Agreements with Town of Beaverlodge – Council approved the extension of the current Municipal Fire Protection Agreement with the Town of Beaverlodge to December 31, 2021.

Council approved a new agreement for the County to provide Assessment and Geographic Information Systems services to the Town of Beaverlodge for a three-year term until December 31, 2023.

RCMP Encryption Pilot – Council directed Administration to continue with Phase 2 of the Officer Safety and Interagency Communication Pilot Project. The Officer Safety and Interagency Communication Pilot Project is a three-phase project approved by the Province and the RCMP.

Phase 2 involves Community Peace Officers agency entering a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the RCMP to install encrypted RCMP radio channels into municipally-owned Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) radios. The pilot program benefits Community Peace Officers in Regional Enforcement Services, the RCMP and enhances overall community safety.

Clarifying Provincial Standards and Support for Landfills – Council accepted the draft letter to the Minister of Environment and Parks regarding standards for landfills in Alberta, with amendments. The letter aims to:

  • provide the Province with background information on the Clairmont Centre for Recycling Waste Management size and plans;
  • seek clarity from the Province on using a natural clay liner versus an engineered clay liner when building and upgrading landfill cells; and,
  • requests funding assistance for costly landfill upgrades to meet requirements.

Public Interest Evaluation Matrix and Policy – Council will provide a letter of support to Nauticol Energy Ltd. declaring their Grande Prairie Methanol Plant to be in the public interest, based on current knowledge of the project.

Council directed Administration to develop a Policy and matrix for evaluating projects to be in the public interest, including the County of Grande Prairie’s Strategic Plan and United Nations (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals as criteria, to a future Council Meeting for consideration.

Signage to Limit Use of Jake Brakes – Council directed Administration to bring back information to a future Council meeting regarding signage to limit the use of jake brakes in the area of Range Road 94 and Highway 667 south of Highway 43.

Equipment Replacement Purchases – Council awarded the contracts to enter into agreements with:

  • Finning Canada for the purchase of four 2021 Cat 160M graders at a cost of $2,157,120.
  • Dossan for the purchase of two rock trucks at a cost of $520,869 per unit.
  • Finning Canada for the purchase of a new excavator at a cost of $649,924.

These new units replace equipment that has reached the end of their useful life cycle.

Letters of Support – Council will provide a letter of support to the Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association for the grant applications for the Veterans Memorial Gardens and Interpretive Centre project.

Council will provide a letter of support to TELUS Communications Inc. for their application to the Universal Broadband Fund for the delivery of broadband services to rural communities, including in the County of Grande Prairie. Council has provided similar letters of support to Xplornet Communications, GPNetworks and Canadian Fibre Optics.

Public Hearings – Council gave three readings to Bylaw 3152 to amend the Cowan Area Structure Plan (ASP), removing references to annexing land into the City of Grande Prairie. The ASP provides a framework for subdivision and development of lands located southwest of the City of Grande Prairie, half of one mile south of 100 Avenue, adjacent to Range Road 64 and the Silver Pointe subdivision. It currently references the land as a Long-Term Annexation Area if certain conditions are met, which pre-dates the 2016 annexation of approximately 15,568 acres of land from the County of Grande Prairie to the City of Grande Prairie.

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-002 to redesignate 14 acres of land, located southwest of the City of Grande Prairie, approximately half of one mile west of Range Road 64, adjacent to Township Road 713A and the Silver Pointe subdivision from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Rural Light Industrial (RM-1) District to allow for the subdivision of three lots for rural light industrial use. Council gave the bylaw third reading.

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-003 to redesignate 22.63 acres of land, located three and a half miles northeast of the Town of Sexsmith, adjacent to Range Road 53 from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District to allow for the development of three residential lots. Council gave the bylaw third reading.

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-004 to redesignate 0.77 acres of land, located north of the Hamlet of Clairmont, adjacent to Range Road 60 from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District and 4.67 acres located in the same area from a Country Residential (CR-5) District to an Agricultural (AG) District. These changes allow for the development of two lots for residential use. Council gave the bylaw third reading.

Aquatera Dividends to Shareholders – Council approved Aquatera Utilities’ declared dividends, allowing the organization to pay dividends pending the approval of all shareholders.

Subdivision Time Extension Request – Council granted a subdivision time extension request for SE-32-71-3-W6.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Clerk – Council appointed Mary Kukulski, Administrative Assistant, Legislative Services department, as the Subdivision and Development Appeal Clerk.

Property Tax Relief Requests – Council took no action on a request to reduce the amount of taxes owing.

RMA 2021 Spring Convention Viewing Event – Subject to availability and COVID-19 protocols, Council directed Administration to set up a viewing event for the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) 2021 Spring Convention on March 16-17, 2021, at Clarkson Hall in Evergreen Park, and extend invites to neighbouring municipalities.

Agricultural Services Board Meeting – Council moved the Agricultural Services Board meeting, initially scheduled for February 16, 2021, to March 11, 2021, due to a scheduling conflict.

Employee Achievements – Council and staff congratulated Dan Verdun, Fire Chief on receiving his Executive Chief Fire Officer (CAFC) designation from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on February 22, 2021. A Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on February 19, 2021.

Council and Committee meetings can be accessed electronically through the County website at www.countygp.ab.ca/events.