Aquatera Rate Subsidy for 2020 – Council approved $200,000 to subsidize water and wastewater rates for 2020 in the Hamlet of Clairmont. This will lower water and wastewater rates for County residents and businesses.

Early Distribution of Grant for Hythe Community Hall – Council approved a request from the Hythe & District Recreational Society to release a 2020 Major Capital Grant for $40,000, with the understanding that the repair work aligns with recommendations from the recent engineering report. Council awarded the grant in Interim Budget Deliberations, pending the engineering report. Major Capital Grants are typically distributed by July.

Beaverlodge RCMP Update – Beaverlodge RCMP reported a significant increase in property crimes such as theft of motor vehicles in 2019. There was a 10 per cent decrease in theft under $5,000. The County of Grande Prairie recently funded two more RCMP Enhanced Policing members who will work out of the Beaverlodge RCMP detachment. The officers will focus on crime reduction in the West County, allowing our existing enhanced policing officers to concentrate on crime reduction in the remaining areas of the County. This will bring the amount of RCMP Enhanced Policing positions the County funds to eight. The Soaring Eagles Aboriginal Youth Camp is accepting applications for a camp for students to explore policing as a career.

Grande Prairie RCMP Update – Lyle Gelinas, RCMP Superintendent and Rhonda Blackmore, District Commander for the RCMP’s Western Alberta District outlined the crime reduction strategy.
2020 Fire Guardians – Council approved the appointment of this year’s fire guardians to assist the County with issuing Fire Permits during the 2020 fire season, as well as educating and informing residents on safe burning practices. Contact information for this year’s fire guardians will be available by the end of the week at www.countygp.ab.ca/fireguardians.

Caribou Task Force – Paul McLauchlin, member of the West Central Sub-Regional Caribou Task Force, presented Council with an update and listened to input for the plan. In August 2019, the province created three caribou sub-regional task forces that will advise government on
land-use planning at a local scale, including caribou recovery actions. Sub-regional plans will be built on a foundation of science and socio-economic assessments, which help the province to understand how subregional plans work within local and regional economies.

Bylaws

Dunes & Tamarack Estates – Council approved Bylaw 3126 which adds an additional two parcels to the Dunes and Tamarack Estates Local Improvement. The addition of the two parcels spreads the cost of the local improvement over more parcels reducing the cost to residents in the subdivision.

Regional Emergency Management – Council passed Bylaw 3133 due to new requirements in the Alberta Emergency Management Act.

Borrowing Bylaws – Council passed the bylaw to purchase 273.71 acres of land with the intent to sell it to the company, Nauticol for industrial development. Council gave Borrowing Bylaw to fund the 156 Avenue Storm Drainage installation project with long term debt.