Michichi Dam Fishing Derby set for August 26
A regular meeting of the council of Starland County was held in the Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta on Thursday, June 29, 2017, commencing at 9:10 a.m.
Present: Reeve: Barrie Hoover, Deputy Reeve: Allen Avramenko; Councillors: Steve Wannstrom, Bob Sargent and Murray Marshall; Staff : CAO Shirley Bremer, Legislative Services Manager Kreke
Chief Administrative Officer Shirley Bremer reviewed the CAO report with council. Highlights of the report included the following: • Staff have been busy over the last month preparing the 2017 tax and assessment notices for mailing to county ratepayers. Property assessments can be appealed anytime within the first 60 days after the notices have been mailed. An information bulletin is included with the notices and we are pleased to see that a number of ratepayers are already paying their taxes for the year. • A general staff safety meeting was held on June 28 with the presentation focusing on a number of safety issues that have been repeatedly cropping up including non-use of PPE and complaints of county trucks speeding. The meeting was combined with a benefits plan update for full-time staff which included more information on the new employee assistance program. • Work on the Munson Hall site has been progressing nicely with new gravel work and landscaping nearing completion. Water drainage issues are still being worked out on the east side of the property but work should be completed in early July. • Canada celebrates its 150 birthday this weekend and celebrations are planned throughout the nation. •A list of trucks and equipment that are to be sold through a sealed tender has been prepared and included in the council packages. • The annual county barbecue was held on Friday, June 23 with a number of long service awards being awarded.
Moved by Councillor Marshall that the equipment list as submitted by administration be offered for sale by sealed tender and that the period for accepting tenders will close on July 24. Carried unanimously.
Moved by Deputy Reeve Avramenko that Starland County pay $500.00 to the East Central Heritage Society for right of entry on their lands affected by the Rumsey water pumping operations. Carried unanimously.
An addendum was received from Stantec Consulting to the Burfield Culvert tender document which amended the finish time to October 15, from September 15.
Moved by Councillor Marshal that Starland County amend the terms of the Burfield Culvert replacement tender documents to change the completion date to October 15 from September 15. Carried unanimously.
Notice was received from Alberta Transportation that our application for funding for Bridge File 8593 was rejected.
In 2014 the Government of Canada earmarked $200 million over five years to establish the national disaster mitigation program (NDMP). The NDMP is a federal-provincial grant program which funds local flood planning, mapping and mitigation proposals.
The Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA) in partnership with the Town of Coaldale has been awarded $173,250.00 by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund. The grant will allow SAEWA to evaluate potential locations for an energy-fromwaste facility in Southern Alberta.
CAO Bremer reviewed with Council a draft contract extension for Peace Officer services with Brenda Gallagher. The contract extends the current terms for an additional year.
Moved by Councillor Sargent that Starland County contract with Brenda Gallagher for Peace Officer Services as per the terms of the contract presented. Carried unanimously.
At 11:05 a.m. Municipal Services Manager Riep attended the meeting and presented the municipal services report. Highlights of his report included the following: • Glen has been working on arranging for the various components of the Munson Truck Fill. We will be using a boring company in order to install 600m of HDPE pipe from the connection point east of munson to the Truck Fill Site. He is also arranging for a pre-cast concrete water tank with the building to be tendered separately. • The utilities crew has been investigating possible water leaks on the morning glory water system. They have been meeting with members to locate leaks and arrange for locates and expose line for repairs. • The summer crew is keeping busy mowing in all areas of the county. With the long weekend approaching there is extra demands on the crew to hit all the areas and get the campgrounds ready. • The fire protection committee met last week and reviewed the past year’s operations and expenses from each of the municipalities.
CAO Bremer discussed with council an offer for sale from Brent Olmstead for several properties located in Craigmyle. One site in particular could potentially be useful as a fire hall for the Craigmyle fire department. CAO Bremer will discuss this offer further with Mr. Olmstead and council will review it further at a future meeting.
Moved by Reeve Hoover that the Michichi Dam Fishing Derby is to be held on August 26, 2017 with Starland County managing the event. Carried unanimously.
At 1:50 p.m. PW Supervisor Pratt and Caitlin Woods of Stantec Consulting attended the meeting. At 2:00 p.m. Caitlin reviewed with council the tender prices received for re-construction of the Burfield Culvert.
Moved by Councillor Wannstrom that Starland County contract with Unsurpassable construction out of Mountain View County for construction of the Burfield Culvert for a total price of $166,909.64. Carried unanimously.
Public works supervisor Al Pratt reviewed his public works report with council. Highlights of his report included the following: • The public works crew has now been pumping water at Rumsey for the last 29 days, they are continuing work on the Munson community hall and have torn down the old Rumsey skating rink shack. • Grader operators have been maintaining their roads and working with Colleena on the gravel program. • Gary, Kevin and Thomas have been doing regular maintenance on the heavy duty equipment and CVIPs. • Buck continues with regular maintenance on the county light duty fleet and CVIPs. • Brenda has been doing road use agreements for service rigs, bylaw complaints and has been in discussion with Marquee for drilling in July. • Al has been monitoring the Burfield culvert, meeting with the spare grader man and gravel haulers on the airport hill as well as Jay Miller from Lear Construction at the Munson Fire Hall.
Kristal Stornebrink has submitted a claim for damage to her tire from debris left on the county road north of the Village of Morrin. She is requesting $325.51.
Moved by Councillor Sargent that Starland County reimburse Kristal Stornebrink $325.51 for the replacement of a tire damaged on a gravel road north of Morrin. Motion defeated.
Moved by Councillor Sargent that Matthew Kreke be appointed as the Assistant C.A.O. of Starland County; and that the signing authorizations be amended to include Assistant CAO Matthew Kreke as a signing authority for Starland County. Carried unanimously.
Each of the Councillors present briefly reported on the various committees to which they are appointed.
Moved by Councillor Wannstrom that the meeting be adjourned at 3:20 p.m. Carried unanimously.
The next meeting of the council of Starland County is to be held on Thursday, July 26, 2017, in the Starland County Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta, commencing at 9:00 a.m. Meeting with the “Grassroots” around our Riding
As I write this mid-July Parliamentary Report, I am encouraged by the recent precipitation we have received in some parts of our large riding. It has been too dry for many of our agricultural producers and every bit of rain helps.
Other uplifting news includes the success of conservatives in our province agreeing to unite under one banner in time for the next provincial election cycle. Conservatives are disappointed with the performance of the Alberta NDP government and are doing the hard work needed to replace them. The amalgamation of the conservatives in our province is a major step forward, and we can all be pleased with this progress.
As always, constituents in Battle River-Crowfoot are generously sharing their political views with me at every stop I make throughout the summer. As usual, I am pleased to report that the vast majority of us feel the same way on the top political issues. From my perspective, I see political mismanagement of these issues from both the provincial government and the federal Liberal government.
There are many examples of what we are talking about. We know Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to arbitrarily make a secret multi-million dollar pay-off to Omar Khadr is wrong. The Supreme Court of Canada never ordered any monetary compensation. The Supreme Court ruled that repatriation of Omar Khadr was the proper remedy and that’s why the previous Conservative government brought him back to Canada. There was no need to apologize to a convicted terrorist. Justin Trudeau chose a mean-spirited approach that has made it harder for Khadr’s victim’s family to seek compensation.
The provincial government in their zeal to pursue “environmental” policies are driving our province into debt while failing to ensure workers have jobs. This was highlighted in my recent tour of the Sheerness Generating Station with fellow Albertan Members of Parliament Earl Dreeshen and Shannon Stubbs. While China and other countries continue to burn coal, export coal and build plants to generate power from coal, our governments are shutting down our coal plants with no plan for the reemployment of these workers.
Amidst the graduations, celebrations, parades and other events that I have been attending, there are also communitybuilding efforts. The “Taste of Stettler Night” and the Kneehill County’s “Farm to Table Culinary Tour” are events that bring together our volunteer organizations, local businesses, agriculture operations and workers to ‘ meet and greet’.
The history of our area of Alberta shows us that many local entrepreneurs developed prosperous and employmentgenerating enterprises large and small. Our agricultural industry has always and will continue to serve us well. As your Member of Parliament, it is great to see local communities working to try to maximize our opportunities.
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