The following information is to provide a summary of Council meetings from Sept 13, 2022 and upcoming activities. Further explanations or details can be obtained by contacting the County Administration Office at 403.882.3211.
County Water Truck Replacement – MOVED by Councillor Wiart the County purchase a replacement Freightliner M2-106 chassis water tanker/fire truck from Camion’s Helie for $378,775 to be delivered after January 2023 for Castor Fire Dept.
Clean Energy Improvement Program – MOVED by Councillor Glazier, the County of Paintearth No. 18 proceed with research into the Clean Energy Improvement Program.
STARS air ambulance donation 2023 - MOVED by Councillor Elliott that the County pledge $10,500 to STARS to be included in the 2023 County budget.
Donation to Valley Ski Hill – MOVED by Councillor Glazier to donate a load of gravel to Valley Ski Hill in an amount equivalent to $400.
Crowfoot Reservoir Pump and discharge upgrade – MOVED by Councillor Elliott that the County upgrade the pump and discharge from 2” to 3” estimated to be at a cost of $15,000
Crowfoot Crossing Industrial Park Sewer – MOVED by Councillor Vockeroth that the County engage MPE to carry out the detailed design of the Crowfoot Crossing Industrial Park Sewer System.
Castor Minor Sports Table Sponsorship Request – MOVED by Councillor Shipton that the County purchase a table sponsorship package in support of Castor Minor Sports in the amount of $300 and donate a County print.
Town of Castor invitation to meet and discuss Emergency Management – MOVED by Councillor Wiart that the County agree to meet with Castor Council to discuss emergency management and ambulance response time matters.
Upcoming Council Meetings – October 4, October 18, November 22 , December 06, & December 20, 2022, subject to individual change and commencing at 9:00 a.m. Meetings are open to the public and delegations are always welcome. To request a time allotment, please call the office of the CAO. All requests must clearly identify the reason or purpose of the appointment and follow the guidelines as per Section 21 - Delegations of the County’s Procedure Bylaw 703-21.
The County of Paintearth No. 18 property taxes were due June 30, 2022. A 5.0% penalty was levied on all current and arrears tax balances on July 1st. A further 10% penalty will be applied to all outstanding tax balances, both current and arrears on October 1, 2022.
Payment can be made by cheque, cash, debit or credit card at the County Administration Office located at 01 Crowfoot Drive, TR374 and Highway 12, at the TD Canada Trust in Coronation or the ATB Financial branches located in Halkirk, Castor or Coronation. Check our website (www.countypaintearth.ca) for financial
institutions set up to accept on-line payments.
Michael Simpson, CAO
The County of Paintearth wants willing residents who wish to contribute as a member at large on the Palliser Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). This type of board is established by municipal councils under Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act (the “MGA”) to hear appeals from decisions made by local Subdivision and Development Authorities. SDAB decisions help shape a community and affect the lives of residents, businesses and developers. Hearing appeals and making decisions as an SDAB member fulfills a vital function in achieving the goal of orderly and beneficial use of land set out in the MGA. An SDAB enhances local and regional land use planning and development by providing an opportunity for an independent review of these decisions. Board members receive honorariums for participating in a hearing and are paid to undertake training required. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, this is a great opportunity for growth!
Paintearth Wind Project (PWP) is commencing land access development of lease roads, and main laydown yard in various locations in the SW portion of the County – namely Twps 37-15 and 37-16. Please be aware that increased construction traffic will be occurring around Twp Rd 372 west of Rge Rd 151 for this fall and next spring. Construction on the PWP’s transmission line will be occurring on Rge Rd 152 south of Hwy 12 down to Twp Rd 372 this fall and winter. As there will be construction in various fields and undeveloped road allowances, HUNTERS please be aware of increased presence in the remote areas near this worksite as workers will be present throughout hunting season until freeze up.
A reminder to allow for planning time before spring construction – now is the time to consider your projects and apply for Development Permits for new residences or other significant projects. A note on residential subdivisions is that due to continued delays with Land Titles for registrations, what used to take a 4 month process to complete a subdivision now takes approx. 6 months or more. Anyone looking at a potential subdivision is encouraged to start the early planning process and contact the County Dev Officer for any assistance needed.
Both Burma Park and Huber Dam Campground will be closed as of October 1st, with both parks having decent camping seasons of 2022. Huber recently has seen the installation of an increased cell boosting tower, and wifi service will be available next season.
Winter storms – Are You Ready? It wasn’t long ago that the County was levelled with an early October storm that shut down power, roads, fuel supplies, etc… are you prepared for a winter weather event? Testing gensets, keeping supplies on hand for at least 72 hrs, and prepping your farmsite for winter impacts are just a few things that Albertans need to consider every fall as Old Man Winter approaches.