Council approves Business Plan Council approved the 2022-2026 Business Plan. The Business Plan outlines administrative action items and timelines aligned with Council's strategic direction and six Strategic Themes in the 2022-2026 Strategic PlanThe approved plan will be available at www.countygp.ab.ca/strategicplan in June. 

Area Structure Plan for Northeast Clairmont – Council gave first and second reading to a proposed Area Structure Plan (ASP) for 1,350 hectares of land in the northeast portion of the Hamlet of Clairmont, east of Clairmont Lake. The plan provides a framework for future development of the area, including agriculture and country residential use. The bylaw will return to a future Council Meeting for third and final reading following approval by Alberta Transportation.  

Capital Contributions for Project in Wembley – Council directed Administration to write a letter to the Town of Wembley regarding a funding request from the Wembley and District Art Culture and Historical Society confirming that the County will provide Major Capital Grant funding of $25,000 to match the contribution by the Town.  

Requests for SupportCouncil approved the following requests for support:  

  • Sponsorship of the Bear Creek Folk Festival for $5,000. 
  • Sponsorship of the Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS) Cook-Off and Evening at the Carnival event for $1,500.
  • Sponsorship of the 7th Annual Big Lakes County Charity Golf Tournament for $1,000.   
  • Registration of a County team to participate in the Friends of the Grande Spirit Foundation Charity Golf Tournament for $400.  
  • Reducing the Crosslink County Sportsplex baseball diamond rental rate for the County Brewers baseball team by 50 per cent for the 2022 season. 

2022 Spring Home & Garden Show Evaluation – Council accepted a report evaluating the County's title sponsorship of the 2022 Spring Home & Garden Show for information. In February, Council approved title sponsorship of the show, with the $13,000 investment covered by the existing tradeshow budget.  

The County of Grande Prairie has the first right of refusal as the title sponsor in 2023, with the formal proposal to be presented for consideration at a future meeting.  

Position Renewed for Regional Recreation Committee – Council approved renewal of the Grande Prairie Regional Recreation Committee's (GPRRC) Coordinator position for 2023, with the County contributing $24,446 to the shared cost.  

Tender Awards Council awarded the following project tenders:  

  • Construction of Range Road 85, from Highway 43 to Township Road 710, to Wapiti Gravel Suppliers in the amount of $5,769,549 
  • Construction of Range Road 121, from Township Road 704 to Secondary Highway 722, to Knelsen Sand & Gravel Ltd. in the amount of $2,548,808. 
  • Culvert replacement and other work on Range Road 44, north of Secondary Highway 670, to Boss Bridgeworks Inc. in the amount of$205,605 
  • Bridge replacement and other work on Township Road 704west of Highway 40, access to the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club, in the amount of $1,064,840 

Discussion of Past Road Rehabilitation Projects in Clairmont – Council deferred a report on road rehabilitation work that took place in the Hamlet of Clairmont in 2020 to the June13, 2022, Council Meeting.  

Public Hearings 

  • Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-012 to re-designate 16 acres of land located approximately two miles south of the Town of Beaverlodge, adjacent to Secondary Highways 667 and 722, 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 3189 to close a portion of a planned road located east of Secondary Highway 722, adjacent to Range Road 102 and Township Road 710. The land will be consolidated back into the existing quarter with a new right of way to realign Range Road 102 and Township Road 710. Council gave the bylaw first reading and directed Administration to seek approval from Alberta Transportation.  

  • The public hearing for Bylaw 2680-22-011 was recessed to the June 27, 2022,Council Meeting. 

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

  • Council approved Policy B17 – Video Surveillance in Public Areas as presented.  

  • Council approved Policy N3 – Gravel for Community Facilities as presented.  

  • Council rescinded Policy N6 – Gravel for Seed Cleaning Plants.  

  • Council approved Policy M1 – Safety Codes Permits as presented.  

  • Council rescinded policies J2, J3 and J4 related to Enforcement.  

Deferred Operating Assistance Grants – Council directed Administration to reply to organizations with deferred Operational Assistance Grant applications recommending they apply to receive County funding through grant streams which are more applicable to the nature of the project, including the Community Wellness and Safety grant program, which is anticipated to be in place in 2023.   

Combative Sports Commission Council requested that the Combative Sports Commission, a shared agreement with the City of Grande Prairie, present to County Council the Commission's goals and future plans.  

Seniors Week Proclamation Council proclaimed June 6 to 12, 2022, as Seniors' Week in the County of Grande Prairie. County Council will also participate in the June 9 Seniors' Tea Event by serving guests. Seniors' Week celebrations occur across Alberta during the first week in June.  

Advocacy Event– Council approved that the Reeve attend a Grande Prairie Regional Open House at the Energy Summit on June 1 in Calgary to promote the County of Grande Prairie and its economic development.  

Staff Introductions – Council welcomed new full-time and seasonal staff to the County. Amanda Ouellet and Kathrin Langlois are new Agriculture Officers, joined by seasonal staff for weed inspecting, roadside mowing, herbicide applicators, and assistants in the Agriculture department. Two seasonal campground labourers joined the Parks and Recreation departmentJanice Pearson joined the Community Services Building as a part-time Customer Service Representative.  

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on June 13, 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 calendaron the County website.