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Games selection committee to visit Airdrie in April

City Council Briefs: From the Feb. 21 meeting

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 04:03 pm

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The Alberta Sports, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF) Games Selection Committee will visit Airdrie between April 10-13 to assess the community’s potential to host the 2014 Alberta Sumer Games Bid Committee.

ASRPWF representatives will visit Genesis Place, the Tri-Community school site and Chinook Winds.

“I am here to ask for your continued support in getting the Games into Airdrie in 2014,” said Dan Oneil, 2014 Alberta Games Bid chairperson.

The Games would include 17 sports, 3,000 athletes, $3 million to $5 million in economic spinoff and cost about $2.3 million.

The 2014 Alberta Summer Games Committee is partnering with Rocky View County, Crossfield and numerous schools in Airdrie.

“The community has really come together and is showing their support for the visit in April with a number of businesses donating items and a number of local athletes coming forward to take part,” said Oneil.

“It looks great,” said Deputy Mayor Kelly Hegg.

“We are excited and thank you for taking the time to put that together and help our community look incredible for an incredible event. We will all be there.”

Library, Creative Airdrie partnership

The Airdrie Public Library (APL) and Creative Airdrie will apply for a government of Alberta matching grant through the Community Facility Enhancement Program.

City council approved a letter of support for the project, Feb. 21.

“As partners with similar values and a common community vision, APL and Creative Airdrie are working together to serve two very prominent needs in the community because partnerships help with getting funding,” said Janine Jevne, director of the APL.

“In 2014, a new library is noted on the City’s capital plan and that means library staff needs to be ready with a facility needs assessment well in advance of this date so planning will be informed and cost effective.”

The comprehensive community needs study will require $15,000 from the library and Creative Airdrie and $15,000 from the Province.

“We are using each other to strengthen our ability to garner donations so that we can get this planning underway,” said Jevne.

“We are aware this community is all about partnerships. We see it as a win-win or one-plus-one-equals-three kind of situation.”

She said the study would help determine the size of the facility, the combination of retail and commercial, the inclusion of workshops and art galleries, the amount of community gathering space and more.

City staff awarded

The City of Airdrie’s social planning and corporate communications departments won the 2011 Platinum MarCom Award for their 2010 Annual Social Report.

The City used a new design format for the report, including a more condensed print component.

“I remember when I first saw this document and I thought, ‘This is great, it’s so easy to read and understand,’” said Alderman Glenda Alexander.

MarCom is one of the oldest and largest competitions in the creative industry, said Sharon Pollyck, manager of legislative services and corporate communications.

“It is an annual creative competition for those involved in the concept, writing and design or print, visual, audio and web materials and programs,” she said.

City employees Clay Aragon, Rebecca Hirsekorn and Lynda Phelan were recognized for their work.

Safe Airdrie

The Safe Airdrie Partnership made the decision to disband and retain only three aspects of the program.

The group was originally created in 2006 as the Airdrie Anti-Vandalism Committee in response to increasing rates of vandalism and graffiti in the community. The committee changed its name in 2010 to reflect the broader goal of the group. The Safe Airdrie toolkit will continue to provide information on maintaining a safe community and getting to know your neighbours with block party guides.

The Neighbourhood Incentive Program will continue to offer a $500 grant to neighbourhood building initiatives.

Although the partnership will not be formally meeting, the members will be available for community outreach on an ad hoc basis if the need arises

“I would like to take the time to thank everyone who has taken part and made this a success,” said Alexander.

“We were so successful, we are no longer needed.”


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