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