Mun­son Fire Hall date of com­ple­tion on sched­ule

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Con­tin­ued from March 28

CAO Bre­mer, PW Su­per­vi­sor Pratt and As­sis­tant PW Su­per­vi­sor Black met with en­gi­neers from Stan­tec Con­sult­ing re­gard­ing road and bridge files. File BF71779, for which the ten­der was awarded to Un­sur­pass­able, was re­viewed. Un­sur­pass­able has re­quested to move the con­struc­tion date up to March and April of this year; how­ever, our en­gi­neers have ad­vised against this due to po­ten­tial road bans, frost in the ground, and pos­si­ble school bus de­tours. A de­ci­sion was made to con­tinue with the orig­i­nal con­struc­tion plan for July and Au­gust 2018. A re­view of the bridge files was also un­der­taken and an ac­tion plan for ad­dress­ing the sub­stan­tial list will be de­vel­oped by PW Su­per­vi­sor Pratt and Stan­tec en­gi­neers. • Stan­tec will be pro­vid­ing an es­ti­mate of the cost sav­ings if the County re­turned to 3:1 slopes in­stead of 4:1 slopes. Stan­tec is strongly rec­om­mend­ing that we re­main with the 4:1 slopes as per AB Trans­porta­tion stan­dards. • A road meet­ing needs to be sched­uled to re­view the 10-year road plan, bridge re­place­ment and re­pair files, gravel pro­gram, etc. • Sharon White has been or­ga­niz­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing the changes re­quired un­der the Na­tional Safety Codes. Train­ing has been sched­uled for our staff and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers on March 9, 2018 and con­sists of four cour­ses: hours of ser­vice (timesheets), trip in­spec­tions, cargo se­cure­ment, and weight and di­men­sions. Sharon and Gary have also been im­ple­ment­ing a main­te­nance and safety pro­gram which is due by March 7, 2018.

Coun­cil was pro­vided with a draft con­ven­tion sched­ule for the 2018 AAMDC Spring Con­ven­tion and Trade show to be held March 19-21, 2018 in Ed­mon­ton, AB. Ho­tel rooms have been re­served at the Westin Ho­tel and con­fir­ma­tion num­bers will be pro­vided to at­ten­dees at the next Coun­cil meet­ing. There will be a Mayor/Reeves Li­ai­son Meet­ing at 3:00 p.m. on the Mon­day for which agenda items are to be sub­mit­ted in ad­vance. There will also be a Gen­e­sis meet­ing at 4:00 p.m. for which the County can sub­mit a proxy.

At 10:00 a.m., Al Pratt, Pub­lic Works Su­per­vi­sor, at­tended the meet­ing and re­viewed his Pub­lic Works Re­port with Coun­cil. High­lights of his re­port in­cluded the fol­low­ing: • The PW crew has con

tin­ued with plough­ing and sand­ing with tandems and one-ton; plough­ing and wing­ing with spare graders; snow re­moval in ham­lets; tree cut­ting and buck­ing into fire­wood; brush­ing; in­stalling tem­po­rary sig­nage; scrap metal run to Brooks; hauled unit #601 to Cal­gary; garbage run; and sump clean-out in County Shop. • Buck con­tin­ues with the reg­u­lar main­te­nance of the County’s light duty fleet and CVIPs of the light duty ve­hi­cles. • Gary, Kevin and Thomas have been do­ing reg­u­lar main­te­nance of the County’s heavy-duty equip­ment and CVIPs for same. • Gary and Sharon are im­ple­ment­ing a new pre­trip book and main­te­nance sched­ule as per the AB Trans­porta­tion au­dit. • The grader men have been wing­ing and plough­ing snow, as well as open­ing roads for the brusher and clear­ing roads af­ter the brusher is done. • PW Su­per­vi­sor Pratt has been re­spond­ing to a cou­ple of snow com­plaints; com­plet­ing pa­per­work; Road Data in­spec­tions in­clud­ing safety con­cerns over frac crew’s hose reels; in­spec­tion of Mix­cor and Moench pits to en­sure stakes were still vis­i­ble and marked clearly so that sur­vey­ors can com­plete gravel sur­vey; re­viewed five Safe Work Pro­ce­dures at Fe­bru­ary Safety Meet­ing; met with sales per­son­nel.

Coun­cil­lor Rew ex­pressed con­cern over safety is­sues sur­round­ing a frack­ing unit op­er­ated by Mar­quee En­ergy Ltd. The hose reels are sit­ting on the road and are a po­ten­tial driv­ing haz­ard. There is pipe go­ing across the road, the sig­nage is in­ad­e­quate, the road cross­ing is poor, and the reels need to be moved off the road to a stag­ing area or ap­proach/ ac­cess. The cur­rent road use agree­ment for this con­struc­tion, which has not been signed by the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion, does not spec­ify any re­quire­ments in re­la­tion to sig­nage/safety. PW Su­per­vi­sor Pratt will con­tact Mar­quee En­ergy to get our con­cerns over this cur­rent is­sue re­solved asap. Coun­cil­lor Rew would like to have a for­mal re­view of the Road Use Agree­ment tem­plate to en­sure that sig­nage and road safety is­sues are ad­dressed in fu­ture agree­ments where con­struc­tion af­fects the mo­tor­ing pub­lic. The for­mat of the road use agree­ment tem­plate will be re­viewed at a fu­ture safety meet­ing and at the next road meet­ing.

The an­nual Road Tour has been ten­ta­tively sched­uled for April 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. The Road Meet­ing has been ten­ta­tively sched­uled for April 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

The Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta and the Oil and Gas sec­tor have been work­ing on get­ting a more con­sis­tent ap­proach to oil and gas ma­chin­ery and equip­ment (M&E) as­sess­ments across all Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments. Starland County cur­rently has a con­tract as­ses­sor and have had very few com­plaints re­gard­ing our M&E tax as­sess­ments. We have been asked to sign an agree­ment to be­come part of the hy­brid con­tract whereby Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs will even­tu­ally be the as­ses­sor for all des­ig­nated in­dus­trial prop­er­ties. The tran­si­tion pe­riod is over three years, dur­ing which our con­tracted as­ses­sor will pro­vide the M&E as­sess­ment in­for­ma­tion to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs As­sess­ment Branch. The as­sess­ments will be sent to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs in a for­mat pre­scribed by them which will be con­sis­tent through­out Al­berta. Des­ig­nated In­dus­trial Prop­er­ties (DIP) will be levied a fee to com­pen­sate for the ex­pense in­volved in this as­sess­ment tran­si­tion process. Most coun­ties have al­ready signed these agree­ments with the prov­ince.

MOVED that Starland County en­ter into an agree­ment with Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs to be­come part of the Tran­si­tional Hy­brid De­liv­ery Model for As­sess­ment of Des­ig­nated In­dus­trial Prop­erty (DIP) over the next three-year pe­riod, com­menc­ing Jan­uary 1, 2018 to De­cem­ber 31, 2020; and that the Reeve and CAO be au­tho­rized to en­dorse this Agree­ment on be­half of Coun­cil. CAR­RIED UNAN­I­MOUSLY.

CAO Bre­mer re­viewed the 2017 Com­pS­tat Re­port from the Drumheller RCMP with Coun­cil. Some sta­tis­tics of note in­cluded: • A 17% in­crease in calls for ser­vice from 2016. • 45.15% of calls were from Starland County zone.

CAO Bre­mer re­viewed pro­posed By­law 1130 with Coun­cil which would au­tho­rize Ad­min­is­tra­tion to ac­cess short-term fi­nanc­ing up to a ceil­ing of $5,000,000.00 (which in­cludes $30,000.00 al­lowance for Mas­ter­card) un­til the ma­jor­ity of tax rev­enues are re­al­ized in Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber. Coun­cil has pre­vi­ously dis­cussed op­tions to move up the tax pay­ment dead­line to re­duce any bor­row­ing re­quire­ments but de­cided against this strat­egy so that farm­ers had an op­por­tu­nity to har­vest their crops and gen­er­ate rev­enues to pay their taxes.

MOVED that By­law No. 1130, a By­law of Starland County, to au­tho­rize the County to en­ter into short­term bor­row­ing ar­range­ments in 2018 for the pur­pose spec­i­fied in Sec­tion 256 of the Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act, be given Third and Fi­nal Read­ing. CAR­RIED UNAN­I­MOUSLY.

Coun­cil re­viewed a pe­ti­tion that has been sub­mit­ted to the County in re­la­tion to a pro­posed So­lar Power Farm Devel­op­ment on SW &E ½ 28-29-20-W4M. Starland County Coun­cil dis­cussed this mat­ter, how­ever, an ap­pli­ca­tion for this pro­posed devel­op­ment has not yet been re­ceived.

Man­ager Riep at­tended the meet­ing at 1:55 p.m.

The reg­u­lar Coun­cil meet­ing re­cessed at 1:55 p.m. to al­low for the Pub­lic Hear­ing of By­law No.1129 to amend the Land Use By­law No. 1125.

The reg­u­lar Coun­cil meet­ing re­sumed at 2:05 p.m.

Amend­ing By­law No. 1129, to amend Land Use By­law 1125, was given a fi­nal re­view.

MOVED that Amend­ing By­law No. 1129, a By­law to amend Land Use By­law No. 1125, amend­ing this doc­u­ment to com­ply with the new pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 9(3) and Sec­tion 12(4) of the re­vised Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act, be given Sec­ond Read­ing. CAR­RIED UNAN­I­MOUSLY.

MOVED that Amend­ing By­law No. 1129, a By­law to amend Land Use By­law No. 1125, amend­ing this doc­u­ment to com­ply with the new pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 9(3) and Sec­tion 12(4) of the re­vised Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act, 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:

• The me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal work on the Mun­son Truck Fill is now un­der­way. The next step will be the dis­in­fec­tion and test­ing of the sup­ply line to the truck fill as well as the chlo­ri­na­tion and dis­in­fec­tion of the hold­ing tank. • Fur­ther re­pairs are re­quired on the Craigmyle emer­gency back-up fire pump. Cur­rently, there is no fire pump sup­port or emer­gency pump abil­ity for the town. Re­pair parts should be avail­able next week. • The new coin or PIN pad at the Craigmyle wa­ter sta­tion will be in­stalled shortly. Prep work in­cludes re-plumb­ing por­tions of the pip­ing in­side the build­ing and in­stalling sev­eral valves and back flow pre­ven­tion de­vices. • New gas heaters have been in­stalled at the CLV and new Mun­son Truck fill sta­tions to re­place elec­tric heaters. • Danielle has been as­sist­ing in com­plet­ing the an­nual wa­ter re­ports for all the var­i­ous sys­tems in the County. The re­ports in­clude a sum­mary of all the daily de­tailed data as well as in­for­ma­tion on each sys­tem, any de­fi­cien­cies, re­pairs, and an­a­lyt­i­cal re­ports. • The Mun­son Fire Hall project con­tin­ues to be on tar­get with an an­tic­i­pated com­ple­tion date of April 15, 2018. • There has been a steady stream of fire per­mits is­sued re­cently due to the op­ti­mal weather con­di­tions. A house de­mo­li­tion per­mit has also been is­sued. • The an­nual in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Self-Con­tained Breath­ing Ap­pa­ra­tus used by fire ser­vices has been com­pleted by Valen In­dus­tries. • The in­spec­tion and re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of all the County fire ex­tin­guish­ers has been com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary 2018. • Rocky Moun­tain Phoenix re­cently com­pleted re­pairs and re­placed some valves and gas­kets on the Craigmyle Fire Truck. There are still some fur­ther re­pairs and equip­ment re­place­ments re­quired for this unit. • Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment and Parks has ap­proved a boat launch to be built at the Mor­rin Bridge site. Starland County will be deemed the owner/op­er­a­tor of the boat launch and will have to fol­low cer­tain guide­lines with re­spect to re­pairs and main­te­nance of the fa­cil­ity. • Man­ager Riep has been work­ing on the fol­low­ing: road cross­ing and util­ity cross­ing agree­ments; me­chan­i­cal work on Mun­son Truck Fill; sup­plies and equip­ment; me­chan­i­cal up­grades to Mor­rin and Mun­son sta­tions; Craigmyle wa­ter cis­tern; truck re­pairs; fire per­mits; fire equip­ment needs; me­chan­i­cal re­pairs to Craigmyle wa­ter sta­tion; MOU with Petroleum Tank Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Al­berta; sub­di­vi­sion in­quiries; staffing sched­ules and wa­ter in­spec­tion com­pli­ance; pri­vate ac­cess ap­proach con­sents.

There was fur­ther dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the pro­posed so­lar power farm devel­op­ment on SW & E1/2 28-2920-W4M. Man­ager Riep will con­tact the de­vel­op­ers.

Coun­cil­lor Mar­shall ad­vised Coun­cil that Henry Kroeger Wa­ter Sys­tem and the Vil­lage of Delia will be in­stalling a new wa­ter tank that will in­crease wa­ter stor­age in Delia and as­sist with in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity on the wa­ter line. The cur­rent ca­pac­ity in the ex­ist­ing wa­ter tower is 10,000 gal­lons.

There were some ques­tions from Coun­cil re­gard­ing the re­quired set-back dis­tance from the road al­lowance for any im­prove­ments. Man­ager Riep ad­vised that the set back is mea­sured from the edge of the road al­lowance. Man­ager Riep will check the prop­erty im­prove­ment in ques­tion.

Man­ager Riep de­parted the meet­ing at 2:57 p.m.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.