Star­land County scores 86% on safety au­dit

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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

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