Starland welcomes new Health and Safety Officer Chris Peoples
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.
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