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When the next Alberta general election is called, Tristan Turner will be the NDP candidate in Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock. The party’s constituency nomination meeting took place Mar. 27 at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Turner was the only one who put his name forward by the deadline and became the candidate by acclamation. While a provincial election isn’t mandated until 2016, it’s widely anticipated that Premier Jim Prentice will call one within the next couple of weeks.
A jubilant group of Hockeyville supporters turned from celebrative to contemplative about 10 seconds after learning if Morinville would be in the Top 2 communities for this year’s Kraft Hockeyville. After listening to much of Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada Broadcast, residents found out Morinville was the second community named as being out of the running in the west.
More than 50 people gathered at the cultural centre Thursday night to brainstorm and vision how they would spend the $13.75 million in the budget to build an arena/rec facility. Funding options were called for by those who went over the $13 million budget. The exercise gauged whether the public interest in the facility was towards a one-time build or a phased-in approach, and what amenities were the priorities in both approaches.
The engineers have signed off on repairs to the Ray McDonald Sports Center intended to prolong the arena’s useable life for a least two years. A report from Read Jones Christoffersen received by Town Council at its Mar. 24 regular meeting indicated the firm’s satisfaction with the structural repairs completed.
Morinville RCMP Detachment has sought input from the Town on its priorities for policing in the upcoming year The detachment annually requests input from municipal stakeholders to help establish their top three policing priorities for the upcoming year.
Morinville residents along with other Albertans will be contributing more to the provincial government led by Premier Jim Prentice to help make up the shortfall in its 2015 budget, brought down today. However the town itself may not suffer from cutbacks to provincial funding for community services and capital projects.
Roger Smolnicky, Director of Recreation and Community Services for the Town of Rocky Mountain House, spoke to Council at their Mar. 24 meeting on the Operational Approach to Recreation Facilities.
Council had a mild agenda and six members at the Mar. 24 meeting. Councillor Nicole Boutestein was not in attendance due to being on vacation, leaving six members to do the voting.