In March Mayor Steve Grajczyk bought a helicopter ride at the Strath-more for Haiti fundraiser. On June 23the ride was nally used, just not by Grajczyk. Instead of participating onthe ride, which he done many timeshimself, he decided to share the experi-ence with three Strathmore teens.Pilot Matt Haasen of Blue-Con Exca- vating was out on one of his normalSaturday ights when he picked up theteens. Anthony Torrez, Kristina Nielsen and Alexis Rabbitt, all recent graduates, were chosen by their principals to rep-resent their schools on the ride.“My principals came up to me andthey were just like do you want to go ona helicopter ride with the Mayor. Thenthey asked me if I wanted to be the oneto represent the Grade 12’s and I saidsure I would love to,” said Torrez, fromHoly Cross Collegiate.“I feel very honoured to be represent-ing all my classmates at Holy Cross.”Nielsen, from Strathmore High School,said she was a little nervous becauseshe is a little scared of heights, but wasstill excited to go.“They said that the award was for students who were struggling but whoshowed potential, so I didn’t know specically why me but that was thegeneral idea behind what I was told,”said Rabbitt, also from Strathmore HighSchool. The teens went on a 30-minute tripabove Strathmore, over to the river, and back.
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“We are going to get in a lot of trou- ble if we go out there and enforce allthese signs,” said Councillor Ben Arm-strong.However, if council only designatedcertain types of signs, they were con-cerned it may send a message of fa- vouritism. Staff indicated unless setguidelines were determined, it made itdifcult for County ofcers to enforceinfractions. Many of the signs highlightarea services and give direction topeople unfamiliar with county roads,towns and village services. Council-lor Alice Booth noted signs also bring business into the county.“We need to have signs for advertis-ing businesses and the area to draw people in,” said Councillor Booth.Councillor Ben Armstrong said thematter began when there was prolif-eration of signage along the highway.Councillor Ken Sauve said his originalintention in bringing the matter up wasto deal with all the signage on trailersparked along the highway sproutingup, not all signs in the county. Elec-tronic signs were also included in thediscussion. Councillor Alice Booth saidmany of the businesses went to signson wheels, to move the sign could if complaints occurred.“I think we have to make up our minds what we are going to do aboutit,” said Councillor Sauve. “We needclarication and consistency.”Previously, on receipt of complaint,council directed staff to investigateand deliver notication of enforce-ment measures.“If we stay on a complaint basis, we would have something to work on andthen a lot of it should be referred backto the province,” said Councillor Ben Armstrong.Councillor Brenda Knight indicatedit was not just an issue in WheatlandCounty, but across the province. Coun-cillor Berniece Bland indicated therealso needed to be specications aboutthe quality and quantity of the signs. There was mention of the provincemanufacturing signs, however the av-erage price was $4,000 or over.“This issue is bigger than us. Thishas to be regional, “said Councillor Booth.Reeve Glenn Koester suggested thecouncil follow procedure and presentthe issue at zones, channel it throughthe Alberta Association of MunicipalDistricts Council and then proceed with a letter to meet with Alberta Transportation’s regional director,sending copies to the Alberta Trans-portation Minister and the local MLA,to discuss the issue within WheatlandCounty and on a regional basis.
County sets sign guidelines
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