Alberta’s new Transportation Minister, Rajan Sawhney has been touring the Peace Country the last couple of weeks in order to meet with stakeholders in various communities. Last week, Minister Sawhney had met with stakeholders in the Peace River, Alta. community and was able to view the new bridge that has recently been finished.
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Peace River Community Health Centre will be receiving approximately $2 million that will be spent on renovations to medical device reprocessing (MDR) as well as upgrades. This funding is provided by the Alberta government’s Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program.
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Town of Peace River Council members held a regular council meeting on July 26, 2021. During this meeting an update was made to the Off-Site Levy Bylaw and Policy, a request to waive the penalty on income taxes was declined, and Council ratified a letter supporting a grant application by Mercer International Inc.
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Throughout 2020, the Town of Peace River staff had worked through, scanned, and indexed all of the Town of Peace River’s bylaws archive. These archives dated back nearly 100 years. While working through the bylaws, it came to attention that several bylaws were identified as in need of review. This is in order to determine whether or not certain bylaws are still relevant or if they needed to be repealed.
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The June 14, 2021 Town of Peace River Council member took place one minute after 5:00 p.m. and was late to start due to technical difficulties. No changes were made to the May 25, 2021 minutes.
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With health care centres in rural areas suffering due to physician shortages, Peace River, Alta. has not seen a problem yet. Elaine Manzer who chairs the Peace Regional Healthcare Attraction and Retention Committee expressed that the committee works diligently every year to attract and retain healthcare workers to the Peace River hospital.
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The regular Town of Peace River Council meeting was held on April 26, 2021. Council meetings have continued to be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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McMurray Métis has doubled the construction budget of the Métis Cultural Centre and hired the Casman Group of Companies to begin work on the project this spring.
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Upon receiving a $6 million grant from the Building Canada Fund and partnered with the Town of Peace River’s Neighborhood Infrastructure Renewal Program, the Town will be upgrading sewer and water infrastructure in Lower West Peace and sewer main discrepancies affecting Lower West Peace and the Pines. Community members are encouraged to attend a digital open house to learn more about the Shaftesbury Trail Utility Realignment Project. The open house will be taking place on Mar. 18 at 7 p.m.
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Administration told council the municipality is well prepared for the upcoming river breakup as its flood prevention campaign begins.
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