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Wheatland County supports Redland resident request for water servicing

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Wheatland County council provided its support in regards to a request from a group of residents from the community of Redland to establish potable water connections to the Wheatland Regional Corporation (WRC) regional waterline for individual residents during the regular Tuesday, September 5 council meeting.
Council also directed administration to communicate this support with WRC, which is the organization in charge of the regional waterline.
WRC was formed in 2016 when the villages of Hussar, Rockyford, and Standard, as well as the surrounding municipality of Wheatland County created its regional partnership, originally called the Wheatland Regional Water Partnership, to investigate brining potable water supply to the three village municipalities, as well as the hamlets of Gleichen and Rosebud.
Since then, the project has seen an agreement with the Western Irrigation District (WID) to supply water, upgrades to the raw water pipes and treatment plant in Standard, and connection to the village of Rockyford and hamlets of Rosebud and Gleichen.
Construction of Phase 3 of the project, which supplied water to Rosebud, saw the waterline built through the boundary of Redland by December 2020. After completion of this phase of the project, the Village of Hussar made the decision to withdraw from the WRC board, citing an unforeseeable need for regional water in the community; however, this decision has since been retracted.
Despite the proximity of the regional line to the community, residents were not connected and a public engagement was held in October 2022 to outline potential costs for residents. The total project cost to the connect the community to the water line was estimated at some $477,301, which would be paid through a Local Improvement Tax on 10 property parcels which would benefit from connection over a 20 year period; this figure did not include an estimated $30,000 for each resident to connect individually to the line.
However, residents were concerned over the costs of individual connection.
Both the county and WRC have received communications from several Redland residents inquiring about installation of the potable water service to serve a total of six properties.
Council directed administration to communicate with WRC, including in regards to any future servicing plans for the area, and to inform WRC of the county’s support for individual residents in Redland to connect to the water service.

Back in the atmosphere

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It is a sight that residents and visitors never tire of. The Calgary Balloon Club annually picks a sunny September Sunday to traverse the sky over the valley feasting on the autumn colours. The club has been doing this for decades, this year taking off St. Anthony’s School, and drifting over the valley. A rough count showed at least eight balloons overhead Sunday morning, September 17.

Drumheller welcomes new Recreation, Arts and Culture manager

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Town of Drumheller council officially welcomed Rick Ladouceur as the new Recreation, Arts and Culture manager during the Monday, September 11 Committee of the Whole meeting, although he took over the role in late August.
Mr. Ladouceur has extensive training and background in recreation, and says he has some plans on how to grow use of the Town’s various parks and recreation facilities.
“The Recreation and Parks Master Plan is quite good… I think, perhaps in the past, there’s been more focus on the (Aquaplex) and (Badlands Community Facility) BCF-those are very important, however, I see a bigger picture,” Mr. Ladouceur tells the Mail.
He shares he plans to look at ways to bring parks and sports venues, such as the ball diamonds and soccer field, under the Recreation, Arts and Culture portfolio “to give it direction.”
While he recognizes recreation facilities are not often money makers for municipalities, Mr. Ladouceur and staff at the BCF are currently looking at ways to “lessen the blow” and better utilize or promote the facility for its conference capabilities.
Mr. Ladouceur has an extensive history in recreation, beginning at the age of 15 when he joined a recreation committee in Green Valley, Ontario.
After graduation, he went on to receive his Recreation Management Leadership diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa before receiving his Physical Education through the University of Ottawa.
Although he took some time away from recreation to take on the Technical Director position at the former Ottawa District Hockey Association-now known as Hockey Eastern Ontario-and coaching competitive hockey at the Junior A and semi-pro level, his passion remained in recreation.
He has managed recreation facilities with multiple amenities, from concessions and restaurants, to multiple ice rink surfaces, racquetball courts, and an Olympic sized pool.
“The staff has been amazing. Staff have a really great relationship with people who come into this building,” he says. “The amount of seniors that are coming in is wonderful.”
He says he would like to initiate a pseudo-program at the BCF to help introduce members to the machines in the facility, and help make people more comfortable with the equipment.
While recreation is his passion, he says he is not forgetting the Arts and Culture part of his title and will be looking at ways to bring things like sporting events and potentially concerts. He is meeting with some stakeholders, including the Drumheller Dragons, minor hockey team and other sports leagues, as well as the Rotary Club and some of the local museums.


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