The Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new members at its March 26 meeting: Rytrue Ltd. The Western Provincial Hockey Association and GFL Environmental.
Outdoor Adventure Show
Ali Mouallem chair, of the Outdoor Adventure Trade Show said the Chamber of Commerce is partnering with three auto dealerships in town and three recreation vehicle dealerships. They are taking one arena and having the biggest sale of the year trying to blow out a whole bunch of cars at the same time.
Mouallem hopes that it will increase attendance by having them there. He said the Chamber wanted to re-brand the trade show this year so it is a little bit of camping, hunting, fishing, patio living, and gardening. There are 240 total booths between the two areas and the lobby area and tables are already 50 per cent sold.
The Outdoor Adventure Tradeshow and sale will take place May 4 and 5.
Mouallem said they are pushing an outdoor theme.
Western Provinces Hockey Association
Derek Prue of the WPHA came to Mondays meeting to express the interest in bringing Junior ‘A’ hockey to Slave Lake. Prue is in charge of international expansion for the WPHA and said he has been approved to do a fifth division in the Junior ‘A’ hockey league. Prue said this has been 18 months in the making and the WPHA has been dealing with municipalities for well over a year, including Slave Lake.
High Prairie School Division
Harry Davis, Director of Transportation for the High Prairie School Division talked about school bus safety during the meeting.
Davis discussed a recent school bus accident where a young student was killed. He said when it comes to school bus safety the School Division has some operational strategies for busing in poor weather conditions. The strobe light, for example, resulted from an accident back in 2008 in which a student was killed in foggy conditions.
In 2010 the government increased the safety initiatives, making the strobe light mandatory. Davis said a strobe light can help other motorists see the buses in time to stop safely, preventing collisions and illegal pass-bys. High Prairie School Division wants to make sure safety measures are taken at all times to ensure buses and children are safe, Davis said..
In 2016, the division began installing cameras on school buses to help further prevent incidents. Between September and December of last year, Davis said, there were 110 violations with school bus safety.
Davis said he was bringing the information to the Chamber of Commerce meeting to promote awareness and let people know what is going on. He added that the School Division is working hard to prevent another accident.
Northern Lakes College
Melane LeBlanc from Northern Lakes College said the college is hosting a workshop April 5 in the gym with guest speaker Doug Griffiths.
Griffiths is going to talk about 13 ways to kill a community. The workshop will start at 9:00 a.m.
Town of Slave Lake
Councillor Julie Brandle gave the update on the town for Mayor Tyler Warman.
The budget was passed last week, Brandle said, with a little increase of 1.34 per cent. That is less than the two per cent increase in the Alberta consumer price index.
Water bills for locations where the meters have failed are now being estimated, based on usage over the last 24 months. Brandle said some spares were received from the supplier and they are being prioritized for the commercial and industrial move-ins; eventually, they will all need to be replaced.
The town has taken over operation of the Legacy Centre. The board and corporation will still be in place and oversee the building with no changes.
The digital signs are both working, said Brandle, adding that there is interest in using them.
There is a new director of Community Services, Garry Roth, who started at the beginning of March.
Tri-Council Economic Development Committee will be running the tourism reception at the VIC this summer again.
Brandle said the town will be taking out one sheet of arena ice in the next week .
The waterline between Widewater and the town is also progressing well, said Brandle.
On the main street north waterline, the tie-ins for the line on Tamarack Rd will be progressing through the spring.
A contract has been awarded for the airport paving next fall, said Brandle. Upgrades to the sewage treatment plant are coming this summer.