Council addressed the 2022 Interim Budget and various aspects within it including directing administration to remove all packers listed for sale and to work with the patrol operators to use the equipment more efficiently as there are positive improvements to the roads when used.
Council also moved that the floor replacement in the west wing of the administration building be removed from the 2022 budget including that $15,000 for washroom upgrades be placed in building reserve.
The 2022 Interim Budget was approved based on the 2021 approved budget. The budget was approved to included the following authorized expenditures for 2022 in advance of the final budget:
• Administration $30,000;
• Information services $20,000;
• Building maintenance $30,000;
• Fire services $120,000;
• Fleet capital management $1,960,000;
• Brushing $250,000;
• Bridge maintenance $305,000;
• Road capital $16,108,058;
• Water services capital $559,490;
• And Wastewater services capital $2,637,000.
Planning and Development
In the month of November the County of Wetaskiwin received 30 applications for development and completed 45 permits.
At the Dec. 14, 2021 council meeting, council provided three readings to repeal the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) with Camrose County. Council also provided three readings to repeal the county’s IDP with Ponoka County.
In an update to the Pigeon Lake South Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP), council supported the policy direction to prohibit new septic fields within 800m of the Pigeon Lake Shoreline. Council also moved to consider a draft policy regarding referrals for clearing of vegetation where a development permit is not required as part of the Pigeon Lake South IDP.
When assessing the parks strategy update administration provided an update on the investigation into other viable options for the operation of outdoor facilities to assist in reducing the net cost to the County of Wetaskiwin.
Council received the November protective services report on Dec. 14, 2021. This report included a CPO conducting a traffic stop for a vehicle that was travelling 122 km/h in a 60 km/h zone where open liquor was found in the cab and one of the passengers was found on eight outstanding warrants.
County public works crews are in full winter operation mode. The regular winter storms of freezing rain in the area have presented major challenges in maintaining safe roadways. Most gravel roads are in decent conditions however there are areas that are extremely icy with the cycle of melting snow, freezing overnight, and then more freezing rain. Grater operators have attempted to rough up the icy sections with their sank vik blades and sanders are out regularly.