The County of Paintearth No. 18 appoints a
NEW Chief Administrative Officer

July 16, 2018

Council is pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Simpson has been selected as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the County of Paintearth.  He will be assuming his new role and responsibilities on August 13, 2018.

This is the key leadership position within the County administration and we are fortunate, along with the assistance of DCG Executive Search Services Ltd., to have attracted strong candidates.

Having spent several years in the area during high school, Mr. Simpson brings a solid background in both the private and public sectors, as well as the intentions of living and raising his children within the County.  Coupled with his passion and desire to excel as an administrator, he is currently pursuing his Certified Local Government Managers (CLGM) designation.  With experience working not only locally, but regionally, Council feels that Mr. Simpson will be a strong asset to administration, the County, and the region.

We wish to thank Mrs. Brenda Hepp and the County staff for all the hard work they have put in over the last several months while the search for a new CAO was conducted following the departure of long serving CAO, Ms. Tarolyn Aaserud.  We are excited about continuing the momentum and we feel that with the addition of Mr. Simpson to the existing senior leadership team, the County of Paintearth will continue to be a municipality of choice.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Michael Simpson and his family to the community.  We are confident that the County of Paintearth will continue with a progressive administration.

For Further Information Please Contact:

Reeve Stan Schulmeister

Tip of the Month - July

Seeding is done and the rains came…yeah! Now that road maintenance is in full swing, keep a watchful eye for those big yellow graders. You can’t miss them! Yes, they are moving slow, but be sure to SLOW DOWN when you come upon them. Make eye contact with the operator so each of you know the other is there. Beware this is a large solid piece of machinery, a scenario in which may not work out in your favor....whether you are approaching from the front or the rear.

The county grader operators are there to maintain our roads and they are very good at it. They have seen drivers approach them at high rates of speed that result in “close calls” with the grader. The operators will move out of the way if you give them the opportunity. Please give them that chance and everyone will go home safe.

Enjoy the summer!

Colm Fitz-Gerald
Community Peace Officer

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Decision

The SDAB tasked with adjudicating the appeals of 10 wind turbines recently issued their decision to the County, the appellants, and to the project developers Capital Power.  It states that there were no planning issues that the SDAB could hear that were not already addressed and approved by the AUC – Alberta Utilities Commission – from their 3 day merits hearing held back in November 2017.   And as such, the authoritative power of the provincial agency prevails over local municipal development authorities (our MPC and SDAB boards) as provided for in Section 619 of the Municipal Government Act.  This meant that the SDAB had to uphold the permits issued to Capital Power back in August of 2017, and now allows Capital Power to seek provincial funding approval for construction as their final hurdle to completion.  These type of dual or competing approval agencies pose complexities beyond normal development permit processes as the County is subject to the higher powers of the Province – which means the County as well as our local residents do not have the local autonomy we are used to seeing on development approvals.  This SDAB period was a long and often adversarial process and the County is hopeful that community relationships may be able to take a step towards reconciliation with residents in the affected area.

View full SDAB decision

RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

The 2018 application term is now open and closes August 31, 2018

In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) established the RMA Scholarship Program in 1995. The RMA Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the five districts.

View application form