Key Stories From Leduc County Council Meeting

  • Jul. 31, 2014 7:00 p.m.

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Rib lovers, it’s time to don bibs for Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre’s Annual Rib Cook-off. “Come early, it goes quickly,” said past-president and historian Dan Claypool.

The Cook-off takes place Aug. 10 from noon till 4 p.m., but Leduc County Mayor John Whaley said if you wait until the afternoon, you’ll miss out.

Located two kilometers south of Devon on Highway 60, in addition to sampling the culinary skills of local rib cookers, visitors can enjoy the live music and take in live rig demos and a day of family activities.

For those who think they have some skill with ribs, they can register to serve up ribs at http://leducnumber1.com. Be prepared to serve between 100 and 120 pounds of ribs by 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Judging takes place at 1 p.m. with awards handed out at 3:30 p.m. Full details for competitors are available on the registration sheet at leducnumber1.com.

Last year over 1,000 pounds of juicy ribs were served up and organizers say this year promises to be bigger and juicier.

 

Visitors to the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre will have a smooth entry after 20 years of lobbying finally resulted in a paved entrance.

During Leduc County’s July 22 council meeting, past-president and historian Dan Claypool told council that the project to pave the ingress and egress was finished in time for the upcoming Rib Cook-off.

“It’s the culmination of 20 years of constant lobbying efforts,” he said.

Paving started in 2012, but was put on hold to accommodate the historic site’s 65th Anniversary celebrations.

“If the project got rained on, we would have been stuck.”

Putting the project on hold bumped it to the bottom of the list, so construction was halted until Spring 2013.

Now that the $125,000 project is completed, Claypool said the project wouldn’t have been possible without the partnerships of the County, the Town of Devon, the City of Leduc and the provincial government.

 

Bus fares are changing in Leduc County to accommodate increased services as the C-line changes to service between Leduc, Edmonton and Leduc County. In April 2014, council enacted a bylaw for transit fees. On July 22, County council amended the fees bylaw.

Cash fares from Century Park in Edmonton for service between Leduc and Leduc County will be $5 for anyone six-years-old and older. U-passes are still valid with the additional $1 cash fare.

A monthly pass is going up from $75 to $80 for Leduc Transit Services. A monthly pass will cost $45 and a 10-ticket book is $9.

Service between Leduc, the Nisku Business Park and the Edmonton International Airport will cost $2 one-way or $55 for a monthly pass.

Transit passes from Edmonton or neighbouring municipalities are not transferable at this time.

“We are in discussions on consolidating busses, but we need to look at sharing revenue,” said Mayor John Whaley. “That is the aim, to get everybody on board, but it’s going to take time.”

Council approved the changes to the fees, which will take effect Sept. 1 when the transit service is expanded to include the Leduc – Nisku Business Park – Edmonton International Airport loop.

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