Council Notes From All Over
VILLAGE OF THORSBY
Linda M. Steinke
Thorsby Fire Chief Norm Osness met with Council to update them on the Fire Services Agreement between Leduc County and Thorsby. Osness said he’d already held a joint review of the Agreement with the Leduc County Fire Chief, addressing items that needed attention (such as clearly identifying territorial boundaries) and both parties are happy with it.
Osness also stated he has the upcoming budget completed to present to Council. “I was told to hold the line, and that’s what I’ve done.” After Council has reviewed it, it will go to the County. Council passed an agreement-in-principle regarding the Fire Services Agreement.
Council welcomed Thorsby’s new Community Program and Event Coordinator, Kristen Eliasson. Eliasson said the community has been very supportive of the summer programming, adding extra praise for local business sponsorships, “it’s because of them that we were so successful.”
Council also welcomed the new Family Community Support Services (FCSS) Coordinator for Thorsby, Kayla Pylot. Pylot said she’s hoping to get various programming started here such as Parent Link and kid’s programming, as well as boosting youth volunteerism with a youth involvement program.
Deb Neville’s request to withdraw the contract to run the concession at the Recreation Complex this season was accepted by Council.
A resident presented his case concerning water/sewer issues that have been ongoing since 2009. Council directed Administration to get the necessary reports compiled to make a recommendation, and to put it on the motion tracking sheet.
Temporary Signing Authority
Council passed a motion that Fire Chief Osness be authorized to have temporary signing authority for the Village of Thorsby for the purposes related to transporting and transfer of the new Fire Tanker Truck from Luverne, Minnesota to the Village of Thorsby. Chief Osness and Firefighter Legault left to pick up the Tanker Truck on September 12. Administration has been working closely with the manufacturer and customs broker to enable a smooth delivery and border crossing. This temporary signing authority is in case additional paperwork requires an authorized signature during the transit process. (Note: the new tanker truck has arrived!)
Borrowing Bylaw Adoption 2013-03 Ice Plant Repairs
This bylaw covers the portion of costs incurred by the Village of Thorsby for repair of the Ice Plant and Chiller replacement costs at the Village of Thorsby Arctic Spas Recreation Facility. It has received first reading by Council, been advertised to the public as required and no petition against the borrowing has been received. Council gave the appropriate readings, thereby approving the Borrowing Bylaw 2013-03 for $130,000.
Borrowing Bylaw Adoption 2013-05 Water Tanker Truck
This bylaw covers the potion of costs incurred by the Village of Thorsby for purchase of a water tanker truck for fire suppression purposes within the Village of Thorsby Municipal limits. It received first reading, been duly advertised as required and no petition against the borrowing has been received. Council gave the appropriate readings and approved the borrowing Bylaw 2013-05 for $226,941.
Land Use Bylaw Amendment 2000-04—section 15—Sea Cans
You might need to rethink those Sea Can plans! On the table is an amendment which regulates Sea Can placement within the Village. Council approved first reading. Sea Cans are not permitted as an accessory building in any residential zones. They are only permitted in commercial zones under the discretion of the Development Authority. They will not: create a safety hazard, not be used as a dwelling, or as storage for junk, trash or other forms of refuse. They shall be kept clean and well-maintained and placed in an orderly manner. They cannot block or obstruct any exits, windows, required off-street parking spaces, driveways or access to public utilities and/or right-of-ways. They can’t be used for advertising or display nor for the purpose of screening or fencing. They are most definitely not allowed on the front yard.
The date for a public auction on a tax recovery land sale has been set for November 4, 2013. 10% down by cash or cheque to be paid by 4 PM on sale date. Balance due within 30 days—cash or certified cheque.
Council approved the following appointments: Marianne Belozer as 2013 Thorsby Municipal Election Returning Officer, with Christine Burke as Deputy Returning Officer; Christine Burke as the F.O.I.P. Coordinator; and Marianne Belozer as the Acting Development Officer.
Council says no
Council entertained a request to waive the assessed penalty on back taxes. The taxes are still in arrears. Council voted unanimously to deny the request.
Kevin Robins, CAO of the consulting firm Transitional Solutions has been appointed as Thorsby’s Interim CAO. Christine Burke will remain Acting CAO when he is out of the office. (Robins or his associate will be in the office 16 hours per week.)
Transitional Solutions has been tasked with recruiting a new Town Manager. If the name sounds familiar, Robins formerly served as the City of Leduc’s CAO. Welcome to Mr. Robins.
Motion Tracking Sheet items:
The Public Health Inspector’s report, regarding readings taken to address the siren health and safety concerns, has not been received.
Council has asked Administration to set up a meeting with the Assessors before the election—Council has questions for them.
LEDUC COUNTY COUNCIL
Council was called to order at 1:32 pm with Councillor Mackay absent. There were no changes to the agenda and no public commentary.
Update On Falconcrest Subdivision: A verbal update on Falconcrest Subdivision was provided to Council from Mr. Allan Krasowski, Asst. Manager for the County of Leduc. Council was informed that the decision to expand the storm drainage pond in the subdivision had been cancelled as after inspection following the last big storm this summer it was determined that the existing pond was more than adequate for the subdivision. The County was now waiting for Alberta Environment and Alterra Engineering to sign off on the project so the Stop Order could be removed from the residences. At this time there is no set timeline for the removal of the Order.
EDA Breakfast Sponsorship:
The Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Authority sent in a request to Council for Leduc County to become a Gold sponsor for their September breakfast which is being held at the Leduc County Agricultural Services Building on Sept. 17, 2013. The amount requested was for $2,250.00 to help offset event costs. Council was also being asked to consider adding this event to the annual budget for External Grants. Council unanimously agreed to the funding.
STARS Gala Support: Council received a request from the STARS Gala committee to purchase a table at the event being held on Sept. 28, 2013. The cost of the table of eight is $340.00 and Council unanimously approved the purchase.
Schedule For 2014 Budget Meetings:
These meetings are open to the public but anyone requesting a copy of the 2014 Budget Packages must make their request in writing prior to November 1, 2013. The dates and times are as follows:
Wednesday Nov. 27: 0930-1200 & 1330 to 1630
Monday Dec. 2: 0930-1200 & 1330 to 1630
Thursday Dec. 5: 0930-1200 & 1330 to 1630
Friday Dec. 6: 0930-1200 & 1330 to 1630
Monday Dec. 9: 1330 to 1630
Wednesday Dec. 11: (if necessary) 0930-1200 & 1330 to 1630
George L. Saubak Memorial Scholarship:
This year Justin Prenioslo, a graduate from Warburg High School and now registered at the U of A for a Bachelor of Science focusing on Kinesiology and Sports Studies in order to become a Physical Therapist, was awarded the $500.00 George L. Saubak scholarship.
Morel Estates Public Hearing and ASP:
Two residents spoke before Council at the Public Hearing for Morel Estates: Mr. William Munsey and Ms. Tessa Hutchings. Mr. Munsey stated that while not directly opposed to the project itself he had concerns that the continued development of large acreages in the eastern end of the County will draw away resources from further developing New Sarepta.
Ms. Hutchings had some of the same concerns as well as saying she would like to see the County adopt a more coordinated approach to land use and development.
Neither the land owner nor the developer was in Council this day.
Councillor Kelto pointed out that the land has a FAR rating of 47.9% and that there were viable farms being worked and "making a go of it" in the County on lower rated land than this.
Mayor Whaley commented that he had not been "impressed" by the developers presentation at the Public Open House he had attended for this project.
Council unanimously denied the Morel Estates ASP with the notation that the applicant does have the right to appeal the decision.
Council was adjourned at 2:20 pm to go in camera.
TOWN OF CALMAR COUNCIL
Council was called to order at 7:00 pm with all Councillors present. There were no changes to the agenda and no public presentations.
New Fire Dept. Policies: The Calmar Fire Dept. brought three new policies before Council which covered Radio Communications Etiquette, Social Media, and Lone Workers.
Included in the Social Media Policy were guidelines that covered the acceptable usage of not only the Department's official sites but also members' personal accounts on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Council unanimously accepted all three Policies.
Mayor Faulkner officially Proclaimed October to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Calmar.
Zolner Park Funding:
The Phase 2 Environmental Study of Zolner Park was completed in 2012 for a cost that year of $31,743.56. This amount was funded out of the Park Facility Reserve with CNRL agreeing to cover the entire cost of the study. CNRL has since paid the Town $31,743.56 which has been transferred back to the Park Facility Reserve.
Tax Recovery Public Auction:
A developed lot within Calmar is currently slated for Public Auction on November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am. Council unanimously voted to recommend the reserve bid be listed at the property's 2013 Assessed value. Further information will be advertised in a local paper between 10 and 20 days before the auction.
Landfill Tipping Fees: Council was presented with three possible new rate structures for an increase in Landfill Tipping Fees in order to create a substantial increase in the Reserve. It is an accepted fact that the Leduc Landfill is coming to the end of its life faster than was anticipated a couple of years ago and Calmar needs to plan for future waste diversion costs. There is no borrowing option for this cost as Calmar is not a commission.
Councillor Bartlett motioned to accept the third option which was to increase the costs $5.00/tonne beginning in 2014 and a further $5.00/year increase through to 2018. The last increase in costs for waste was in 2008 but Council felt that more information was required before approving any of the options presented. The motion was defeated with Councillor Bartlett and Mayor Faulkner voting in support of the motion.
Council was adjourned at 7:45 pm with no items in camera.
- Council Notes From All Over VILLAGE OF THORSBY COUNCIL Linda M. Steinke Tanker Truck Thorsby Fire Chief, Norm Osness, met with Council to discuss selling the old tanker truck. After receiving several estimates, Council decided to sell ...
- Council Notes From All Over CITY OF WETASKIWIN Barry McDonald Wetaskiwin City Council invites the public to attend their regular meetings in Council Chambers (4705 - 50 Ave). The following are brief highlights of the City of Wetaskiwin meeting. ...