County of Wetaskiwin Highlights – August 5, 2015

The following are brief highlights of the City of Wetaskiwin meeting. For more detailed information contact Frank Coutney, CAO 780-361-6223.

The following are brief highlights of the City of Wetaskiwin meeting. For more detailed information contact Frank Coutney, CAO 780-361-6223.

Replacement of rental sprayers

Council approved two new rental sprayers at the January 13 council meeting that were not included in the 2015 proposed budget. The sprayers are being built in-house and the anticipated cost will be $23,615.51. The total for the sale of the ASB rental equipment was $7,688.00. Council approved $15,927.51, the difference between the total cost of the new rental sprayers and the sale of the ASB rental equipment.

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Drought within the County of Wetaskiwin

Council approved declaring an agricultural disaster for the County of Wetaskiwin due to the drought conditions and that the Honourable Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry be advised of council’s decision.

 

City of Wetaskiwin – curling club

City of Wetaskiwin administration advised that at the city council resolved the following on July 20, 2015: MOTION by Councillor Patricia MacQuarrie to direct their Administration to remove four sheets of ice from the Wetaskiwin Curling Rink to accommodate the Wetaskiwin Gymnastics Club who will renovate the Southeast portion of the Curling Rink for the Gymnastics Club’s use, to be done at the Gymnastic Club’s expense, and for Administration to work together with both user groups to enter into agreements for this purpose.

Amendment to County of Wetaskiwin Library Board bylaw

The Lakedell Area Community Library Society operates as the Pigeon Lake Library under the County of Wetaskiwin Library Board By-law 2011/06. Council approved the recommended rate increase to $10 per person and $15 per family.

 

Peace Hills Park Agreement By-law

Peace Hills Park is 116.13 acres located at SW-27-46-24-W4 in the County of Wetaskiwin. Peace Hills Park is open to the general public and includes walking trails, a playground, picnic tables and is used for a place for people to walk their dogs. Protective Services with the County of Wetaskiwin receives numerous complaints from the general public regarding dogs, noise and parking in Peace Hills Park. The park is owned by the City of Wetaskiwin and sets the rules for the property making county by-laws difficult to enforce as it is private property. To enable officers to enforce the by-laws, a by-law was passed by both municipalities to enter into an agreement to allow for the enforcement of specific by-laws of the City of Wetaskiwin within Peace Hills Park (SW-27-46-24-W4).

 

 

County owned cellular telephone

All purchases of cellular equipment shall be authorized by the CAO or his designate.  The following positions are approved to choose a cellular telephone, or smart phone device: county administrator, assistant county administrator and added the communications officer.

 

Upcoming events available to councillors

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) designed to provide participants an opportunity to network and share information called the “2015 Ministry Dinner” Thursday, October 29 in Edmonton.

The Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM) and Society of Local Government Managers of Alberta (SLGM) are hosting “Playing Nice in the Sandbox” in Leduc on November 24. This session introduces concepts and tools through interactive learning activities using “real life” matters facing participants.

Association of Summer Villages of Alberta (ASVA) – Annual conference expecting about 140 mayors/reeves, deputy mayors/reeves, and councillors from the 51 summer villages and the adjacent municipalities to attend.

Alberta Lake Management Society – Annual Workshop is an opportunity to discuss innovation, collaboration, and adaptation in lake management. Highlights of the workshop will be how lakes in the Parkland region are undertaking lake watershed management and their success at collaboration between governments and stewards.

Leduc & District Victim Services – Masquerade Ball on October 24 at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel. This event is a silent/live auction with all proceeds going toward the Leduc & District Victim Service unit.

STARS Open House STARS Air Ambulance is celebrating their 30th anniversary and extended an invitation to attend their open house on October 8 at the Edmonton International Airport.  This is an opportunity to meet STARS pilots, nurses, paramedics and doctors, view inside the helicopter cockpit and medical interior and meet some of STARS very important patients as well as have a tour of their mobile education unit.

2015 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards Nomination

The Alberta Cultural & Tourism have announced their annual call for nominations for the 2015 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards. The Government of Alberta recognizes remarkable Albertans whose volunteer achievements have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two each for youth, adult and seniors, are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5.

MSI Funding

Correspondence dated July 29 was received from Alberta Municipal Affairs regarding Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding. The letter advised that as promised the government is committed to providing municipalities with stable and predictable funding, ensuring that the County of Wetaskiwin has the resources to meet the infrastructure priorities.

Based on the 2015-16 MSI program budget of $880 million, the total MSI allocation to the County of Wetaskiwin is $2,344,225, which includes $2,220,005 in capital funding and $124,220 in operating funding.