La Glace Community Water System Project Proceeding to Tender – Council directed Administration to proceed to tender for the La Glace Community Water System Project and bring the results back to Council for approval. Alberta Environment and Parks has confirmed the ground water source to be high quality, enabling the design, which is 90 per cent complete, to be simplified to reduce redundancies and associated costs. In 2020, the County received stimulus funding under the Alberta Water/Wastewater Partnership to cover 75 per cent of the estimated $1 million cost of the ground water treatment system portion of the project. Engineering estimates place the total project cost at approximately $1.3 million. 

Campground Online Booking System Approved for Four Additional Campgrounds – Council directed Administration to set up the DemmittHommy, Bear Lake and Kleskun Hill campgrounds for online reservations for the 2022 season on a one-year trial basis and report back to Council in the fourth quarter of 2022.  

Three County Open House Events Planned for 2022 – Council approved County Open House events for Demmitt Hall, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, and Webster Hall. The 2022 County Open Houses will be held on June 20, 22 and 23, 2022, pending current COVID-19 guidance. 

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Resolution – Council provided support for the draft Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Report resolution as presented which urges Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to proceed with policy development and implementation toward further critical care integration across the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. The resolution also requests stable and consistent funding at a minimum of 50 per cent of the provider’s operating costs, as recommended in the HEMS report, and to reduce the burden on municipalities to provide operational funding. Council had previously directed Administration to draft a resolution regarding funding recommendations provided in the HEMS Report for consideration at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Spring Convention. 

Corporate Business Action Plan – Council accepted as information a report from Administration on updates to the 2021 Corporate Business Action Plan and 2020-2025 Corporate Business Plan. The draft documents and a summary of feedback provided by County staff will be submitted to Council for consideration at Council’s upcoming strategic planning session in February. 

Council Approves Changes to Bylaws – Council gave third reading to Bylaw 3181 – Agricultural Service Board (ASB) Bylaw, incorporating changes to the process of selecting the ASB Chair and Vice Chair to align with the Agricultural Service Board ActCouncil gave third reading to Bylaw 3180 – Fusarium Graminearum Bylaw to protect the agricultural productivity of lands within the County by not allowing it to establish or spread 

Temporary Members Appointed to Local and Composite (Joint) Assessment Review Board – Council appointed John Croken, Karen Egge and Denise van Rootselaar as additional members of the Local and Composite (Joint) Assessment Review Board for a term of up to six months. 

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

  • Council approved Policy B18 – Flag Protocol with additional amendments. Highlights of changes include adding cemeteries as approved locations for displaying flags, incorporating disposal protocol for persons or organizations purchasing County flags, and adding September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as a half-masting date. Council also discussed the locations of flags in the new Hamlet of Hythe, with flags to remain at the current highway location and the cemetery, and additional flagpoles to be installed at the campground.   

  • Council approved Policy B20 – Mandatory Review of Policies as presented 

  • Council approved Policy B30 – Public Appointments to Boards and Committees as presented.  

  • Council approved Policy L4 – Travel Expense Reimbursement as presented.  

Council Holds Public Hearings for Bylaws – Council held public hearings for the following:    

  • Council recessed the public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-041 to re-designate 10.59 acres of land located directly south of Highway 674, west of Range Road 44 and 7.0 miles east of the Town of Sexsmith from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District to accommodate the subdivision of one lot for country residential use. The public hearing was recessed to June 13, 2022.  

  • Bylaw 2680-22-001 to re-designate 159.88 acres of land located approximately 5.5 miles north of the Hamlet of Hythe and one mile north of Highway 59, adjacent to Range Road 111 from an Agricultural (AG) District tLimited Institutional and Recreation (L-IR) District to allow for the development of a group care facility, the Clear Hills Youth Treatment Centre (CHYTC)Council gave the bylaw third reading.  

  • Bylaw 2680-22-002 to re-designate 13.30 acres of land located directly south of Township Road 704, and west of Range Road 94, and approximately 0.7 miles east of Beaverlodge River from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District to accommodate the subdivision of one lot for country residential useCouncil gave the bylaw third reading. 

  • Bylaw 3174 – Municipal Development Plan Amendments proposed several amendments to the County’s Municipal Development Plan to address the addition of Hythe as a Hamlet within the County following dissolution of the Village of Hythe in July 2021. Council gave the bylaw third reading. 

Subdivision Time Extension Requests – Council granted approval for the following subdivision time extension requests:   

  • File number PLSUB20180862 received the third time extension to January 22, 2023, to allow the applicant time to complete the conditions of approval for the subdivision to create three industrial lots and one road on SW-23-72-6-W6. 

  • File number PLSUB20200409 received the first time extension to January 29, 2023, to allow the applicant time to complete the conditions of approval for the subdivision to create two residential lots on SE-27-74-2-W6. 

Growing the North 2022 Virtual Conference – Council supported a viewing event for the Growing the North 2022 Virtual Conference. Council directed Administration to reschedule the February 22, 2022 Council Meeting to February 18, 2022 

Review of Upcoming Agenda Items – Council accepted as information the Council and Committee of the Whole meeting task lists up to and including January 10, 2022 

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on February 7, 2022. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on February 17, 2022. 

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