Council Notes From All Over
VILLAGE OF THORSBY
Linda M. Steinke
Mr. Ken Poffenroth approached Council on behalf of residents in the Madison area to formally request that a Committee be formed to review tax rate costs. He brought forth some suggestions on reducing tax rates that Council might wish to consider. Long term planning options were discussed and considered. Council agreed to further discussion of the request and will contact Mr. Poffenroth.
Mr. Robin Wheeler addressed Council regarding concerns over the Thorsby Siren. He said he knew a history museum had expressed interest in housing the siren. He’d read in the paper that Council was not prepared to make a decision as to donating the siren and that residents would have the opportunity express their opinions by a vote. He advised Council that he has health and safety issues with the siren. Council asked Administration to look into the siren’s decibel reading with an accredited provincial OH&S Officer. Because this is not a workplace concern, OH&S declined to come. Instead, Public Health inspectors came out on July 30th and took readings. A report will be prepared and submitted to the Village. The report was not received in time for the August 13th Regular Council meeting.
Council accepted Mr. Bob Payette’s letter of resignation and appointed Corporate Services Manager Christine Burke as the Acting CAO until an Interim CAO has been hired. Council agreed to engage the services of Transitional Services to assist with their Town Manager search and to provide Administrative support if needed in the interim period.
Warranty work update for roads
53 St.: Currently, the Village is waiting on Kran for a date of availability. It is expected to be at the end of August, start of September.
Resident Phyllis Madiuk met with Council seeking clarification on the Hall rental fees for the Seniors’ Club. Thorsby Seniors will enjoy an extension of the $250 Hall rental rate for six more months with concurrence of the incoming Council.
Madiuk expressed concern regarding the lack of grass mowing at Thorsby’s north entrance. Councillor Williams said this problem has been discussed with Highways for three years in a row and suggested adding a letter from a concerned resident this time, along with complaints about the snow plowing throwing rocks on the sidewalks and lawns. Councillor Hart suggested sending a letter to the MLA and Minister of Transportation. Mayor Rasch explained the Village can only cut grass where it has a legal mandate to cut and that area falls under the Department of Transportation.
In response to Madiuk’s request for a better booking system to assist those calling the Hall looking for rental information, Council asked Administration to set up a voicemail box at the Community Hall or call forwarding.
Council will ask the RCMP to attend an upcoming Council meeting to discuss the problem of speeders at the Village south entrance and the need for more police presence on highway patrol, especially with the new school season. Councillor Williams said, “I’ve seen ridiculous actions on that highway!” Council will look into getting more highway signage placed there.
Council agreed to support Leduc County’s Regional Collaboration Grant Application for the Leduc Region Sustainability and Governance project. Councillor Osness summed Council’s attitude when she said, “I totally support working with other municipalities moving forward.” CAOs were asked to develop collaboration initiatives. One key initiative was to submit an application for an RCI Grant to explore governance options/collaboration initiatives. The 39/20 Alliance was already in the process of generating an RCI Grant application, (Thorsby gave approval at the July 23 Regular Council meeting), but it would not be compromised as each grant application stands on its own merit. Leduc County will be the project manager. Leduc Region Mayors have met and discussed how to strengthen the Leduc Region to ensure ratepayers continue to have a high level of service. Council also authorized the Municipal Corporation of the Village of Thorsby to participate in the application for the Hire a Land Use Planner Intern and the Hire an Administrator Intern projects.
After meeting with the auditor to get clarity on the 2012 Audit Report for adoption as presented, Council gave its approval.
Council discussed St. Albert’s submission of 21 proposed amendments to the ‘Municipal Government Act’ (MGA) and comments of the Provincial review of the Municipal Government Act to Municipal Affairs and Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.
Mark your calendars: Nomination Day for the Municipal Election is September 23, 2013 from 10 am to 12 pm. Elections will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013.
WETASKIWIN COUNTY COUNCIL
Borrowing Bylaw - Letter of Credit for Development Permit: Luymes Gravel Pit.
Council provided three readings of By-law 2013/** which is a by-law of the County of Wetaskiwin for the purpose of authorizing the incurrence of indebtedness by the issuance of an irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of $50,000.00 in the name of Lacombe County to meet the conditions of the 2013 development permit application for the Luymes Pit development.
Outstanding Fire Account
On April 21, 2012, the Wetaskiwin Rural Fire Department was dispatched to #119, 240018 TWP Road 472 in the Grandview Heights Subdivision, the Donald and Lori Ann Loov residence, to extinguish a fire that became out of control during the fire permit season The fire invoice totaling $4,300.00 was mailed to the Loov's on May 10, 2012. Since May 2012, both phone calls and numerous statements and requests for payment have been mailed to the Loov residence
Council approved the addition of $4,486.13 to Tax Roll #126500 for outstanding fire charges to the property.
Coal Lake Camping Request to Discharge Pyrotechnic Fire Works:
County Council granted permission for a licensed Pyro Technician (hired by Doug & Charlene Linden owners of ‘Coal Lake Camping’), who is in possession of a fireworks display supervisor's card and who carries $5,000,000 liability insurance to purchase and discharge fireworks during the Coal Lake Camping end of summer appreciation, scheduled for August 31st, 2013.
Parcel Rate Review for Summer Village Fire Protection Agreements
Recreational Needs Assessment Funding Allocation:
The Recreational Needs Assessment tender was $33,045.00 under the $100,000.00 budget.
Council approved reallocating the surplus money to the following projects; Work shop in the Winfield Agriplex; Drainage at the Olympia outside entrance; Olympia repairs to current machine; Removal of dead trees in parks; Genivar contingency fund.
Funding Options for Law Enforcement Services in Alberta:
When the Government of Alberta released the Law Enforcement Framework in December 2010, it stated it would continue to work on a new funding model to distribute the costs of local policing in an equitable, transparent and sustainable manner. Council accepted as information.
Alberta Municipal Affairs - Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection):
Council approved Administration to draft a policy to mirror the new legislation Public Interest Disclosure (PIDA) that will implement whistleblower protections to enhance the public’s confidence in elected officials and staff delivering programs and services known as the Whistle Blower’s Protection Act.
Potential Candidate Information Session:
Candidates of the 2013 Municipal Election are invited to attend a session that will be an introduction to municipal governance and the principle roles and responsibilities of a Councillor.
The session will be held Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m at the Memorial Centre in Wetaskiwin.
The Annual Organizational meeting is scheduled for October 30th, 2013. As per all elections of the past, a representative from Brownlee LLP will be in attendance on October 29th, 2013 to provide a more in-depth discussion and orientation of the roles and responsibilities of a Municipal Councillor.
Request for Sale/Purchase County Land - SW-5-46-25-W4M:
Council approved to proceed with advertising the subject property legally described as Plan 365MC; Block 8; Lot 18 for tender, per policy #6901. The requester, Mark Anderson, will be required to remit $200.00 to partially cover the cost of marketing. The remittance will be returned to the requester if the land is successfully sold.
Tax Abatement Request - Heller (Plan 7722948; Block 5; Lot 12):
Correspondence was received on July 23, 2013 from Geoff & Dawna Heller confirming their residence located on SW-27-47-24-W4M, Plan 7722948, Block 5, Lot 12 was destroyed by fire on June 15, 2013. Historically, when a residence is destroyed by fire, Council will offer a tax adjustment on the residence. Council approved the request from Geoff & Dawna Heller for tax abatement due to a fire causing loss of property in the amount of $985.27 for the 2013 property taxes. (from June 15, 2013 to December 31, 2013).
As of August 15, 2013 approximately 441 assessment adjustments in accordance with Section 305.1 of the MGA were completed on the 2012 assessment roll. Of those adjustments, 67 were Industrial (M&E), 15 Linear and 83 were Residential, Farmland or Commercial. These corrections resulted in a loss of tax dollars in the amount of $21,375.00.
The overall impact to the municipal portion of the 2013 property tax levy is a net loss of approximately $113,000. It is anticipated that there will be very few additional 305.1 assessment corrections for 2013.
Recreation Agreement - Town of Millet / County of Wetaskiwin:
In camera: Council will be discussing privileged information regarding the Recreation Agreement between the Town of Millet and the County of Wetaskiwin.
By-law to Appoint Agricultural Fieldman as a Designated Officer:
Council to approved a by-law to establish the position of Agricultural Fieldman as the designated officer, (no name) to carry out the powers, duties and functions of a designated officer under the Agricultural Service Board Act, Section 8.
Council appointed the Director of Agricultural Services Mr. Stephen Majek as member of the ‘Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldman’ and a ‘Certified Agricultural Fieldman’ in Alberta.
CITY OF LEDUC COUNCIL
Council was called to order at 7:02 pm with all Councillors present. There were no changes to the agenda and two public commentaries.
Public Commentary #1: Mr. Rick Carter came before Council to voice several concerns regarding city expenditures but in particular, the wage and payout over the last two years for City Manager Paul Benedetto.
Mayor Krischke was able to answer a few of the questions Mr. Carter brought forward but at a certain point Mr. Carter was simply encouraged to continue with his concerns with no further commentary coming from Council.
Public Commentary #2:
Ms. Fern Richards came before Council with a couple of questions, one of which being whether the Leduc Farmers Market was going to be forced to change location next year due to splash park construction.
Several Councillors assured Ms. Richards that this planning was in the very preliminary stages, a number of possibilities were still under discussion and that no decisions had been made yet.
Leduc Achievement Award:
Three local young people; Sarah Rinsky, Devin Wittow, and Austin Brulotte, were presented with Leduc Achievement Awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements in basketball with Team Alberta. All three teens were chosen to play on Team Alberta this summer and Councillor Finstad commented that it was fabulous to have three strong players from this area representing Leduc in this sport.
Willow Park Guardrail: Due to numerous instances of vehicles leaving Hwy 2 during poor weather conditions over the winter months generally occurring at the same location backing Willow Park Estates, it was determined that some form of barrier was required in that location to prevent vehicles from entering backyards. It was determined the best solution was a 230 m long w-beam guardrail barrier approximately 1.0m off the property lines. The City approved funding of $25,000.00 in 2013 for this project with Alberta Transportation controlling the installation of the barrier and managing all repairs.
The project was due to be completed in August but due to multiple emergency situations in the Province, as well as their regularly scheduled work it will not be completed until late September or early October. Council accepted this information.
FCSS Board Appointment:
Council unanimously appointed Ms. Rhonda Whitten to be a Public Member At Large on the FCSS Board for a term ending on December 31, 2015.
Leduc 4-H Grant Request: The Leduc 4-H Beef Club applied for a grant from Council for $1,072.74 to help offset the rental of the Sobeys Arena at the LRC which was used for a show and sale on their Achievement Day held on June 4, 2013. Council unanimously approved the grant request.
Redistricting In Leduc Common - First Reading: This Rezoning application would change 13.1 hectares of land to the north of the current end of Discovery Way from Urban Reserve to the Commercial Shopping Center. The redistricting will allow for the future development of 4 lots for commercial shopping centers and one public utility lot. One of the conditions of Planning allowing this development to move forward was that the merge lane from Discovery Way leading west onto 50th Avenue had to be extended to handle the increased traffic flow. The developer agreed to this condition. Council unanimously passed the First Reading of this redistricting. The Public Hearing will be held in Council on September 23, 2013.
Council was adjourned at 8:57pm with no items in camera.
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