Friday, 17 February 2017

New artwork installed at the Gary Moe Sportsplex

A large, impressive multi-piece backlit mural graces the south wall of the new two-storey atrium in the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.
Artist Larry Hunter and his business partner Cornel Hanson were in Lacombe last month to install newly commissioned artwork for the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.  This is the largest commission of public art for our city, and is comprised of four elements with a common theme of community and sports.

The first piece, “The Happy Family”, located on the west exterior wall, is now backlit with solar-activated lighting that will catch your eye and guide you towards the front of the building. The main lobby has a prominent feature wall containing artworks created by local children. There is also a second feature wall with children’s artwork on the upper floor.

There are three back-lit metal figures; a curler, a swimmer and a hockey player located on the walls in the main foyer
inscribed with hundreds of signatures from citizens of all ages. The signatures were collected last summer at the Art in the Park event, the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre and Lacombe Memorial Centre as a fun way for residents to put their “mark” on the refreshed facility.

Lastly, there is a large, impressive multi-piece backlit mural on the south wall of the new two-storey atrium, representing our cultural diversity and the types of leisure and sports activities taking place in the sportsplex. The artworks bring
creativity and sports together under one roof, and give patrons yet more reason to visit this vibrant community hub.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Addressing Lacombe's Critical Wastewater Needs

The City of Lacombe, Town of Blackfalds, Lacombe County and the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission are pleased to announce the construction of a wastewater pipeline connecting Lacombe, Blackfalds and Lacombe County to the regional water treatment facility in Red Deer. Construction will begin in spring 2017, and the project is expected to cost $70 Million.

The partner municipalities undertook this project based on the need to meet new federal and provincial regulatory guidelines for wastewater treatment. After exploring all other options, the regional system was found to be the most economical option available — 90 percent of construction costs will be covered by grant funding.

This high-priority infrastructure project will yield immediate economic benefits in terms of employment during construction, and will provide for much-needed long-term sustainability in addressing Lacombe’s critical wastewater needs.

The project includes the construction of 25 kilometres of wastewater pipeline and regional lift stations in Lacombe and Blackfalds. It will also include an odour management facility in the city of Red Deer. Odour management strategies will also be implemented at both lift stations and at air release points along the pipeline.

In order to provide the enhanced level of treatment, there is a cost increase to the wastewater rate.

To help offset a dramatic increase at completion of the project, utility rates have been increased incrementally to introduce a Rate Stabilization Reserve. In preparation for the higher costs, the City is proactively raising rates in 2017, to ease the transition to the new system that is needed to meet provincial and federal wastewater regulations.

The wastewater consumption rate goes from $0.95 per cubic metre in 2016 to $1.47 per cubic metre in 2017, and the fixed portion of the rate (Basic Rate) goes from $16.03 in 2016 to $19.52 in 2017. An average household will see an overall increase of $10.98 per month for wastewater service in 2017. A similar increase is expected in 2018.

The funds going into the Rate Stabilization Reserve will help stabilize wastewater rates once Lacombe goes onto the regional system. Without this reserve, consumers would experience a dramatic increase when the system is opera­tional.

Please call (403) 782-6666 for more information on this project.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

January 23, 2017, Council Meeting Highlights

Financial Services

Bylaw 434 (Borrowing - 2017 Annual Line of Credit)
Council approved Bylaw 434, the City’s annual bylaw authorizing the establishment of a line of credit, after giving it third reading as presented.

Bylaw 435 (2017 Supplementary Assessment)
Council passed a resolution to approve Bylaw 435, the City’s 2017 Supplementary Assessment Bylaw, after giving it third reading.

Protective Services

Fire Services Review (Response Times)
Council passed a resolution to amend the Lacombe Fire Department’s fire service level agreement chute time to 11.5 minutes for 90 per cent of the incidents within the city of Lacombe.

Fire Services Review (Boat)
Council voted to continue supporting surface and still water rescue operations within the Lacombe Fire Department’s Scope of Practice, and subsequently directed Administration to include the cost to replace the existing boat with a larger rescue boat in the 2018 Budget deliberations.

Fire Training Update
Council accepted the Lacombe Fire Department’s training review as information, and approved the request to change the 1001 fire training payment schedule to a one-time payment.

Planning & Development Services

Request to Extend Notice of Approval for Subdivision                                                             
Council provided an extension to the subdivision decision letter for Phase 6 of Mackenzie Ranch, with a deadline date of January 26, 2018.

Council & Legislative

Form 21 Request
Council passed a resolution to accept the Form 21 summary as information.

Committee Appointment
Council approved the Board appointment of Ms. Janine Borger as a Citizen-at-Large member to the Arts Endowment Committee for a term ending December 31, 2019.

Council reports were received as information.

Council went In Camera to discuss a personnel matter, a land matter and a legal matter

Council returned to Open Meeting

Motions Out of Camera

Community Standards Bylaw
Council passed a resolution to endorse the Community Standards Bylaw review project.

Mackenzie Ranch Road Right of Way
Council directed Administration to advise the developer of the City’s intention to purchase land for the future road allowance as described, at a cost $10,500 plus subdivision and closing costs, to be funded from the Roads Reserve.

*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on February 6, 2017, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on February 13, 2017, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on February 27, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

2017 State of the City Address

Business professionals, political figures, service groups, community influencers and the media come together to hear Mayor Christie deliver a hopeful, optimistic State of the City Address on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at a joint Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce/City of Lacombe business luncheon at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

View the Mayor's State of the City Address below:

Go to for the full text of his speech.

Mayor Christie also unveiled the 2016 Year in Review, the annual report to the community, at the event. Read the report at

Friday, 2 December 2016

Council Meeting Highlights for November 28, 2016

Financial Services

Bylaw 429 (Borrowing – SE Area Water Extension)
Council approved Bylaw 429 – the bylaw required to authorize the borrowing of funds in the amount of $1,008,000 for the purpose of constructing the water trunk main extension in the South East Area Structure Plan Area – after giving it second and third readings as presented.

Bylaw 393 (Utility Bylaw)
Council directed Administration to amend draft Bylaw 393, which amalgamates current Bylaws 70 (Water and Wastewater) and Bylaw 316 (Solid Waste) into one all encompassing bylaw, to include tenant deposits equivalent to three months of utility charges or waive deposits for accounts with pre-authorized monthly withdrawals, prior to second reading.

2017 Operating Budget
Council received the 2017 Operating Budget Report for information, and endorsed 50% of the market increase for aquatic staff.

2016 Capital Budget
Council accepted the November 21, 2016, draft of the 2017 Capital Budget for information.

Ten Year Capital Plan
Council received the 2017 to 2026 Ten Year Capital Plan for information.

Council & Legislative

Committee Meeting
Council passed a resolution to cancel the December 5, 2016, Council Committee Meeting.

Board and Committee Appointments
Council passed a resolution to approve the board and committee appointments for citizens-at-large as presented. Below are the new citizen-at-large board and committee member appointments, effective November 29, 2016:

Lacombe Library Board
    Yaser Aljarrah appointed for a term ending December 31, 2019.

Heritage Resources Committee
    Lantry Vaughan appointed for a term ending December 31, 2019.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
    Cindy Esau appointed for a term ending December 31, 2019

Quality Management Plan
Council adopted the revised Quality Management Plan, dated November 2016, Council then directed Administration to forward the revised Quality Management Plan to the Alberta Safety Codes Council for approval.

Municipal Buildings Plan
Council directed Administration to proceed with negotiating leasehold terms and conditions with Alberta Health Services for the 2017 year and not relocate civic offices to the Provincial Building in the short term; instead utilizing 2017 to undertake a full analysis of the best use for the Lacombe Provincial Building.

Council then passed a resolution to utilize the old police facility for Fire Department equipment storage, Emergency 
Management equipment storage, and IT equipment storage while concurrently completing a facility use report.

MGA Review Update
Council accepted the ‘What We Heard’ summary of province-wide feedback on the modernized Municipal Government Act, the proposed new MGA legislation to be introduced in spring 2017 and amendments to Bill 21 for information.

Planning & Development Services

Request for Direction – Closure and purchase of Right of Way
Council directed Administration to proceed with the road closure and subdivision of the undeveloped 46 Street road allowance located adjacent to 4559 46 Avenue, in preparation for the sale of the lot. Council also delegated development authority decisions relating to approved permit 61.251.59 2016, and the impact that a road closure and consolidation may have on 4559 46 Avenue development to the Development Officer.

Request for Direction – Mackenzie Ranch Phase 4 Laneway Paving
Council defeated a motion to endorse the lane paving relaxation for Mackenzie Ranch Phase 4B.

Environmental Services

Garbage Truck Tender Award                                                                    
Council passed a resolution to approve the purchase a Freightliner chassis and Sprinter packer body from Superior Truck Equipment for $290,599 to replace an existing garbage truck unit.

Council reports were received as information.

Council went In Camera to discuss a personnel matter (CAO recruitment package) and a legal matter (realtor services agreement).

Council returned to Public Meeting.

Motion Out of Camera

Realtor Services Agreement
Council approved the extension of the existing Realtor Services Agreement with Royal LePage Lifestyles Realty for a period of one year to December 31, 2017, with the agreement be updated to align with the current Land Use Bylaw 400 and to reflect remaining lot inventory.

*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on December 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on January 9, 2017, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on January 23, 2017, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on February 6, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Monday, 21 November 2016

2017 Budget Open House

Lacombe residents are invited to attend a Public Open House to review and provide feedback on the proposed 2017 City of Lacombe Capital and Operating Budgets. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the municipal financial planning process, and the factors affecting the upcoming budget. Visit for more information and to view the budget presentation slides.

You are encouraged to attend the open house to provide comment. For those not able to attend, City staff will be on hand to answer budget-related questions as part of a Q&A session on the City's Facebook Page for the duration of the open house (see video below).