Irricana revives economic development and tourism
Monday, Feb 13, 2017 02:58 pm
Irricana’s disbanded Economic Development and Tourism Committee (EDTC) has been revived following town council’s approval of four volunteer members during its Feb. 6 meeting.
Carmela Hutchinson, Caroline Quilloy, Julie Sim and Christopher Fasoli were the volunteers named to the committee that is tasked with implementing innovative ideas to bring tourism and economic development to Irricana and region.
Fasoli, who operates Bear and the Flower Farm in Irricana and the yet-to-open Hobo Brewing and Malt in Beiseker, said he hopes to bring an entrepreneurial mind to the committee and work with the other volunteers to understand “what’s best for business.”
“I’m a big believer in supporting the community in which we live,” he said. “We have so many products to offer in the badlands that if we can get these people to come out (then) that money is going into our community.”
On top of that, Fasoli said the EDTC has to realize the potential of the one-and-a-quarter-million people 40 minutes away who need a playground to explore every weekend.
How the EDTC gets these people out to Irricana and region to spend money in their playground should be top of mind, he said.
“That’s the big mandate,” Fasoli said.
When Fabian Joseph took the position of chief administrative officer in Irricana, he said he had a goal of growing tourism by connecting the community with the surrounding region.
With the EDTC reformed, Joseph said he is looking forward to working with the committee volunteers to achieve that goal.
“I am definitely excited to see something like that,” he said.
RVC transfer site
Council has decided not to enter into an agreement with Rocky View County (RVC) for use of the Irricana Transfer Site, instead opting for a large garbage pickup twice a year.
In a letter to Irricana council, RVC stated the town’s shared amount for transfer site services in 2015 would have cost the municipality $91,175.46.
Councillor Mavis Hallman said having two large garbage pickups was an easy and cost effective alternative.
“People just have to take it out to their curb twice a year,” she said.
Though large garbage pickups in the spring in fall could collect most garbage unable to fit in black bins, the town is looking into setting up bins at the community hall and public works building for concrete, paint and other items, Hallman said.
Irricana’s cenotaph – which has been in works for two years now – will hopefully be up for Canada’s 150th birthday.
After collecting updated price quotes for the cenotaph, Joseph said council would also have to finalize its exact location along Main Street as well as well as the design and text.
Though the cenotaph would miss the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April, Hallman said she is hopeful it will be up by July 1.
“We’re hoping we’ll have it done in the summer, so that we have it in time for (Canada’s 150th),” she said.