White­court Town Coun­cil briefs

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Dec. 1 meet­ing

The Lac Ste. Anne Foun­da­tion’s Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer pre­sented its pro­posed 2017 bud­get at the Novem­ber 28 Reg­u­lar Meet­ing of Coun­cil. The or­ga­ni­za­tion man­ages and op­er­ates se­niors sup­port­ive hous­ing in the re­gion, and a por­tion of White­court prop­erty own­ers’ an­nual prop­erty taxes is al­lo­cated to the Foun­da­tion for op­er­a­tions.

The Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee has or­ga­nized Town Hall meet­ings at three lo­cal schools dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber. The ses­sions in­volve Town Coun­cil at­tend­ing all schools to dis­cuss the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment’s role, re­view cur­rent and fu­ture projects, and an­swer ques­tions from stu­dents. This is the 3rd year that Coun­cil has par­tic­i­pated in these events.

The Town of White­court will be sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion to the CARES Grant Pro­gram. The CARES (Com­mu­nity and Regional Eco­nomic Sup­port) Grant funds projects that im­prove lo­cal busi­ness en­vi­ron­ments, and in­crease in­vest­ment in the com­mu­nity. The Town of White­court is ap­ply­ing for funds to sup­port an en­hanced busi­ness part­ner­ship project that is pro­posed to in­clude down­town busi­ness/prop­erty own­ers, as well as a sig­nage ini­tia­tive to drive traf­fic to the down­town core.

The Town of White­court will be sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Al­berta Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Pro­gram for the com­ple­tion of a Regional Recre­ation and Cul­ture In­te­gra­tion Plan. The project, which is pro­posed to be com­pleted in part­ner­ship with Wood­lands County, will in­volve the devel­op­ment and in­te­gra­tion of a sports­field master plan, as well as schematic/de­tailed de­sign of the pro­posed arts and cul­ture cen­tre and li­brary.

The Town of White­court has sent a let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau and the Spe­cial Com­mit­tee on Elec­toral Re­form voic­ing its sup­port of a ref­er­en­dum prior to changes to the cur­rent first-past­the-post vot­ing sys­tem for fed­eral elections. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is propos­ing to change the cur­rent elec­tion sys­tem, which could have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on how fed­eral gov­ern­ments are elected, and how com­mu­ni­ties and Cana­di­ans are rep­re­sented on a fed­eral level.

White­court once again was a big win­ner dur­ing the 2016 Rider’s Choice Awards spon­sored by SnoRiders West pub­li­ca­tions.

• Platinum Award – Favourite Over­all Snow­mo­bil­ing Area in Al­berta

• Platinum Award – Favourite Groomed Trail Rid­ing in Al­berta

• Platinum Award – Favourite Pow­der Rid­ing in Al­berta

• Platinum Award – Favourite Area for Fam­ily Snow­mo­bil­ing in Al­berta

• Gold Award – Favourite Scenic Snow­mo­bil­ing Area in Al­berta

• Sil­ver Award – Favourite Snow­mo­bil­ing Area in West­ern Canada

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