County council hears JEDI decision delayed

County council hears JEDI decision delayed

Arbitrator’s decision on city leaving JEDI scheduled for Sept. 14

County of Wetaskiwin council heard that a decision about the city leaving an economic development group will be delayed a few weeks.

The topic was discussed among many others at council’s regular Sept. 4 meeting.

JEDI decision

County CAO Rod Hawken noted during his regular report to council that an arbitrator’s decision on the City of Wetaskiwin leaving the Joint Economic Development Initiative in 2017 has been pushed back.

The decision, regarding things like the city’s share of projects completed prior to its departure, has been pushed back to Sept. 14.

Dorchester update

During Hawken’s report, the subject of the Dorchester development south of Pigeon Lake came up. Councilors wanted to know what’s happening next out there. Hawken stated developers were hoping to start paving before winter, one mile at a time, depending on weather.

BC arena tragedy

Director of Leisure and Community services Geoff Lynch submitted a report to council about three deaths that occurred at the Fernie Memorial Arena in BC last October. It turns out three people died after an ammonia leak occurred.

Lynch noted county administration will recommend that the Winfield arena have a remote monitoring system installed to address similar situations. He also noted the Winfield arena had a carbon dioxide leak, and C02 detectors are now located in the stands.