Michichi Dam Fish­ing Derby set for Au­gust 26

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS! - Kevin Soren­son Re­ports Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

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.

If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing this or pre­vi­ous col­umns you may write me at 4945-50th Street, Cam­rose, Al­berta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, toll-free 1-800-665-4358, fax 780-6084603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­son.c1@parl.gc.ca.

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