Munson Fire Hall Project tender conditionally awarded
A regular meeting of the Council of Starland County was held in the Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, commencing at 9:00 am. Present: Reeve: Barrie Hoover, Deputy Reeve: Allen Avramenko, Councillors: Murray Marshall, Steve Wannstrom, and Bob Sargent, Staff : CAO R. Rawlusyk, Assistant CAO S. Bremer, Special Projects Manager M. Kreke.
Chief Administrative Officer Ross Rawlusyk reviewed his CAO Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: - Ross noted that his retirement date is nearing effective May 15, 2017. He noted that he would like to be involved in the transition of power and subject to Council’s approval, he hopes to come back on a reduced time basis to assist the new CAO with all the files in transition. - Our committee of Shirley, Glen, Matthew and Ross have been working with Palliser Regional Municipal Services for nearly three years on the development of a new Land Use Bylaw for Starland County. The new bylaw creates three new zones and introduces updates relative to new legislation and development potential (marijuana regulation) that is evolving. We have also added many new definitions to help clarify the intent of the bylaw for readers. A Public Hearing will be held today to get final input into the document. - Ross provided an update on the County’s new HR Program. Kory is developing an orientation process and taking over some of the hiring tasks for a few departments. She will also be reviewing some of our personnel policies, wage scales and developing a new staff survey and performance review process. He noted that for an organization our size its a great help to have someone working in this capacity. - Ross noted a few of the instant rebates for energy-efficient products. The incentives are part of the Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential Retail Products Program and details of the program are available online. - Insight into Government has updated the Directory of Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Committees of Cabinet and the Legislature.
Alberta Agriculture has a number of current and updated weather maps available. As well, near real time hourly weather station data can be viewed and downloaded atwvvw.agri culture. alberta. ca/stations.
The Safety Committee is recommending a change to allow seasonal workers to access the boot allowance at $150.00 for every two years. Currently the boot allowance for seasonal workers is $75.00 per year and that amount is not always sufficient to get a 6” high CSA grade boot.
The Delia C—2000 Club has thrown their support behind a plan to develop a new seed cleaning plant in the Delia area.
Moved that the Council Meeting be recessed at 10:00 a.m. to allow time for the Public Hearing for the new Land Use Bylaw 1125. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Moved that the regular meeting of Council be resumed at 10:35 a.m. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
The new Land Use Bylaw 1125 was given a final review.
Moved that Land Use Bylaw 1125, a bylaw governing land use planning and development standards in Starland County, repealing and replacing Bylaw 1064, be given Second Reading. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Moved that Land Use Bylaw 1125, a bylaw governing land use planning and development standards in Starland County, repealing and replacing Bylaw 1064, be given Third and Final Reading and Finally Passed. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Manager Riep reviewed his Municipal Services Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following:
Crews have been busy with cemetery work, THM and Lead sample collection, building repairs at Craigmyle water station and daily water system monitoring and testing.
Glen is assisting the Morning Glory Water group in the meter upgrades to their system. The incorporation of the new meters is only a small upgrade in relation to where they need to be. Once they get all the information back from the association, they will be able to load the data into our water read and billing program to initiate the account identification. It will then be up to the landowners to install the units themselves.
Glen has been assisting the Village of Munson with some operational problems in the plant as a result of failed PRV equipment. The original system design was improperly developed and such has resulted in the reduced efficiency of the pumps and even complete failure on one pump. The impact on the Starland Regional system is reflected in the alarm and monitoring issues and flows and pressure issues are occurring regularly.
At the last MPC meeting the Suncor Wind Farm Project in the Hand Hills development was approved. The project will include 52 turbines to be situated in the Handhills of which 31 turbine sites will be located in Starland County. The project approval from Alberta Utilities Commission is expected this fall with winter construction to commence in 2018. it is the goal of Suncor to have the farm operational by the end of 2018.
Glen attended an information session hosted by Victim Services in Drumheller focussing on bio haz- ardous materials found at emergency scenes and the precautions necessary when encountering homes or property where these contaminants may be occurring.
Glen reviewed a copy of the letter he drafted to Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) in response to Application RA17015 from Cloverleaf Hutterian Brethren on a Ptn. of the N 1/4 23-31 -1 8-W4M. Within this letter he noted concerns brought forth by the Starland Municipal Planning Commission, mainly in regard to incorporation of manure wastes, onsite waste collection and retention facilities, manure disposal lands and ground water sustainability.
CAO Rawlusyk reviewed his discussions with ATCO Electric representatives in regards to fire suppression when ATCO Electric is found to be responsible for the cause of the fire. ATCO shared the legal opinion which they obtained and also forwarded a Letter of Agreement in regards to Starland County Fire Suppression. In this agreement, ATCO will complete a thorough internal investigation as to the initial cause of fires that may be attributed to the power system which they will share with Starland County’s Fire Marshall. If the investigation concludes that ATCO is responsible, they will accept responsibility and pay appropriate related Fire Suppression invoices. If they can’t determine the initial cause, they will contact the County for assistance.
Moved that Starland County accept ATCO Electric’s Letter of Agreement in regards to Fire Suppression within Starland County as reviewed. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
At 11:15 a.m., Manager Riep departed from the meeting. continued next week