Provincial Standards for Landfill Representatives from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and Administration presented to Council around the requirements for landfills, including requirements to protect ground and surface water, long-term planning for landfill cells, and liners and leachate (runoff) collection systems.

Council asked AEP to inquire with the ministry about Provincial support for costs of providing solid waste services, as the cost of establishing waste facilities according to standards is required of municipalities at an increasing cost.

Operating Analysis of Community Halls – Administration presented Council with a report on operating expenses for local community halls, including the percentage of operating costs funded through County grant programs.

Update from Alberta Environment and Parks – Representatives from Alberta Environment and County Administration provided a regular update to Council, including the Provincial dispositions and multi-use planning in the Wapiti Recreation Area, as well as new natural trails proposed at Pipestone Creek Campground pending Provincial funding.

Representatives from Camp Tamarack and County Administration presented an update on the recreation lease that was transferred to the County last year, including proposed management and day-use area plans for the lease. Administration will facilitate public engagement on the proposed plans with area residents.

CN Presentation – Tyler Banick, Manager of Public Affairs at CN, presented to Council on CN initiatives in Alberta, including their maintenance program, investments in grain transportation in the County, the volume of petrochemical transport by rail, and support for local community groups.

Council asked about noxious weeds along CN right-of-ways, including from the City of Grande Prairie to the Hamlet of Clairmont and in the west County. CN will follow up with the County about their weed management plans and work to mitigate problem areas.

Council also asked about train speed, crossing quality and safety for rail lines in the west County. CN will work with County Administration to address concerns about crossings over Secondary Highway 667 and Highway 59. CN advised that the rail line in that area is upgraded to include full capacity loads. Safety features at rail crossings, including stop signs and crossing arms, are directed by Transport Canada.

Grande Prairie High-Performance Sports Centre Proposal – Representatives working on a proposed regional high-performance multi-sport training facility in the County of Grande Prairie presented the concept to Council for information. The project will also be presented at the Grande Prairie Regional Recreation Committee's special meeting on February 1, seeking endorsements from regional municipalities.

Swan City FC Soccer Facility Proposal – Representatives from the Swan City FC soccer club presented a proposal for a new indoor soccer facility in the region to Council for information. The project will also be presented at the Grande Prairie Regional Recreation Committee's special meeting on February 1, seeking endorsements from regional municipalities.

Staff Introductions – Council welcomed Mark Schonken as the first Director of Financial Services for the County of Grande Prairie. Mark will oversee the financial, assessment, procurement, risk management and asset management functions.

The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on February 19, 2021. The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on February 8, 2021.

Council and Committee meetings can be accessed electronically through the events calendar on the County website.