Spring 2018 move in date scheduled for Munson Fire Hall
A regular meeting of the Council of Starland County was held in the Administration Office, Morrin, Alberta, on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, commencing at 9:00 a.m.
Moved that the Financial Statement for the period ending November 30th be approved as submitted. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Chief Administrative Officer Shirley Bremer reviewed the CAO Report with Council. Highlights of the report included the following: • The Provincial Govern
ment has announced a change whereby municipalities will be able to claim a tax credit for uncollectable education taxes levied on oil and gas properties retroactive to 2015. • Alberta Transportation recently did a National Safety Code Audit which aims to make sure that Starland County’s Carrier License requirements are met. As Starland County did not pass the Audit we now await a letter containing necessary next steps to get into compliance. • Shirley, Bob and Steve attended the AEMA 2017 Stakeholder Summit in Edmonton on December 5th and 6th. The keynote speaker reviewed lessons from the Fort McMurray Wildfire. • Management staff has been busy doing employee evaluations over the last few weeks with year-end quickly approaching.
At 10:00 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 setting up plows and sanders, running scrap metal to Brooks, hauling sand and gravel from the Handhills, plowing and sanding roads and hauling equipment. • Gary, Kevin and Thomas have been doing regular maintenance on the heavy duty equipment and setting up the plows for winter. • Buck continues with reg
ular maintenance on the county light duty fleet and 3c helping arrange the paperwork for the NSC Audit. • Brenda has been work
ing from home while she is dealing with some personal issues. • Al has been doing paperwork, checking on road is-
sues, doing a job tour with Doug, working on the capital plan and doing employee evaluations.
At 11:00 a.m., Municipal Services Manager Riep attended the meeting and reviewed his Municipal Services Report with Council. Highlights of his report included the following: • The Munson Truck fill Station has progressed to the point where most of the underground facilities have been completed and the building itself has been erected. The work can now focus on the mechanical and electrical components inside the building. • The solar back-up power installation for the CLV Water System is still undergoing upgrades after a number of deficiencies were noted with the initial construction. The goal is to get the system to feed back into the grid once the backup battery system is full. The work will be performed by Gridworks of Alberta. • The main overhead door on the Michichi Fire Hall has been installed and is working well. • Glen is investigating sev
eral property complaints associated with non-approved developments in Hamlets as well as the Bitfury Site over noise.
Notice was received from ATCO Electric that they have completed their own review of the fires on the SE-24-30-17-W4 related to invoices dated September 18th and 19th and have taken the position that ATCO is not financially responsible for the fire. Despite this, in the spirit of being a good corporate citizen ATCO has agreed to pay the invoices.
Assistant CAO Kreke gave an update on progress at the Munson Fire Hall. Currently the slab has been poured and steel is being delivered to the building site. Final move in is scheduled for spring of 2018.
Ronald and Joyce Milgate have requested an extension to their subdivision approval granted on December 19th of 2016. The applicants would like an extension until December 19th, 2018 in order to meet all the conditions. Moved that Subdivision File No. 2016-028 be granted an extension of one year from December 19th, 2017 to December 20th, 2018 for all conditions to be met. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
At 11:50 a.m. Glen de- parted from the meeting.
At 1:00 p.m. Lonna Hoggan from Canadian Badlands attended the meeting and gave a presentation on the activities of Canadian Badlands. The organization runs a number of events within the communities comprising Canadian Badlands that promote tourism within the area.
Moved that Councillor Watts and Deputy Reeve Sargent be authorized to attend the Canadian Badlands Annual Conference in Medicine Hat and that registration and expenses be paid. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Council was presented with a copy of the of Fall AAMDC 2017 Convention Highlights along with a list of resolutions endorsed at the convention.
Assistant CAO Kreke reviewed with Council a number of options for proceeding with lease agreements for the Tax Sale Land recently transferred to the County from the Government of Alberta.
CAO Bremer reviewed with Council notes from the CAAMDC Director’s Meeting held in Three Hills on December 8th. She noted that rural crime is now a widespread problem and seems to be getting worse as reported by other counties in our area.
Moved that Reeve Wannstrom be authorized to attend the Rural Crime Watch Conference in Lacombe and that registration and expenses be paid. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
A 2:00 p.m. representatives from several bridge contractors as well as Ken Menage of Stantec Consulting attended the meeting for the opening of tenders for Bridge File 71779.
At 2:20 p.m. the delegation departed from the meeting.
Moved that Starland County, along with the Village of Munson, submit an application for the 2018 Alberta Community Partnership Grant Program in the amount of $49,000.00 to cover the cost of an Infrastructure Study for the Village of Munson. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Moved that the meeting proceed In-Camera at 2:30 p.m. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Moved that the meeting proceed out of In-Camera at 3:30 p.m. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Notice was received from Alberta Transportation that Starland County’s applications for the 2018 Strategic Infrastructure Grant Program were received, considered complete and would be evaluated over the coming months.
Moved that Starland County authorize the cancellation of taxes in the names of the following corporations: Blaze Energy Ltd., Canadian Oil & Gas International Inc., Second Wave Petroleum Inc., and Questfire Energy Corp. totalling the sum of $29,761.44 so that Starland County may apply for the Provincial Education Requisition Credit for Uncollectable Education Property Taxes on Oil and Gas Properties in the sum of $4,824.00. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
An Amateur Team Grant application was received from the Delia Fun Hockey Team. The group currently has 17 registered participants. The grant funds each application at $50/participant to a maximum of $2,000.
Moved that Starland County approve a 2017 Amateur Team Grant payment to the Delia Fun Hockey Team in the amount of $850.00. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Continued next week