Friday, 16 September 2016

SURVEY: Proposed 2017 Main Street Progect

The City of Lacombe is seeking your feedback until October 31, 2016, on proposed improvements in the downtown along Main Street (50 Avenue) from 53 Street to Highway 2A.

The sanitary sewer main in the downtown core is scheduled for replacement in 2017 due to its deteriorated condition. Understanding that construction is unavoidable, the City wants to ensure that once this work is completed, the downtown area will not be significantly impacted by additional construction for the foreseeable future.

To accomplish this goal, the long-term infrastructure needs for Main Street were determined by considering existing system capacity, future community growth, and recommendations outlined in existing adopted land use plans such as the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP), the Transportation Master Plan, the Municipal Sustainability Plan, for improved streetscaping, parking and pedestrian safety.

A preliminary design report with number of proposed downtown design concept layouts has been developed, and the City is now seeking your feedback on the proposed plans. Please visit to provide your input.

2016 Speed Limit Survey

What is your opinion on the current speed limits in Lacombe? Let us know by filling out the survey at You have until October 7, 2016, to have your say!

2nd Annual Trash to Treasure Week

The City of Lacombe invites residents to participate in the second annual Trash to Treasure Week - a community-wide celebration of reducing, reusing, and recycling - from September 30-October 9, 2016. Go to…/community-cl…/trash-to-treasure-week for more info.

Lacombe Legion Candlelight Tribute

 The Lacombe Legion Branch No. 79 invites everyone to attend a candlelight tribute in remembrance of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our beloved country. See above poster for details.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Lacombe City Council Meeting Highlights for Sept. 12, 2016

Council & Legislative

Bylaw 425 – (CAO)
Council approved Bylaw 425, the CAO bylaw, which assigns appropriate responsibility and powers to the Chief Administrative Officer as administrative head of the Municipality, after giving it third reading, and rescinded CAO Bylaw 58.

2016 AUMA Resolutions Report
Council accepted the 2016 AUMA Resolutions Report for information.

Transportation Services

50 Avenue Design Development
Council passed a resolution to endorse the pre-design report as presented, and directed Administration to bring more detailed pricing information for consideration during the 2017 Budget Deliberations. Council also directed Administration to bring forward a proposal to explore the additional parking opportunities identified in the pre-design report for consideration.

Financial Services
2017 Public Budget Engagement Results
Council passed a resolution to accept the 2017 Public Budget Engagement Report as information.

Recreation, Parks & Culture Services

Recreation, Parks & Culture Board Membership
Council passed a resolution to invite Kirstin Bouwsema to apply for the next available vacancy on the Recreation, Parks & Culture Board (end of 2017) and to retain the current nine-member board.

Tennis Court Repairs
Council approved the funding from the Common Services Reserves in the amount of $40,067 to repair the tennis courts – adjacent to the Lacombe Composite High School – that have incurred damage due to a number of hail storms in the past six years (primarily in 2016). Council then awarded the Tennis Court Repairs contract to Tomko Sports Systems.
Environmental Services

RV Dump Site Upgrades
Council defeated a resolution to approve the recommendation to install an honour box at the RV dumpsite at a cost of $1,000, to be installed in conjunction with the site improvements.

Council instead directed Administration to leave the RV dumpsite as a free service.


Council reports were received as information.

Council moved In Camera to discuss a personnel matter (ratification) and a legal matter (Police Dispatch).

Council moved back into Public Meeting.

Motions Out of Camera

Council passed a resolution to ratify the appointment of Inspector Lorne Blumhagen as Acting Chief of Police effective August 26, 2016, until further notice.

Police Dispatch (MOU)
Council directed Administration to terminate the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, recognized as the Provincial Police Service of Alberta, and the City of Lacombe in the delivery of Operational Communication Centre Services to the Lacombe Police Service.

Police Dispatch (Agreement)
Council directed Administration to terminate the March 2, 2015, Lacombe Operational Communication Centre Agreement between the Province of Alberta and the City of Lacombe.

West Area Development
Council directed Administration to enter into negotiations with Lacombe County to develop a 50/50 partnership agreement for servicing the West Area Development.

*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on September 26, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on October 3, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on October 11, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on October 24, 2016, at 5 p.m.

2016 Speed Limit Survey

The City of Lacombe is conducting a community survey related to speed limits in residential areas and other streets within the community to gauge public opinion on the City’s current speed zones.

The City is seeking public input on speed limits in the following areas:
  1. Local Roads (aka 'residential streets')
  2. Highway 2A: 46th Avenue to Highway 12
  3. Intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 2A
  4. Highway 2A: Highway 12 to Heritage Way
  5. Highway 2A: Heritage Way to Woodland Drive
  6. Highway 2A: Woodland Drive to City Limit
  7. Highway 12: C&E Trail to Highway 2A
  8. Highway 12: Highway 2A to 45th Street
  9. Highway 12: 45th Street to Harrington Ridge (Road just west of 34th Street)
  10. Woodland Drive: Cranna Lake Drive to 50th Street (aka C&E Trail)
  11. Woodland Drive: 58th Street to Cranna Lake Drive
  12. University Drive: College Ave to PE Centre
  13. 45th Street: Highway 12 to South City Limit
  14. C&E Trail: College Avenue to 72nd Street
The survey invites public comment on vehicle speed limits on specific areas around Lacombe from the perspective of a motorist, a pedestrian or a cyclist. Further, the survey asks the respondent to give their input on the idea of combining school zones and playground zones into one consistent 'Community Safety Zone' - similar to a measure recently passed in the City of Red Deer.

Go to to take the survey. Printed copies of the speed survey are available for pick up at City Hall (5432-56 Avenue). The survey is open until October 7, 2016.

2016 Fall Coffee with Council Session