Crosslink County Sportsplex Expansion Opportunity – Council approved contributing up to $10,000 as a tri-equal funding partner to commission an architect’s report on expansion possibilities for the Crosslink County Sportsplex for a soccer only or multi-user enhanced playing area. The City of Grande Prairie and the Swan City Football Club are the other two organizations that have committed up to $10,000 each for the report. 

Evergreen Park Funding – Evergreen Park representatives provided Council with an update on their operations including their efforts to generate revenue during COVID-19 restrictions.  

Council approved up to $700,000 in additional funding to cover management payroll from April 1 to December 31, 2021, due to revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, and that the funding be reconsidered prior to 2022 budget deliberations. 

Council also directed Administration to bring back information on operational and capital funding provided by the County to Evergreen Park from 2016 to 2021. 

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Requests – Council approved COVID-19 emergency funding for operational costs for 2021 to the following community groups:  

  • Valhalla Recreation Centre - $4,800
  • Twilight Club of La Glace - $5,000 
  • Beaverlodge Boys & Girls Camp Society - $5,000 
  • North Peace Bracket Racing Association - $5,000
  • Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society - $5,000
  • Grande Prairie Society of Irish Dance - $2,500
  • Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture & Heritage - $2,500
  • Beaverlodge Area Cultural Society - $2,500
  • Beaverlodge Senior Citizens - $2,500  

Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection Update – Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection presented their 2020 Annual Report to Council. The report includes an overview of the organizational structure, a year in review, the 2020 Strategic Plan, programs and events, how the organization supported community groups throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, office relocation, advocacy, communication, marketing, and community outreach efforts, sponsor recognition and more. 

Council committed investing $56,000 this year to the organization, and approved $58,072 in funding annually for 2022, 2023 and 2024. The County has provided financial support annually to the organization since its formation in 2014.  

Wellington Resource Centre Childcare Program Operator – Council directed Administration to conduct a request for proposal process to find a new childcare program operator for the space in Wellington Resource Centre that will be vacant effective July 1, 2021. The YMCA previously operated a childcare centre in the space and provided notice of closure effective June 30, 2021. 

Northwest Clairmont Area Structure Plan – Council gave third reading to adopt the Northwest Clairmont Area Structure Plan (ASP). The ASP is a long-term plan to guide future land use and development for over 3,300 acres located north of Highway 43, east of Clairmont Lake, south of Township Road 730, and to the east boundary of the Hamlet of Clairmont, including roads and other infrastructure. More information about the ASP is available at www.countygp.ab.ca/asp

Public Hearings – Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-009 to redesignate all of Lot 1, Block 2, Plan 1525373 within SE-17-72-8-W6 located 6.4 km north of the Town of Wembley and 1.6 km west of Highway 724, adjacent to Township Road 722 and Range Road 84 from a Country Residential (CR-3) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District to align with neighbouring properties. Council gave the bylaw all three readings. 

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-010 to redesignate 5 acres of land located adjacent to the Town of Sexsmith and Range Road 55 from an Agricultural (AG) District to a CR-5 District to allow for the development of one residential lot. Council gave the bylaw all three readings. 

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-011 to redesignate 8.7 acres of land located 2.4 km east of the Town of Sexsmith, adjacent to Highway 674 and Range Road 54 from an AG District to a CR-5 District to allow for the development of one residential lot. Council gave the bylaw all three readings. 

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-012 to redesignate 8.4 acres of land located 1.6 km east of the Town of Sexsmith, adjacent to Range Road 54 from an AG District to CR-5 District to allow for the development of one residential lot. Council gave the bylaw all three readings. 

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-013 to redesignate 10 acres of land located 1.6 km west of the Webster Community Hall, adjacent to Range Road 54 from an AG District to CR-5 District to allow for the development of one residential lot. Council gave the bylaw all three readings. 

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-014 to redesignate 64.6 acres of land located 2.4 km west of the Webster Community Hall, adjacent to Township Road 744 from an AG District to a CR-5 District to allow for a boundary adjustment. Council gave the bylaw all three readings. 

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-21-015 to redesignate 16.8 acres of land located within the Hamlet of Clairmont, adjacent to Whispering Ridge, Highway 43 West Industrial Park, the City of Grande Prairie and Range Road 62 from an AG District to a Rural Residential (RR-2) District to allow the development of 31 residential lots. Council gave the bylaw all three readings.  

Rural Municipalities of Alberta Update – Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) representatives provided Council with an update on their advocacy and stakeholder engagement efforts. RMA and Council also discussed advocacy opportunities regarding challenges with unpaid property taxes from the oil and gas industry; red tape reduction in the provincial process for municipal restructuring to improve access to financial supports upon Cabinet approval of municipal dissolutions; and improving processes to expedite attracting investors to the region.  

RMA, an independent association comprised of Alberta’s counties and municipal districts, provides advocacy to ensure that provincial and federal decision-makers, industry and other relevant stakeholders understand and incorporate rural Alberta’s best interests in their policies, and business services to its members.  

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Council proclaimed June 21st, as National Indigenous Peoples Day in the County. National Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  

Letters of Support – Council will write a letter in support of Grande Prairie Regional College’s (GPRC) intention to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with optional specializations in Small Business Management and Leadership for Skilled Trades. 

Council will write a letter to the Minister of Transportation in support of roadside worker safety. 

Notice of Motion – A request will be presented for Administration to bring back information on non-emergency landings of fixed-wing airplanes on County roads. This request will be presented at the next council meeting. 

Rural Policing Planning Committee – Council approved the terms of reference for the newly formed Rural Policing Planning Committee. The committee will plan for future rural policing needs in the County including the construction of a rural detachment in the Hamlet of Clairmont. The committee consists of three County Councillors, members of County Administration, and the RCMP. The terms of reference outline the purpose, structure and guidance of the committee.  

Residential Satisfaction Survey – Council directed Administration to hire a marketing research firm to determine questions in collaboration with present Council for the upcoming Residential Satisfaction Survey. The timing to administer the survey will be determined on a future date. 

Historical Significance Signage – Council requested that the Historic Resources Committee investigate installing signs for historical significance at sites within the County and bring recommendations forward to Council. 

Traffic Calming Devices – Council directed Administration to bring back information related to traffic calming devices with the potential of installing them in subdivisions and hamlets in the County. Traffic calming devices can improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Equipment Blade Replacement – Council approved entering into an agreement with Valley Blades Limited for the purchase of the new equipment to replace current grader and snowplow blades for $297,000. 

Road Improvement Project Tenders – Council awarded the contract for improvements to Range Road 63, Township Road 744 and Range Road 123 to Mainline Construction for $3,095,949.79. 

Employee Introductions – Council and staff welcomed Angela Sears to the County. Angela will work as a Seniors Communications Advisor for the Communications department. 

Aquatera Utilities Subscription of Shares – Council approved the Aquatera Utilities Inc. shareholders resolution in respect to the issuance of shares to the County, and that Administration work with Aquatera to correct the under reporting of the asset transfer of $386,699.70 to reflect the total Net Book Value of the transferred asset at $2,245,250.95.  

River Road Estates Petition Against Local Improvement – Council acknowledged the petition against the local improvement regarding the pavement surfacing of roadways on internal roads of the River Road Estates subdivision is sufficient as per the Municipal Government Act and took no further action on the proposed local improvement. 

Teepee Creek Stampede Association Fundraiser – Council approved members of Council and Administration attendance at the Teepee Creek Stampede Association’s fundraiser to represent the County on June 17, 2021. 

A Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on June 24, 2021. The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on June 28, 2021. 

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