News & Announcements
Alberta cabinet minister attends Greenview council
Alberta’s Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, Travis Toews, was part of a delegation of provincial government officials in attendance at the regular meeting of Greenview Council, Jan. 13. Travis Toews, who also serves as MLA for the Grande Prairie-Wapiti constituency, joined Tracey Allard, MLA for Grande Prairie, and Mark Jacka, chief of staff for Transportation Minister Ric McIver to take questions from councillors on a range of MD-related matters.
Council greenlights Community Grants
A total of 15 community-based organizations in communities across the MD of Greenview will share in nearly $297,000 in funding as Greenview Council voted to approve the first round of 2020 Community Grants. Recipients represented a wide range of community services areas including social programming, seniors, recreation and culture. Among those organizations receiving support through the MD’s Community Services Grant program are the DeBolt and District Pioneer Museum Society ($29,104 in operational and capital funding), Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society ($35,000), Fox Creek Curling Club ($17,500), Grande Cache Cycling Club ($14,610) and Little Smoky’s Big River View Snow Club ($15,000). The deadline for the next round of Community Grant Program applications is April 15.
The complete recipient list for the first round of 2020 Community Grants can be found here.
DECEMBER 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Regional Multiplex transitions to Greenview
Operations at the Greenview Regional Multiplex will now be administered by the MD of Greenview with the ratification of an agreement between the Town of Valleyview and Greenview.
Under the agreement, Greenview will assume management of the regional recreation and cultural facility located in Valleyview, allowing the Town of Valleyview to continue to focus resources and efforts within the community. Current Multiplex staff will become Greenview employees.
A Special Council Meeting has been scheduled for December 19, 2019, at the Valleyview Administration Building in Council Chambers at 11:00 am.
DECEMBER 16, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greenview declares Agricultural Disaster
With more than 30 percent of cereal and oilseed crops and up to 40 percent of hay still on the fields, MD of Greenview Council voted to declare the municipality an agricultural disaster area at its regular meeting, Dec. 9.
Extreme weather ranging from excessive rain and unseasonably cool temperatures over the spring and summer and early frost and snowfall at harvest have resulted in equally severe impacts on (more…)
Council declares MD of Greenview Agricultural Disaster Area
With 30 percent of cereal and oilseed crops under a blanket of snow, councillors have voted to declare the M.D. of Greenview an agricultural disaster area. The declaration is intended to create greater awareness of the challenges facing area producers with both M.D. residents and elected officials with both the provincial and federal governments. Greenview joins a growing list of agricultural disaster area declarations with 18 rural municipalities across the province who have already declared or in the process of doing so.
Agricultural Services Manager Quentin Bochar reported to Council that despite poor conditions, farmers that did manage to take some of the crops off late in the season are dealing with low-quality issues and will face rutted fields when seeding begins in the spring. Livestock producers are also facing quality issues with late-season hay lacking the nutritional value needed to support their herds.
Council votes support for local community initiatives
The work of Greenview’s non-profit and community-based organizations was recognized as Council voted to support a number of local initiatives. Council approved a funding request from the Grande Cache Community Friends Association (100 Caring Hearts) to support the purchase of a commercial barbeque to be used to assist the organization’s fundraising activities. Council approved a $30,000 grant with the organization to provide the balance of the purchase prices.
A request from the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation for the use of the Grande Cache Community Bus was also approved. The bus will help to ensure that AWN members without transportation are able to attend the annual Christmas Community Feast, Dec. 19, in Grande Cache.
Council has approved $128,000 in funding, partnering with the Fox Creek Greenview Multiplex Board for the installation of exterior signage. The pillar sign will be located in a prominent location within the community to assist in sharing community information and promotion of Multiplex programs and activities.
Greenview joining provincial emergency communications network
Council has given the go-ahead to begin work to connect the MD of Greenview to Alberta’s First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS). Councillors voted to award the tender for the installation of equipment to link Greenview with the provincewide network to BearComm Communications for $591,008.
Along with improving communications to support day-to-day operations, participation in AFRRCS will help to ensure a more coordinated response to emergencies. With Greenview party to a number of Mutual Aid Agreements, AFRRCS is particularly valuable in cases of joint responses requiring action by more than one municipality and other agencies in the communications network such as police and Alberta Health Services. The move is also expected to reduce the overall cost of radio system infrastructure. The cost for construction, operation and maintenance of the broader provincial network is funded by the Alberta government.
Paving on Forestry Trunk Road approved
Council has approved the bid of Allnorth Construction for the engineering portion to prepare for the paving of 10 km of the Forestry Trunk Road. The project will see paving on the south end of the FTR near the junction of Highway 40, beginning in May 2020 with construction set to be completed by October. While not the lowest submitted bid, the Allnorth proposal of $413,716 was identified as the highest quality tender ensuring the most timely completion of the project.
Improving response times on service requests
Heading into the New Year, MD of Greenview administration has identified improving the response rates for requests for services as a priority. Chief Administrative Officer Denise Thompson reported to Council that processes are being developed to log requests for services like brushing, beaver dam removal and culvert cleaning as well as provide updates on the status of those requests. Thompson said efforts would be undertaken to strengthen both internal and external communications to keep residents apprised of anticipated start dates on specific public requests.
Upcoming Events and Meetings
- Committee of the Whole – December 16, 2019, DeBolt Public Service Building
- FCSS Meeting – December 18, 2019, Green View Community Resource Centre, Valleyview
Please note: MD of Greenview offices and transfer stations will be closed December 25, 26 and 27. Offices will reopen Monday, December 30.
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Stacey.Sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca or 780-524-7625
Effective Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:00 midnight the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16 has updated their Road Ban.
Township Road 662 West of Highway 43 will remain at 50% until further notice.
Township Road 700 West of Highway 666 starting after the first 1.8 kilometres to the end of the road will remain at 75 percent axle weight until further notice.
The Forestry Trunk Road and all other Greenview roads will be at 100 percent axle weight until further notice.
Information may be found on the Greenview website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca or by calling the 24 hour Road Ban Hotline at 780.524.6084.
Effective November 28, 2019, Greenview received approval from the Province for a full year extension on the Grande Cache Community Coal Transition Fund. With the dissolution of the Town of Grande Cache, Greenview inherited the Grande Cache Community Coal Transition Fund, a $324,800 grant originally allocated in 2018 to assist Alberta communities affected by the coal-phase out to support community economic development initiatives.
Projects within this grant were developed to:
- Create interest in Grande Cache’s back-country and outdoors;
- Grow tourism activities in Grande Cache, and;
- Work with regional partners to promote tourism
In September 2019, this grant project was handed over to Greenview’s Department of Economic Development & Tourism to proceed with. With the changes of municipal governance and project management, Greenview also requested a budget reallocation to align with our new strategic direction and priorities.
Greenview will be proceeding with tourism and marketing initiatives to promote the Grande Cache region, including trails and wayfinding signage, tourism operator support, and a digital marketing campaign. We are excited to regain momentum on these projects and help enhance the tourism industry within Greenview’s Grande Cache region.
For more information on this project, contact Kevin Keller, Manager of Economic Development & Tourism at email@example.com.
Please be advised that the December 10, 2019, Municipal Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2020. For Municipal Planning Commission meeting dates and other events please visit Greenview’s Events Calendar.