MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

A few Highlights of the Council Meeting held on October 6, 2017....

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

Bylaw 656-17 Schedule of Fees and Schedule “A” Compensation Rates (County Services) - Council received Draft Bylaw 656-17 Schedule of Fees to rescind former Bylaw 624-13 Schedule of Fees – Schedule “A” the compensation rates for County services. The amendments have been made to the Vegetation Management and Planning & Development schedules as requested by council at the September 5, 2017 Council Meeting. All readings plus Third and Final Readings were then completed for Bylaw 656-17.

Bylaw 654-17 Fire Permit – Council was provided with Draft Bylaw 654-17, a Bylaw for the prevention and control of fires to replace Bylaw 647-16. The following was added to clause 7.7 for clarification and Council’s consideration “All County of Paintearth fires will be invoiced. The first $1,000.00 of firefighting costs will be covered by the County of Paintearth, unless the fire has contravened Bylaw 654-17.” All readings plus Third and Final Readings were then completed for Bylaw 654-17.

Bylaw 655-17 Fire Ban - Council was provided with Draft Bylaw 655-17, a Bylaw to replace Bylaw 648-16. The following was added to clause 3.11 for clarification and Council’s consideration “All County of Paintearth fires will be invoiced. The first $1,000.00 of firefighting costs will be covered by the County of Paintearth, unless the fire has contravened Bylaw 655-17.” All readings plus Third and Final Readings were then completed for Bylaw 655-17.

Coronation Choosewell Committee – Royal Turkey Trot - A request was received from the Coronation Choosewell Committee for Council’s permission to use a portion of Range Road 111 with a turnabout for their third annual Royal Turkey Trot being held on Sunday, October 22, 2017. R. Dahmer moved the County of Paintearth grant permission for the Coronation Choosewell Committee to use a portion of the County’s Range Road 111 for their annual Royal Turkey Trot being held on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Emergency 2018 Exercise Training Grant –  It was discussed to have the exercise on November 9, 2017 in order to take advantage of the learnings from the recent snow storm that recently hit our region. The County would need to provide the funding for the exercise as it was not in the budget and the funding would not be allocated till 2018 from grant. T. Hewitt moved the County of Paintearth provide funding for the training exercise to be held this fall. B. Bunbury moved the County request an appointment with the Minister of Alberta Transportation during the fall convention. D. Blumhagen moved an invoice be sent to Carillion with a copy to Alberta Transportation for the expenses the County incurred with the recent snow storm.

Federal Gas Tax Fund Allocation 2017 – Council approved during the 2017 final budget funding a portion of the cost of BF 70101 (Gansley) with the Federal Gas Tax Fund. However, we will now be applying for STIP funding for this bridge file. The County’s allocation for 2017 is $109,747.00. D. Blumhagen moved to defer the use of the County’s 2017 Federal Gas Tax Fund allocation until 2018 and use it to help fund the new Public Works Shop at Brownfield.

SMRWSC Agreement with the County of Paintearth – Brownfield Water Line – Council was sent a copy of the Agreement for review. There were no comments received from Councillors. R. Dahmer moved approval of the SMRWSC Agreement with the County of Paintearth – Brownfield Water Line.

Update on Clubroot - Assistant Agricultural Fieldman, T. Kerr circulated copies of the Notice to Control Pests, Notice of Appeal and Policy 1100 Control of Clubroot Disease in Canola and presented an update on Clubroot to Council.

Clubroot was detected in the County in an entry way to a field. Council’s consideration was requested to send the sample to a lab in Edmonton for testing to determine the pathotype. The legal land location of the field cannot be released until the appeal period of seventeen days has been completed. D. Elliott moved the Clubroot sample be sent away for testing on the pathotype. R. Dahmer moved the County of Paintearth release the pathotype to neighboring landowners within a mile and Policy 1100 Control of Clubroot Disease in Canola be referred back to the Agricultural Service Board for review.

An information day on Clubroot is being held by Meadowland Ag Chem Sales and the Agricultural Service Board will extend their assistance for the workshop.

Builder Licensing Program Proposal – Feedback is being solicited on an enhancement to the New Home Buyer Protection Act whereby now the Province is proposing to license home builders further to support the new home warranty program. This additional licensing step would possibly be another barrier to our smaller builder/framer contractors in rural Alberta. D. Blumhagen moved that Development Officer, T. Pawsey develop a resolution for the upcoming CAAMDC Zone Meeting on October 13, 2017.

Fleet Lane Closure Request – K.B. Drake, Alberta Land Surveyor, has advised the legal description for closure of the laneway in Fleet is the lane which lies to the south of Block C as shown on plan 933 AJ, containing 0.046 ha more or less. Council’s consideration is now requested for a motion. B. Bunbury moved the circulation process commence to close the lane which lies to the south of Block C as shown on plan 933 AJ containing 0.046 ha more or less in Fleet.

Temporary Grazing/Farming Request – A request was received from S. Charbonneau for a farming agreement. R. Dahmer moved authorization for approval of a farming agreement with S. Charbonneau for a portion of Twp Rd 384 of the abandoned rail line between SW 25 and NW 24-38-16 W4.

Request – NVP Exploration Inc. – Council received the request from NVP Exploration Inc. that the taxes owing on wells and pipelines previously owned by another company be waived by the County of Paintearth and that NVP only be assessed taxes from the date that they are recognized as the operator by the Alberta Energy Regulator. T. Hewitt moved a letter be sent that at this time NVP Exploration Inc. is not the assessed person and so Council cannot consider your request.

Changes to the Federal Income Tax Act – Council was given two draft letters for consideration to send to the Department of Finance Canada on the changes to the Income Tax Act. These proposed changes would be the demise of small business and the agricultural community. D. Blumhagen moved to send the second draft letter to the Minister of Finance, Hon. W. Morneau, and Department of Finance Canada pertaining to the proposed changes on the Income Tax Act.

Upcoming County Council Meetings – October 19, 2017 (Orientation Day), October 24, 2017 (Organizational Meeting), November 7, 2017, November 21, December 5, 2017 and December 19, 2017 commencing at 9:00 a.m.