Town of Slave Lake Council notebook

June 4, 2024 meeting

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Council’s June 4 meeting had a short agenda, but thanks to two lengthy, sometimes complicated discussions on a pair of hot topics, it lasted well over two hours. Councillors Shawn Gramlich and Ali Mouallem did not attend.

Security firm makes its pitch

Council heard from an outfit called Apex Security, a Grande Prairie company interested in providing public security for the Town of Slave Lake. It was one of three companies the town had reached out to for proposals, following a council direction of May 21 to seek information on ‘supplementary security services.’

Allen Gukert and Remi Nault of Apex explained how their eight-person Public Security Unit (PSU) serves the City of Grande Prairie. It’s a hands-on approach, with the members having community peace officer status. They work closely with other agencies (RCMP, etc.) and their presence has helped the situation in Grande Prairie a lot, Gukert told council.

For example, he said in roughly 21 months of operation, Apex’s PSU has dealt with over 2,000 ‘encampments’ and fielded 6,400 calls for service! As for use of force (which Councillor Steve Adams asked about), “we follow the same model as the RCMP,” Nault said.

(A related story appears on Pages 2 and 3 in this week’s Leader)

Re-zoning re-zoned lots

Council gave first reading to an amendment to the Land-Use Bylaw that will see the three lots not chosen as a permanent site for the homeless shelter returned to their previous designation (or zoning). These are three of the four that council re-zoned last fall, as candidates for the permanent shelter. Having chosen the fire hall property for that purpose, the rest don’t need to be in the Council Direct Control category any longer.

As always, any change to the bylaw requires a public hearing. This has been scheduled for July 2.

The three properties are the one between the animal shelter and the town yard on 7th St. NE, the lot next to the Multi Rec Centre on 6th Ave. SW, and the former Associate Medical Clinic building on 3rd Ave. NE.

NHL playoffs interfere with council meeting

Mayor Ward added a discussion on the June 18 council meeting date to the agenda. Her proposal was to change the date to the 19th, a Wednesday. The Oilers are scheduled to play the Florida Panthers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, on the 18th, Ward said. Given the interest on council in the game, it would make sense to not have a council meeting on the same evening.

Ward’s motion received the approval of council.

State of the Lake

Mayor Ward read a statement she had posted on social media earlier in the day. It had to do with a decision to dismantle a homeless encampment on the Flat Top Road. A full version appears in this week’s Leader on Page 10.

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