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Thunder in the Valley talks
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Thunder in the Valley 2011
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Insp. Glenn de Goeij of the Operations Strategy Branch RCMP “K” Division Headquarters said the department is ready and willing to offer increased services if and when the community decides to restart Thunder in the Valley.
In a presentation to council on June 24, de Goeij said the festival has grown too large for the local RCMP branch to handle.
“For any major event, there comes a time when there has to be some very robust discussions on the need to supplement the existing policing resources,” said de Goeij.
“We’ve reached that point with the Thunder in the Valley Event. It has grown beyond the nice, small community event that it used to be,” he added.
de Goeij said he hopes council will invite him back for a joint discussion on how to police the event. In the past, policing Thunder in the Valley has involved collaboration with the Fire Department and CP Rail.
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Councillor Bill Kovach echoed these sentiments and asked that a meeting be scheduled with all stakeholders to decide on the best course of action.
Kovach said he wants to bring the festival back, but would be open to moving the event out of Blairmore.
“Maybe not in the same location,” said Kovach. “Maybe in a better location where we can control things better.”
The previous municipal council decided to defer the 2012 Thunder in the Valley fireworks show to allow for time to reorganize the event. It was never restarted.
The show brought in about 30,000 people into the community and was an important element of Rum Runner Days celebration, which was also deferred for a year by the current council in February.
The previous CAO, Myron Thompson said the 2012 festivities would have cost about $197,000, due in part to increased policing costs.
Thompson said policing would have cost an additional $60,000 plus another $23,000 for CP Rail police and fencing along the railroad tracks in Blairmore.
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