MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

A few Highlights of the Council Meeting held on June 20, 2017....

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

Revision to Policy 685 Loading of Water from County Road Allowance - County’s Bylaw No. 348-84 prohibits vehicles loading water off County road allowances. The reason this policy was put in place was to stop private water haulers from pulling water from the ditches due to damage to the roadside and the liability of the action. The soil stabilization program utilizes tremendous volumes of water during the application process. If the water supply is more than one mile away, it is very time consuming and cost prohibitive. For the County to continue the road stabilization program, water must be pulled from the roadside ditches for the soil stabilization application. W. Weber moved the County of Paintearth No. 18 Policy 685 Loading of Water from County Road Allowances be revised with the inclusion of:  c) The County is permitted the loading of water from County road allowances for the purpose of road stabilization and for the purpose of fire suppression.

Recreation Funding Request - Castor Crush U16 Girls Softball Team - Council received an application for funding assistance under the Recreation & Community Service Grants program. D. Blumhagen moved the County of Paintearth No. 18 provide $500.00 to the Castor Crush U16 Girls Softball Team who will be participating at provincials June 30 – July 2, 2017 as per County Policy 480 Recreation & Community Service Grants.

ATB Financial - A letter and supporting documentation was received from ATB Financial enquiring and requesting Council pass a Bylaw should they wish to have an operating line of credit. Following discussion Council decided to have an operating line of credit in place even though it has not been utilized for several years. Bylaw 653-17 Borrowing Bylaw was then given three readings.

Road Use Agreement - The County is put in a liable state when they are unaware of hauls being undertaken on roads and the roads are left in poor condition for the travelling public. Communication is needed when hauls are taking place on the roads and ratepayers should advise the County when the hauls are taking place so the roads remain in good condition. Road Use Agreements are available and need to be in place to protect the infrastructure of the County.

Village of Halkirk - Road Stabilization - The Village of Halkirk has requested the County’s consideration to cover the cost for the application and the MG30 on Rge Rd 160 going north of Halkirk for 250m. W. Weber moved the County cover the cost for the application and the MG30 on Rge Rd 160 going north of Halkirk for 250m.

Wild Boar - Agreement with Minister - Council received a copy of the Agreement for the Implementation of Wild Boar Containment Standards Under the Agricultural Pests Act. It is to recognize that preventing the establishment of wild boar at-large is beneficial to all the citizens and industries in the Municipality and the Province of Alberta. Cabinet approved province-wide containment standards for farmed wild boar; the effective date for the standards is July 1, 2014. The containment standards are a step toward Alberta’s goal to control and prevent the establishment of wild boar at-large in the Province. D. Blumhagen moved the County of Paintearth No. 18 sign the Agreement with the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry for the Implementation of Wild Boar Containment Standards Under the Agricultural Pests Act.

Upcoming County Council Meetings - 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 19, 2017 commencing at 9:00 a.m.