Resolution to Address Disparity in Rates for Electricity Distribution and Transmission – Council directed Administration to draft and bring a Disparity in Electricity Distribution and Transmission Rates resolution for consideration to the Zone 4 Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) meeting in August 2022, for consideration during the fall RMA convention. The City of Grande Prairie is bringing forward a similar resolution and approached the County to add their voice in advocating for a transmission and distribution system that creates equality for residents and businesses across the province.  

2022 Property Tax Bylaw Amended – Council approved Bylaw 3191 – Amendment to the Property Tax Bylaw to correct the calculation of the Designated Industrial Property (DIP) Requisition Rate to the rate outlined in Ministerial Order No. MAG.0212/22. Council gave the bylaw third reading.  

National Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation – Council proclaimed every June 21 as National Indigenous People Day in the County of Grande Prairie to recognize the past and ongoing contributions of Indigenous Peoples, both locally and across the country.                    

Disposal of County Equipment and Vehicles Report – Council received the requested information report from Administration comparing the budgeted versus actual amounts for equipment and vehicles disposed in 2021.  

Requests for Support – 

  • Council recommended that the Dreaming Dancers Guild apply for funding through the regular grant application process. 
  • Council approved Councillor participation in the 2022 Chamber Member Golf Scramble. 
  • Council will provide a letter of support to the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie for the D Company Armouries building restoration and refurbishment project.              

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

  • Council approved Policy D10 – Rental Equipment as presented.  
  • Council approved Policy K7 – Cemetery Improvement Grant as presented. 
  • Council approved Policy L1 – Employee Computer Purchase Plan as presented. 
  • Council rescinded Policy N22 – Transportation of Heavy Loads on Country Roads During Periods of Road Bans. 
  • Council rescinded Policy N41 – Transportation of Heavy Loads. 
  • Council rescinded Policy N42 – Multi Component (Drilling Rig) Moves
  • Council rescinded Policy N43 – Private Driveway and Access Roads. 

Public Hearings – 

  • Council held a 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. Council gave the bylaw third reading.   
  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-013 to re-designate 11.54 acres of land located adjacent to Range Road 43, a half mile north of Township Road 744, from a Country Residential (CR-5) District to an Agricultural (AG) District to allow for agricultural operations. Council gave the bylaw third reading.  

Correspondence – Council reviewed a letter of support to The Honourable Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation for the next phase of the Highway 40 twinning project. Council also reviewed letters and briefing notes presented during a recent meeting with Travis Toews, President of the Treasury Board and MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti and The Honourable Ric McIver, Minister of Municipal Affairs, regarding the importance of the Highway 40X Connector to the region; the status of the proposed RCMP detachment in Clairmont; and concerns with changes to the population census, specifically the province’s move away from the use of municipal census counts to provincially developed population estimates and the 2021 Federal Census error that saw the boundary of the Hamlet of Clairmont split in two. 

Staff Introductions – Council welcomed new full-time and seasonal staff to the County. Haylie Huber is the new full-time Communications Advisor. Tiffany Campbell is returning to the County as a summer student, serving in a seasonal role with the Information Systems Service Desk.  

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on June 27, 2022. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on June 30, 2022. 

Council and Committee meetings are available to the public via live stream. Find connection instructions and meeting agendas through the events calendar.