By Lloydminster Source staff

January 5, 2016 11:17 AM

Southridge Community Church pastor Orly Rodriguez, right, helps serve free food and snacks at a community party he helped organize at Queen Elizabeth School on Aug. 13.

Lloydminster’s new fire chief, Jordan Newton, is hoping proposed changes to the city’s fire bylaw will reduce the number of false alarms, which totalled over 300 in 2014.
“It’s been a growing trend,” Newton said.
“As a volunteer department it’s hard, but we are responding.”
At its July 27 meeting, Lloydminster city council approved a recommendation to instruct the office of the city clerk to prepare an updated fire bylaw.
These updates include a new fine for repeated false alarms.
After one false alarm the owner will receive a warning, but more than one false alarm within a calendar year results in a $250 fee for service.
A young philanthropist from Lloydminster received high honours from the Alberta government on July 31 for her extensive volunteer work and community engagement.
Jianna Marin, along with eight other high school graduates from the province, was handed the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizen Medal from Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell at a ceremony in Edmonton.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the beginning of the 42nd federal election campaign on Aug. 2, after a meeting with the Governor General where he asked for parliament to be dissolved.
“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect all Canadians: the economy and our country’s security,” said Harper in a news release.
“Given the serious economic and security issues facing the world, it is appropriate that Canadians should have time to consider the alternatives before them.”
The community of Steele Heights will host Lloydminster’s inaugural Neighbourhood Block Party.
Steele Heights was chosen over 22 other neighbourhoods following the results of an online survey which was posted on the city’s website from July 6 to 24.
The survey asked respondents to make a case for why their street would be best suited for the party, if there are any children in their household, what kinds of activities they would like to see and if they would be willing to volunteer at the party.
In the end the city received a total of 369 completed surveys from interested residents.
Lloydminster street artists now have a place where they can safely paint in public.
On Aug. 4 Downtown Streetscapes began its new graffiti wall pilot project.
Artists are welcome to paint on the designated wall, located on the back of the Ironjet building in the alley behind Sunlife Financial at 4802 50 Ave. Alley access is on 48 Street.
With the continuously low economic activity in the oil sector many local services are still feeling a strain on resources.
Some shelters have been at full capacity for weeks at a time and have even had to turn people away due to lack available spaces.
The Lloydminster Men’s Shelter has been steadily full since June and have had to turn away people who were seeking help twice now during the summer months.
“It is added strain. Always in a not-for-profit finances are a big thing,” said Laura Berube, executive director at the Men’s Shelter.
“(We’ve had) an increase in groceries but we’ve also had an increase in transient activity, which means we are having to hand out a lot more lunches, we have a lot more people coming in for service.”
For the first time since 1987, the City of Lloydminster has an updated Domestic Animal Bylaw.
Starting Sept. 1, cats will be required to be licensed and fees for licensing dogs will be increased.
Households are also limited to five pets in any combination of cats and dogs.
Until now, the annual licence fees for intact dogs cost $30 and spayed and neutered dogs cost $10.
Those fees are now $60 and $30, respectively, for cats and dogs between the ages of six months and nine years. Licenses are available at the Lloydminster and District SPCA or any veterinary clinic. Licenses for service dogs are issued without cost.

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