Starland joins Town of Drumheller, Town of Sun­dre lob­by­ing for flood mit­i­ga­tion sup­port

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

A reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Starland County was held in the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice, Mor­rin, Al­berta, on Wed­nes­day, July 27, 2016, com­menc­ing at 9:00 a.m.

Present: Reeve: Bar­rie Hoover; Deputy Reeve: Allen Avra­menko; Coun­cil­lors: Mur­ray Mar­shall, Bob Sar­gent and Steven Wannstrom; Staff : CAO R. Rawlusyk; Spe­cial Projects Man­ager M. Kreke; Record­ing Sec­re­tary S. Bre­mer

Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer Ross Rawlusyk re­viewed his CAO Re­port with Coun­cil. High­lights of his re­port in­cluded the fol­low­ing: - The Prov­ince re­cently formed a new panel to ad­vise the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Cli­mate Change Of­fice. The En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Ad­vi­sory Panel is to make rec­om­men­da­tions on the types of en­ergy sav­ings pro­grams that Al­berta can start to de­liver in the short and medium term, as well as set out a longterm vi­sion. - Our cur­rent ben­e­fits pro­gram for em­ploy­ees is up for re­newal as of Au­gust 15. Over­all, the net in­crease amounted to 4.0%, with some of the ben­e­fits in­creas­ing and other de­creas­ing. - The Fed­eral Govern­ment has formed an all-party com­mit­tee to re­view the Fed­eral Elec­toral Sys­tem. In­for­ma­tion ses­sions will be held and cit­i­zens can sub­mit com­ments to the com­mit­tee. - The Prov­ince of Al­berta has just re­cently ap­pointed a Se­nior’s Ad­vo­cate. This Ad­vo­cate will work with se­niors to re­solve a wide va­ri­ety of is­sues with re­gards to se­niors and their fam­i­lies. - The Farmer’s Ad­vo­cate Of­fice of Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry have cre­ated a new email dis­tri­bu­tion list that will be used to send out news and landowner re­sources to any­one that’s in­ter­ested. - Ross was in Ed­mon­ton on July 14, rep­re­sent­ing ARMAA for the Min­is­ter’s Awards for Mu­nic­i­pal Ex­cel­lence Re­view Com­mit­tee. The win­ners will be an­nounced at the AAMDC Fall Con­ven­tion. - The pur­chase of CN prop­erty is near­ing com­ple­tion. Ross ex­pects that we should have fi­nal ti­tles by the end of Au­gust.

At 10:15 a.m., Pub­lic Works Su­per­vi­sor Pratt at­tended the meet­ing and re­viewed his Pub­lic Works Re­port with Coun­cil. High­lights of his re­port in­cluded the fol­low­ing: - Reg­u­lar work on-go­ing in­clud­ing in­stalling cul­verts, build­ing and widen­ing ap­proaches, mow­ing, weed whip­ping around bridges and guard rails, in­stalling signs, etc. - 94 miles of the gravel pro­gram have been com­pleted, as well as 16 miles of add-ons. - Al is work­ing on a quote for the chip seal on Range Road 16-5 to try and pre­serve this road for a few more years.

At 10:40 am., Sharon White and Chris Peo­ples at­tended the meet­ing to re­view the new Com­pli­ance Safety Tool which is presently be­ing im­ple­mented in the County. This tool will be uti­lized by all su­per­vi­sors to stream­line safety re­port­ing and record­ing and pro­vide eas­ier ac­cess to forms, etc., es­pe­cially while work­ing in the field.

In ad­di­tion, Chris and Sharon briefly re­viewed the 2015 Safety Au­dit Ac­tion Plan Sum­mary Re­port, which out­lines all the ac­tions for im­prove­ment re­quired as well as the re­sources re­quired and per­son ac­count­able for im­ple­ment­ing this im­prove­ment.

At 11:45 a.m., Chris, Sharon and Al de­parted from the meet­ing.

Cor­re­spon­dence was re­ceived from Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, con­firm­ing that the County’s cer­ti­fied SFE Re­port has been sub­mit­ted as re­quired and it meets the re­port­ing re­quire­ments of the MSI Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment.

CAO Rawlusyk noted that the CN Rail land trans­fer is near­ing com­ple­tion and pro­vided an up­date on same, in­clud­ing a Rental Ad­just­ment State­ment and a State­ment of Ad­just­ments.

CAO Rawlusyk re­viewed the Dis­cus­sion Guide pro­vided by Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs in re­gards to the Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment Act Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Reg­u­la­tion. He noted that once pro­claimed, the amend­ments con­tained in Bill 20 will re­quire mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to adopt pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion poli­cies that out­line their ap­proaches for en­gag­ing with stake­hold­ers.

In ad­di­tion, Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs pro­vided a Dis­cus­sion Guide on the Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment Act Code of Con­duct Reg­u­la­tion. Bill 20 will add a new sec­tion to the MGA which will re­quire coun­cils to es­tab­lish a code of con­duct for coun­cil­lors. The Min­is­ter has the au­thor­ity to make reg­u­la­tions re­spect­ing mat­ters that a code must ad­dress and there will also be a re­quire­ment that coun­cil­lors must ad­here to the code of con­duct.

At 1:57 p.m., the meet­ing was tem­po­rar­ily re­cessed to al­low for the ten­der open­ing for Bridge File 9015, South of S.E. 1/4 10-31-17-W4M. Ten­der­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives in ad­di­tion to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Stan­tec Con­sult­ing at­tended the meet­ing. Ten­ders were opened at 2:03 p.m. Five ten­ders were re­ceived, with the low ten­der be­ing re­ceived from Un­sur­pass­able Con­struc­tion Ltd. in the amount of $144,333.00. The del­e­ga­tion de­parted at 2:15 p.m. Stan­tec Con­sult­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives tem­po­rar­ily de­parted to re­view and con­firm the quotes re­ceived.

At 2:40 p.m., the Stan­tec Con­sultng rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­turned and noted that the quotes re­ceived were cor­rect and rec­om­mended that the ten­der be awarded to Un­sur­pass­able Con­struc­tion Ltd. from Dids­bury, Al­berta.

Moved that Starland County award the con­struc­tion ten­der for Bridge File 9015 to Un­sur­pass­able Con­struc­tion Ltd., for a to­tal ten­der price of $144,333.00. CAR­RIED UNAN­I­MOUSLY.

Coun­cil dis­cussed the up­com­ing Coun­cil Meet­ings for Au­gust and noted a con­tro­versy with the Au­gust 10 meet­ing.

Moved that the Au­gust 10 and Au­gust 24, 2016 reg­u­lar meet­ings of Coun­cil be can­celled; and that a Coun­cil Meet­ing be held on Au­gust 17, 2016. CAR­RIED UNAN­I­MOUSLY.

Moved that Starland County sup­ports the Red Deer River Mu­nic­i­pal Users Group mo­tion to sup­port the lob­by­ing ef­forts of the Town of Drumheller and the Town of Sun­dre with re­gards to the Prov­ince fund­ing their flood mit­i­ga­tion projects at 100%; and that a let­ter re­flect­ing this sup­port be for­warded to the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment & Parks. CAR­RIED UNAN­I­MOUSLY.

Each of the Coun­cil­lors present briefly re­ported on the var­i­ous com­mit­tees to which they are ap­pointed.

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