Alberta Environment and Parks Update  In response to a prior Council motion directing Administration to explore the option of purchasing land identified as DML800162 from the province, representatives from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) provided the Committee with a review of the processes and timeline involved with land purchases and trades. AEP noted Alberta Land Titles’ current backlog in processing ownership changes and advised the Committee of their goal to start the application in 24 months.  
Representatives from the local AEP office updated the Committee on the planned changes for the Wapiti Recreation and Trail Management Plan as outlined in their recently published fact sheet and provided potential topics to include in future updates to the Committee.  

Regional Fire Services Annual Report – The Committee received the Regional Fire Service 2021 Annual Report, presented by Fire Chief Dan Verdun. The report detailed an overall increase in call data, responding to 2019 calls for service regionally, up 430 calls from 2020. Highlights of the report included an overview of services and finances, development of a 10-year Fire Master Plan, a successful Collective Agreement negotiation with IAFF Local 5108, and welcoming members of the Hythe Fire Department as part of Hythe’s transition to the County of Grande Prairie. The team was pleased to return to delivering in-person fire education at County schools, negotiated a new dispatch agreement with noted cost savings to the County, and implemented a new beneficial mutual aid agreement with the M.D. of Greenview and a more efficient management model for the Town of Sexsmith Fire Department, along with securing support from the City and M.D. of Greenview for the regional training centre. 

Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection Annual Update – The Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection presented their 2021 annual report to the Committee in response to the County’s support of the organization. In June 2021, the County approved $58,072 annually in Community Assistance funding support for 2022, 2023 and 2024. Historically, the organization received an annual $57,000 grant from the County in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The organization creates opportunities for residents to experience new sport opportunities, including the annual Try-It Day; hosts the Northwest Alberta Sport Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers; provides training resources and coach education; and advocates for sport initiatives in the region. In their presentation, the organization noted they intentionally align their key performance indicators with their supporters’ goals, including three of County Council’s strategic themes – Community Wellness and Safety, Economic Development, and Governance and Leadership. 

Hydrogen Vehicle Evaluation – The Committee received an information report from Administration on hydrogen-powered vehicles as an option for the County. The report noted that the lack of a local hydrogen filling station is prohibitive to the County sourcing fuel cell vehicles at this time. 

Review of Upcoming Agenda Items – The Committee reviewed topics scheduled for upcoming Committee of the Whole meetings, including the Recreation on Stormwater Ponds pilot project debrief, 2023 pre-Budget planning, the quarterly financial report, and water and sewer rates on July 28, 2022 

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on July 11, 2022. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on July 28, 2022 

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