Suncor interested in solar development
A regular meeting of the Council of Starland County was held in the Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, commencing at 9:00 a.m.
Chief Administrative Officer Ross Rawlusyk reviewed his CAO Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: • Ross noted that we now have the assessment numbers in for 2017 and in doing a comparison between this year and last, our assessment totals are down substantially. Linear properties, as well as machinery and equipment assessment totals have declined by 13.07% and 8.17% respectively. Based on the 2016 tax rates, this would be a reduction in taxation dollars of nearly $1,000,000.00. This will certainly impact our final 2017 Budget figures, which will mean possible reductions or cuts, mill rate increases and possible service fee increases.
• The Province of Alberta recently introduced a No-Charge Energy Savings Program. This program is for residential homeowners and is for in-home installations of no-charge efficiency products, all for free.
• Open House dates have been set for public information sessions regarding our new proposed Land Use Bylaw. The first meeting is in the Delia Community Hall on March 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the second meeting is at the Morrin Community Hall on March 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• The Munson Fire Hall Committee have been working to finalize the general design specifications so that tender drawings can be completed. They are proceeding with in-slab heat and hope to have design drawings ready for final review by the middle of March. Following approval of the drawings the tender will be posted with a closing date of April 12.
• Congratulations to Kory Bremer who was se
lected as the successful candidate for the Human Resources Coordinator position. Kory has a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Human Resources.
• The Starland Regional Water Authority audit was completed on March 6, 2017.
• Suncor is interested in exploring some potential solar development on lands owned by Starland County.
At 10:16 p.m., Public Works Supervisor Pratt attended the meeting and reviewed his Public Works Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following:
• The Public Works crew have been steaming culverts, plowing and sanding, hauling gravel from the Moench Pit to the County compound and other miscellaneous jobs as needed.
• Buck has been installing equipment and de
cals, etc. on the two new County trucks, as well as regular maintenance and repair duties as required.
• Garry and Kevin are doing regular maintenance and repairs as required. Garry also reviewed the specs for the Tandem Highway Tractor, which is now on the APC to request tenders.
• Thomas completed his final year of apprenticeship and now has his Red Seal for Heavy Duty Mechanic.
• Brenda has been dealing with bylaw complaints and rig moves.
• Grader men have completed their gravel maps.
• Al has been working on gravel maps, paper
work, meeting with salesmen, etc., as well as monitoring the slide areas in the County.
At 10:25 a.m., Public Works Supervisor Pratt departed from the meeting.
In regards to the postponement of the 2017 Tax Sale, Lot 13, Block 2, Plan 2975AH Rumsey was re-appraised. With this information in hand, we now need to set a reserve bid on this property for the upcoming Tax Sale on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
Moved that a reserve bid in the amount of $3,490.00 be set for the tax sale property described as Lot 13, Block 2, Plan 2975AH (Hamlet of Rumsey); and that the terms of the sale is cash. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
A copy of the Government of Alberta Speech From The Throne was provided to Council for their review.
Correspondence was received from the Office of the Public Trustee Office in regards to the County’s Offer to Purchase for Lots 21 and 22, Block 4, Plan 5120AM (Hamlet of Rumsey) from Jack Pritchett.
They noted that they have been contacted with respect to obtaining a Court Order giving Trusteeship of the financial affairs of Mr. Pritchett to their office. They are now requesting information in regards to his property in the Hamlet of Rumsey.
Correspondence was received from Alberta Municipal Affairs, providing us with the 2016 Municipal Affairs Population List versus the 2016 Federal Census Population. Starland County’s municipal census is 2,071 versus the federal census of 2,066.
The AAMDC forwarded a Member Bulletin advising that their Board Governance Review Committee have now finished their deliberations and will present their recommendations to the AAMDC Board of Directors on March 2, 2017. The recommendations of this report will be voted on by the membership at the Spring 2017 Convention.
A letter of request for Amateur Team Grant Funding was received from the Morrin Figure Skating Club. They have 37 registered skaters including 15 Senior skaters.
Moved that the Morrin Figure Skating Club be awarded an Amateur Team Grant in the amount of $1,350.00 (37 x $50.00). CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
CAO Rawlusyk reviewed the Farm and Ranch Workplace Legislation Recommendations Report, outlining discussions on the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. He suggested that this report be further discussed at the next ASB Meeting in April. Feedback can be provided on this document prior to April 30, 2017.
Each of the Councillors present briefly reported on the various committees to which they are appointed.