Council Notes From All Over
TOWN OF MILLET COUNCIL
Mayor Rob Lorenson opened the October 9th meeting at 6:00 pm, Councillor Michael Storey was absent. There were four additions to the agenda and no public hearings.
Appointments and Delegations.
Verlyn Olson- Delegation
Verlyn Olson was in attendance to present the Millet Ag Society with a cheque for the CFEP Grant.
Mayor Lorenson brought up the cutbacks to MSI funding that will see a cut of approximately 50% to Millet. Funding is being moved over to a regional collaboration, however none of that funding can be used toward any existing programs. Verlyn Olson indicated that this was the first he’s heard of that but he would check into it. Major Projects Tenders having to be awarded to the lowest bid was also of concern to the Council as they feel that it’s not always the best value to the municipality. The formula being used to evaluate the eligibility of seniors to qualify for the school tax rebate was also questioned. Olson indicated that he would also look into these concerns.
As this was the last meeting of this Council, Olson thanked them all for their service and wished all those seeking re-election well.
Scott Tod- Delegation
The RCMP Annual Performance Plan – Mid Year Report 2013/2014 was presented. Both sides agreed that they are happy with police visibility in Millet. The report showed an increase in some crime such as assault and disturbing the peace but it was agreed the cause of that may be the increased police presence, and not an actual increase in crime. It was suggested by Councillor Wadsworth that a 5 year trend might be a better indication of any increase or decrease in crime.
Check stops have exceeded their target. The Robbery Prevention Initiative is in place starting with locations that are open 24hrs. The Prolific Offender Initiative is also in place and the DARE program is being delivered to 8 schools.
Tracey Leavitt – Tourism Report and the Ammy Award.
The report was presented showing that Millet Tourism has successfully met the objectives set out for it. One of the ways this was achieved was by becoming more visitor friendly using the checklist of ambiance, way finding, quality service, public services/visitors amenities and visitor information as a guide. Millet was also part of The Edmonton Regional Tourism group and concentrated on promotion of the community.
The Millet Museum/VIC received the Ammy Award – Best in Class for Visitor Facilities and Amenities at the Visitor Information Providers Conference in Grande Prairie September 16 2013. Council congratulated Tracey on a job well done.
The Council received reports from Wetaskiwin Regional Public School Board Highlights, Yellowhead Regional Library – Committee and Budget Highlights, CAO Report, Millet Library Board – September 10, 2013 minutes.
Mayor Rob Lorenson adjourned the meeting at 6:55.
LEDUC COUNTY COUNCIL
Mayor John Whaley called the council meeting to order at 1:30pm the Agenda was adopted as amended.
Appointments: Mr. Ward Antoniuk was introduced to the Council as the new Director of F.C.S.S., Darren Ready as the Coordinator of Funding & Capital, Natasha Wice as an Accountant, and Michael Chiedowski as an Electrical Inspector.
Presentations: Mr. Richard Clark presented to Council his frustrations and concerns about a drainage problem and the lack of communications with the county in resolving the problem. After three years the drainage problem on his Sunnybrook property remains unresolved. The County agreed that communication could have been better and explained that the County could not go onto private land, but could do some work on County land that would improve the drainage problem. The County would work with Mr. Clark to find a more permanent solution.
Adoption of Minutes: The minutes of the Oct. 1, 2013 regular Council Meeting was adopted.
General Business: Mayor Whaley presented county pins to the new members of the County staff.
Garett Broadbent, Director of Agricultural Services presented the Blackmud Creek Sedimentation and Maintenance Assessment
Dana McFaull was appointed to the Leduc County Library Board for three years ending on Dec. 31, 2016.
The County Council approved the recommendation of proving the Rolly View Community Association’s request for $10,000 to assist the Association’s shortfall in the 2013 hall renovations.
The council accepted the reserve values recommendations set for the 2013 tax sales to be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 2pm.
Public Works & Engineering: Felix Kuefler of Carmacks Construction reported that roadwork for this summer will be completed by Friday, Oct. 11th and that 37 projects of 83 miles (134 klms) have been completed.
Lorne Stadnick & Frank Perich presented the Crossroads Development agreements as information.
Planning & Development: The development permits applications D13-309 & D13-310 that would allow the land to be used to accommodate the storage of vehicles was denied by a 4 to 3 vote of council.
The council accepted as information two use of lands, the first for Lot 3 Plan 002 2996, Pt SW 26-50-22 W4th and south of Highway 19.
Council Oral Reports: Mayor Whaley presented his report of meetings, events and functions he had attended during October.
Information Items: The Muscular Dystrophy of Canada acknowledged the efforts of the Leduc County Fire Services in raising $6,035.39 to help Muscular Dystrophy of Canada to achieve their goal of improving the quality of life of Canadians with neuromuscular disorders.
The Council received the Promotional Items Summary for information purposes.
This was the last item of business and Mayor Whaley adjourned the meeting.
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