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Fort Macleod plans for 150th anniversary

Fort Macleod is planning for a celebration for the ages in 2024.

That’s the year Fort Macleod marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the North West Mounted Police and establishment of the town.

“That’s very exciting,” Mayor Brent Feyter said.

At its Jan. 9 meeting, council approved creation of a planning committee to organize a community celebration.

Director of community and protective services Liisa Gillingham brought the request to strike a planning committee to council’s Jan. 9 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.

“We are asking that this does become a temporary committee of council,” Gillingham said.

The committee is to be composed of one council member, the director of community services, a member of the CHTA, a Chamber of Commerce representative who is also a business owner, and three community members.

“We are looking for community members who have experience planning large scale events,” Gillingham said.

The committee is to place emphasis on Fort Macleod’s slogan “Belong,” as well as the town’s strategic goals.

Applications for committee membership will be accepted until March 30 and presented to council April 10 for approval.

The committee’s first meeting will be May 10.

We’re looking for a positive vision and commitment to represent the town in the best light,” Gillingham said.

The committee is to present a budget request to council on June 23.

Council approved creation of the committee and appointed Coun. Mackenzie Hengerer as its representative and chair of  the committee.