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.
Brian Burke from the Calgary Flames and Craig MacTavish from the Edmonton Oilers will provide the hotstove lounge entertainment in Olds on February 2nd. They are the special guest speakers for the upcoming Hockey Alberta Foundation's Every Kid Every Community event at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites. Mike Pieper, President of the Olds Minor Hockey Association, says they will also have a great selection of silent auction items. The tickets to the event cost $50 dollars each and they are available online from the Olds Minor Hockey website or the Hockey Alberta website.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Wednesday, January 17th by Calgary Economic Development and Olds College to create the leading smart agri-food corridor in Canada. The Calgary-Olds Smart Agri-Food Corridor will leverage Calgary's global corporate presence and distribution hub with Olds College's applied research and integrated learning, according to Calgary Economic Development.
The Bank of Canada says the recent run of strong economic data has prompted it to raise its trend-setting interest rate to 1.25 per cent from one per cent. The central bank says there has been healthier-than-anticipated consumption and residential investment, thanks to Canada's solid job creation. Donna Carson, Licenced Insolvency Trustee with MNP serving Calgary & Central Alberta, says it does not sound like a big increase but other surveys out there right now show that Canadians have the largest amount of debt in the world.
Energy Efficiency Alberta continues to refine and expand its programs. Chief Executive Officer Monica Curtis says to watch for announcements on new and expanded programs throughout 2018. According to Curtis, Alberta business has really responded with the opportunity to work with their customers.