A road allowance agreement that affects two rural residents was renewed by County of Wetaskiwin council at their regular meeting Aug. 7.
An agenda item was presented to council by CAO Rod Hawken regarding a road allowance closure for Robin Wheale that also affects another resident.
“Since 1983 the Wheale family leased the road allowance adjacent to the north boundary of North 1/2 of Sec 8-47-3-W5M and the east boundary of the east 1/2 of Sec 8-47-3-W5M,” stated Hawken in his report.
“All road allowance leases are for a three year term and Mr. Wheale’s lease was presented to Council for renewal at the July 18, 2017 Council General Meeting.
“At that time Council was advised Mr. Robert Klay purchased the SE 17-47-3-W5M (and) on July 11, 2017 requested access to his quarter (SE 17-47-3-W5M) on the undeveloped road which forms part of the Wheale lease.
“At that time Council tabled renewing Robin Wheale’s road allowance agreement pending further investigation.
“At the August 15th, 2017 Council General meeting both Robin Wheale and Robert Klay were in attendance to discuss access issues along the road between the NE-8-46-3-W5M and the SE 17-47-3-W5M.
“At that time council approved an amendment to Robin Wheale’s Road Allowance Lease agreement so that the road allowance adjacent to the NE 8-47-3-W5M remained closed and undeveloped with exception of approximately 235 meters (760 feet west on TWP RD 472 from RGE RD 34 and that Administration was to present to Council at the September 5th, 2017 Council General meeting an amending By-law (to By-law 83/15) to open approximately 235 meters (760 feet west on TWP RD 472 from RGE RD 34.”
Hawken clarified that, “On August 14th, 2017 an email received from Alberta Transportation Road Closure Coordinator advised once a road allowance is closed by the Minister, a lease agreement may be modified in accordance with County Council. Council can at any time alter a road allowance lease agreement.”
The CAO also noted that Wheale was given a one-year extension “to allow Administration an opportunity to work with Mr. Wheale regarding access issues to the SE 17-47-3-W5M.”
Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers stated that the issue of sharing the road allowance apparently wasn’t going as smoothly as everyone wished. “(Wheale’s) having a real tough time with this,” said Rooyakkers.
It was stated during the meeting that the leaseholder has staked out his area but had the stakes and fencing removed by a neighbour.
Councilors approved renewal of Wheale’s lease for a three-year period with the east end exception.