Agricultural Disaster Declared in the County of Grande Prairie – County Council has declared an agricultural disaster in the County of Grande Prairie. Prolonged drought conditions have greatly reduced crop yields. This year marks the fourth straight year of difficult conditions for local agricultural producers. The County is joining other municipalities across Western Canada with this declaration in the hope that the Provincial and Federal governments will take a collaborative approach to supporting the industry and individual producers. Read the media release

Agriculture Hall of Fame Recognition  Council, was pleased to formally recognize and congratulate Walter Paszkowski on his induction into the 2020 Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. Reeve Leanne Beaupre and Councillors presented a gift to Mr. Paszkowski on behalf of the County and expressed thanks to the County of Grande Prairie Agricultural Department for their work on the nomination.  

In her remarks, Reeve Beaupre welcomed the many friends and family who were present to congratulate Mr. Paszkowski on his achievement, acknowledged his role as a former employee of the County of Grande Prairie and thanked him for the work he has done for Alberta agriculture producers. “There is no greater cheerleader of the Peace County than Walter,” said Reeve Beaupre, noting his involvement with various County organizations, including his role in the founding of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.  
“There isn’t anything than could mean more to me than being recognized by the agricultural community,” said Mr. Paszkowski. 

Hythe Open House – Council, approved holding an open house for Hamlet of Hythe residents on Tuesday, September 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hythe Legion. The event will provide an opportunity for County staff to build awareness of municipal services, programs and processes with Hythe residents and to form connections among area residents and with County Councillors. The location of the event is dependent on approval from Alberta Health Services if required at that time. Given that all events continue to be subject to current COVID-19 provincial guidelines, the event may need to be postponed or cancelled. 

Traffic Calming Measures – Council approved purchasing two digital speed signs (Variable Message Signs) totalling $10,000. The decision is based on the need for data to support research conducted by Public Works on available traffic calming measures and their effectiveness in reducing speeds to support community safety. 

Request to Repurpose 2019 Capital Assistance Grant – The request from the Wembley & District Agricultural Society to repurpose a 2019 capital grant in the amount of $15,000 to purchase a divider curtain for their multi-purpose hall, to increase the functionality of the space was defeated by Council. Council asked that funding for new projects be submitted as a new request. 

2021 Tax Sale Date – Council approved setting the 2021 Tax Sale date as October 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. to include any possible Hythe properties. In past years, the annual sale has typically been held in September.  

Hythe Bylaws Rescinded – Council, gave all three readings to Bylaw 3169 to rescind bylaws from the Village, which are no longer relevant following its dissolution into the County of Grande Prairie, which came into effect on July 1, 2021.  Additional bylaws will be rescinded as they are reviewed and incorporated into County bylaws. 

County of Grande Prairie Website Awards – Following its launch on November 24, 2020, the County of Grande Prairie website has been recognized by two international awards programs. Council congratulated County employees and the website producers for their work on the project and thanked residents who provided input and direction into the website’s success. The County website was among 100 recipients selected from 1,200 entries to be recognized with APEX Grand Awards celebrating excellence in publication and communications. The website also received Honourable Mention in the Hermes Creative Awards international competition honouring excellence in creative print and web design, marketing and communications projects from all over the world. 

New Staff Welcomed  Council welcomed three new staff members to the County of Grande Prairie. Megan Hof joined the Community Services division as Seasonal Customer Service Representative. Financial Services welcomed Peng Tian as Corporate Controller and Michelle Rieger, who has been appointed Divisional Accountant Manager. 

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on August 9, 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.