Regional Fire Training Centre Replacement Moving Ahead Council ratified a Memorandum of Understanding with the MD of Greenview and the City of Grande Prairie to fund the replacement of the regional training centre located at the Dunes fire station. The agreement outlines a $250,000 contribution from each municipality and the establishment of an official training committee.

Fire Protection Agreement Renewed with the Town of Wembley – Council approved a Municipal Fire Protection Agreement with the Town of Wembley for 2022-2026, pending a legal review. The agreement outlines how County Regional Fire Service and Wembley Fire Department work together to support community safety, building on past agreements, with the addition of a new District Fire Chief position that will be employed by the County of Grande Prairie and cost-shared between the municipalities.

Requests for Support

  • Council approved a request from the Clairmont & District Agricultural Society to allocate $7,896 of existing Capital Assistance Grant funds to replace two furnaces at the Clairmont Community Hall. In 2020, Council approved a $50,000 Capital Assistance Grant for the society with part of the grant used to complete a needs assessment for the hall and arena.  The Society will be asked to submit a facility business plan for any future funding requests.
  • Council approved Councillor participation and $750 in sponsorship for the Archie Harvey Memorial Golf Tournament hosted at the Dunes Gold and Winter Club on August 19, 2022.
  • Council approved Councillor participation and $500 in sponsorship for the for the MD of Greenview’s Annual Greenview Charity Clay Shoot on September 8, 2022.
  • Council approved Councillor participation in the Alberta Transportation Peace Region Golf Tournament on August 25, 2022.

Alberta Transportation Update – Chase Milligen, Regional Director for Alberta Transportation in the Peace Region, updated Council on several provincial transportation projects in the region, including the twinning and new bridge over Highway 40, a proposed design for the roundabout at the intersection of Highways 43 and 733 near Bezanson, and other construction projects on area highways this summer.

Amended Terms of Reference for City Intermunicipal Committee Council approved amending the Terms of Reference for the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) Committee with the City of Grande Prairie to increase the required quorum and enabling a participant to attend virtually while maintaining quorum.

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

  • Council approved Policy C20 – Financial Reports as presented.
  • Council rescinded Policy E9 – Public Access - Tax Account Financial Information.
  • Council tabled Policy K2 – 100th Anniversary Grant to a future meeting.
  • Council approved Policy L15 – Health and Safety as presented.
  • Council approved Policy M12 – Historic Resource as presented.
  • Council approved Policy S1 – Social Media as presented.
  • Council approved Policy L4 – Travel Expense Reimbursement as presented.

Obtaining Audit Services* – The County will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an external vendor to provide audit services. To ensure transparency and accuracy, the county’s financials are audited by an external independent accounting firm every year then posted to the public by May 1.

Request for Tax Penalty Relief – Council took no action on a request for relief on tax penalties.

Public Hearings

  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-011 to re-designate 10.04 acres of land, located approximately one mile south of Teepee Creek, adjacent to Range Road 35 and Township Road 734, from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District to allow for the subdivision of one lot for residential use. Council gave the bylaw third reading.
  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-014 to re-designate 15.86 acres of land, located adjacent to Range Road 63 and Highway 43X, from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Gateway Commercial (GWC) District to allow for the subdivision of four lots for commercial use. Council gave the bylaw third reading.
  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-015 to re-designate 7.86 acres of land, located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 43X and Range Road 63, from a Country Residential (CR-5) District to a Gateway Commercial (GWC) District to allow for the subdivision of four lots for commercial use. Council gave the bylaw third reading.
  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-016 to re-designate 10.34 acres of land, located approximately half of one mile west of Flying Shot Lake, adjacent to Range Road  65 and Township Road 712, from an Agricultural (AG) District to a Country Residential (CR-5) District to allow for the subdivision of one lot for residential use. Council gave the bylaw third reading.

Bylaw 3188 License to Occupy Bylaw 3188 was presented to provide an adjacent landowner license to occupy a parcel of County environmental reserve land. Council defeated the bylaw at first reading. Council directed Administration to evaluate redesignating a portion of the environmental reserve to accommodate the existing water well and subsequent disposition of the land.

Councillor Authorized Absence Council authorized an extended leave of absence for Councillor Marshall, until July 31, 2022, due to extenuating circumstances.

2022 Rural Health Attraction and Retention Conference – Council approved the South Peace Physician and Attraction Committee member at large to attend the 2022 Rural Health Professions Action Plan Health Provider Attraction and Retention Conference in Drayton Valley, as well as Councillor attendance.

Staff Introductions – Council welcomed new full-time and seasonal staff to the County. John Muise joined The Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management as a full-time Heavy Equipment Operator. Public Works welcomes Daniel Richard as a seasonal heavy equipment operator, Chad Baird as a seasonal grader operator, and Craig Supernault as a seasonal shop hand. Chris McRae is the new Area 3 Sub Foreman, and Duane Smith, long-time County employee, has transitioned to a new role as Operations Sub Foreman.

Matthew Bauer and Clinton Boychuck were welcomed as full-time Firefighters with Regional Fire Services, and Kim White joined as the new Fire Services Administrative Assistant, coming from a previous role in the County’s Payroll department.

August Committee of the Whole Meeting Rescheduled – Council approved rescheduling the August Committee of the Whole Meeting to August 26, 2022.

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on July 11, 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 on the County website. 

*The summary Obtaining Audit Services was revised on June 29.