Council Highlights September 10th

Council Meeting Highlights 2018.09.10

Tolko provided a presentation to Council regarding their work in the municipality. Tom Hoskin Manager of External and Stakeholder Relations attended by teleconference and Travis Romanchuk, log buyer for Tolko Industries, attended in person. There was a general discussion with Council regarding road use agreements and the restrictions that have been placed on hauling during adverse weather conditions. Specifically, there is a large log haul on Township Road 683 that has been taking place this summer and has been suspended until the weather permits resumed hauling. Tolko would like to develop ongoing road use agreements with the Municipal District of Greenview for non-frost conditions.

A significant rainfall event led to suspending the road haul on Township 683. Road specific restrictions can be implemented depending upon the road conditions. Greenview Administration advised that the repairs to the TWP 683 for this season will cost $150,000. Greenview has been working on repairing the road since the significant rain fall in spring 2018. Ongoing repairs will be necessary. Council suggested using a log staging area near the Valleyview airport.

Approximately 20,000 cubic metres have been hauled from Township Road 683 so far this season and an estimated 30 thousand cubic metres or 600 loads remain. Greenview’s main concern is protecting the infrastructure so that residents can access the highway from their properties. The roads weren’t built to withstand this level of weight and traffic as they are intended for residential access rather than industrial heavy hauling. Other concerns to be addressed are ensuring the hauling schedule doesn’t interfere with school bus schedules for safety reasons, and ensuring that noise disruptions aren’t affecting residents. Concerns were raised in past seasons about night time hauling so this year a 12 hour schedule was implemented. Council directed Administration to have discussions with Tolko Industries regarding log haul agreements and Tolko’s presentation was accepted as information.

The Animal Control Bylaw 18-799 received first reading. The current animal control bylaw was implemented in 2003 and focuses on regulating dogs in the hamlets. The updated bylaw draft includes dogs, cats and other animals that may be running at large or causing a nuisance in Greenview. A fee schedule for offenses is established under the new bylaw and it is enforceable across the municipality. The County of Grande Prairie currently provides animal control services for Greenview on a contract basis. Councillors discussed exemptions for working animals and the levels of fines.

Planning & Development
Bylaw 18-800 Land Use Bylaw received first reading. A public hearing for Land Use Bylaw 18-800 is scheduled for October 22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Bylaw 17-785 Grovedale Area Structure Plan  (ASP) received third reading. The Grovedale ASP will be adopted following third and final reading. The ASP is a high-level concept plan to help guide development and any details regarding future subdivision and development will require additional studies and plans. Adjacent landowners were contacted regarding the proposed changes with 143 letters detailing the changes mailed to landowners within 1,000 metres of the proposed changes. The ASP was approved following third reading with a recorded vote, Reeve Dale Gervais, Councillor Roxie Rutt, Councillor Dale Smith voted for the motion while Deputy Reeve Tom Burton and Councillor Bill Smith voted against. Under Section 184 of the Municipal Government Act, Councillor Les Urness, Councillor Shawn Acton, Councillor Winston Delorme abstained from voting because they were not present for the public hearing on this bylaw which took place in July 2017.

Eight members for the Sturgeon Lake Area Structure Plan Citizens’ Panel were appointed. Nineteen applications were received for the Citizens’ Panel. Applications were reviewed based on the following criteria: the area in which they owned property; full or part time residency; general expertise or areas of concern; age and gender diversity. In depth public engagement for the Sturgeon Lake ASP will take place and all residents, including those  applicants who applied but were not selected for the panel, are welcome to provide input through open houses, directly to Administration, or by voicing their views to the panel members. Bill Edgerton, Lloyd Burnside, Dan Gorman, Heather McKinnon, Earl Langenecker, Laurena Newman, Amy Clarkson and Keegan Johnson were recommended as appointees to the Citizen Panel.

Economic Development
Pembina Pipelines Corporation is applying to the Alberta Petrochemical Feedstock Infrastructure Program for a grant to support the development of plant investments at Musreau and Duvernay locations. Greenview will provide a letter of support for their application. The projects will assist in diversifying petrochemical resource with create potential job opportunities. The Government of Alberta has dedicated up to $300 million in grants and $200 million in other financial incentives for approved projects.

A previous motion regarding the Northwest Alberta Road Safety Coalition by providing $10,000 in funding from Contingency Reserve will be rescinded. The funds will be returned from the Economic Development Budget to Contingency Reserve. The Safety Coalition has determined that membership will be free to municipal governments.

Community Services
Greenview will sponsor the Entrec Centre in the County of Grande Prairie with $8,500 in funding per year in a five year agreement. In recognition, Greenview will receive naming rights for the Greenview North Wing. To date, Greenview has provided $310,000 in funding to Evergreen Park, including an annual grant of $20,000 and funds for establishing a regional evacuation centre for emergencies and natural disasters.

Council approved reallocation of funds provided to the Ridgevalley Seniors Home for the purchase of a new blood pressure monitor, a sidewalk, two therapeutic mattresses and new door mats. A $57,644.63 grant was approved in January 2018 for upgrades to the Ridgevalley Seniors Home facility. There is a balance of $6,000 remaining which the facility has requested be reallocated to other projects. The funds were intended to replace flooring in one of the existing units but the current resident didn’t want the work done at this time and the second flooring project will be postponed until a future date.

The Grovedale Daycare Reserve Fund was established with $440,000 transferred from the Community Service Miscellaneous Grant Budget to the Grovedale Daycare Society Funding Reserve. Following a request from the Grovedale Daycare Society, grant funding was set aside to assist with establishment of a day care facility. An agreement was submitted to the Society for their review and endorsement in April 2018. The Society advised that they were undecided regarding the original proposed location near Penson School and they would follow up with Community Services once a suitable location was determined. To date the new location has not been reported to Administration, so it is recommended that a reserve fund be established until the Society determines a suitable location for the facility.

Sorrentino’s Compassion House has invited Council to attend and sponsor the “Fashion with Compassion Fundraiser” on October 25, 2018 in Edmonton. Council accepted the event invitation and sponsorship request for information as presented.

Valleyview Victim’s Assistance will receive $840 in sponsorship for their Hollywood Extravaganza fundraiser at the Memorial Hall on September 29, 2018 for two tables at the event with funds to come from the Community Services Miscellaneous Grant.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: September 24, 2018.
  • Committee of the Whole: September 17, 2018 at the DeBolt Public Services Building at 10:00 a.m.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: October 10, 2018.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): September 26, 2018.
  • Green View FCSS: September 19, 2018 at the Community Resource Centre (FCSS) Board Room.

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

Media inquiries may be directed to Greenview’s Communications on 780-524-7600.