Corporate Business Plan Update – Based on outlines and specific actions stemming from Council’s strategic direction in the County of Grande Prairie 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Administration presented the 2021 Corporate Business Plan update for Council’s information. The internal working document aligns operational strategies with Council’s strategic direction.  

Thank you to Evergreen Ridge Recreation Area Residents – Council will send a thank you to residents of Pine Valley South subdivision for their efforts to protect the lands at Evergreen Ridge Recreation Area, as presented at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on June 24, 2021.  

Public Consultation Results in Changes to Tamarack Recreation Area Draft Management Plan – Council approved changes to the overall management direction of the Plan – the Camp Tamarack sub-let area boundary will not be adjusted; while equestrians will now be permitted throughout the site there will be no investment in equestrian supporting infrastructure; and off-highway vehicle (OHV) use will be prohibited.  

RCMP Enhanced Policing Memorandum of Understanding – Following an update at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on June 24, 2021, Council approved the RCMP Enhanced Policing Program Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the RCMP and the County of Grande Prairie as presented, and directed Administration to:  

  • continue to negotiate the Enhanced Policing MOU with the RCMP and bring back to Council a draft MOU specifying that the one Integrated Enhanced Policing member be attached to the Special Investigative Unit until March 31, 2022; and 

  • continue to negotiate the Option 1 Enhanced Policing MOU with the RCMP and bring back to Council a draft MOU specifying that the Integrated Enhanced Policing members be attached as a trial to the Grande Prairie Rural Detachment shifts until March 31, 2022, as per the RCMP proposal presented on June 15, 2020; and that before March 31, 2022, the County meet with the RCMP to first determine the effectiveness of this placement, and secondly, whether it will continue throughout the term of the MOU or be integrated back into County offices.  

Reeve Leanne Beaupre thanked Administration for the work that has been done on this file and expressed confidence in the relationship between the Regional RCMP and Enhanced Members to provide the service required by the County of Grande Prairie.  

Reconciliation Workshop – Council was authorized to attend a workshop on Canada’s History and the Municipal Role in Reconciliation on July 23. This is a cohosted event by the Rural Municipalities of Alberta and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association to provide municipal officials with a greater understanding on how to support reconciliation in their communities. 

Hythe Bylaws Rescinded as Part of Transition to County – Council gave all three readings to Bylaw 3167 – Rescinding of Hythe Bylaws, to replace related former Village of Hythe Bylaws that are now irrelevant and/or have been replaced by County of Grande Prairie Bylaws. Information relating to the Hythe transition is available on the County of Grande Prairie website.  

Funding Approved for County Brewers Scoreboard Installation and Rent Relief – Council approved $2,000 toward the installation of a new Nevco scoreboard at the County Sportsplex ball diamonds to come from the 2021 Parks and Recreation operating budget, contingent on a scoreboard ownership agreement between the County and the team. Council also approved the team’s request for 30 hours of use of the County Sportsplex baseball diamonds for the 2021 season at no charge, to offset the team’s lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Emergency COVID-19 Funding Awarded to South Peace Centennial Museum Association – Council approved $5,887 from the Community Assistance Grant to support the South Peace Centennial Museum Association’s emergency funding request, to cover their utility costs for the first six months of 2021. 

Council Sponsoring Municipal District of Greenview Clay Shooting Charity Event – As part of Council’s strategic goal of intermunicipal collaboration, Council approved the MD of Greenview’s request for a $500 Stand Sponsorship, with funding to come from the 2021 Community Assistance budget. Council members were approved to attend the event on September 9, 2021. This year’s event will see proceeds shared equally among Greenview food banks. 

County Supports Odyssey House/Sunrise House Golf Tournament – Council approved $3,000 in response to the sponsorship request for the 10th annual Odyssey House / Sunrise House Golf Tournament, with funding to come from the 2021 Community Assistance budget.  

Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Classic Sponsorship and Attendance – Council approved a $500 Golf Cart Sponsorship and $400 Hole Sponsorship for the 2021 Chamber Member Golf Classic, with funding to come from the Economic Development budget. Council members were approved to attend the event on August 17, 2021 at the Dunes Golf and Winter Club. The County has sponsored this event over the past number of years to foster connections with local business owners and developers, and outside investors. 

Timeline Extension Requested for Subdivision – Council approved an extension request from Bearisto & Associates Engineering Ltd. for subdivision of one parcel of land off NE-10-72-3-W6 in the Bezanson area to May 29, 2022, to allow the applicant time to fulfill the conditions of approval.  

Update on Virtual Attendance, Live Streaming of Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings – Virtual participation and live streaming options were initially approved in response to the COVID-19 public health guidance around gathering limits. On July 12, 2021, Council directed Administration to amend the Procedural Bylaw to allow Councillors limited virtual participation, with restrictions as determined by Council. The Bylaw will be brought to a future Council Meeting for Council’s review. Council directed Administration to discontinue live streaming to the public once in-person attendance and capacity restrictions have been lifted in the Council Chambers.  

Council Proclaims September 20-26, 2021 as Rail Safety Week – Council adopted the proclamation at the request of CN Rail, to support its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of rail safety to reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and damage caused by incidents involving trains and citizens. Council directed Communications to run a joint public information campaign with CN Rail during Rail Safety Week.  

Two Tenders Awarded – Council awarded the tender for the Clairmont Landfill Expansion, including Cell 4 and Leachate pond development, to the MCL Group for $2,670,204.69 with funding to come from the Clairmont Landfill Reserve. Council awarded the contract for improvements to Range Road 63 Road Works to Cox Contractors Ltd. for $1,031,723.88. The estimated total cost of the contract is $1,308,696.27 with funding to come from the Divisional Road Program. 

Land Access Request – Based on Policy N-11 – New Road Construction for Ratepayers, Council will take no action on the landowner request for an access road to a quarter of land located at NW-36-74-12-W6M. 

Rio Grande Sports & Community Association Rebounding from COVID-19 Losses – Parks and Recreation Administration reported that the Association has removed their request for one-time COVID-19 emergency funding following a successful rodeo event over the July long weekend.  

Five Former Village of Hythe Employees Welcomed to County of Grande Prairie – Public Works welcomed Melody Tollefsrud as a Utility Operator with Technical Services. Community Services welcomed Chelsea de Ruiter as a Community Services Support worker who will split her permanent full-time role between FCSS at the library in Hythe and to support various projects at the Community Services Building. The Parks and Recreation Department introduced three Seasonal Groundskeepers for summer employment – Logan Moon, Seth Schaffer and Kerek Clease.  

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on July 26, 2021. A Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for July 29, 2021. 

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