Village of Clive council happy with ‘natural park’ progress

Clive village council seemed satisfied with progress on a new park in the municipality that embraces a “natural” philosophy. The report was made at the June 10 regular meeting of council.

Councillors heard an update from village staff on renovations at Danser Park; councillors previously approved plans to convert the park into a “natural concept” area where kids could play in a safe environment similar to a natural outdoor area.

As work continues on the playground staff reported wooden logs used as play features will have a natural look, and won’t look like “sticks.” As well, washed rock will be laid down along with landscape ties to mark the playground’s boundaries.

Staff noted that mulch will be avoided because it attracts bugs; rubber mulch was also avoided as it’s expensive and may not have blended very well with the playground’s “natural” theme.

During discussion councillors heard there is grant money available for a project like this; they then unanimously passed a resolution to fund the village’s portion of this project out of the playground and park reserve.

Looking forward

Councillors passed a resolution to engage with a planning agency on developing a three-year strategic plan, with public input, after examining several options from Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS).

Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney provided councillors with a report on PCPS’ three options for a strategic plan, essentially ranging in detail and price: the options began at $7,500 and went up to around $16,000.

As councillors discussed options for developing a three-year strategic plan they stated it would be nice to have a framework in place for the next council while also including public input on the plan.

Councillors unanimously agreed to go with a $7,500 plan from PCPS but to include a community input component.

Tax time again

Kenney noted the village mailed out tax and assessment notices June 6.

She also noted that May water bills were sent out and it was interesting to note Clive residents used less water that month as compared to the same month one year ago.

The provincial government has asked municipalities to conserve water as fears of a drought in the summer of 2024 loom.

Public concerns

Kenney reported the village received one complaint, “...about resources spent to enforce unlicensed indoor cats.”

It was noted inappropriate parking on 47th Street Close was forwarded to bylaw officers; as well, one derelict vehicle in public view complaint was received and Kenney confirmed it’s being investigated under the Land Use Bylaw (LUB).

RCMP report

Councillors received the April monthly report from the Blackfalds RCMP detachment, which covers the Village of Clive.

The report noted Blackfalds RCMP investigated an aggravated assault involving a child. The case has reached court level and a trial date is being set.

The detachment is also investigating a child pornography offence that allegedly took place in the detachment area. Police confirm one person was arrested and charges are pending.

Members of the detachment are investigating a massive fraud valued at half a million dollars. It was reported the detachment extensively and carefully investigated this offence; charges are pending.

Councillors accepted the April, 2024 RCMP report was information.

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review