Pharmacy in Clive could be open by end of 2020

Residents of Clive and area may soon be able to enjoy a new pharmacy in the community, heard village council at their regular meeting Sept. 14.

Village Chief Administrative Officer Carla Kenney stated during her regular report that the Urban Market property has been sold to a pharmacist who has also acquired a Clive business license.

Kenney noted some work is being done on the site and it’s possible the new pharmacy could be open in Clive before the end of 2020.

Wellness services

Councillors hosted Bashaw/Alix Area Wellness Services representative Christine Buelow to discuss delivery of wellness services. 

Councillors are curious about what services are available in the region and how they are delivered.

At the next two council meetings the village will host an FCSS speaker and McMann Family Services to present more information. 

The CAO stated councillors wanted some information about family community supports to think about before the budget process begins.

Property tax payments

Kenney stated property tax payments are down slightly in 2020 over 2019, but also stated council approved a deferral for payments to Dec. 1 instead of the normal Sept. 1 deadline.

She stated 52 properties have not had their taxes paid, up from 37 about a year ago. 

The CAO stated even though that’s up from last year, it hasn’t created a cash flow problem.

Council will receive another update after the Dec. 1 deadline has passed.

Green spaces

Council heard a report about the public library’s green spaces program. Kenney stated the program is progressing nicely, with trees planted and the possibility of grass being planted this fall.

Emergency calls

Councillors agreed with a letter of request from the City of Red Deer regarding the consolidation of AHS emergency call centres in one location. Red Deer and Clive are concerned consolidation will slow down response times to emergencies.

Kenney noted councillors were concerned the decision was made solely by the provincial government without public consultation, including rural communities like Clive that could be seriously affected.

Council’s report also included information that this consolidation was attempted by AHS several times in the past.

FCSS home

Councillors read a report from their FCSS department, noting that with the Neighbourhood Place shut down by the provincial government, FCSS will have to address its office space.

Kenney reported FCSS was renting space from Neighbourhood Place for 1.5 days a week. The FCSS staff have the rest of their 2020 rent situation lined up through outside sources, but the situation may have to be addressed in 2021. 

Kenney noted FCSS’ rent for 2021 would be about $3,000.

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter/East Central Alberta Review

Residents of Clive and area may soon be able to enjoy a new pharmacy in the community, heard village council at their regular meeting Sept. 14. (ECA Review/S.Salkeld)