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Council Pulls Plug on #REDNEK Show Due to Uncertainty of Covid

After careful consideration and with no short-term solution for the coronavirus pandemic in sight, the Town of Sedgewick regrets to announce that the #REDNEK concert featuring Gord Bamford and guests slated for March 20th, 2021 has been cancelled.  Full refunds will be offered for both table and individual seat sales beginning October 28th.  Tickets purchased at either the Killam or Sedgewick Wild Rose Co-op grocery stores and the Town of Sedgewick administration office will be refunded at the Town of Sedgewick administration office only.  Tickets must be presented to receive the refund.  Tickets purchased online through Ticketmaster will be refunded through that platform only.

The show was originally scheduled for April 18th, 2020 but was postponed to November once the province shut down due to the virus.  The concert was postponed once again to spring 2021 however with that date only being a few months away and the pandemic continuing to effect the ability to gather indoors, Town Council decided that another postponement was not appropriate.

“We greatly appreciate our sponsors and the music fans that have supported this initiative over the last 3 years,” stated Mayor Perry Robinson.  “We’ve accomplished a great deal in bringing these types of shows to a small community such as ours and we hope to bring more in the future once we find a path that allows us to do so.  In the meantime, we don’t feel it is fair to once again postpone the concert and hold onto the money of our loyal customers any longer.  Issuing full refunds is the right thing to do at this point and hopefully helps to further strengthen our relationship with our corporate sponsors and other ticket-buyers whether they are within or outside our region.”

Businesses and individuals who purchased a corporate table do not need to request a refund as cheques will be hand delivered.  Individual tickets can be refunded at the Town of Sedgewick administration office any time after 10am on October 28th.  Office hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm with the office being closed during the lunch hour.

October Meetings Rescheduled

A special meeting of council was held on October 13th with one issue on the agenda being the rescheduling of the regular and organizational meetings which were to occur on October 15th.

Both the October regular and organizational meetings have been rescheduled to Thursday, October 22nd at 6pm. Meetings are held in council chambers at Town office.

Notice of Special Meeting

A special meeting of council has been called for Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 5:30pm in council chambers at the Town of Sedgewick office.

To view the agenda go to https://sedgewick.civicweb.net/Portal/

Non-Residential Tax Deadline Approaches

The tax deadline for non-residential properties is quickly approaching with October 30th being set by Council earlier in the year. Normally all taxes are due on the last business day of July, however due to Covid-19 Council approved moving the due date for non-residential back several months to help ease the burden the pandemic has caused.

Non-residential accounts that remain unpaid after October 30th will incur a 10% penalty and if the full balance is still unpaid as of January 1st, a further 18% penalty will be added. The Town of Sedgewick accepts cheque, cash, debit or electronic transfers directly from the bank or by email.

Last Market of the Season to go October 8th

The hugely successful Flagstaff Fresh Market will host its final evening in 2020 on Main Street Thursday, October 8th. This is the third market to be held with the first two drawing large crowds to downtown Sedgewick and the third promising much the same.

29 vendors have been confirmed for the night including Metal X Wood Designs, Henry’s Honey, Wildrose Cinnamon Buns, NRG Coffee Co. and many others. Main Street mainstays include Barrio Cusina, The Wooden Spoon, Quirks Bakery and Branch 55. The River Jacks, who played in the first market, are set to return for one more time and will set up in front of the cenotaph.

The market runs from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and organizers would like to remind attendees to take Covid precautions and shop safely.

Canadian History Ehx Produces Episode on History of Sedgewick

A podcast on the history of the Town of Sedgewick has been developed by professional podcaster Craig Baird, and was released on September 17th. The episode covers many areas of Sedgewick’s history including the founding of the community, the pahpamiyhaw asiniy meteor, Sedgewick Museum and Archives, Goose Creek School and other fascinated aspects of the Town’s history.

To listen to the episode follow this link:

https://pdcn.co/e/traffic.libsyn.com/secure/canadahehx/Sedgewick.mp3

Next Fresh Market Set For Sept. 24th

The Flagstaff Fresh Market, which organizers described as ‘beyond successful’ after its pilot run is set to be held again in downtown Sedgewick on Thursday, September 24th. The first market, on August 27th had a great turnout with numerous vendors selling out all of their goods before the end of the evening. Live music filled the street throughout the evening and resulted in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere on Main Street.

The September 24th market is expected to attract even more vendors and will also feature an outdoor rock concert at the south end of Main Street featuring Edmonton cover band RockZilla. RockZilla has made appearances in Sedgewick before, namely at the Town of Sedgewick’s Christmas party in 2018 and also as the after-party act for the Honeymoon Suite, Lee Aaron and Prism show in fall 2019. With Covid-19 restricitions being eased, the band was eager to return to Sedgewick, as they felt a connection with our town through their previous performances.

The market runs from 4:30pm to 8pm with RockZilla playing live at 6pm. The show is free, although the Town of Sedgewick requests that attendees follow Covid-19 protocols at all times.

Lake Park Adopts Online Registration System

It has now become even easier for families and nature lovers to make reservations for overnight stays at Sedgewick Lake Park. The park, operated by a local non-profit board, has become the ‘jewel of central Alberta’ in recent years mainly due to the hard work and vision of a group of committed volunteers. The campground has visitors from throughout western Canada year after year mainly due to word-of-mouth.

The new booking system will increase the campground’s profile and provide more online exposure targeting those that looking for new areas to explore and stay.

To make a reservation, interested parties can go to campreservations.ca and check on availability as well as further information on the available amenities.

Notice of Special Meeting

Council will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 25th at the Community Hall beginning at 6pm. The agenda can be found on the Town of Sedgewick portal at https://sedgewick.civicweb.net/Portal/

June 18th, 2020 Council Meeting Highlights

Council discussed the following issues at their June 18th regular meeting:

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