Policies – Council approved the following community grant funding policies:

  • The existing Cemetery Improvement Grant Policy was updated to clarify multi-year funding for larger projects and refer to the new online application process.
  • The existing Beautification Initiatives Policy was updated to remove references to the Communities in Bloom stream of funding, as one pool of funding is now accessible to residents for community beautification.
  • The new Funding of Major Community Projects Policy, as requested by Council in June 2020 to outline clear and consistent guidelines on County involvement in major capital projects where at least 50 per cent or $250,000 of project funding has been granted.

Election Bylaw – Council approved a bylaw outlining procedures for municipal elections, including appointing the Director of Corporate Services as Returning Officer, conducting an advanced vote, process for special ballots, and voting hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.

Funding Requests – Council approved $20,000 of Community Assistance Grant Funding for the 2021 Northwestern Alberta Vital Signs Project. Laura LaValley, CEO of the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta presented the request to Council, outlining the Vital Signs Report, a public opinion and research project examining quality of life across the region, managed by the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. The Project has received past funding support by the County in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Orphan Roads Report – Administration presented a report to Council summarizing orphan roads across the municipality. Orphan roads are sections of County-owned roads that are not directly connected to the County’s larger transportation network, meaning crews have to travel across other jurisdictions for maintenance. Council accepted the report for information and directed Administration to start discussions with other service providers to explore potential cost-savings or other efficiencies.

Borrowing Bylaw for Hilltop Estates Homeowners Association – Council approved a bylaw amending an existing borrowing agreement with the Hilltop Estates Homeowners Association to reduce their monthly re-payment amount from $1,600 to $1,400. The borrowing bylaw funds replacement of the neighbourhood’s water treatment plant, which came in under estimated costs.  

Signalization of Railway Crossing on Highway 667 – Administration presented Council with details of the process to request the installation of signals for the railway crossing over Secondary Highway 667. Council took no action.

Correspondence – Council will send a letter to The Honourable Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, expressing concern regarding the changes to the Victims of Crime Fund and Bill 16. Victim Services programs that serve County residents advised that Provincial funding changes have and will continue to negatively impact supports for area residents impacted by crime.

Council will provide a letter of support to the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club for their application to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative administered through Community Foundations of Canada. The funding application is for an internet service hub and other equipment to facilitate more online operations due to COVID-19.

Council will provide a letter of support to the Grande Prairie Curling Centre for their bid to host the 2022 Men’s Boston Pizza Provincial Curling Championship.

Council will send a letter to G5 municipalities (Saddle Hills County, Town of Spirit River, Village of Rycroft, Birch Hills County, and the MD of Spirit River) congratulating them on their Water from the Peace River project and requesting a meeting to discuss partnership opportunities. 

Additionally, Council will also be requesting a Reeves and CAOs meeting with Saddle Hills County to discuss future partnership opportunities.

Aquatera Board Chair Appointment Policy – Council approved the Aquatera Board Chair Appointment Policy as presented.

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie Temporary Art Loan Program – Council directed Administration to select pieces from the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie’s loan program for temporary display.

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on March 22, 2021. A Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place on March 25, 2021. An Agricultural Services Board (ASB) Meeting will take place on March 11, 2021.

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