Audit shows favourably for Starland County
A regular meeting of the Council of Starland County was held in the Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, commencing at 9:00 a.m.
At 9:10 a.m., Jeff Faupel, from Endeavor Chartered Accountants, attended the meeting to review Starland County’s 2016 Audited Financial Statements with Council. He also presented the Independent Auditor’s Report to members of Council. He noted, that the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Starland County as at December 31, 2016, the results of its operations, change in its net financial assets (debt) and its cash flows forthe year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards. Mr. Faupel reviewed the various consolidated statements of operations, deferred revenues, debt limits and equity in Tangible Capital Assets with Council, who are also the Audit Committee. In conclusion, Mr. Faupel advised Council that he had no recommendations to submit with his audit findings and that Starland County is in a good and stable financial position.
Moved that Starland County’s Audit Committee accept the 2016 Starland County Audited Financial Statement as reviewed, and authorize the release of the information found therein. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Chief Administrative Officer Ross Rawlusyk reviewed his CAO Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: complete and the 2016 Audited Financial Statement is ready for approval and submission to Municipal Affairs. Ross noted that Starland County’s net accumulated surplus went up by $987,282.00 this year. Our overall cash position is up and we continue to have no total debt or debt servicing: they are going to take steps to make it easier for people to generate their own electricity through small-scale, community-owned generation from wind or solar power. Bill 8, an Act to strengthen Municipal Government.
and includes changes such as new penalties for infractions, restrictions on the use of fireworks or exploding targets without written permission from a fire officer and improvements to flammable debris disposal and specific industry-based requirements. - Alberta Historical Resources Foundation have recommended that the County work with the Delia Historical Society to get the Springwater School reclassified as a municipally designated historical site. It currently carries a as a Municipal Resource, the Delia group could access grants for maintenance and repairs. - County employees have been dealing with a large amount of water which has accumulated on the north side of Rumsey. -Ross is meeting with ATCO to discuss a new protocol for ATCO fire calls when ATCO infrastructure is the cause of the fire. He is hoping they can draft an agreement and process to guide this issue going forward. - Council was provided with a copy of the Starland Regional Water Authority Financial Statement as of December 31, 2016 for their review. - An updated version of Land Use Bylaw 1125 was provided to Council for their review. Cynthia Municipal Services provided a summary of all the changes to be made, which CAO Rawlusyk reviewed with Council.
AAMDC forwarded a Member Bulletin with regards to the AAMDC Spring 2017 Convention noted that they will incorporate endorsed resolutions into advocacy efforts and will report back to the membership as developments are available. Board (MGB) forwarded information with regards to the Modernized Municipal Government Act (MMGA) and what these changes mean for ARB’s and the number of Councillors that are allowed to sit as members of LARB’s or CARB’s; - it outlines regulations in regards to brownfields; it outlines changes to theirjurisdiction; and under the MMGA municipalities will be required to establish a Local Assessment Review Board (LARB) and Composite Assessment Review board (CARB), regardless of whether a complaint has been filed.
Other changes are anticipated as this section of the MGA is reviewed throughout 2017.
CAO Rawlusyk reviewed information in regards to the fish stocking report for 2016 from Fisheries Management. Michichi and McLaren Dam’s are annually stocked with Rainbow Trout in April or May of each year, as well as a fall stocking in Michichi Dam in September.
Works Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: - Crews have been steaming and hydro-vaccing frozen culverts, pumping water throughout the County, grading and gravelling Munson Hall parking lot, removing snow fence and setting up irrigation pipe in Rumsey to pump excess water.
with the backhoe to break up bales at a fire on April 9. - Mechanics continue with regular maintenance and repairs as - Brenda has been busy with oilfield, ratepayers and bylaw complaints. - Al has been checking water erosion areas and other water damages. He also collected quotes for the supply of grader blades.
Moved that after reviewing the quotes received for the supply of a new tandem highway tractor, that a new 2017 Kenworth T880 conventional tractor unit be purchased from Greatwest Kenworth Ltd., Calgary, AB plus an extended warranty package for 6 yearsl600,000 miles. MOTION CARRIED.
Moved that Starland County Council approve the purchase of a 2015 10 ft. by 30 ft. construction crew trailer from Lacombe Trailer, Lacombe, AB. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Moved that Starland County purchase 350 pieces of 3l4”’x8’x4’ grader blades at $48.95 per piece for a total of $17,132.50 plus GST from Wearpro Equipment and Supply, Calgary, AB, FOB Morrin. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
At 2:05 p.m., Manager Riep attended the meeting and reviewed his Municipal Services Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: - Crews have been doing building repairs at the Craigmyle Water Station, monthly meter reads, water truckfill repairs, cleaning of vehicles and equipment as well as daily water system monitoring and testing. - Glen has been researching options with respect to the Munson truckfill station including water storage tanks, building designs as well as pumps and mechanical requirements for the system. supply to the site and service to goal will allow for fire protection of the building under the Building Code and to provide water to rural users in the area. preparing a tender by invitation for the water supply line feeding to the Munson Truck Fill Station as one project and a secondary project for the replacement of the steel line on the CLV system for later this spring. - Glen was approached by the operators of Dinosaur Trail RV Resort regarding water supply restricted flow to their site does not meet their peak demands during the summer months. - Glen met with John Hein of Alberta Health Services. He is canvassing throughout the province in support of the initiative by AHS for the Alberta Medical objective by the AMFR is to provide a standard framework for all agencies that respond to medical departments being involved in this program will be in the support in training and equipment for medical response such as air supply apparatus, masks, trauma kits, stretchers and AED units.
Glen has scheduled a presentation to our Fire Chiefs later in June. been re-scheduled for June 15 at 1:00 p.m. (AMFR) presentation is scheduled for June 7 at 7:00 p.m. CAO Rawlusyk reviewed the new legislation and specified penalties in regards to the Forest and At 2:50 p.m., Manager Riep departed from the meeting. ofthe Alberta Agreement for Capital Finance a copy of the minutes of the AGM held on Mar 4, 2016 for Council’s perusal.
A Member Bulletin was received from the AAMDC in regards to changes to the Elected a complete course content and structure renewal and reducing the number of courses offered so that they can focus on those that are of most value to elected course will meet the needs of the mandatory elected official training requirement under the revised MGA. assessment ser- vices is up for renewal. CAO Rawlusyk and Assistant CAO Bremer met with Rodney Vikse, Wild Rose Assessment Services Inc. to review a new contract in this regard.
Moved that Starland County Agreement with Wild Rose Assessment Services Inc. for the provision of assessment services as outlined within the contract for a 5-year term, with an additional 5-year renewal option, covering the period of June 1, 2017 to March 31, 2027. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Correspondence was received from Tim Trytten, AEA/GIS Coordinator of Alberta Emergency Management Agency, providing an update on the Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) training.
Council discussed the issuance of fire permits and the possibility of restricting permits to specified types of burns only and limiting permits issued around long weekends as firefighters are not as readily available then.
Each of the Councillors reported on the various committees to which they are appointed.
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