Council Highlights January 28, 2019

Council Meeting Highlights 2019.01.28

Grande Cache

Grande Cache Operating and Capital Budget. The proposed 2019 Operating Budget has $12,940,786.00 in revenue and $12,850,491.00 in expenses with a surplus of $90,295.00 that will be transferred to reserves. The proposed 2019 Capital Budget is $2,325,567.00 the funds to cover this budget would come from Grande Cache reserves. Council accepted the Grande Cache 2019 Proposed Operational and Capital Budget for information.

Council was asked to approve the transfer of surplus equipment to the Hamlet of Grande Cache. Council approved the transfer of A108, A112, A127, A142, A156 and G26 to the Hamlet of Grande Cache.

Policy

The Equipment Contractor Registry Policy (4004) was defeated as presented. A twenty day cap on equipment implemented last year was to be increased to a thirty day cap in 2019. The change would address concerns raised by stakeholders and Administration to efficiently allocate equipment while still allowing other contractors an opportunity for their equipment to be used on jobs for Greenview. Any category of equipment in use deemed critical to project schedule may exceed the day cap for said project at the discretion of Greenview and/or the Day Labour Supervisor. Council directed administration to acquire information from RMRF with regard to the New West Trade Agreement.

Infrastructure and Planning

Bylaw No. 18-803 received its second and third reading.  The application for land use amendment A18-006 has been submitted by Greenview to re-designate Lot 7MR Block 1 Plan 0625581 (0.31 ha/ 0.76 acre ±) from Municipal Reserve (MR) to Hamlet Residential (HR) District within SE-22-71-26-W5, in the Hamlet of Ridgevalley area, Ward 7. The proposed rezoning would allow for future residential development on the lot. Council passed both motions unanimously.

Bylaw No. 18-804 received its second and third reading.  The application for land use amendment A18-007 has been submitted by William Leslie Toews and Rhonda Lynn Toews (Toews) to re-designate a 0.49 ha ± (1.22 acre) area from Agriculture One (A-1) District to Municipal Reserve (MR) within SE-22-71-26-W5, in the Ridgevalley area, Ward 7. The proposed rezoning would allow for future subdivision of a parcel that comprises the trail head and parking lot for the Ridgevalley Walking Trail. Council passed both motions unanimously.

Bylaw No. 18-806 received first reading.  The application for land use amendment A18-005 has been submitted by Michael Kovacs and Sharon Riendeau to re-designate a 3.77-hectare ± (9.31 acre) area from Agricultural One (A-1) District to Country Residential One (CR-1) District area within NE-2-69-6-W6, in the Grovedale area, Ward 8. Council passed the motion with the public hearing on February 25, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Council approved a second water and sewer service connection for Ridgevalley Seniors Assistance Society (Plan 9421937 Lot C), as per development application D18-354, to provide service for proposed Detached Supportive Living Accommodations.

Council directed Administration proceed with an agreement with the Municipal District of Smoky River to participate in one third of the cost of the replacement of BF71663 Old High Prairie Road Bridge, with an estimated total replacement cost of $7.3 million. In 2019, Smoky River will be requesting funds to start the preliminary engineering with a possible construction date of approximately 2021. The preliminary costs are estimated at 15 per cent of the total project cost, for a single lane bridge the amount required in 2019 would be $365,000 per municipality.

The County of Northern Lights is organizing a lobbying campaign to Alberta Transportation raising concerns regarding girder bridges that are in need of repair. Fifteen to twenty years ago, AT changed the specifications for concrete girder bridges to allow lightweight aggregate to be included as part of the construction materials. These bridges are now showing significant signs of premature deterioration. Greenview will provide a letter of support for the County of Northern Lights’ request that Alberta Transportation take corrective action on affected bridges that are in need of repair.

Council defeated the motion to accept information and quotes from Administration information on two Facilities Maintenance Positions regarding the cost of contracted services compared to hiring a Greenview employee for the proposed positions of Seasonal Groundskeeper and Labourer-Valleyview and Maintenance Labourer-Grovedale. Council approved the proposed seasonal position in Facility Maintenance for a Seasonal Groundskeeper/Labourer at the Field Services Office in Valleyview. Council also approved the proposed fulltime position in Facility Maintenance for a Maintenance Labourer in Grovedale.

Community Services

Administration provided a report on Aeration of Dollar Lakes by the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA). In 2016 ACA and Greenview entered into a three year agreement with Greenview providing $22,500 in grant funding over three years. Alberta Environment and Parks stocks the lakes annually with rainbow and brown trout. During winter the lakes are aerated by ACA. Council provided permission for ACA to recognize Greenview on their website as a corporate partner.

Greenview will proceed with an application to the Solicitor General of Alberta to become an authorized employer of a Peace Officer Program with funds to come from the Protective Services Budget.

Administration provided a progress report regarding the options for relocation of the Edna Stevenson and Laura DeBolt Manor seniors housing located in the Hamlet of DeBolt. Based on initial inspections from Greenview, the buildings may be relocated with minimal damage and some renovations; this would need to be confirmed by a professional moving company. Grande Spirit Foundation is confirming whether funding to assist in moving the existing buildings to newly purchased land is still available from Alberta Seniors and Housing. Council accepted the presentation as information.

Administration provided a Cemetery Agreement Report, which Council accepted as information. Currently, Greenview funds seven different cemeteries, Valleyview, Grovedale, Little Smoky, New Fish Creek, Sunset House, Sturgeon Heights and multiple ones on the Co Ops and Enterprises. Each cemetery receives $1,500.00 annually with the exception of Valleyview, which received $33,500.00 (2018 budget numbers). The Town of Valleyview and Greenview contribute equally for the operation and maintenance of the cemetery by each contributing up to fifty percent (50%) of the deficit cost incurred for the operations of the cemetery.

Valleyview Library Agreement

Council tabled the motion to authorize Administration enter into a Valleyview Library Agreement with the Town of Valleyview for maintaining joint provision of library services. The Town of Valleyview and Greenview shall provide an equal operating grant each year. The grant is for operating purposes only and shall be in addition to any provincial funding given to the Board directly or otherwise. The amount of the operating grant will be reviewed annually. In 2017, Greenview’s contribution was $93,073.85. Council directed administration to amend the agreement with the Town of Valleyview.

Grants and Sponsorship

The 2019 Valleyview Cup Charity Hockey Tournament in Valleyview will receive $300 in Silver Sponsorship. This year’s tournament will be held March 1 to 3, 2019. Council approved the motion as presented.

Greenview will provide the 2019 World Jet Boat Championship a Class Sponsorship in the amount of $7,000. The competition will take place from July 11 to 26, 2019 in rivers around northwestern Alberta, including the Wapiti River in Greenview near Grovedale. This year’s main sponsorship has already been committed to, so Greenview will provide the next available level of sponsorship for the event. Council approved the motion as presented.

Administrative Items

Live streaming has been implemented and we anticipate it will be operational for the next Council Meeting. Live internet video and audio streaming will be available for public meetings held in the Council Chambers. Go to Greenview’s website for the link to the live stream.

Council denied a request from Torque Industrial Ltd. to forgive finance charges to their account in the amount of $2,445.75. The charges are due to commencing work without a development permit in 2015, and an interest charge of 1.5 per cent per month. A payment was received in May 2018 for $5,000 for the original amount invoiced in 2015. The interest charges remain in arrears.

An updated Corporate Services Organizational Chart was provided for Council’s information showing the integration of Grande Cache staff.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: February 11 & 25, 2019.
  • Committee of the Whole: February 19, 2019 at Grovedale Public Service Building
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 12, 2019
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): January 30, 2019.
  • Green View FCSS: February 20, 2019 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 www.mdgreenview.ab.ca/governance.

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