hours, causing a huge strain on the RCMP’s resources. RPACT will help ease this strain.
Property crimes are trending down in Kneehill County. In Beiseker, Break and Enters (B&E’s) are up 24 per cent in 2023, with five more occurring than in 2022. Theft of Motor Vehicles (TMV’s) is down nine per cent, with two fewer thefts than the previous year, and Theft Under (TU) $5000 is down 36 per cent with 27 fewer incidents.
Olds B&E’s and TMV’s statistics are down by over 30 per cent for both, and TU is down by 29 per cent.
Three Hills is down across all three categories, with TMV’s down 34 per cent, the highest of the detachments involved.
Although crime is decreasing across the County, RCMP still receive over 200 calls a month. A bigger policing presence and community engagement are very important to the RCMP. They will be offering workshops in Olds that will be posted on Kneehill County’s social media pages when they become available.
“In reality, we don’t do this enough. Everybody is busy but our phone is always on and our door is always open,” says Harms at the end of the meeting. “And, thank you for your comments and support. It means a lot to us.”

Starland engages with community on economic development strategy

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As part of their Economic Development Strategy, being completed by Schollie Research and Associates, Starland County is planning a Business Park Development project.
An engagement session being held by Starland’s Economic Development Officer, Jason Jede, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, to gather preliminary information from potential businesses interested in establishing themselves within the park.
“I am getting out into the community to see what the general consensus is for the Business Park Development, dispelling any rumours from fact, and developing a basis for what the ratepayers would like to see as opportunities and initiatives,” Jede tells the Mail.
The business park will be developed at Morrin Corner (Highway 9 and 56), on 143 acres of both commercial and industrial zoned land.


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