The 2016 census shows a population of 4,077 residents in Carstairs, but Mayor Colby expects that to be around 4,600 now because of the town's continued growth. He and council are hoping they will hear some good news back from Chinook's Edge School Division to expand the elementary school. As for the 2018 budget, council is in the reviewing process. Colby says they are not looking at any increases at this point and the budget should be finalized shortly.
2017 had a total of 144 building permits for the Town of Carstairs.
According to Mayor Lance Colby that number includes new home starts, industrial and commercial developments.
He says the town is keeping up a pace of about 60-70 new homes per year.
Colby says Carstairs is still experiencing growth with young families coming in.
Also in 2018, Colby says Carstairs Council is looking at the Tri-Services Building. He feels it could possibly be a 2019 build.
Colby adds - if the lodge goes ahead with permission and funding this year - that is probably when the Tri-Services building will be built as well. He notes they both will be located in the same area of town where roads, water and sewer infrastructure needs to be developed.
Agriculture for Life is launching its 2nd annual education symposium next month. Ag for Life CEO Luree Williamson says it will be held in Red Deer this year and it is open to students as well as teachers across the province.
Some late third period heroics allowed the Olds College Bronocs to beat the Red Deer College Queens 3-2. It was the front end of a pink in the rink challenge between the two teams and the lone women's hockey game on the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference schedule for Thursday, October 18th.
On Tuesday, October 16th at approximately 2:30 pm Innisfail RCMP received a complaint of a robbery that had just occurred on a rural property north east of Innisfail in Red Deer County. Innisfail RCMP with the assistance of Innisfail integrated Freeway Patrol responded immediately.
It is pink in the rink night on Thursday, October 18th at the Olds SportsComplex as Olds College's ACAC women's hockey team faces off with Red Deer College. Admission to the game at 7 o'clock is $10 which will also get you a pink toque at the door. This year the Broncos are also challenging the RDC Queens to see who can collect the most money for a good cause this year at their pink in the rink game.
Red Deer is ready for championship rodeo action. A media launch on October 16th for the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo featured local dignitaries, athletes, representatives from Pro Rodeo Canada and more. Rick Moore - Interim CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce - says the Enmax Centrium may be a smaller venue for seats than the old Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, but it will be full and it will be loud. He believes the cowboys and cowgirls are going to get a real charge out of the crowds in Red Deer.
Red Deer RCMP have charged three people with trafficking and seized significant amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine and cash after a four-month long drug trafficking investigation that culminated in search warrants at residences in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake on October 10.
Town of Olds residents had their say during the latest online budget survey. Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt says the town gets an annual service level review to identify the pressure and where updates are needed.