A new Halloween activity will be available this year for kids in the community.
Lexi Ames and Lindsay Mercer, along with the Chamber of Commerce, have asked council to hold an event called “Trunk or Treat” on Oct. 26.
The request was made to close a portion of 51 Avenue from the Legion to Rainbow Restaurant from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., including setup and takedown times.
This is a new event for the community that will encourage local businesses purchasing a spot on the street to bring a decorated trunk, trailer or flat bed filled with treats so children can come up to “trunk or treat.”
Other activities will include a bouncy house, face painting and a barbecue. All funds raised will go towards the Chamber to help fund future community events.
“What a fantastic thing when someone comes [offering] this in the community and it won’t cost you a thing,” said Coun. Derek Schlosser. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Council approved to close 51 Avenue, from 49 Street to the alley west of 4928–51 Avenue; and a portion of the parking lot behind the Legion on the selected date.
Regional Business Park Feasibility Study
In partnership with Woodlands County, the Town of Whitecourt was awarded an Alberta Community Partnership grant in 2018 ($125,000) for a Regional Business Park Feasibility Study.
The grant is meant to facilitate a study that would provide both communities with necessary information to meet the needs of current and future industry in the area.
This is intended to identify any gaps within the current industry providers and industry services.
A request for proposals was advertised and four proposals from consulting firms were received and scored by the Town and County Administration.
“I’m really excited about this … this could be something really big for this area,” said Coun. Matt Connell.
Council agreed to award the RBP feasibility study to B&A Planning (in partnership with Nichols Applied Management and McElhanney), for $124,353 plus GST, coming in under budget.
“I’m excited to see this start,” said Maryann Chichak, mayor of Whitecourt. “To have an industrial park … it would make it so much easier to be able to sell ourselves as a region.”