Council Approves Rate Subsidy for Residents Serviced by Aquatera Council approved the Aquatera rate subsidy of $400,000 annually ($2,000,000 total) for residents receiving service in the Hamlet of Clairmont and $120,000 annually ($600,000 total) for those living elsewhere in the County, for the period of May 2022 to April 2027, to offset Aquatera’s five-year increases to water and wastewater utility rates coming into effect on May 1.As part of the funding approval, Council gave Bylaw 3182 – Aquatera Utility Bylaw third reading. Included in the bylaw are the updated rates and the subsidy stemming from Council’s direction that Administration present viable options to soften the impact of the rate increases.

Council Approves Additional Funding for New Fire Hall in Beaverlodge – Council approved an additional $450,000 toward construction of a new fire hall in the Town of Beaverlodge. The County had initially budgeted one million dollars to support the project. The project is similar in size and design to the recently-constructed La Glace Fire Hall, budgeted at approximately $2 million. However, acceptance of the lowest compliant bid meant that the Town of Beaverlodge would still have to increase its budget to $2.9 million if the County could provide additional funds to cover half of the project’s $900,000 shortfall.  

Municipal Fire Protection Agreement with Town of Beaverlodge Council approved the 2022-2023 Municipal Fire Protection Agreement with the Town of Beaverlodge as presented.  

Continuation of Live Streaming of Council, Committee Meetings – Council directed Administration to continue live streaming Council and Council Committee meetings – Committee of the Whole, Municipal Planning Commission, Agricultural Service Board and Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Advisory Board. Council also directed Administration to bring back the Procedural Bylaw with required amendments to accommodate the live streaming of meetings. 

Agreement Renewed with Nustadia Recreation Inc. Council approved a five-year renewal agreement beginning November 1, 2022with Nustadia Recreation Inc. as presented to operate the Crosslink County Sportsplex. The approval is a change from the original ten-year agreement when the facility opened in 2012 and includes programming, marketing and scheduling of the facility, including the ball fields. The new agreement no longer includes payment of commissions and Nustadia is required to provide an annual update on the status of advertising and promotion. Changes were also made to the budgeting process to align with County requirements and timelines.  

Members Appointed to Intermunicipal Collaboration Committee Council appointed Deputy Reeve Peter Harris and Councillor Bob Chrenek to the Intermunicipal Collaboration Committee (ICC) with the City of Grande Prairie. The Reeve also sits on this Committee.  

Honoraria and Expense Reimbursement Approved Council approved Policy F10 – Council and Board Member Honoraria & Expense Reimbursement with amendments including adding the Alberta Municipalities Spring Municipal Leaders Caucus, the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Spring Regional Meeting, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) Conference and Alberta Community Crime Prevention (ACCPA) Conference to the pre-approved conferences list. 

Policies Presented for Approval – Council is undertaking a review of all County policies in 2022. The following policies were reviewed:  

  • Council approved Policy D14 Nuisance Weed Control as presented.  
  • Council approved Policy D18 Roadside Mowing as presented. 
  • Council approved Policy G10 Family and Community Support Services Grants as presented. 
  • Council approved Policy F9 Intermunicipal Relationships and Regionalization as presented. 
  • Council approved Policy K10 Capital Grant as presented. With the approval of this policy, Council rescinded Policy K5 – Capital Assistance Grant and Policy K8 – Major Capital Grant Funding to streamline the process for applicants and Council. Both types of grants will continue to maintain separate criteria and funding. 

Paramedic Services Week Proclamation Council proclaimed May 22-28 as Paramedic Services Week in the County of Grande Prairie. The week recognizes the value and accomplishments of emergency medical services providers. 

County to Support City’s 2024 Alberta Winter Games Host Bid Council will write a letter of support endorsing the City of Grande Prairie’s bid to host the 2024 Alberta Winter Games.  

Beaverlodge & District Rural Crime Watch, Lightcatch Provide Quarterly Update – Council referred the Beaverlodge & District Rural Crime Watch funding request for 2022-2023 to final budget.Council received a quarterly update from Darren Boyer of Lightcatch and Beaverlodge District Rural Crime Watch President Leanne Van Wagner. The report was included as a requirement when Council approved $50,000 in support in March 2021 for a one-year crime prevention pilot project using the Lightcatch app. In his report, Mr. Boyer reviewed comparative property crime rate data from peer communities from October 2021 to February 2022,along with information on Lightcatch alerts created in the County of Grande Prairie. Residents are encouraged to use the app as a tool to gather crime information and photos, and to call 911first. The free app is available for download on the App Store for IOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. 

Council Representation Approved for Stompede Events Council approved Councillor attendance at the Grande Prairie Stompede event, Circle the Wagons Gala and World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) Tarp Auction and Fundraiser on April 14, 2022, at the TARA Centre at Evergreen Park.  

Attendance Approved for Alberta Tourism Industry Congress Council approved attendance of up to two Councillors at the 2022 Alberta Tourism Industry Congress on April 24-25, 2022 in Banff.  

Election Campaign Disclosure and Financial Statements – The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) requires all candidates running for municipal election to file a campaign disclosure statement with the municipality by March 1 following a general municipal election. Failure to do so results in a $500 late filing fee to the municipality and a report to Council, which then becomes public. All but two of the 20 candidates in the County’s 2021 municipal election submitted the required statements and will be notified and invoiced following LAEA procedures.  

Financial Statements Presented for Former Village of Hythe – Council reviewed and approved the former Village of Hythe’s Audited Financial Statements to June 30, 2021 as presented by Tanya Edmunds of MNP, and accepted the Audit Findings report as information. MNP served as Auditor for the Village of Hythe prior to its dissolution into the County. As part of the transition, MNP continued to provide audit services for the six-month period to June 30, 2021. 

Public Hearings:  

  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-006 to re-designate 11.08 acres of land located approximately 3.5 miles northeast from the Hamlet of Teepee Creek, adjacent to Township Road 744 and Range Road 31 from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District to accommodate the subdivision of one lot for country residential use.  

  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-007 to re-designate 10 acres of land located approximately 3.0 miles southwest of the City of Grande Prairie, adjacent to The Ranch and Dunes West subdivisions, and adjacent to Township Road 704 and Range Road 64 from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-2) District to accommodate the subdivision of two lots for country residential use. 

Staff Introductions – Council welcomed new Campground Park Hosts: Monica Culham and Tanner Clarkson at Bear Lake; Galen and Tamara Whitley at Hommy Park; and Devin and LeeAnn Johnson at Pipestone Creek.  

Correspondence Reviewed Council reviewed a letter congratulating Minister Tyler Shandro on his appointment as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.  

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on April 25, 2022. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on April 28, 2022. 

Council and Committee meetings are available to the public via live stream. Find connection instructions and meeting agendas through the events calendar.