Starland County scores 86% on safety audit
A regular meeting of the Council of Star land County wash eldin the Administration Office, M orrin, Alberta, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, commencing at 9:00 a.m. Present: Reeve: Barrie Hoover. Deputy Re eve: Allen Avramenko. Councillors: Steve Wannstrom, Bob Sargent and Murray Marshall. Staff: CA O Shirley Bremer. Assistant CAO Matthew Kreke. Chief Administrative Officer Shirley B re mer reviewed the CAO Report with Council. Highlights of the report included the following: •Shirley and Assistant CA O Kreke attended an info session with Municipal Affairs in Drum hell er on August 22 and 23 which covered all the major topics coming out of the updated MG A. The session provided information on potential implementation plans which will be useful over the next two years that the major changes will have to be implemented. •Star land County has undergone an external safety audit which is a requirement to maintain our Certificate of Recognition. In the preliminary result Star land County scored an 86% which is a pass. Several areas were noted for improvement and safety staff along with management will be working on further improvements over the coming years. •Shirley attended the annual ARMAA Conference in Camrose from September 6 to 8. Major topics of discussion included the provincial government’s new rules included in the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Act and the legalization of marijuana. Both changes will require alterations to our HR policies. •Following our annual group benefits policy renewal many of the areas of coverage have decreased in cost which will save the County $7,200 annually. Jay Garbutt of Sun Life Financial will be reviewing our policy for potential areas of extra coverage.
At 10:10 a.m. Public Works Supervisor Al Pratt attended the meeting and reviewed his Public Works Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: •The Public Works crew has been hauling clay from the Munson Fire Hall, working on Hamlet CleanUp Days, repairing culvert ends, pat ching pot holes, installing signs and fixing road shoulders. • Grader Operators have been maintaining their roads and helping with the gravel program. • Gary, Kevin and Thomas have been doing regular maintenance on the heavy duty equipment. •Buck continues with regular maintenance on the county light duty fleet. • Brenda has been dealing with service rig permits and overweight equipment permits and responding to bylaw complaints. •Al has been meeting with salesmen, doing paperwork, and working with contractors for the Bur field Culvert and Munson Fire Hall
Moved that Star land enter into a rent-to-own agreement with Rocky Mountain Equipment of Drum hell er for a 2017 Degelman 7200 Rock Picker for a price of $3,000.00 p er month which will be subtracted from the purchase price in 2018. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
At 11:15 a.m. Al Pratt departed from the meeting.
At 11:20 a.m ., Municipal Services Man age rRiep attended the meeting and reviewed his Municipal Services Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: • The Munson Truck Fill is progressing with much of the tank fabrication completed which should be ready for site installation within the month. The supply line to the site is to be installed starting next Monday with the directional drilling being done by N uEdge Construction. •There has been erratic water consumption within the Hamlet of R um seysincee arly this spring. The water consumption surged to more than 500% of the average during the peak from June through the middle of September. While levels have fallen back to normal the summer numbers are way out of line with population and Glen will be looking to perform an audit on the system incoming years. •Cows entering the Star land County Recreation Area have been an issue over t he summer with the low levels in the Red Deer allowing the cows to cross at low points. •We are still under a Fire Advisory and there is no reason to return to normal burning operations at this time. Notice was received from Pliser Municipal Services and Land Titles that the land purchased for the Fire Hall located on SE-20-30-15-W4 has been registered as a subdivision and officially transferred to Star land County ownership.
The building inspection report on the new Craig my le Fire Hall has been received. Thereport outlines some minor deficiencies however overall the building is well suited to the intended use and will not require any major upgrades or repairs.
The fall meeting of the Central Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties will be held on Friday October 13 at the Cast or Community Hall commencing at 10:00 a.m.
CA OB re mer reviewed with Council an updated copy of the Agenda for the 2017 Fall Convention of the A AM DC. Accommodations need to be confirmed so final numbers will be needed for attendance. Moved t hat all Councillors as well as designated staff be authorized to attend the Fall AAMDC Convention in Edmonton and that registration and expenses be paid. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Assistant CA OK re ker eviewed a summary of lands transferred from the Province over the last five years. The properties have been recently appraised with all oil and gas leases sig ned and ac counted for. All agricultural leases were expunged at the time of transfer from the Province. Administration is requesting direction for the use or disposal of the lands over the coming year. Move d that Administration be instructed to Offer for lease the lands transferred by the province by sealed tender with the right of first refusal being granted to the current Les see with new lease agreements being in place for the 2018 calendar year. CARRIED UNANI - MOUSLY.
Assistant CA OK re keg ave a brief update on preparations for the upcoming municipal election. Three elections will be held in Divisions 2,4 and 5. The community halls have been booked and workers have been hired.
Moved that an Advance Poll for the 2017 Municipal Election, in accordance with Sec- tion 73 of the Local Authorities Election Act, be set for October 12,2017 between the hours of 10:00 a .m. and 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. located at the Star land County Administration Office in M orrin, Alberta. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Moved that the wage rate for persons hired to work the 2017 Municipal Election be set at $25.00/ hr. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Assistant CA OK re ker eviewed with Council a summary of background research on Old MacDonald Kennels of Ponoka. Currently there is no contract dog enforcement in the County and the company has come highly recommended. Preliminary negotiations and a site visit have all been positive.
Moved that administration pursue a contract with Old MacDonald Kennels of Ponoka County for the enforcement of Bylaw 985. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
A request was received from the Rowley Community Association for financial assistance in covering their costs incurred in hiring students to work in the Hamlet of Rowley over the past summer. The summer ha s been extremely busy in Rowley hosting tourist sand a number of community events and without the summer student hiring these events would not be possible.
Moved that Starland County donate $4,500.00 to the Rowley Community Association to help cover the costs of hiring students over the 2017 summer season. CARRIED UNANI - MOUSLY.
A complaint was received from a resident of Craig my le that farm equipment is being parked on land inside the Hamlet boundaries. Administration noted that the actual lands ar e the property of CN Railway.
Each of the Councillors present briefly reported on the various committees to which they are appointed.
The next meeting of the Council of Star land County is to be held on Wednesday, October 11,2017, in the Star land County Administration Office, M orrin, Alberta, commencing at 9:00 a.m