March 26, 2018

Council Meeting Highlights 2018.03.26

Delegations

Dr. John Michael Pozniak provided a presentation to Council regarding the Greenview Veterinary Services building in Valleyview. Council authorized Dr. Pozniak to conduct renovations to the living space at the Valleyview Vet Clinic at his own cost for the purpose of creating an additional bedroom. Approval is subject to all work meeting building code requirements and Greenview Administration’s approval.

Canadian FibreOptics Corp. of Grande Prairie presented to Council regarding opportunities for high speed Internet and broadband coverage in rural Alberta. Currently they are building a line from Wembley to Grande Cache which will connect to the Alberta SuperNet in Wembley. They have installed 70 km of this line to date from Wembley to near the Cutbank River. In their presentation to Council they suggested building a line from Wembley to the Grovedale area. Their proposed model is a public private collaboration with municipal investment. The project would act as a backup for municipal Internet service and could also be accessible to customers through home fiber optic connections. It would include a fiber to tower network which would boost the capacity of local Internet service providers for those who aren’t connected to their infrastructure. Council accepted the presentation for information.

Klassen Brothers provided a presentation to Council regarding the 2018 gravel haul rates. Council agreed to discuss the haul rates later in the meeting. Following the delegation, Administration provided a report to Council on the Historical Gravel Haul Rates. Given concerns raised by contractors regarding the feasibility of the haul rates, Council agreed to raise the rates by five cents for gravel hauling moving forward. Greenview’s Operations Department will contact the contractors on the haul list to advise them of the changes.

Terrapin Geothermics presented the results of Phase One of the Fox Creek area geothermal study to Council. In June 2017 Greenview contracted Terrapin Geothermics to conduct a review of existing oil and gas wells in the Fox Creek area which may be repurposed to be utilized for geothermal heat and energy at the end of their production cycles. Phase One of the study demonstrates the viability of geothermal in the area. Terrapin noted this project has the opportunity to be the first geothermal commercial development in Canada. Areas within Greenview around Grande Cache and Grovedale also present opportunities for large scale geothermal projects. Funding is available from the federal and provincial governments to support geothermal project development including the Emerging Renewable Power Program. Council approved $50,000 in additional funding to Terrapin Geothermics for further study of geothermal viability throughout the Municipal District of Greenview, including preparing an application for the Emerging Renewable Power Program.

Funding and Tenders

Council awarded the 2018 Grader Tender to Brandt Tractor Ltd. of Clairmont, Alberta for the purchase of one grader in the amount of $459,600.

The 2018 Tractor Tender Award was granted to Prairie Coast Equipment of Grande Prairie, Alberta for the purchase of two tractors at a total cost of $269,980.

Council approved the purchase of a Rapid Attack Firefighting Apparatus from Fort Garry Fire Trucks of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the amount of $248,870.00.

Greenview will provide $12,000 in funding to the Watino River Boat Association for building a boat launch on the Smoky River at SE 34 77 24 W5M.

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will receive $200,000 in annual operating funding from the Municipal District of Greenview.

Administrative Items

Bylaw 18-790 Schedule of Fees received first reading. Council will discuss the proposed changes at an upcoming Council meeting before the bylaw receives second and third reading. Details regarding the proposed changes to the Schedule of Fees Bylaw are available in the March 26, 2018 meeting agenda on our website. Each year the Schedule of Fees bylaw is adopted and is adjusted based on modifications or additions to Greenview programs and services. Any questions regarding the proposed fee changes can be directed to the applicable Greenview Department.

The 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw 18-791 received first and second reading.

A report regarding Stakeholders in Bankruptcy or Receivership was provided by Greenview’s legal firm Reynolds Mirth Richards Farmer. Council agreed to write off the uncollectible taxes for the following accounts: Legend Energy for $557.89 and Northpoint Resources for $692.78, due to these companies being bankrupt, as well as Waldron Energy Corporation for $1,893.14 and Tallgrass Energy Corp. for $2,414.34, due to no further funding available.

The Valleyview Intermunicipal Development Plan (VVIDP) proposal and terms of reference were approved by Council.  Intermunicipal Development Plans may provide future land use areas and address how future development will be defined and any other matter relating to the physical, social or economic development of the area that the joint councils consider necessary. Greenview Administration has taken the lead in the overall plan review and prepared the terms of reference in consultation with the Town of Valleyview. Future meetings will be held jointly with the Councils and Administrations to ensure equal input into the consultant selection and plan preparation. Council also approved the VVIDP Citizen Panel Terms of Reference. The Citizens Panel will provide input into the IDP process.

Discharge of Deferred Reserve Caveats Council directed Administration to request Alberta Land Titles discharge twenty-one deferred reserve caveats which Greenview no longer has a need to retain.

An application was received under the Road Closure Bylaw 17-778 to close a partial undeveloped road allowance, adjoining the west boundary of SE 23-69-22 W5M as per Section 22 of the Municipal Government Act. Council denied the request.

A report regarding Grader Level of Service for snow removal on municipal roadways was presented to Council. The Snow Removal on Municipal Roadways Policy 4011 was brought back to the Policy Review Committee and was approved with a few minor changes to this policy on January 8, 2018. The policy states that Greenview will make reasonable effort to open all roads within five days following a significant snowfall.

The 2018 Fire Guardians were appointed as Jeff Francis, Greenview Protective Service Manager and Derian Rosario, Greenview Fire Service Coordinator as Greenview’s Fire Guardians for the period of March 2018 to February 2019.

Greenview will enter into a recreation lease at Moody’s Crossing with Alberta Transportation on 8.9 acres within
SE 17-72-2 W6M, at a cost of $1 for the purpose of the development and management of Moody’s Crossing day use area.

The Council – Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Covenant will be forwarded to the Policy Review Committee for further input. The Covenant outlines how Council and the CAO will work together and build positive relationships. When the covenant is finalized it will be brought back to Council for approval. Going forward, the covenant will be presented for signature by both parties at the first Regular Council Meeting following an election and upon the recruitment of a new CAO.

Administration provided a report regarding plans for the 2018 Municipal Census. Greenview’s last municipal census was conducted in 2013. The 2018 Census will count the number of residents usually residing in each home and ask questions regarding the residents’ genders and ages. Greenview is currently recruiting enumerators for the census. This year an online process will be used and residents will receive a PIN to log in and complete their census information. Census collection begins April 30, 2018 with PIN numbers beginning to be delivered to residences in the first week of May. Door to door collection will take place from May 14 to June 16, 2018. Further information regarding the census will be available on our website at the end of April. Council accepted the report for information.

Fox Creek Area Synergy Group Council appointed Councillor Shawn Acton and Reeve Dale Gervais as an alternate to the Fox Creek area Synergy Group.

Following the Landry Heights Open House Council directed Administration to add Richard and Doreen Bizobie to the Landry Heights mail listing. Landowners in Landry Heights will be granted the opportunity to vote on the Landry Heights water distribution system.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Council cancelled the upcoming Municipal Planning Commission meeting scheduled for April 10 and rescheduled it to April 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: April 9 and 23, 2018.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 16, 2018 at Grovedale Public Services Building.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: April 17, 2018.
  • Green View FCSS: April 18, 2018.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): April 26, 2018.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings (except FCSS meetings) take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview beginning at 9:00 am. ASB and FCSS meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre. The public and media are welcome to attend our meetings in person or view the agendas and minutes online at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca/governance.