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County of Wetaskiwin January 11 council highlights

Administration

At the regular Jan. 11, 2022 County of Wetaskiwin Council meeting, council approved the purchase of records management software for $37,085.

Council also approved the 2022 Strategic and Tactical Plan with the following ammendments:

• A tactic amendment is that under the annual gravelling program, a minimum of 20 per cent of the total annual tonnage applied is to come from established long haul aggregate sources. This will continue until those resources are depleted.

• An amendment for levels to service includes ensuring that snow removal on roads is provided within 72 hours of the accumulation of snowfall exceeding 10 cm as per gravel road maintenance requirements policy.

Agricultural Services

County council received the agricultural services report at the January 11 county council meeting. A new Agricultural Service Board was formed consisting of seven members including county councillors Dale Woitt, Josh Bishop, Lynn Carwell, and Kathy Rooyakkers as well as farm members Garth Parker, Mike Schmidt, and Cory Rasmuson.

The agricultural services report included that the county horticulturalist received over 250 calls regarding tree diseases and insects during the 2021 season and beaver control removed 200 beavers from problem locations throughout the county, including 22 beavers for Alberta Transportation.

The report also outlined that the roadside mowing program was split into two separate projects. One project for the 10 foot mower working on the hamlets, subdivisions, lagoons transfer stations, and county properties. Project one began on July 5, 2021, and project two began Aug. 3, 2021, and was completed at the end of September. Project two included two 15 foot mowers that mow 2,400 ditch miles alongside a contractor.

Recreation

Council received the leisure and community services quarterly report which outlined that the Winfield Arena schedule is now on the county website, the volunteer income tax program assisted 40 individuals, the county’s FCSS program provided 130 “family bonding kits” to county residents, a virtual mental wellness session was held for women in agriculture, and computer programming sessions were hosted with the Wetaskiwin Community Learning Program for seniors throughout the county.

County council also approved the 2021 Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Community Facility Funding allocation of $26,250 to the Falun Community League for HVAC improvements.

Emergency Services

Council was presented with the Emergency Services Quarterly report which outlined in 2021:

• Buck Lake/ Alder Flats fire services responded to 83 calls for service;

• Winfield fire services responded to 48 calls for service;

• South Pigeon Lake fire services responded to 114 calls for service;

• Mulhurst Bay fire services responded to 60 calls for service;

• Millet fire services responded to 74 calls for service;

• And Wetaskiwin fire services responded to 114 calls for service.



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

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