County of Wetaskiwin council heard an interesting report from Assistant CAO Rod Hawken during their regular meeting Jan. 9, including information on strategic plans, protective services and more.
“The County of Wetaskiwin has been involved in strategic planning for well over two decades,” stated Hawken’s report to council. “The results of the planning process have benefited the residents of the County and shown how strategic planning can drive an organization to success.
“In a report presented by Administration, action and task progress to June 30, 2016 shows that 11 per cent of 248 actions off track or failing. There are many reasons for an action to fail, the most common is lack of resources, including staffing and funding.
“As well, the executive report outlining the strategic plan as it relates to budget was reviewed. Overall, most departments are within the budget guidelines and there are a number of outstanding journal entries for grants and reserve transfers to be made in conjunction with the year end audit.”
CAO Frank Coutney explained in a phone call Jan. 10, if an action is “failing,” it may also mean no funds were set aside for the project during the budget process.
Hawken also stated that the strategic planning process allows everyone a seat at the table when the County of Wetaskiwin’s future is involved. “The strategic planning process, including the council/management sessions along with the Interplan reporting tool, provide valuable information to council, staff and the public,” his report stated.
“Reporting to the public can enhance open dialogue, transparency and help educate the public on all the different actions and tasks that are completed in order to provide strong, proactive leadership and safe, progressive communities.”
Protective services reports
Hawken submitted for council’s information the following reports: Community Peace Officer Occurrence Report for December 2016, Community Peace Officer Patrol Report January 1 to December 31, 2016, Animal Control Report January 1 to December 31, 2016 and the By-law Enforcement Report January 1 to December 31, 2016.
Coutney said in a phone call Jan. 10 the reports are given to council on a regular basis so the elected officials are aware of the work community peace officers are doing. Coutney also said, when the reports are looked at as a whole, it’s possible to see trends occurring, such as an increase in the number of loose dog complaints.
Out with the old
Hawken stated Alder Flats is getting a new telecommunications tower, as the old one is over four decades old.
“On December 21st, 2016 a letter was received from AltaLink advising they will begin construction of the new telecommunications tower in Alder Flats in April 2017,” stated Hawken in his report.
“What is expected for area residents is noise and construction crews, work at the existing radio site and telecommunications tower construction.
“The Alberta Utilities Commission approved the project for construction on October 31st, 2016 and the project location is NE 27-45-7-W5M. The project involves replacing the existing 88 metre tall tower with a new guyed steel lattice tower, approximately 108 metres tall, including antenna, and expanding the fence line of the site approximately three metres to the north.
“The existing tower is over 45 years old and replacing the tower will allow AltaLink to maintain the safety and reliability of the electrical system in the area,” added Hawken.
Council unanimously accepted Hawken’s report.