Star­land wel­comes new Health and Safety Of­fi­cer Chris Peo­ples

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

A reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Star­land County was held in the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice, Mor­rin, Al­berta, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, com­menc­ing at 9:00 a.m.

Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer Ross Rawlusyk re­viewed his CAO Re­port with Coun­cil. High­lights of his re­port in­cluded the fol­low­ing: - The new Rum­sey Row­ley His­tory Book was un­veiled at a din­ner and cer­e­mony held on June 10 in Rum­sey. Ross noted that it was a good evening and that the book is very well done. - The pur­chase of the Mor­rin Sub CN Rail prop­erty is on­go­ing, how­ever, he noted that the trans­fer is a most com­plete now. In prepa­ra­tion of fu­ture devel­op­ment, he has ob­tained a pro­posal from MPE En­gi­neer­ing to pre­pare a site plan, drainage plan and con­tours of the rail right-of-way ad­ja­cent to Mor­rin and specif­i­cally fo­cussing on our fu­ture shop prop­erty. They will also pre­pare a ser­vic­ing plan that would out­line the best method and costs of fully ser­vic­ing this prop­erty. - Farmer’s Gravel Days are set for July 4th - 6th. - Our Sta­tis­ti­cal In­for­ma­tion Re­port (SIR) is presently be­ing pre­pared for sub­mis­sion to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs prior to July 13th. - Ross noted that the pro­posed amend­ments to the MGA are not as ex­ten­sive as may have been ex­pected. We will need to work on our long term cap­i­tal plans and de­velop some in­ter­mu­nic­i­pal agree­ments, but other than that, it doesn’t ap­pear that it will af­fect us to any ma­jor de­gree. - The 2016 tax and as­sess­ment no­tices are presently be­ing pre­pared and will be mailed prior to June 30. Prop­erty assess­ments can be ap­pealed within the first 60 days after the no­tices have been mailed, which gives ratepay­ers un­til Au­gust 29 to ap­peal if they so de­sire. As usual, taxes are due by Septem­ber 30, 2016 to pay with­out penalty. - We pur­chased some re­cy­cled as­phalt ma­te­rial from the High­way 9 paving project. This prod­uct is presently be­ing stored in the County yard and we have ad­ver­tised it for sale to the pub­lic at $10.00/yard, with a limit of 100 cu­bic yards per per­son. - Ross is a mem­ber of the judg­ing panel for the Min­is­ter’s Awards for Mu­nic­i­pal Ex­cel­lence. - Wel­come to Chris Peo­ples, our new Health and Safety Of­fi­cer who started on June 20th. Chris brings a great deal of rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing to Star­land County.

At 10:00 p.m., Pub­lic Works Su­per­vi­sor Pratt at­tended the meet­ing and re­viewed his Pub­lic Works Re­port with Coun­cil. High­lights of his re­port in­cluded the fol­low­ing: - Crews in­stalled new cul­verts and rip rap ends of cul­verts on Range Road 21-1 north on Twp Road 32-4. - Work was com­pleted in Rum­sey, build­ing a pad by the dug out and also pad­ding clay and squeez­ing the wa­ter to the north on the east side of Rum­sey. - They re-decked the low boy trailer so it would pass the CVIP in­spec­tion. - Buck as­sisted the Vil­lage of Mor­rin with the Ge­nie to fix the vent on the Mor­rin Arena. Unit 704 is still wait­ing for re­pairs at Glovers in Drumheller. It was towed there on May 3rd. - 46 miles of the gravel pro­gram have been com­pleted plus 1 mile of add ons. The new wa­ter truck should be here on June 27th. - CAO Rawlusyk gave a brief over­view of the Star­land County 2015 Ru­ral Road Study which was pre­pared by Stan­tec Con­sult­ing Ltd. This re­port is in­tended to be used as a plan­ning tool for the County to de­ter­mine an­nual road up­grade re­quire­ments and the as­so­ci­ated costs.

At 10:45 a.m., Chris Peo­ples, Health and Safety Of­fi­cer, at­tended the meet­ing briefly to meet the Coun­cil mem­bers. At 10:50 a.m., Man­ager Riep at­tended the meet­ing and re­viewed his Mu­nic­i­pal Ser­vices Re­port with Coun­cil. High­lights of his re­port in­cluded the fol­low­ing: - Crews have been busy with land­scap­ing and drainage at the Star­land Re­cre­ation Area, wa­ter­ing trees, wa­ter cis­tern pump re­pairs at the river, land­scap­ing and plot re­pairs in the ceme­ter­ies, mower main­te­nance and re­pairs, pump­ing out me­ter pits, and daily wa­ter sys­tem mon­i­tor­ing and test­ing. - The Re­cre­ation crew is busy with mow­ing. Most of the ceme­ter­ies have been done 3 times and they are work­ing on the re­cre­ation sites and the ham­let prop­er­ties. - The hy­dro seeding com­pleted in the Craigmyle Ceme­tery worked very well last sum­mer with a great catch of grass. They are now us­ing the hy­dro seeder to seed over many of the burial plots as well. - The An­nual Fire Ap­pre­ci­a­tion BBQ is sched­uled forthe evening of July 14th at the Star­land Re­cre­ation Area. He is plan­ning to dis­trib­ute the long ser­vice awards to all the mem­bers in at­ten­dance from 5 years up to 35 years of ser­vice. - They en­coun­tered some elec­tri­cal is­sues at the CLV wa­ter sta­tion. They lost power to the sta­tion on the week­end and were not alerted to the is­sue and it re­sulted in the sta- tion op­er­at­ing on the bat­tery backup sup­ply for nearly 12 hours. They are cur­rently look­ing at in­stalling con­trols and mon­i­tors to in­di­cate the power, tran­si­tion dur­ing sim­i­lar events. - He has re­ceived 7 so­lar ap­pli­ca­tions for rooftop units and is ex­pect­ing a num­ber of ground mount ap­pli­ca­tions as well. The de­vel­oper or ap­pli­cant is un­der the name of Den­dra Elec­tric out of Cal­gary. - Glen dis­cussed the “Ryan Sa­vory Me­mo­rial Fish­ing Derby”. He is propos­ing that the County host this event on Au­gust 20th or 27th at the Michichi Reser­voir. This is the 22nd An­niver­sary of this event and the sec­ond year the County has hosted it.

Moved that Star­land County host the 22nd An­nual Ryan Sa­vory Me­mo­rial Fish­ing Derby at the Michichi Reser­voir; that prizes be given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the amounts of $300.00, $200.00 and $100.00 re­spec­tively, as well as a Shi­mano Rod & Reel for the catch clos­est to 1 lb. 2 oz., plus chil­dren’s prizes; and that free hot­dogs and pop be served for all par­tic­i­pants. CAR­RIED UNAN­I­MOUSLY.

CAO Rawlusyk dis­cussed the Mor­rin Bridge Re­place­ment Project with Coun­cil. He noted that they are presently pre­par­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port for ap­pli­ca­tion to the ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal agencies for the boat launch con­struc­tion and Star­land County will be listed as the owner and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Co­or­di­na­tor han­dling any ques­tions that come back.

In ad­di­tion, they will be de­com­mis­sion­ing the ex­ist­ing rest stop build­ings. They noted that if the County would like to sal­vage and re­in­stall the ex­ist­ing build­ings some­where else, we would be ex­pected to man­age this work our­selves. They would like these build­ings re­moved this fall prior to them putting out the con­tract for the bridge con­trac­tor.

Cor­re­spon­dence was re­ceived from Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, con­firm­ing that Star­land County’s 2016 Gas Tax Fund­ing (GTF) al­lo­ca­tion is $111,654.00.

A Mem­ber Bul­letin was re­ceived from Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts and Coun­ties in re­gards to an up­date on Bill 21: Mod­ern­ized Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act. Sev­eral con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions have been hosted through­out the prov­ince. In ad­di­tion, the AAMDC pre­pared a guide to the new MGA as well as a work­book for mem­bers to com­plete. This work­book is in­tended to al­low mem­bers to pro­vide feed­back on spe­cific is­sues raised in the MGA.

con­tin­ued next week

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