Joint RCMP, County of Grande Prairie Virtual Town Hall Meeting in February – The Committee supported the Joint RCMP and County of Grande Prairie Virtual Town Hall Meeting scheduled for February 8, 2022, using the Zoom platform. The event will feature presentations followed by a moderated question-and-answer session. With the support of the Committee, additional planning and advertising can commence.  

Community Hall Operating Funding Analysis – The Committee accepted as information a report from Administration analyzing funding provided through County Operating Assistance Grants to community hall facilities from 2018 to 2021, with comparative data from other municipalitiesThe funding model for some halls within the County was adjusted through the completion of Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreements (ICFs) within the report’s three-year timeframe. The report indicated that the County, on average, is funding 68 per cent of utility expenses for community hall facilities.  

Review of Facility Operating Assistance Funding – The Committee accepted a report from Administration regarding recent requests for increases to annual facility operating funding from the Teepee Creek Stampede Association and the Bezanson Agricultural Society. The Committee directed Administration to prepare an analysis of the Hythe and La Glace arenas, including the value to the community and cost of providing services to residents, and bring the report to a future Committee of the Whole meeting for consideration. The Committee will recommend to Council to provide operational funding up to $20,000 annually to the Bezanson and Teepee Creek halls for the three-year term of 2022-2024. ThCommittee also directed Administration to prepare an analysis on arenas, curling rinks and halls located within the County of Grande Prairie, including the value to the community and the cost of providing services to residents, and bring the report to a future Committee of the Whole meeting for consideration. 

Community Futures Grande Prairie and Region Presents Annual Report – The Committee accepted as information an annual report presented by Holly Sorgen, Executive Director of Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region. Locally, the non-profit community economic development organization dates to the late 1980s, with area offices amalgamating in 2006 to form a single location in the City of Grande Prairie. Board membership includes municipal representation from the City and County of Grande Prairie, M.D. of Greenview, and the towns of Sexsmith, Beaverlodge and Wembley, along with six community members at large. Community Futures promotes collaboration for the betterment of the region and is dedicated to building an economically diverse future through their support of entrepreneurs, non-profits, and municipalities.  

Nustadia Recreation Inc. Requests Contract Renewal – The Committee accepted as information a report from Nustadia Recreation Inc., current holder of the management contract to operate the Crosslink County Sportsplex on behalf of the County of Grande Prairie. Robert Hendry, CFO/ VP Western Canada and Gavin White, President and COO with Nustadia Recreation Inc. presented a report to the Committee and expressed interest in renewing the current management contract, which is set to expire in October 2022, for an additional five years beginning November 1, 2022. Council had previously directed Administration to conduct an analysis of Sportsplex operations for review at an upcoming regular Council Meeting. 

Farmland Productivity Ratings and Municipal Development Plan Discussion – The Committee accepted as information a report from Administration outlining the methodology of assessing farmland based on its level of productivity and discussed Municipal Development Plan (MDP) policies that restrict the amount of subdivision that can occur in areas identified as Rural. The Committee directed Administration to bring forward a draft policy for landowners wishing to apply for review of the farmland assessment rating where a proposed subdivision is being considered. The Committee also directed Administration to prepare a schedule along with a proposal for an overall review of the MDP. 

County Employee Engagement Survey Results – The Committee accepted as information a report on the biannual employee engagement survey conducted in 2020The survey saw a higher response rate than previous years and indicated a high engagement rate among staff (85 per cent) when compared to the public sector average (70 per cent). The report was presented by Norm Baille-David, Partner with Entegrite Consulting. 

Reel Shorts Film Festival Update – The Committee accepted as information a funding report from Terry Scerbak, Director/Programmer with the Reel Shorts Film Society. During their 2022 Community Grants review, the County allocated $4,000 to the Society that included a requirement to provide an annual report to Council. Due to the pandemic, the Reel Shorts Film Festival was cancelled in 2020 and moved to an online format in 2021. The Society credits their ability to weather the pandemic to their volunteers and the continued support of the County and other funders and sponsors. 

Review of Upcoming Agenda Items – The Committee reviewed upcoming topics for future Committee of the Whole meetings.  

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on January 24, 2022. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on February 17, 2022

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