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June 22 Sturgeon County Council meeting highlights
Here are the highlights of the June 22, 2021, Sturgeon County Council meeting:
- Mayor Hnatiw restated her proclamation of June 21, 2021, as Indigenous Peoples Day in Sturgeon County and encouraged residents to commit to reading, understanding, and supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Report and the Calls to Action to repair the harm caused by residential schools and help move forward with reconciliation.
- Council heard a presentation from Lenard Crozier regarding increased costs for water after they transitioned from water services with CFB Edmonton to Sturgeon County. Council heard from both Lenard Crozier and Administration. The matter was directed to come back before Council at a future meeting.
- Council voted in favour of contributing $342,780 over a three-year period to support an initiative by Edmonton Global to attract international flights back to the Edmonton International Airport and help advance economic development and tourism opportunities in the region. A formal announcement on this initiative will be made in coming weeks as additional municipalities consider the request.
- Sturgeon County continues to support local businesses with a new campaign inviting local businesses to participate in the County’s online business directory. This initiative will be complemented with a “Summer in Sturgeon” campaign that will highlight local events, businesses, activities. More information on Summer in Sturgeon will be available at www.sturgeoncounty.ca/summer.
- Sturgeon County will be participating the 2022/2023 Municipal Affairs Internship Program in both the Finance Officer and Land Use Planner streams. As a host municipality, the County will provide in-depth training and experience to interns in the respective fields, which will help enhance County services as well as support new municipal professionals. The costs of the internship will be covered by provincial grant funding, with the balance funded through the General Operating Reserve.
- Council gave First Reading to Bylaw 1553/21, which proposes to amend the Council Committees Bylaw to establish an Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC). The bylaw will come back to Council to consider Second and Third Reading at the July 13, 2021, Council Meeting.
- Council also gave First Reading to Bylaw 1551/21 to amend the Land Use Bylaw to redistrict a 5.02 acre parcel located west of ProNorth Industrial Park from Agriculture to Direct Control. A public hearing will be scheduled before Council considers Second and Third Reading.
- Work on gravel roads will be proceeding after Council approved the award of contracts for gravel road stabilization to PME Inc. for $1,800,575.04 and Doblanko Contracting Ltd. for $52,320. More information on the various road projects is included in the agenda report, with information also being posted online at www.sturgeoncounty.ca/roads.
- Council also awarded the contract for the 2021 Local Road Program to Noyen Construction Ltd. for $2,364,611.10. Projects covered in this contract include Township 542 from Range Road 250 to 251; Range Road 251 from Sturgeon Heights to the St. Albert boundary; and Township 540 from Range Road 263 to 262.
- Sturgeon County has adopted a new Train Whistle Cessation Policy, which outlines the process to address concerns regarding train whistling. The policy includes the framework for how the County addresses a request to pursue train whistle cessation in a specific area upon the request of area residents and outlines requirements of Transport Canada before a train whistle cessation would be considered.
- In order to expedite and maximize efficiencies in corporate procurement, Council approved an additional fulltime, permanent Procurement Officer, to be funded by the 2021 General Operating Reserve.
- Construction of a waterline from the hamlet of Villeneuve to the Villeneuve Airport will be proceeding after Council approved awarding the construction contract to Syn-Core Directional Ltd. for $756,905. The overall construction budget for the project is estimated at $1,504,449.66. Earlier this year, Sturgeon County received a grant through the Government of Alberta Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) for $2.152 million for the Villeneuve Airport Extension Project. An official announcement on this project will take place in the next few weeks.
- Council voted against a motion to defer collection of the municipal portion of taxes on golf courses in the County. Council confirmed there are opportunities for any of the golf courses encountering financial difficulties to utilize the tax deferral program approved by Council earlier in the year. Council directed Administration to conduct a jurisdictional scan with comparator municipalities regarding seasonal businesses like golf courses and provide a report at the August 24, 2021, Council Meeting.
Next Council Meeting
The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on July 13, 2021.
Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online.
atiw proclaimed June 21 as Indigenous Peoples Day, we touch on train whistle cessation, and have a special message for the graduating class of 2021.