Sept. 5, 2017
‘Only good news’
Council received another update on what’s happening at Northern Lakes College, from its president Ann Everatt. She started her presentation by promising only good news.
“The place is packed,” Everatt said. “We had 5,800 applications for NLC programs this year.”
One of them is the brand-new paramedic program, which council had a hand in advocating for over several years.
“I’m really excited about it” said mayor Tyler Warman.
Everatt said many of the programs are full, so that some applicants have been put on a waiting list.
On the other hand, trades program applications are down, perhaps reflecting the slowdown in the oilpatch economy.
Otherwise: Everatt urged council to think of ways NLC students could gain experience by integrating into the community (work experience, etc.). A nursing degree program is “being explored.” Accounting and community health promotions are new programs. An environmental technology program is coming (in a year or two), in partnership with Lakeland College. Twenty-five of the 917 NLC program graduates this year were dual credit high school students.
“If there’s anything we can do to help,” said mayor Warman, “let us know.”
NLC President Ann Everatt
Dealing with dead sod
CAO Brian Vance had new information on patches of dead sod adjacent to sidewalk repairs that council had asked about. It’ll be replaced, he said, and watered by town staff for a few days. After that, the hope is that adjacent property owners will look after it. There is a plan to advise them of that.
Council should be aware, Vance said, that additional staff time in watering boulevards come with a cost, and administration is trying to keep costs down. And if it’s in a place where the town cuts the grass?
“Then we’ll water it,” Vance said.
Councillor Julie Brandle was not optimistic about property owners taking responsibility for the newly-laid sod.
“Boulevards are contentious,” she said. “I expect a backlash.”
Pile of dirt
Vance had an update on another item of particular interest to council – the pile of dirt in front of the former Lakeside Motor Inn. The building is slated for demolition, but not a thing has happened in several months, besides the dirt being placed there and then fenced off.
Vance said he’d been in touch with the owners and set up a meeting. It’s not much, he admitted, but “at least a bit of movement.”
Cerebral Palsy Day
Per a request from the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta, council passed a motion making Oct. 6, 2017 World Cerebral Palsy Day in Slave Lake. Mayor Warman then made it official with a proclamation.
According to the letter from the CPAA, cerebral palsy affects 17 million people world-wide. The event is designed to raise awareness about it, and the work the association does on behalf of people who have it.