Wetaskiwin County briefs

Items of interest from recent Wetaskiwin County council meetings

Wetaskiwin county council is using a standard letter of mandates the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation must comply with in order to keep approval from the county for it’s 2016 bikeathon around Pigeon Lake.

“One of the things they require is approval from Alberta Transportation but also the local municipalities,” said county CAO Frank Coutney.

In order for the county to give approval and allow the bikeathon to use roads within it’s jurisdiction the foundation must take safety measures such as posting proper signage to warn traffic the event is taking place.

The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation bikeathon takes place Sept. 10.

Federal census numbers taken as municipal census

County of Wetaskiwin councillors have decided to use the federal census population numbers provided by Statistics Canada as the municipal census numbers rather than conducting another census.

The last census the county did was in 2012 and Coutney says it was compared with the federal census to see how close they were when it came to tracking growth within the county. They were within 1 per cent of each other.

“There’s no advantage to doing our own census,” said Coutney.

“They’re doing a federal census this year,” said Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers.

Coun. Garry Dearing added when the county does it’s own census it has to pay for it.

Wetaskiwin Seed and Grain Board funding request

The Wetaskiwin Seed and Grain Board is receiving funds of $86,000 from Wetaskiwin County to pay off a debt to a colour sorter.

The money will be transferred from the Agricultural Service Board Operating Reserves.

The funding request first came before council Nov. 10, 2015. At the time it was noted the majority of funding comes from shares and all revenue comes from purchasing and sorting grain. Provincial grants are not available and have been an issue for the past 15 years.