County of Wetaskiwin highlights for August 18

The engineering firm RPM Consultant Services are the prime consultants for the Winfield Agriplex project.

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

Winfield Agriplex

The engineering firm RPM Consultant Services are the prime consultants for the Winfield Agriplex project.  The county has conducted a start up meeting with RPM to review the project. Some key dates include: start up Meeting and pre-design review – June 15, 2015; detailed design and construction documents – August 17 to Oct 2, 2015; start demolition – April 2016; ice slab construction substantial completion – August 31, 2016; HVAC systems substantial completion – August 31, 2016.

Bore holes have been drilled on the ice slab to investigate possible contaminants in the soil. Brine lines are repaired, pressure tested and brine has been put into the refrigeration system and has been stable for the past two weeks, indicating that there are no leaks.   The refrigeration compressors will have general maintenance on September 3 and 4, the ice plant started on September 4 and ice ready by September 17.

Parks

Mulhurst Trail has been completed. A safety concern with electrical services for the public washroom and the cook shack in Mulhurst day use area will be addressed when a qualified tradesman is available. Buck Lake and Battle washrooms have been renovated. Wood bins at Twin Lakes, Battle Lake and Buck Lake have been installed.

County campgrounds

Twin Lakes $38,603.68; Mound Red  $14,255.45; Buck Lake $25,609.87; Red Deer Lake $2,744.77; Battle Lake $31,403.80; Coal Lake South $6,926.36; Total $119,543.93 Currently six per cent of all visitors at the county campgrounds are residents from the County of Wetaskiwin.

Computer class

The county partnered with the community learning council to provide senior computer classes from May 8 to May 31 at the Mulhurst Bay Community Centre. Classes included  password systems, cloud storage, email basics; Facebook; Skype for everyone; and taking care of your computer.

 

Winfield Agriplex ownership

On 2015/01/13 council approved the request from Winfield Lions and Winfield & District Agricultural Society to have administration investigate; joint three party ownership percentage options, insurance coverage implications, Alberta Gaming regulations, operating agreements and leases as possible options and educational information for the potential changing of ownership of the Winfield Recreation Centre. A report will be provided to council in the fall.

Yeoford Community Centre

The Yeoford Community Centre indicated they submitted an application to the county for 2015 recreation grant application, but administration has no record of the application being received. Council approved allocating $1,500 to the Yeoford Community Centre with $1,430.40 allocated from the 2015 budget for Recreation Zone 3 and $69.60 being allocated from the Recreation Zone 3 operating reserves.

Boat launch

Administration received a request from Councillor Lyle Seely regarding the possibility of installing a public boat launch at Buck Lake. There are currently 9 boat launches on the lake, 5 are community lot launches, 3 road allowance launches and 1 private launch.

Council requested Administration to review the need for increasing boat launches prior to the 2015 Strategic Planning Sessions for potential inclusion in the 2016 Municipal Budget deliberations

Ron Orr, MLA – Lacombe-Ponoka constituency

Council sent congratulatory letters to the four new Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) being Bruce Hinkley, Wetaskiwin-Camrose, Mark Smith, Drayton Valley-Devon, Wes Taylor, Battle River-Wainwright and Ron Orr, Lacombe-Ponoka.

Mr. Ron Orr, MLA – Lacombe-Ponoka Constituency was in attendance and outlined the following highlights: Priorities for this term; seniors homes future funding; power rate structure; MSI future funding and regionalization/amalgamation

Request to discharge fireworks

County council granted permission for the licensed pyro technician (hired by Doug and Charlene Linden, owners of Coal Lake Camping) who is in possession of a fireworks display supervisor’s card issued pursuant to the Explosives Act and who carries $5,000,000 liability insurance to purchase and discharge fireworks for Coal Lake Camping’s end of summer appreciation scheduled for September 5.

Fire Protection by-law

Administration recommends increasing the fire protection charges as follows: $400 per hour per unit (excluding ATVs), $200 per hour per ATV, $200 per hour for scene security costs, $300 per hour for fire investigation and administration fees and Addition – $300 flat rate per alarm call.

Administration recommends that all low hazard fireworks sales and discharge be prohibited in the county and that the director of emergency services or chief administrative officer be given the authority to grant permission to licensed pyro-technicians for discharge of high hazard fireworks.

Administration recommends that the new section be added to the fire by-law to address the roles and responsibilities of fire protection societies/associations.

Administration recommends adding section 14.3 to read “Every Peace Officer is hereby authorized to enter any lands or buildings or premises other than a dwelling house to inspect for conditions that may contravene or fail to comply with the provisions of this By-law and such Peace Officer may order the owner or occupant thereof to remedy any condition which is deemed to be in contravention of this By-law.”

Wastewater service agreements

Council discussed the wastewater service agreements for “New Commission” and “Member Municipalities” – Mulhurst Bay Lagoon, therefore the meeting went into a private “In-Camera” session.

Tender opening results

Council accepted the tender received in the amount of $12,100 for the subject properties legally described as Plan 3005KS; Block 3; Lot 6 & 7 located in the Hamlet of Alder Flats.

Wetaskiwin Twilighters

On August 10 a letter was received from Bernie Fietz, secretary, Wetaskiwin Twilighters Visionary Support Group inviting council and staff to their 25th anniversary of community service on September 15.  Representatives from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) will be present to provide the latest technology and equipment.

Wastewater planning committee

An open house and tour in celebration of the completion of Phase 1 of the Pigeon Lake Regional Wastewater Project is tentatively set for October 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Smart Communities workshop

The communications business plan includes the following actions: complete a ratepayer survey to identify preferred methods of communication and conduct a Smart Communities workshop to develop a work plan, The Smart Communities ratepayer survey was distributed July 27 via Canada Post to approximately 5,700 ratepayers, with responses requested by August 31.

 

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