County of Wetaskiwin councilors gave regular updates on their various work during the general council meeting Nov.6. This was the first general council meeting chaired by new reeve Terry Van de Kraats.
Division 1 councilor Bill Krahn reported that over the past month he had toured certain areas of the municipality with Division 4 councilor Josh bishop to look at “speed corners” on gravel roads.
The county has been discussing certain corners as the Public Works department has proposed removing some of them, especially ones on private land. Krahn noted Division 4 has about seven of these curves.
Terry Van de Kraats
Reeve Van de Kraats, representing Division 2, reported to council that the community garden has fed about 1,500 people this year.
Division 3 councilor Dale Woitt reported that he had attended a meeting about the drainage project with the Ermineskin First Nation; the issue of high water and road flooding was discussed at a previous meeting.
Woitt noted he attended the cannabis open house at the county office that wasn’t that well attended.
He also noted he attended a Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce board meeting that included City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam, where cannabis retail outlets were discussed. Woitt also noted homelessness and vagrancy in the city were discussed and how a facility could help.
The councilor also stated that the G3 grain terminal project start-up has been pushed back to the spring of 2019.
Division 4 councilor Bishop stated he attended a chamber of commerce regular luncheon that featured a presentation on mentally health workplaces and some very good points were made.
He also attended the summer villages conference that he found very interesting; some other Alberta summer villages face the same challenges local ones do, but also have unique issues.
Bishop said there was a discussion around for-profit fire departments that are run like a business which claim higher quality service for the same dollars.
Division 5 councilor Ken Adair stated he also attended the cannabis open house at the county office, and he also was surprised at the low public turnout at the meeting. He added that perhaps cannabis is less of an issue than expected.
Division 6 councilor Kathy Rooyakkers stated, along with Adair, that she was at the cannabis open house in the county office and also was disappointed by the low public turnout. She said, however, such open houses are necessary to give the public an opportunity to comment.
Division 7 councilor Lyle Seely submitted his report to councilors.