SEC – Sports and Entertainment Centre
Let’s first acknowledge the need for ice surfaces in our community. Talking to people, absolutely there is a need for community ice surfaces. But there is also a lot of other use groups that are in need of facilities as well, so I don’t want to sacrifice all of the minor sports for the potential of concerts and convention space.
- All of the information isn’t available
- It offers limited use for community groups
- It is a big price tag in uncertain economic times
I have a lot of questions about the proposal, starting with the limited use of the facility all the way up to the funding that is required. All of the information isn’t available yet. So at this time I wouldn’t be willing to commit tax payer dollars to facility that isn’t going to benefit the whole community. It has to be the right project for the right amount of money. I’m completely open to the possibility, but I am not sold yet. I think it’s worth considering putting it to a plebiscite vote.
Photo radar – (Automated Traffic Enforcement)
This is a hot button issue, not just locally but provincially as well. If the program continues, there are some changes that we can make quickly:
- Mark the enforcement vehicles and have them be more overt and much less covert. Have then sit in the median instead of behind a bush or sign.
- Mandate a percentage of time be spent in school and play ground zones, not just the high dollar locations
- Eventually take the program over and run it through the City, instead of a 3rd party contractor.
What I think these changes would do is:
- It would actually encourage safe driving, not just in regards to speed.
- It would decrease the stigma of it being a cash cow if you are in locations that are more for safety and less for profit.
- Allow the City to be accountable and in charge of the locations and its use.
Growth and spending
This is a big area of focus.
There is a fixed amount of land that we have, and the City is talking about annexing more land from Parkland County. This obviously comes with a cost. My concern is the current budget. It appears to me that the City has an 18 Million dollar deficit? And I am curious to know what our reserves look like. We need to have a plan to get this back in shape!
I feel we need to look at how we are growing our communities.
- We need to make sure that essential services and first responders can access each of our residents, at any time of the year.
- We need to encourage thoughtful development that fits our vision.
- The Capital Region’s growth targets are very concerning and I don’t know that we can/should attain them.
I live in Spruce Village and it is just a medium density area, with newer areas being encouraged to have their density increased. There are some obvious problems with densification. In the winter, I have had my car hit in front of my house (because the narrow roads and snow), school buses can’t pick up children down a lot of our streets, and firetrucks and ambulances can’t access all of our houses. I have a friend that had to get carried down the street on a gurney when he broke his femur because an ambulance or fire truck couldn’t get up his street. We really need to have a clear vision of what we want Spruce Grove to be. I know the Capital Region Board has noted Spruce Grove as a high growth area, but other municipalities have chosen a more controlled approach. We need to have a clear vision of what we want Spruce Grove to look like. And council needs to take a stronger role in making that happen.