A few Highlights of the Council Meeting held on April 19, 2017....

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MADD Advertisement - The County received a request to advertise in their publication that is made available to the public free of charge in high traffic locations. D. Elliott moved the County sponsor an “Honour Roll” advertisement for $149.00 in their publication for 2017.

Unsightly Premise - Council was advised of the unsightly premise in the Hamlet of Brownfield. Council was advised of the procedures the County would have to follow when acting on an unsightly premise. The cost was undetermined at this time and Council will be kept apprised on this file. D. Elliott moved the County support the process for the clean-up of the unsightly premise in the Hamlet of Brownfield.

Sevec Exchange Program - A request was received from N. Fletcher, Gus Wetter School to ascertain if the County would partner with the Town of Castor to purchase take-away items for the Sevec exchange students that are coming to Castor May 24-31, 2017. T. Hewitt moved the County partner with the Town of Castor to purchase promotional take- way items at an approximate cost of $300.00.

ATCO Electric - K. Ouellette, ATCO Electric entered the meeting at 9:58 a.m. ATCO received two invoices. IVC000555 for $900 was for a broken wire on May 1, 2016 and IVC000554 for $375.00 was for a pole hit by lightning. They have paid Invoice for $900 and are asking Council’s consideration to cancel IVC000554 for $375.00 plus the interest charges. R. Dahmer moved IVC000554 in the amount of $375.00 along with interest changes be forgiven.

Animal and Livestock Care Policy - Council was advised there were no submissions or responses received to the posted draft. Administration is now requesting that the policy be approved and added to the Emergency Management policy section. R. Dahmer moved the Animal and Livestock Care be approved and added to the Emergency Management policy section.

2017 County Budget - Director of Corporate Services, L. Roth presented the balanced 2017 Budget as directed by Council in preliminary discussions. Changes made were to share the $12,000 cost of E911 services between Fire Protective Services and Ambulance Services on the Expenditures by Function listing and to remove $8,000 for the Auto Greaser for Dolly and Belly Dump from the Capital Projects listing.

The following 2017 Council Considerations were then reviewed.

Tank Loader Location - The consensus was if a grant is available for the Shirley McClellan Regional Water Services Commission to extend the waterline to Brownfield there would then be an opportunity for a tank loader site in the Brownfield area. The tank loader will be discussed in June during discussions on rural water distribution.

MG30 - Twp Rd 400 - The application of MG30 on an additional 5 miles of Twp Rd 400 off of SH 855 at a cost of $108,000.00 was discussed.  Consensus was to apply MG30 to the first mile on Twp Rd 400 off of SH855 provided that CAPE Mfg. Ltd. was in agreement. R. Dahmer moved the County apply two applications of MG30 on the first mile of Twp Rd 400 off of SH55 provided that CAPE Mfg. Ltd. is in agreement.

Divisional Grading - discussed reducing the 10 grader beats to 9 grader beats as one operator is retiring at the end of May. This would then be evaluated in the fall to determine if 10 grader beats are needed for road maintenance. D. Blumhagen moved the County proceed with the reduction to 9 grader beats and that it be under the evaluation of Public Works on a month to month trial basis.

Acquisition of Land for Gravel Extraction and Acquisition of Gravel - The consensus was that if opportunities arise for the acquisition of land with gravel or for the acquisition of gravel they will be discussed at that time.

B. Bunbury moved the 2017 Operating and Capital Budget as presented, attached to and forming part of these minutes, be approved.

The Mill Rate Bylaw will be presented at the next Council Meeting scheduled for May 2, 2017 using the same mill rate as last year.


Upcoming County Council Meetings - May 2, 2017, May 16, 2017, June 6, 2017, June 20, 2017, July 18, 2017, August 22, 2017 (AAMDC Visit), September 12, 2017, October 3, 2017, October 19, 2017 (Orientation Day), October 24, 2017 (Organizational Meeting), November 7, 2017, November 21, December 5, 2017 and December 12, 2017 commencing at 9:00 a.m.