Regional Policing Reports – County Regional Enforcement Services were joined by community partners to present information to Council.  

Regional Enforcement Services Report – During the first half of this year, County Regional Enforcement Services reported the following highlights:  

  • 1,451 total occurrences, up from 981 in 2020 

  • 1,596 tickets issued, up from 1,126 in 2020 

  • Positive results and resident feedback regarding the Community Standards Unit’s education and engagement efforts 

  • Notable Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) enforcement resulting in safer roads  

Administration will report on capturing revenue from out-of-Province violations at a future Council Meeting. 

Lightcatch Pilot Project Report – Representatives from Beaverlodge Rural Crime Watch and Lightcatch updated Council on the pilot project, including community outreach, uptake across the County and overall crime prevention.  

Beaverlodge RCMP Report – Sargent Kris Kyle, the new Beaverlodge detachment leader, updated Council on highlights from the second quarter, including staffing enhancements thanks in part to County Council’s support of Enhanced Policing Positions, filling vacant positions, notable responses for drug, weapons, impaired drivers and stolen vehicle incidents. Sargent Kyle was born and raised in the local area.  

Grande Prairie Rural RCMP Report – Sargent Matt Short from the Grande Prairie Rural RCMP Detachment along with Superintendent Sean Curry and Inspector Peter King from the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment, updated Council on the first and second quarter of the year, including:  

  • Three areas of focus for the Rural Detachment: 1) Communication, 2) Police Visibility, 3) Crime Reduction 

  • The introduction of tools like a monthly newsletter to the community and door knocking across rural residences along with standard practices like special events policing, community and youth outreach and repeat offenders programs   

  • A successful Special Investigative Unit (SIU) pilot project 

  • Enhanced Policing Positions funded by the County returning to the Community Services Building  

Western Alberta District RCMP Report – Superintendent Blake Ward from the Western Alberta District RCMP updated Council on highlights from across western Alberta, including staffing and plans to introduce an RCMP crime reduction app.  

Recreation on Stormwater Ponds – Council directed Administration to refine the draft Recreation on Stormwater Ponds Policy to bring back to a future Council Meeting for final approval. A formal policy to guide recreation on stormwater ponds through the year was identified as a priority for the County following the 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan approval with Theme 6 of “Safe Communities” and considering increased demand for outdoor spaces during the pandemic.   

The policy promotes active living and low-cost recreation opportunities for residents while balancing public safety, best practices from other municipalities, and public feedback. The policy will be in place for the Winter 2021/2022 season as a pilot then refined as needed for future seasons.  

Clairmont Landfill Access Tag Program – Council approved moving forward with an update to the Landfill Access Tag System to include an annual weight limit per household. All County residents are eligible to receive a Landfill Access Tag which allows them to dispose of household waste at the Clairmont Centre for the Recycling and Waste Management for free. Under the new system, residents can dispose of up to 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs.) per calendar year, after which they will be subject to tipping fees.  

The program was discussed at the September 23 Committee of the Whole Meeting where Administration highlighted the lack of cost recovery with the system, as County residents have no fees or limitations on household waste disposal at the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management.  

La Glace Community Water System – Council directed Administration to finalize engineering designs, incorporating required results from the Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) water well study, and bring back to a future Council Meeting for discussion.  

Council also directed Administration to send a letter requesting AEP expedite the La Glace water well study results.  

Wembley Arena Fire Rebuild Project Update – The Wembley & District Agricultural Society updated Council on the Wembley Arena Fire Rebuild Project’s progress to date. Council has approved $387,275 to support the rebuild efforts following a fire in June 2020. Council accepted the update for information.  

Moving Forward with Resource Road Improvements – Council directed Administration to proceed with detailed design for improvements to Resource Road to the Nauticol Plant. The $6,550,850 project will be funded through Alberta Transportation Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) grant funding ($1,718,450) and the Surface Road Rehabilitation Reserve ($1,718,450). Council directed Administration to engage industry on potential partnerships to fund the outstanding project costs. 

Highway 40X East Connector – Council directed Administration to reengage with Alberta Transportation to proactively protect land required for a possible future connection between Highway 40 and Highway 43, referred to as the Highway 40X East. 

County Library Board Letter of Understanding – Council approved a letter of understanding between the County of Grande Prairie and the County Library Board. The letter formalizes the working relationship between the two organizations, introduces a dedicated financial reserve for surplus funds and recognizes the Hythe Library will continue to operate from the former municipal building. 

Financial Reserve Policy Update – Council approved the Financial Reserve Policy with minor revisions to clarify the purpose, funding source, appropriate reserve levels and application of each reserve.  

ATCO Franchise Fees for Hythe – Council approved maintaining the current franchise fees for utility providers ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas. The fees collected from the utility providers by the municipality were previously approved by Village of Hythe Bylaw and remain active following dissolution.  

Public Hearing – Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 3173 to close a portion of road located east of Highway 722, adjacent to Range Road 102 and Township Road 710. The road will return to the quarter it’s located on in exchange for a new right of way to realign Range Road 102 and Township Road 710. 

Council gave the Bylaw first reading - The Bylaw will be forwarded to the Minister of Transportation for approval before second and third reading can proceed at a future Council Meeting.  

Subdivisions and Water Connection Fees – A landowner delegation presented to Council regarding a subdivision application and associated fees to connect to the West Aqua Water Line. Administration advised Council that fees are applied in accordance with the Schedule of Fees and the cost to connect to the water line are per dwelling. The subdivision approval conditions require payment of the cost recoveries on both the proposed lot and the balance which remains outstanding.  

Council took no action on the request. 

Proclamations – Council proclaimed October 18 – 24, 2021, as Home Support Appreciation Week in the County of Grande Prairie. 

Council proclaimed November 2021 as Family Violence Prevention Month in the County of Grande Prairie.  

Letters of Support – Council directed Administration to write a letter of support to Kathairos for their joint venture with Cenovus Energy in the Clean Resources Innovation Network competition and set up a meeting between the company and County Council.  

Councillor Years of Service Recognition – County Council recognized nine of their fellow elected officials for years of service dedicated to the County of Grande Prairie. Service recognition pins were presented as follows:  

  • Reeve Leanne Beaupre – 17 years of service  

  • Councillor Ross Sutherland – 11 years of service  

  • Councillor Harold Bulford – 9 years of service  

  • Deputy Reeve Peter Harris – 8 years of service  

  • Councillor Corey Beck – 8 years of service 

  • Councillor Daryl Beeston – 8 years of service 

  • Councillor Bob Marshall – 8 years of service 

  • Councillor Karen Rosvold – 5 years of service 

  • Councillor Linda Waddy – 4 years of service 

Service Recognition pins are presented at the last regular Council meeting prior to a municipal election. 

Employee Introductions – Council and staff welcomed Daylan Driedger as a Community School Liaison Counsellor serving Harry Balfour Community School. 

The Council Organizational Meeting is scheduled for October 25, 2021. The next Regular Council Meeting is scheduled for November 1, 2021.  

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