A few Highlights of the Council Meeting held on December 5, 2017....

Please feel free to contact Chief Administrative Officer, Tarolyn Aaserud at 403.882.3211 with any questions or for additional information.

Request – Castor & District Museum Society – Council received a request from the Castor & District Museum Society for the County to help with the rebuild of the shed by either equipment or monetary. They are requesting a representative from the County to attend their meetings. M. Wiart moved the appointment of T. Hewitt as the County representative and to formalize the Castor & District Museum Society as a yearly Council Appointment.

Request – Town of Castor Program Advertising – A request was received for the County of Paintearth No. 18 to consider advertising in the Program for the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Game and Banquet fundraiser. G. Glazier moved the County of Paintearth sponsor an advertisement in the amount of $150.00 in the Program for the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Game and Banquet fundraiser.

2018 Budget – Council was given a copy of the 2018 Budget Highlights. The 2018 Interim Budget Changes from the 2017 Budget were due to the current economic state the assessment will be decreasing by approximately $50 million. At the 2017 mill rates, this will result in an additional loss of tax revenues of approximately $700,000 for 2018. The Interim 2018 Operating Budget has increased approximately $62,000.00 from the final 2017 Budget. This change is comprised of an increase in operating revenue of $140,000.00 and an increase in operating expenditures of $202,000.00. Questions were then entertained.

The need for Public Works to have a generator to run the three shops was discussed and quotes will be obtained for a diesel generator. M. Wiart moved to accept the 2018 Interim Operating Budget as presented.

Battle River Land Owner Group – D. Felzien and D. Fetaz presented to Council on behalf of the Battle River Land Owner Group. A list of observers is filed in the Minute Book. The information provided to Council is attached to and forms part of these minutes. The following is a synopsis of the presentation.

Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA’s) – D. Felzien drew Council’s attention to the maps that showed the ESA’s in relation to the proposed Capital Power Halkirk 2 Wind Power Project.

D. Flezien advised he would like to see the County review the Land Use Bylaw on the ESA’s as they have not been updated since 2004. Currently the project is showing 8 wind turbines on County ESA’s that were provided to the AUC. The other map provided showed 18 turbines and one substation on provincial and national ESA’s. Question was raised on why these ESA’s were not recognized as ESA’s and were approved for development. The lack of regulations and reclamation of areas used for wind turbines were also discussed.

It was questioned on how the group would like the County to be involved with the ESA quarters.  It was mentioned that approximately 85% of the land within the County has been altered for agricultural use while only 15% of the land within the County has been undisturbed. They would like the land protected for future generations.

Petition Requirements as related to Statistics Canada Census Profile – The Statistics Canada Census populations were discussed. The group felt a count of 1630 from the electoral would provide a more accurate position for a petition.

Electoral Petition regarding Wind Farm Development – D. Fetaz presented the Petition by Electors to the Chief Administrative Officer, T. Aaserud of the County of Paintearth No. 18, in the Province of Alberta. The Petition was for the amendment of Section 4991)(a)(iv) b) of Land Use Bylaw #593-09 minimum separation distances shall be defined as below: b). From any dwelling on lands not leased for wind energy developments the greater of 1.5 kilometers or as meets AUC Rule 12 permitted levels.

Chief Administrative Officer, T. Aaserud accepted the Petition and advised she has up to 45 days to determine the validity of the Petition.

D. Fetaz advised there were 312 signatures collected and of that 307 signatures should be considered in the boundaries. There were 5 signatures that were not accurate.

D. Felzien advised the purpose of the petition was to express concerns from the Halkirk 1 Project and concerns from around the County. One concern was the 40 decibels offers protection to nonparticipating but there are no regulations on decibels for participating participants. Developers had to seek a larger area for participants and had to encroach on nonparticipating participants for placement of wind turbines. Manufactures have been asked for requirements for protection and that would address and reduce concerns to help with mitigation.

Reeve S. Schulmeister thanked D. Felzien and D. Fetaz for their presentation and raising the concerns. Council will take the information under advisement.

RFD’s - Tax Roll Write-offs – Administration received documentation on various energy and oil sector companies that have filed for bankruptcy or in receivership. The amounts owing will need to be recognized as an account unlikely to collect. This will then need to be an expense under the bad debt taxes general ledger and funded from restricted surplus. Motions were made to write-off the tax rolls in the amount of $1,565,998.97 and for the County to apply for the Provincial Education Requisition Credit in the amount of $135,161.60 in January 2018.

RFD - Lone Pine Crushing Extension – Lone Pine Crushing has approximately 10,000-15,000 tonne remaining to crush in the Horn pit. The majority of the material left is frozen on the floor and is hard to recover. They have requested an extension for the completion date and would like to resume crushing in May 2018. The extension would allow for the final crush to clean up the pit properly and would allow access for additional gravel. The cost to crush an extra 15,000 tonne 4-20 spec is $60,000.00 – Crushing, $24,000.00 – Royalties and $5,400.00 – Quality Control. T. Hewitt moved the County of Paintearth No. 18 allow Lone Pine Crushing an extension to resume crushing in May 2018 with a completion date of July 15, 2018 and that an additional $89,400.00 be added to the 2018 Public Works Operating Budget to fund the final crush in the Horn Pit.

Request for School Bus Sign NE 34-35-11 W4 – A request was received from the Clearview School Division for a school bus sign to be erected on Twp Rd 360 at the residence on the NE 34-35-11 W4. Following inspection of the site it was determined the sightline from the west is approximately 200m and a minimum of a 300m sightline is required for school bus stops. M. Wiart moved a school bus sign be installed west of the residence on NE 34-35-11 W4 for east bound traffic on Twp Rd 360.

Social Media - D. Blumhagen moved that Administration bring back the original proposal for the Social Media Policy as well as additional information on policies and programs of other similar sized municipalities and that it includes a cost benefit analysis.

Letters of Support - G. Glazier moved the County send a letter of support for those who lost everything in the fire in the south eastern part of the province to the Premier with the appropriate copies to other Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Red Deer Regional Hospital – Mayor T. Veer, City of Red Deer - D. Elliott moved the County of Paintearth No. 18 and East Central Ambulance Association send in letters of support for the expansion of the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

Avila Equipment and Development Ltd. - G. Glazier moved to deny the request from Avila Equipment and Development Ltd.

Mutual Aid Agreement with ATCO Power (Alberta Power (2000) Ltd.) - D. Norton moved the County of Paintearth No. 18 delay signing the Mutual Aid Agreement with ATCO Power (Alberta Power (2000) Ltd.) at this time.

Upcoming Meetings – Council Meetings – January 3, 2018 (Wednesday), January 23, 2018, February 6, 2018, and February 21, 2018 (Wednesday), March 13, 2018, March 27, 2018, April 4, 2018 (Wednesday), April 17, 2018, May 1, 2018, May 15, 2018, June 5, 2018, June 19, 2018, July 24, 2018 and August 14, 2018  commencing at 9:00 a.m.