Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Board President Jonathan Clarkson and Past President Jason Halwa provided a presentation to Council regarding their activities in the past year. Tourism is the fourth largest economic driver in the Grande Prairie region, and is an $8.3 billion industry provincially. The GPRTA is a not for profit destination marketing organization (DMO) which provides marketing for the tourism industry in the Grande Prairie area. They are also eligible for funding in partnership with Travel Alberta to promote the region on a national and international level. Locally, they manage the Grande Prairie Visitor Information Centre which is open year round 7 days per week. In the summer season from May to September long weekend last year there were 26,334 visitors who came from all across Canada, the US and Europe. An increase in per capita funding of $0.50 in 2018 and 2020 plus $5,000 annually for Visitor Information Services is being requested by the GPRTA. This request will be considered at a future Council meeting.
The 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw 18-791 was approved by Council. The bylaw maintains the 2016 and 2017 mil rates of 2.7000 for Residential/Farmland and 7.8280 for Non Residential properties. Alberta municipalities collect education property taxes on behalf of the Government of Alberta. The final education property tax mil rates have changed from 2.3976 to 2.4275 for Residential/Farmland and from 4.2183 to 3.3421 for Non Residential properties. Although Greenview’s mil rates are staying the same some property owners may see an increase in their tax notices due to increases in their assessed property values.
In addition, Greenview’s 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw includes a new Designated Industrial Properties (DIP) requisition mil rate established by the Government of Alberta following changes to the Municipal Government Act (Ministerial Order MAG: 003/18). The DIP requisition mil rate of 0.034178 will be added to all designated industrial owners’ tax notices. Designated industrial properties include properties regulated by the Alberta Energy Regulator, National Energy Board, and Alberta Utilities Commission; linear property such as wells, pipeline, railways, telecommunications and electric power systems; and properties designated as “major plants” such as large refineries, upgraders, pulp and paper mills. Further information regarding the DIP tax rate is available on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
Bylaw 18-792 (Disher-Cornelsen) to re-designate lands within NE 9 69 7 W 6 from Agriculture One District to Country Residential One District received first reading. A public hearing is scheduled for May 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers.
Sturgeon Lake Area Structure Plan
Terms of Reference for the Sturgeon Lake Area Structure Plan (SLASP) were approved. The SLASP was last updated in 2002 and a review is necessary to ensure that the plan remains relevant with current planning principles and development matters and ensure future land use meets the needs of the community.
Terms of Reference for the Sturgeon Lake Area Structure Plan Citizens’ Panel were also approved. The panel will include six members who are property owners in the area covered by the plan and one member who is a land owner from another area of Greenview. If a suitable volunteer external to the Sturgeon Lake area isn’t found, all seven panel members will be from the Sturgeon Lake area. The proposed schedule for the Citizens’ Panel is September 2018 to February 2019 and a call for volunteers will be advertised closer to the launch date.
Fox Creek Multi Use Facility
Council accepted the report on the Fox Creek Multi-Use Facility for information. The total project cost is $32 million and Greenview is contributing $19 million of the total. The intent is to have the sponsor, the Town and Greenview included in the name of the facility. Greenview is the majority funder of the facility and therefore it is important that the municipality has the opportunity for the facility’s naming rights.
Funding and Tenders
Greenview will provide $750 in sponsorship to the Canadian Mental Health Northwest Region Masquerade Gala on May 5, 2018 at the Pomeroy Inn and Conference Centre.
The Grande Prairie Art Gallery provided an invitation to Council for their 38th Annual Fundraiser on April 28, 2018 at the Art Gallery. Greenview provides annual operating funding to the Grande Prairie Art Gallery which will total $35,000 in 2018. Due to this ongoing operating funding, Council decided not to purchase tickets to the fundraiser and the invitation was accepted as information.
The Grande Prairie Royal Canadian Legion No. 54 requested $50,000 in annual grant funding from Greenview annually for the next three years. They are embarking upon a major fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $1.5 million for renovations to their facility over the next three years. The request was accepted as information and the organization will be invited to provide a presentation to Council regarding their fundraising request.
The Grande Theatre Players requested sponsorship from Greenview for the Missoula Children’s Theatre week in Grande Cache May 7 to 12, 2018. Council approved $2,000 in funding towards the total cost of $6,000 for the weeklong workshop and presentations in Grande Cache Schools. Council accepted the request for information.
The Memorandum of Agreement for the Tri Municipal Industrial Partnership was approved by Council. It outlines the corporate model that the Tri Municipal Industrial Partnership will follow and has been drafted by legal counsel on behalf of the three municipal partners. On March 27, 2018, the TMIP Committee endorsed the memorandum and it is being brought forward to the Councils of the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie and Greenview for their approval. The agreement provides a clear understanding of the commitments that are being made by each municipal partner and establishes the legal entity that will manage the Tri Municipal Industrial Partnership.
The Town of Grande Cache is forming the Grande Cache Environmental Committee and has requested that Greenview appoint a committee member. The motion was tabled until a future meeting.
Collection of Pre and Post Receivership Tax Debt Greenview has several industrial accounts held by companies under receivership. A receiver may be appointed by the court to manage a company’s business when it fails to pay its creditors. The receiver attempts to liquidate assets or restructure the company to prevent it from entering bankruptcy. While the company is under receivership, the business is managed normally and payments such as property taxes are expected to be covered. Greenview’s legal advisors have recommended that Council endorse a motion to provide clarity regarding payment of pre-receivership and post-receivership taxes to avoid any issues regarding payment of tax arrears by the new entities that are responsible for payment.
Events and Meetings
- Regular Council Meeting: April 23, 2018.
- Committee of the Whole: April 16, 2018 at Grovedale Public Services Building at 10:00 a.m.
- 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