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Volume 23, Number 15, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Police hunting bank robber

Fort Saskatchewan City Council took a quick peek at its long, long list of potential capital projects this week. That list includes many new things, such as a new fire hall, and a new swimming pool. A new ice arena and a new home for the gymnastics club are also included.

But I was pleased to see several Council members bring up a few of the old projects now long neglected.

Among them is the City Centre Park, which is the river valley area just west of downtown, including the rotary amphitheatre. This project was proposed decades ago, with a nice set of plans that can still be seen on a viewing platform overlooking the site.

That plan was overlooked in favour of West River's Edge and other work in new neighbourhoods. While the new area's do deserve attention, it really is too bad nothing has been done for this great park in the centre of town.

Another almost forgotten project is the Jubilee Recreation Centre. Built in the 1960s, this is the only indoor facility with seating for more than 600 people. It was set for reconstruction a decade ago now, and then dropped.

Also on my list is the Heritage Centre, planned to house Fort Saskatchewan's historic archives, museum offices and display and event space for the historic site.

This project was put on hold in 2015, after several years of planning. But it was not cancelled.

Mayor Gale Katchur pointed this out at Tuesday's meeting, because, unlike the pool which remains on the long-term list despite being voted down, the Heritage Centre is not on the list.

I hope all of these worthwhile projects get a second look. I hate to see all that planning go to waste.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Drug bust on downtown streetNEWS/Entries/2018/4/18_Drug_bust_on_downtown_street.html

Old projects shouldn’t be forgotten

Police are still looking for the robber that struck Fort Saskatchewan’s Scotiabank Monday, April 16.

RCMP say a lone man entered the downtown bank at 10104 - 99 Avenue at about 10:11 a.m. Monday with what is believed to be a firearm. The man demanded money and was able the flee with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was harmed during the incident.

Police make expensive patrols of the area, but the suspect was not located.

The wanted man is six to six-foot, two inches tall, and was wearing a black coat, dark blue pants, black gloves and had a mask covering his face.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP detachment at 780-997-7900.

This is the second armed robbery in Fort Saskatchewan’s downtown in recent months.

A man pulled what turned out to be an airsoft gun on a clerk in the 7-Eleven store on Jan. 22. An arrest was made a week later.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018