County renews contract with Rough Meadow Management
continued from last week
CAO Rawlusyk reviewed proposed Bylaw No. 1123, a bylaw to authorize the County to borrow funds on a short term basis in 2016 for the purpose specified in Section 256 of the Municipal Government Act. This bylaw authorizes the County to borrow up to $5,000,000.00 on a short term basis, if necessary.
Moved that Bylaw No. 1123, a Bylaw of Starland County, to authorize the County to borrow funds on a short term basis in 2016 for the purpose specified in Section 256 of the Municipal Government Act be given Third and Final Reading. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
CAO Rawlusyk noted that the County’s Economic Development Contract with Rough Meadow Management is up for renewal. He discussed this contract with Council and the proposed amendments to it.
Moved that the Economic Development Contract with Rough Meadow Management Inc. be renewed for a two year term, April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018; and that the terms and conditions be as out- lined within this contract. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
The AAMDC previously requested input from the rural municipalities in the form of a questionnaire and now compiled this feedback into a submission and letter which they submitted to Alberta Health.
The AAMDC provided an update on their involvement with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board. They provided background information on the board meetings held and the representatives from Alberta that attend, as well as additional representatives attending the committee meetings.
In regards to the Municipal Government Act Review, correspondence was received from the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association in regards to the centralization of industrial property assessment. They forwarded a letter from the Alberta Assessors’ Association outlining their recommendations in response to the discussion document from the Stakeholder Adviso- ry Committee. In short, this Association does not support the creation of a central agency to prepare industrial assessments on behalf of municipalities and further provided their recommended approach.
Correspondence was received from Prairie Fuel Association (PFA) Canada with regards to the fuel procurement program. They provided notice that they will be sending out an RFP in the near future, with a vendor to be chosen by late June and the new Supply Agreements taking effect August 1, 2016.
CAO Rawlusyk discussed various discussion items for the upcoming joint meeting with the Villages of Delia, Morrin and Munson. Council members were requested to consider additional items to be added to the agenda. This will be a dinner meeting at the Morrin Community Hall, commencing at 6:00 p.m.
In addition to the letter received from Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., we also received a letter from Questfire Energy Corp. They are requesting the County’s consideration of municipal budget restraints and tax rate reductions as well. Council further discussed this issue and reviewed a letter of response prepared by CAO Rawlusyk.
Correspondence was received from the Rumsey Drop-In Centre, requesting Council’s consideration of a small donation to assist with repairing the damaged roof on their facility. They have raised $12,000.00 to date, however, the quotes received for this repair are between $15,000 and $16,000.
Moved that Starland County donate $4,000.00 to the Rumsey Drop-In Centre to assist them with repairing the roof on their facility. MOTION CARRIED.