County of Wetaskiwin Highlights – July 7, 2015

For more detailed information contact Frank Coutney, CAO (780) 361-6223.

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

Council accepted the financial statements from the Wetaskiwin Rural Fire Protection Zone Societies and allotted the following grants: The Wetaskiwin Rural Fire Protection Zone 2 Society $10,000 operating grant and  $70,245 as per the cost/share of services grant; East West Millet Rural Fire Department  $10,000 operating grant, and $2,500 per the cost/share of services grant; Mulhurst Bay District Fire Protection Society $10,000 operating grant; Winfield District Fire Department Society $10,000 Operating Grant; Wetaskiwin Zone 5 Fire Rescue Society $10,000 operating and cost/share of services $10,618.

Results of public auction – final acquisition

On Thursday, May 7 administration held a public auction for all properties shown on the tax arrears. Block 7, Lot 2 (SE 14-47-28-W4M) had a reserve bid of $263,000 and no tenders were received. The land consists of 1.35 acres that is partly treed with full services, a 1,460 square foot home built in 1930 and a 1,150 square foot triple car garage built in 2008. A recent assessment valued the property at $205,000.

A writ is currently placed on title by Canada Revenue Agency for $127,923 and associated costs of approximately $19,286. Council approved to leave the current landowners Robert Doris and Brenda O’Brien on title due to the outstanding writ and review the file in July 2016 if no action has been taken by Canada Revenue Agency.

Request to purchase County owned land legally described as Plan 3005KS; Block 3; Lot 7 (SW-4-46-7W5M) and Plan 3005KS; Block 3; Lot 6 (SW-4-46-7-W5M).

The County of Wetaskiwin currently owns the 17 acre vacant lots. The 2014 assessment for each lot is $5,620. Both lots are zoned Urban Residential. In 1972 the County of Wetaskiwin took possession of these properties by forfeiture for outstanding taxes from the previous owner. Council will be advertising the subject property.

Cosmetic lawn fertilizer

The 3rd and final reading of by-law 2015/36 was brought before Council  for the purpose of restricting the use of Cosmetic Lawn Fertilizer within 30 (thirty) meters from the shores of Battle Lake, Buck Lake, Coal Lake, Pigeon Lake, Red Deer Lake and Wizard Lake.

Road Allowance Lease Renewals

Council approved the road allowance lease renewals as follows: Wetaskiwin Scout Assoc. adjacent to the N/PT NE 21-46-23-W4M; Perry & Sheila Calvin adjacent to the S/SE 3-47-23-W4M; Reg & Warren Lyle – adjacent to the E/SE 2-47-24-W4M; Thomas & Sharon Vant/Hillside Road Farm – (File #5630-13-03) adjacent to the E/Sec 8-47-24-W4M; Otto & Jo-Anne Wedman – adjacent to the SW 25 & N/NW 24-46-26-W4M; Rick & Carole Reichert –  adjacent to the W/NW 27-47-27-W4M; Art & Garry Dreichel – adjacent to the E/NE 3-45-28-W4M & E/SE 2-45-28-W4M; Ronald Johanson – adjacent to the E/Pt. NE 31-46-1-W5M; Caloran Projects Ltd. – adjacent to the E/Pt. NE 31-46-1-W5M; Don Goodkey road allowance between SE 31 & SW 32-45-4-W4M; Roy & Margaret Kolton adjacent to the W/NW.

23-46-6-W5M; Harvey & Rhonda Miller adjacent to the W/NW & SW.

11 & W/NW 2 -47-7-W5M. All are approved for an additional three years effective July 15.

Road Allowance Closure and Purchase

On April 30 a request was received from Gian Gibson for council’s consideration to close and sell an undeveloped road allowance adjacent to the west boundary of his property described as SW 36-46 23-W4M located on the east side Coal Lake. Council denied the request for road closure and sale but offered Gian Gibson the opportunity to lease the undeveloped road allowance subject to several conditions.

City of Wetaskiwin – Curling Club

On June 15 Bill Angus and Phyllis Cleland, county resident, provided letters expressing their concern about a proposal from the City of Wetaskiwin that may down grade of the curling facility from eight to four sheets of ice.  The letters were also provided to the City of Wetaskiwin council to carefully consider the repercussions.  Council tabled discussions of the letter until after the city council meeting of July 20.

In-Lake Technical Sub-Committee of ALPM – request for funding

In-Lake Technical Sub-Committee of the Alliance of Pigeon Lake Municipalities (APLM) advised that the committee made its member councils aware of the work being done co-operatively with the Alberta Health Services (AHS) with posting advisories on Blue-Green Algae. The postings will be more cautionary and educational to replace the alarming notices posted in the past.

To verify that the risks are in fact limited, APLM committed to a program of professionally administered water sampling and testing. The anticipated cost of supplementary water testing is approximately $40,000. Council will review the county’s position in regards to Alliance of Pigeon Lake Municipalities (APLM) and the request for funding the In-Lake Technical Committee project.

Council meeting Dates September to December

September 1 and15; October 6; November 3; December 1 and 15.

Friends of RAM Society – AGM

An email was received on June 16 from Forrest Wright, general manager of the Friends of Reynolds-Alberta Museum Society advising they are holding their annual general meeting on July 16 in at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum  at 5 p.m.

ON February 3 council resolved to participate as a member of the Friends of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum Society. Councillor T. Van de Kraats was appointed as the council representative.

2015 Christmas Banquet

Council selected November 27, as the date to host the annual 2015 Christmas banquet at the Best Western Wayside Inn.

 

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