Committee reviewing proposals for Munson Fire Hall
A regular meeting of the Council of Starland County was held in the Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta, on Wednesday, September 14, 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: • Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $1.08 Billion in funding available under two new federal programs, those being the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. • Several supervisors were trained on the E-Compliance Safety Tool which we are presently implementing. The use of this tool will greatly assist our Safety Staff in evaluating this program and will help with the audit process as well. • The Province recently added a survey to their website to allow people to share their thoughts about compulsory helmet use for Off-Highway Vehicles. They are also targeting excessive speed and hope to implement more severe penalties for convictions in this regard. • Staff reviewed all the records we have related to Chinook Pipeline, as we received a notice that they have gone into receivership. This investigation confirmed that Starland County does not owe any funds to Chinook Pipeline and also identified that we received a cheque in the amount of $41,475.00 for fencing and reclamation items that Chinook Pipeline did not complete in their contract. • We received 7 proposals for our RFP for the architectural design of the Munson Fire Hall. The committee hopes to review the proposals later this week and short list the applicants for a review and interview process. • The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a new requirements for all professional carriers crossing the border. Starting on September 15, all commercial and professional drivers with a Class 3 Alberta driver’s licence will be required to have a medical confirmation letter from the Government of Alberta to enter the United States. • The last transfer of Tax Recovery lands from the Province to Starland County has just been completed. We will be required to get a land appraisal completed and that value will be added to our land inventory at year end. This property is the NE 36-30-16-W4M.
In the absence of Public Works Supervisor Al Pratt, CAO Rawlusyk reviewed the Public Works Report with Council. Highlights of this report included the following: - Regular maintenance and works are on-going, including installing signs, culverts, approaches, hauling gravel, hamlet clean-up days, roadside mowing, etc. - They started on levelling the new Drumheller soccer field pad. - Units for sale at Richie Brothers Auction were cleaned up prior to the sale. - Unit 700, the 2013 Kenworth gravel truck caught fire on Monday, September 12 and several employees were involved with this incident. - The 2016 gravel program is now complete. The gravel crew completed 150 miles plus 58 miles of add-ons.
CAO Rawlusyk discussed with Council the requirements under the MGA to hold an annual Organization Meeting of Council.
Moved that as per Section 192(1 ) of the Municipal Government Act, an Organizational Meeting of Starland County Council be set for Wednesday, October 26, 2016, in the Starland County Administration Office, commencing at 9:00 a.m. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Correspondence was received from Ogilvie LLP, advising that they are acting on behalf of the Alberta Local Authorities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (ALARIE). ALARIE is seeking Court approval of its expenditures and its proposed distribution of its remaining assets. The percentage of its assets proposed to be distributed to Starland County is 1.16%, resulting in a payment to Starland County in the amount of $157,125.57, based on the individual contributions and claims by each organization insured by ALARlE. An invitation to attend one of three webinars to be conducted September 19, September 30 and October 12, 2016 has been extended if further information is required.
At 11:15 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 water system repairs, cemetery work, mowing in recreation areas, hamlets and cemeteries, daily water system monitoring and testing and bacteriological sampling. - Most of the summer crew has left to return to school. Gino is off on medical leave indefinitely and Danielle has been promoted into the lead operator position. Glen will also be bringing in a full time labourer to help with the water operations. - They were alerted to a major water leak on the system feeding north out of Craigmyle. Locating the leak is extremely difficult at this time of year due to unharvested crops, however they have located two separate leaks so far. - The chlorine analyser for the Morrin station became outdated and required replacement. This unit has now been replaced with a more user friendly unit which is readily calibrated and maintainable without special equipment or technical support. - Glen has been working with MPE and suppliers on upgrades to the Rumsey Water Station in an attempt to remain compliant under our water approval. The chlorine analyser is to be installed later this month and other upgrades include an UV disinfection and circulating pumps within the cistern. The size of the building is also creating issues, as there is little or no room for any upgrades or equipment, so we may try to expand the existing structure and keeping the plant operational. -A coinless operating system has now been installed in the Michichi Truckfill Station. - The fishing derby at Michichi Dam was very successful with 76 participants in the event. The event raised $1,000 which will be donated to the Drumheller and Area Food Bank. - They have completed some trenching of the power lines from the solar panels into the CLV Truckfill Station and are waiting for Goose Creek to make the final integration of the system.
The committee to review the RFP’s for the Munson Firehall and Truckfill Station will meet on Wednesday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m.
At 11:50 a.m., Manager Riep departed from the meeting.
The CAAMDC District 2 Zone Meeting will be held Friday, October 14, 2016 at Acadia Valley Community Hall.
The Munson Community Association provided a financial / fund raising update for their new community centre. They are projecting that their official grand opening will be held on October 13, 2016.
Moved that Starland County donate $30,000.00 to the Munson Community Hall Associa- tion to assist them in completing the construction of their new community hall. MOTION CARRIED.
CAO Rawlusyk reviewed with Council, the Owner’s Detail Report Sales Summary received from Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for the items sold at their recent auction. Three graders and a wheel loader were sold for a net total of $295,475.00.
CAO Rawlusyk reviewed information from his recent meeting with stakeholders for the Delia School upgrade and/ or replacement. A value scoping workshop was undertaken by Alberta Education with Prairie Land Regional Division in Delia on April 18 and 19, 2016. From this workshop, Alberta Education will look at the options, the costs and the space utilization that would result from each option. There is also an opportunity for PLRD to have discussions with the Village and the County regarding potential partnerships and contributions to enhance a future project. It was noted that although a modernization of Delia School is on the list of unfunded capital projects announced in the recent provincial budget, no funding approvals are in place.
Correspondence was received from Palliser Regional Municipal Services, advising that the County’s application to subdivide a portion of the S.E.1/4 8«-31-1 7-W4M, was approved subject to the following conditions: (1) Registration of the subdivision by means suitable to the Registrar of the Land Titles Office, [Section 81 and 89 of the Land Titles Act]; (2) All outstanding taxes to be paid to the municipality [Section 654 (‘l)(d) of the Municipal Government Act]; (3) Satisfactory arrangement to be made with the municipality for the provision of services, at the cost of the developer, [Section 655 of the Municipal Government Act]; (4) Concurrent registration of utility easements and rights-of-«way as required by relevant authorities [Section 654(1)(a) of the Municipal Government Act]; (5) Payment of Cash-In-Lieu for Municipal Reserve according to [Section 661 (b) of the Municipal Government Act] in the cash equivalent of the appraised value of 10% of the developable land area as determined by an independent market value appraisal, with the actual land area to be determined by the final survey [Section 667(1) of the Municipal Government Act].
CAO Rawlusyk discussed the work that has been taking place in regards to gathering information on the old school sites within Starland County. Dorothy Gwynn, together with several Starland residents, have been gathering information on all of the old school sites. Some of these sites have historical signage placed on them, recognizing the previous school presence, but several sites have yet to have signage placed there. Dorothy has prepared a map of all the sites as well as a list of schools that don’t have historical signage. CAO Rawlusyk noted that Bill Greer had a sign made and erected at the Hillview School this past year and suggested that Council consider developing a program to place signs at all the remaining unsigned school sites.
Moved that Starland County Council develop a program to identify and have signs prepared and placed at all the old school sites within the County that don’t presently have signage identifying these historical sites; and that four signs be purchased and erected each year until all historical school sites are signed. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Moved that Starland Counreimburse William Greer $878.33 for the cost of purchasing and erecting the Hillview School sign. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
The next regular meeting of the Council of Starland County will be held in the Starland
County Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, commencing at 8:00 am.
So with all the fog we have been having do we dare think about the winter that is coming our way?
The Munson 300 Raffle Draw lucky winner for October 22 was Jeanette Kowalchuk of Drumheller. Congratulations Jeanette, and thank you for buying a ticket.
We had a spectacular turnout for the Turkey Supper at the hall on October 20. I’m not sure if it’s the new hall but the meal tasted super delicious. Thank you to all the volunteers who donated food and helped out.
Volleyball is in full swing with the Senior High boys at Prairie Christian Academy on Wednesday and then Youngstown plays in Morrin on Thursday. Junior High boys are at Big Valley on Thursday. The Senior girls head to Vulcan for a tournament this weekend. Go Mustangs!
The Junior and Senior High will be attending WE Day on Wednesday in Calgary. It will be a fun filled day with some great motivational speakers.
The Remembrance Day ceremony at the school will be held on November 4.
There was also a very good turnout for the Annual School Awards which was held on October 21 at the school gym. Once again thank you to all the sponsors who contribute to the awards each year, it is through the community support that the program is able to continue.
There are still a few tickets left for the Munson Ladies Night on October 28 starting at 7:00. Call Terra Adams at 403-823-4510 for details and ticket information.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month so the Morrin Lions will be holding a public information session the evening of Tuesday, November 22 at the Morrin hall. The evening will include information on types of diabetes, prediabetes, exercise and nutrition.
Mark your calendars: the Morrin Santa Breakfast will be December 4 at the Morrin Hall and the Munson Santa Breakfast will be on December 18.
There will be a Rural Crime Watch Annual General Meeting on November 16 at the Diana Restaurant starting with supper at 6:00. Supper will be available for an extra cost. The meeting will start at 7:00.
It’s nice to see a bit of grain dust in the air on the weekend. Let’s hope we see it again very soon.
Have a good week and be kind to those around you.
Becky Kowalchuk 403-823-9264