Council Highlights

April 11, 2017 

Council Meeting Highlights 2017.04.11

Delegations

GPOptix provided a presentation to Council regarding the potential for high speed Internet in the Grovedale area. They are an Internet service provider and fibre optic construction company. Fibre optic is considered the highest level of Internet service delivery and offers high bandwidth over long distances. As a community grows, the fibre optic cable is able to meet the increased demand without requiring upgrades to below ground infrastructure. They currently service 23 residential areas in the County of Grande Prairie and are going to become an Internet TV provider offering the same services that are available from existing TV providers in the area.

The Government of Canada has allocated $500 million by 2021 to the Connect to Innovate Program which increases access to high speed Internet in rural and remote areas of Canada. The program offers 75 per cent federal grant funding with 25 per cent funded by a local provider in partnership with the local municipality. GPOptix requested a letter of support from Greenview for their application to the program and a commitment of $250,000 in municipal funding in the future. Council accepted their presentation for information.

Keyera’s Jamie Urquhart, Vice President of Operations, and Ron Moyes, General Manager of Business Development, provided an update to Council regarding their Wapiti development. Keyera is an Alberta based company with over 1,000 employees and has been publicly traded since 2004 with a current value of $8.9 billion. They own 17 gas plants and gathering systems, natural gas liquids fractionation and cavern storage. Their condensate system provides feedstock for the oilsands in Fort McMurray, they also own Alberta EnviroFuels which is an iso-octane business.

 In the Wapiti area near Grovedale they are building a new facility that will be utilising acid gas injection into the Leduc reservoir. The process offers C02 and H2S sequestration with injection into a depleted production reservoir. From 1994 to 2014 Keyera has sequestered 638,805 tonnes of C02 through their other projects, equal to the annual emissions of 135,000 cars.

Siting of the Wapiti project is based on considerations such as distance from available infrastructure, potential impacts on the surrounding community and cavern availability. The project will take 2 to 2.5 years for construction and is an investment of $600 million. The construction will utilise up to 500 contractors. Long term operations will have 17 full time personnel in working in operations, maintenance and the field with an annual operating budget of $9.8 million projected for 2020. Several development permits for Keyera are going forward at this month’s Municipal Planning Commission meeting for the Wapiti plant, Gold Creek Compressor Station, radio towers, and borrow pits to support road upgrades to the plant. In the future they will also be submitting applications for a temporary construction camp, a permanent operations camp and additional compressor stations.

 Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation’s Chairperson Serge Martin and Senior Development Officer Dawn Miller provided an update to Council regarding their work and thanked Greenview for the grant funding of $100,000 that is being provided in 2017. The hospital construction is planned to be completed in 2018, with staff orientation and public tours beginning in 2019. There are 300 to 400 tradespeople currently working on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Most studs are installed for drywall and electrical/layout checks have been done with staff from the departments with mock ups to ensure the spaces are meeting operational needs.

Greenview’s 2017 donation of $100,000 will contribute to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation’s capital campaign for new equipment. Alberta Health Services is responsible for funding most medical equipment, while the foundation focuses on equipment that enhances patient care or brings a new service to the region. The foundation’s capital funding campaign is raising $20 million for new equipment, completing the hospital gardens, and installing bedside patient engagement units to optimize patient centred care. New services made possible by the latest technology will include a dedicated pathologist and enhanced information exchange between medical teams, patients and family members.

The existing QEII Hospital will continue provide services as the regional hospital is being developed in phases. Rehabilitation, emergency room and critical care will continue in the QEII. It will eventually be listed as a health centre, and will be home to long term care and rehabilitation services. Patients will be transferred to the QEII once they no longer require the acute care provided at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. For more information on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation, including upcoming public events go to www.supportyourhospital.ca 

Bylaws

Bylaw 17-781 (Dragos Energy Corp) to re-designate lands within SE 17 66 21 W 5 from Agriculture (A) District to Industrial (I) District received first reading. A public hearing is scheduled for May 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers.

Bylaw 17-780 Tax Rate Bylaw was approved following second and third reading. The bylaw maintains the 2016 mil rates of 2.7000 (Residential/Farmland) and 7.8280 (Non Residential). Greenview’s mill rate remains among the lowest in Alberta. Some property owners may see an increase in their 2017 tax notice due to increases in municipal assessments and changes in the provincial education requisition rates.

Events and Sponsorships

Grande Prairie Regional College’s request for sponsorship of the 2017 College Classic was received as information.

Community Services

Meetings regarding Seniors Housing were held in DeBolt and Grovedale. In 2016, Greenview surveyed residents throughout the municipality to determine what interest there may be for future seniors housing options. Lisa Hannaford, Manager of Green View FCSS presented the findings of the survey at the public meetings and Grande Spirit Foundation General Manager Debbie Normington was also in attendance.

In DeBolt, residents discussed a slope stability issue which led to the closure of the existing facility by the Grande Spirit Foundation in June 2016. The property is operated by Grande Spirit Foundation in partnership with Alberta Seniors. As requested at the public meeting, Council agreed to send a letter to the Grande Spirit Foundation supporting restoring the DeBolt Senior Housing Units and allowing their continued use while other options for senior housing are being explored in the area. Grande Spirit Foundation will provide a proposal to Alberta Seniors regarding the future plans for the units in DeBolt and will take the community’s input in to account.

Community Seniors Housing Committees will be formed in both DeBolt and Grovedale by members of the public who are interested in exploring options for future seniors housing. This may include private developers, affordable housing, a housing co-operative, or other format that best meets community needs. Annually, Greenview provides community grants to the seniors housing foundations that offer housing to our residents, including the Grande Spirit Foundation, Heart River Housing, and Evergreens Foundation. Seniors housing is a provincial responsibility and it is not Greenview’s intention to become the owner/operator of a new facility. Greenview has offered to assist the local communities as they determine what they want to do and may be able to assist potential developers by providing access to municipal services, or considering bylaw applications for new land use.

The Greenview Regional Multiplex Advisory Board in Valleyview is seeking members at large, there will be two members from Greenview and one from Valleyview. Greenview will advertise for these positions.

Administrative Items

Greenview has opted not to decrease contractor compensation in Policy 4004 Equipment Contractors Registry as per the Alberta Roadbuilder and Heavy Construction Association Equipment Rate Guide. In recognition of increased costs placed on local contractors from factors such as higher insurance rates and the provincial carbon tax, Greenview’s 2017 rate will remain the same as the 2016 rate.

Greenview Council will send a follow up letter to the Town of Grande Cache regarding the Municipal Excellence Awards.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: April 25, 2017.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 18, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: May 10, 2017.
  • Green View FCSS: April 19, 2017. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): April 26, 2017.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend in person or view Council agenda packages and minutes online at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca.

March 28, 2017

Council Meeting Highlights 2017.03.28

Tri-Municipal Partnership Boundary Map 2017.03.28

Delegations

Encana provided an update to Council regarding their activity in Greenview in the past year. They are active in the Montney and Duvernay plays in Alberta and in the Permian and Eagle Ford areas in Texas. In 2017 Encana’s capital investment in Duvernay is $65 million, with plans to complete 10-14 wells in the next year. In 5 years they plan to drill 200 additional wells. Their work will focus in the Simonette South area.

They are working on multi-well pads averaging 68 wells per pad to minimize surface disturbance and ensure efficiencies. In 2016 Encana had a successful trial using produced/flowback water, pumping up to 20 per cent of produced water on two pads. They are also investing in the Belly River Water Source Well that utilizes non-potable water at 1,000 metres deep and has the ability to offset up to 200,000 cubic metres per year of fresh water.

Tri-municipal Industrial Partnership

Council approved an updated boundary map for the Tri-municipal Industrial Partnership with the City and County of Grande Prairie. The partnership area will cover 120 square miles or approximately 313 square kilometres. The partnership area is approximately 2.35 times the size of the City of Grande Prairie which is 133 square kilometres. It’s almost half the size of Edmonton at 684 square kilometres.

The partnership boundary has been revised to include the Weyerhauser Road as the west boundary and the Big Smoky River as the east boundary. It will extend north to the border of Township 67 Ranges 5 and 4, and Township 66 Ranges 5 and 4 to the south (see attached map).

Council also adopted the updated Tri-municipal Industrial Partnership Terms of Reference which were revised to provide clarity regarding the terms used and include the new boundaries.

Bylaws

Road Closure Bylaw 17-778 (Vivian) received first reading. The bylaw will close the original government road allowance adjoining the east boundary of SE 23 69 22 W5M. A public hearing is scheduled for April 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers.

Bylaw 17-780 Tax Rate Bylaw also received first reading. The bylaw maintains the 2016 mil rates of 2.7000 (Residential/Farmland) and 7.8280 (Non Residential). Some property owners may see an increase in their 2017 tax notice due to increases in municipal assessments and changes in the education requisition rates.

Grande Cache Area Projects

The Grande Cache Site Identification Study was tabled until the Grande Cache Viability Study is complete. The proposed study would identify recreation opportunities and potential residential or other development opportunities outside of the boundaries of the Town of Grande Cache.

A new procedure for Waste Management in the Co-operatives & Enterprises will be adopted. Currently Greenview pays tipping fees for residents of the co-ops and enterprises in the Grande Cache area to bring their garbage to the Grande Cache landfill. Following community consultations with Greenview residents in the Grande Cache area we have heard from the community that transporting garbage from residences to the landfill in Grande Cache is a challenge. Environmental Services will be providing community waste bins to address this concern. The new services will provide a consistent level of service that is similar to the waste transfer stations available in other areas of the municipality. Solid waste pickup service agreements are now in place with all of the co-ops and enterprises in the Grande Cache area.

Community waste pick up will occur every Wednesday, or an alternate date in case of statutory holidays. Greenview will provide funds to the Town of Grande Cache to purchase the truck and bins which will be maintained and operated by the Town of Grande Cache. The solid waste truck will be purchased from Haul-All Equipment for $358,391, and the 16 bear proof bins will be purchased from Environmental Metal Works for $21,808.

Protective Services

Greenview will enter into a Mutual Aid Fire Control Plan with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry from 2017-20. The plan identifies operating procedures, costs and responsibilities for fire protection within the forest protection area and its boundaries.

Events and Sponsorships

The 2017 Greenview Golf Tournament will be hosted at the Silver Birch Golf Club in Fox Creek on August 24 or 25, 2017 with funds being raised for the Fox Creek Food Bank. Invitations will be sent to stakeholders and sponsors, information regarding the tournament will also be communicated on our website.

An invitation to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie’s 37th Annual Art Auction on April 8, 2017 was accepted for information.

A request for financial support for the Valleyview Canada Day Fireworks from the Valleyview Recreation Department was accepted for information. Funding was provided for the 2016 event and unused due to weather conditions. The contribution to last year’s fireworks has been saved by the Valleyview Recreation Department and will be added to the proposed 2017 fireworks.

Recreation

The Little Smoky Ski Hill Board will be formed with Council Members from the Municipal District of Smoky River, Big Lakes County and the Municipal District of Greenview to provide governance to the Little Smoky Ski Hill. Greenview will also request letters of support for the Little Smoky Ski Hill Water Source and Storage System Upgrade from area MLAs Hon. Margaret McQuaig-Boyd, Hon. Danielle Larivee, Wayne Drysdale, Todd Loewen, and Debbie Jabour.

Council adopted the revised Terms of Reference for the Greenview Regional Multiplex in Valleyview. Construction is progressing well and the fundraising committee will begin contacting potential sponsors in the next month.

Road Construction and Maintenance

Administration will address the drainage issue on the Little Smoky Road north of Township Road 674 in response to concerns raised by area residents.

Greenview will investigate decreasing the speed limit on the west end of the Grovedale 700 Road for three quarters of a mile to 80 km per hour.

Council requested administration provide a report on the latest traffic counts on the Forestry Trunk Road.

Administration will also investigate the “No Truck Route” sign on Range Road 65A in Grovedale and report back to Council with a recommendation regarding the sign.

Administrative Items

Council voted to discontinue the audio and video live streaming of public meetings held in Council Chambers due to low usage.

Wanda Fox and Lianne Kruger were appointed as Clerks for the Assessment Review Board.

Policy 1009 regarding Internet Services for Members of Council received administrative updates to clarify the wording, the terms “primary residence” and “digital communications tools” were added. Expenses for monthly internet service are reimbursed as part of Councillors’ expense claims.

Policy 1019 regarding Issuance of Digital Communications Tools to Council and Employees also received clerical updates to include Council in the policy and outline the procedure for Councillors to purchase their assigned devices after they have been in use.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: April 11, 2017.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 18, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: April 12, 2017.
  • Green View FCSS: April 19, 2017. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): April 26, 2017.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend in person or view Council agenda packages and minutes online at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca.

March 14, 2017

Council Meeting Highlights 2017.03.14

CARES Socio-economic Study Analysis

Greenview has partnered with Devco Developments to investigate the economic potential of a heavy industrial site in the Grovedale area. The study is a recipient of the Government of Alberta’s Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program. DevCo is contributing $41,000 to the CARES application, with the province funding $51,000 and Greenview contributing $10,000.

Stantec provided a report to Council on the results of phase one of the study. The study focused on three potential industrial projects: methanol production for use in chemical manufacturing, urea fertilizer production, and amine processing to remove carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide from natural gas. Socio-economic activity was assessed as providing direct, indirect or induced benefit to the region. To view the full presentation, go to the Council Agendas & Minutes page of Greenview’s website. Key findings of the study include 1,470 person years of additional employment that could result from the three potential projects. The report was accepted as information.

Land Use Bylaw Citizen Panel

Council was briefed on recommendations from the Citizens’ Panel for the Greenview Land Use Bylaw Refresh. The panel identified several aspects of the current Land Use Bylaw (LUB) and enforcement procedures which they recommend changing. Cumbersome bylaw wording and the need to enhance the current method of forwarding LUB information to newcomers were identified as particular challenges. Addressing these issues would help ratepayers be aware of the need to obtain appropriate development permits.  Council noted using additional media avenues to inform the public of land use issues and developments are being considered for the LUB Refresh. Council accepted the Citizen Panel’s report as information, acknowledged the concerns that were raised and thanked the panelists for the time they have dedicated to help update the LUB.

Accurate Assessment Annual Assessment Presentation

Council was briefed by Accurate Assessment on the overall value and growth of property in 2016. All residential properties in Greenview are reassessed on a five year cycle. Approximately 90 per cent of the properties in Greenview fall into the “little to no change” category. Overall, property retained 98 per cent of its value compared to 2015. The southern area of Greenview including Grande Cache and Little Smoky will be reassessed in 2017. Grovedale and Landry Heights were completed in 2016, and the Valleyview area will be reassessed in 2018. Accurate Assessment will be travelling throughout Greenview and holding open houses in the coming months. If ratepayers are interested in speaking to the assessor, they can contact Troy Birtles with Accurate Assessment at 780-464-4655.

Assessment Services Annual Linear Assessment Presentation

Municipal Affairs provided a presentation on Greenview’s Annual Linear Assessment. Linear assets are infrastructure such as pipelines, telecommunications infrastructure and power lines that flow through municipal boundaries. Compared to the previous year, Alberta experienced a drop in total assessment values of 9.81 per cent while Greenview experienced 9.45 per cent decrease. Council accepted the report as information.

Bylaw 17-777

Greenview Golf Resort (Lagenecker) has applied to rezone an area of 4.62 hectare area near Sturgeon Lake (W1/2-33-70-24-W5) from recreational to residential property. The application would include the subdivision of 12 residential lots requiring the reversion of 48 recreational sites at a 4:1 ratio in accordance with the Sturgeon Lake Area Structure Plan (SLASP). The request will be considered according to the current SLASP. As a separate item, an overall review of the SLASP has been included in Greenview’s Budget in 2018-19. A public hearing regarding Bylaw 17-777 will be held on May 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers, pending receipt of satisfactory plans and reports to be provided by the owner/developer to meet Greenview’s legislative requirements.

Township 672 Road Construction Report

Road construction on TWP 672 will be completed with day labour sourced from local contractors.

Tri-Municipal Industrial Development Committee Chairperson

Council appointed Reeve Dale Gervais as the Tri Municipal Industrial Development Partnership Committee Chairperson for a term concluding on the date of the 2017 municipal election.

Northwest Skills Canada Competition – Grant Request

Greenview will be a silver sponsor of the 13th Annual North West Regional Skills Canada Competition. Council authorized $3,000 in funding for the sponsorship. The event will take place in Fairview April 27 to 28, 2017 and showcases the talents of students in trades and technology. The competition challenges youth in 16 regional events, ranging from carpentry and culinary arts to robotics and video production. Winners go on to compete in the provincial skills competition. Council is pleased to provide funding to the event and has done so in previous years. The skills competition is strongly in line with Greenview’s values by supporting youth involvement in the trades and technology fields.

DeBolt Pioneer Centre – Grant Request

Council approved the delivery of 200 tonnes of aggregate valued at $2,550 to the DeBolt Pioneer Centre, a local non-profit museum, to assist the group in providing a safe parking area. This will enhance the property and help provide a quality user experience for museum visitors and the DeBolt community.

2017 Minor Midget AAA Provincials

Council endorsed sending a letter requesting more information to the 2017 Minor Midget AAA Provincials which will take place in Grande Prairie from March 23 to 26, 2017 to determine if sponsorship is consistent with Greenview’s grant and sponsorship funding practices. Greenview has not previously provided funds to sports teams hosting provincial competitions.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: March 28, 2017.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 18, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: March 15, 2017.
  • Green View FCSS: March 15, 2017. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 29, 2017.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Diane Carter, Communications Officer

Direct: 780.524.7625

Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

 

February 28, 2017

Council Meeting Highlights 2017.02.28 

Bylaw 17-776

Election Bylaw 17-776 was approved by Council and Craig Barry, Greenview’s Special Projects Coordinator, was appointed as the Returning Officer.

Third Party Engineering Review

Administration will engage Helix Engineering for a third party review of the McAusland Development to identify deficiencies according to standards from Alberta Transportation and engineering best practices.

Tenders and Contracts

The Range Road 230 Base Pave Contract has been awarded to Knelsen Sand & Gravel for an upset limit of $3,373,077.88. The project will include subgrade preparation and pavement on 7.4km of Range Road 230.

Grader Agreement Extension

All existing grader agreements will receive a one year extension to April 30, 2018 at the existing hourly rates. Greenview may substitute a municipal grader and operator for the contractor’s at any time upon giving the contractor seven days written notice.

Tourism and Economic Development Brand

Council approved the Economic Development and Tourism brand developed by Image Design. The new logo and tag line were developed in consultation with stakeholders to support the creation of the brand. The brand will be used for economic development and tourism marketing opportunities with local businesses, national and international audiences and will not replace Greenview’s corporate brand. Promotional marketing materials will be developed to build awareness of the brand and will be featured at tourism and industry trade shows starting in spring 2017.

Annual Fire Guardian Appointments

Protective Services Manager Jeff Francis and Fire Services Coordinator Derian Rosario have been appointed as Greenview’s Fire Guardians for the period of March 2017 to February 2018.

Sasquatch & Partners Initiative

Greenview will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Clearwater County for the Sasquatch & Partners Initiative. Since 2013, Clearwater County has utilized Sasquatch & Partners to promote responsible recreation awareness with the slogan “Welcome to our Backyard! Please enjoy it with respect.” Current partners in the Sasquatch project are Brazeau and Yellowhead Counties. High profile signage is placed on well travelled roads in frequent recreation areas. The program’s positive messaging and awareness efforts throughout the eastern slopes have made a difference in keeping natural areas used for recreation cleaner and safer. The program is also supported in principle by the Alberta government.

Locally, Sasquatch & Partners will help to address potential issues that have been identified through Greenview’s Recreation Inventory, resulting in increased safety and minimizing the environmental footprint of outdoor recreation. Greenview will allocate $40,000 to the program to fund signage and promotional materials to be used within this municipality.

Sunset House Cemetery Committee Appointment

Margaret Danyliuk has been appointed to the Sunset House Cemetery Committee. She has served on the committee since 2002 and has expressed interest in serving another term.

AER Advisory Panel

Greenview will send a letter to the Minister of Energy to request a meeting regarding the Alberta Energy Regulator Area Based Advisory Panel.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: March 14 and 28, 2017.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 18, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: March 15, 2017.
  • Green View FCSS: March 15, 2017. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 29, 2017.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Diane Carter, Communications Officer

Direct: 780.524.7625

Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

 

February 14, 2017

Council Meeting Highlights 2017.02.14

Canada’s 150th Anniversary – Greenview Grant Program

Greenview will allocate $150,000 towards a special municipal Canada 150 Grant Program. Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary this July 1st. The grant program is focused on supporting local communities, groups and organizations create opportunities for Greenview’s residents to celebrate Canada’s anniversary throughout the year. This grant is in line with similar programs in Canada.

Grant Request

The Harry Gray Band of Bandits request for a band camp donation was denied by Council. The band camp would take place in Caroline Alberta, which falls outside of Greenview’s borders. Council has denied similar requests in the past.

G7G – Letter of Support

Council directed Administration to send a Letter of Support to Generating for Seven Generations Ltd. (G7G) to assist in their efforts for a proposed Alberta to Alaska Railway. The proposed 2,400 km railway would open a trade route to the North Pacific tidewater port in Valdez, Alaska and is expected to be an economic driver for the northern Alberta region.

Alberta Used Oil Management Association – Letter of Support

Council endorsed sending a letter to the Minister of Environment and Parks which highlights the Alberta Used Oil Management Association’s need for regulation change, ensuring the used oil program continues for Albertans.

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Deputy Reeve Roxie Rutt has been appointed as Council’s representative to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum Board.

Teleconferencing

Council members discussed the possibility of building and improving a teleconferencing capability for councilors that travel long distances. The goal is to reduce travel time and costs. Administration will review the matter and provide a report back to council.

Implementation of Bill 21

Greenview will provide input to the Government of Alberta regarding the implementation of the Modernized Municipal Government Act. Municipal access to information used to prepare assessments of Designated Industrial Property is necessary to understand how the assessment was prepared, while confidential information remains protected. They also request that the Government of Alberta appoint an independent auditor to inspect the Provincial Assessor when preparing assessments on Designated Industrial Property.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: February 28 and March 14, 2017
  • Committee of the Whole: February 21, 2017
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 15, 2017
  • Green View FCSS: February 15, 2017. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 29, 2017

 

January 24, 2017

 Council Meeting Highlights 2017.01.24

Delegations

Nitehawk Year Round Adventure Park provided an annual update to Council regarding their activities. They finished making snow for the year on December 18, 2016 and have adapted their procedures and equipment to use less water and work with warmer temperatures than in past seasons (-5C instead of -10C). Hill lighting is being converted to LEDs to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs. For the summer season they are developing other activities including tubing and biking. Public participation in the tube park area has doubled this year. There will be eight summer bike camps run with GPRC in 2017. The RV campground area is also being developed further. 

Bylaws

In preparation for the municipal election in October 16, 2017, Election Bylaw 17-776 received first reading. The bylaw outlines procedures for the 2017 election including nominations, voter eligibility, advance voting, voting station locations and hours, and vote counting.

Municipal Government Act

Greenview will submit input to the Minister of Municipal Affairs regarding the “Continuing the Conversation” discussion paper and survey on changes to the Municipal Government Act. The discussion report is available at http://mgareview.alberta.ca/get-involved/. 

Susa Creek Cooperative Surface Lease

Council approved the transfer of the surface lease within the Susa Creek Cooperative to the Municipal District of Greenview from Ikkuma Resources Corporation from Highway 40 to the base of the hill. Greenview currently maintains 1.9 km of road with snow removal and gravel grading into Susa Creek on this road and bridge to the base of the hill.

Grande Cache Medical Clinic

Greenview will follow up on correspondence from the Grande Cache Physician Group regarding the Grande Cache Medical Clinic. Greenview has recommended that a joint advisory committee consisting of elected officials from Greenview and the Town of Grande Cache be established to review the concept of building a new medical clinic. Alternate sites, including the renovation of the existing site, should be explored and reasons for their suitability or unsuitability be determined before further decisions regarding the proposed facility are made. 

A key consideration will be ensuring that Greenview is stewarding public funds appropriately. The facility will need to be financially self-sustaining with long term lease agreements and a fee structure to ensure municipal costs are covered. If a new facility were to be constructed it would be solely owned and operated by both local governments at a percentage that is equal to the funding contribution. 

Joint Council Meeting

Greenview and Grande Cache Councils will hold a joint council meeting on February 7, 2017.

Grant Requests

Greenview will provide a $500 sponsorship to the 2017 Women in the North Conference on April 5, 2017. Community Futures hosts the conference annually as a capacity building opportunity for women entrepreneurs in the Peace region.

Council received a request for sponsorship of the Swan Festival from the Friends of Saskatoon Island and Alberta Parks. The event takes place at Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, which falls outside of Greenview’s borders so Greenview will not provide funding. Council has denied similar requests in the past. 

A Computer Technology Bursary application was denied by Council. The bursary program will be redeveloped to focus on all post-secondary training and encourage applications from across Greenview. The policy will be brought forward for Council’s consideration when the bursary policy is updated.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: February 14 and 28 2017. 
  • Committee of the Whole: February 21, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 15, 2017.
  • Green View FCSS: February 15, 2017. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 29, 2017.
  • January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017

Council Meeting Highlights 2017.01.10

Bylaws

Bylaw 16-755 (SE 14 & SW 13-73-21 W5M) road allowance license application received a public hearing and was approved subject to a favourable wet land assessment report being completed by the applicant.

2017 Grant Requests

Council authorized funding to the grant recipients in the amounts indicated on the attached 2017 Approved Grant Listing, with funds to come from the 2017 Community Service Miscellaneous Grant. In 2017 Greenview has budgeted $1.5 million for the community grants program.

Industrial Area Partnership

Council approved the Tri-party Industrial Area Terms of Reference and appointed four Councillors to the steering committee. Reeve Dale Gervais, Councillor Bill Smith, Councillor Tom Burton, and Councillor Urness will be members of the committee with Deputy Reeve Roxie Rutt as an alternate. Greenview’s Council will form fifty per cent of the steering committee with the County of Grande Prairie and City of Grande Prairie each appointing two members.

Recreation Agreements

Greenview approved the Grande Cache Recreation Centre Agreement. Greenview contributed $12,000,000 to the total capital budget for the Grande Cache Recreation Centre Expansion. The agreement has been developed to identify and clarify ownership, land titles, and funding of the facility.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: February 14 and 28 2017.
  • Committee of the Whole: February 21, 2017.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 15, 2017.
  • Green View FCSS: February 15, 2017. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 29, 2017.

November 8, 2016

Council Highlights 2016.11.08

Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society

Heather Manarey, Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society provided a presentation to Council regarding the work that the hospice has done in the past year. The society supports Points West Hospice in Grande Prairie. Since October 2012, the hospice has provided palliative care services to 251 residents. Of this total, 83 people have come from outlying communities including areas of Greenview to be near their families in their final days.

In the past Greenview provided $10,000 in 2015 and $20,000 in 2016 to the Community Hospice Supports Program which provides innovative hospice programs and helps the hospice to liaise with other agencies to leverage programs and services already in place assist people who need palliative care and their caregivers. In 2017 they have requested $20,000 in operating funding to support the Executive Director’s position. The 2017 funding request will be considered as part of Greenview’s budget process.

Evergreen Park (Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural and Exhibition Society) Grant Request

Evergreen Park Board President Rob Clayton, Financial Manager Bridget Hennigar, and General Manager Dan Gorman provided a presentation to Council regarding projects that they have been involved in over the past year. Evergreen park is home to the Grande Prairie Stompede, Grande Prairie area 4H and horse racing including the Alberta Derby. Upcoming events include the Festival of Trees, Festival of Lights, Christmas Craft Show and Sale. They have also hosted the Alberta High School Rodeo championships for the past two years. A community support supper in last year’s Christmas season served 2017 less-advantaged people in the ENTREC Centre. They anticipate 1,200 to 1,300 people will attend in this year.

Evergreen Park is requesting $100,000 in operating funding from Greenview in 2017. Council will consider the grant request as part of the 2017 budget process.  In 2016 Greenview supported the purchase of backup generators for Evergreen Park as a designated regional evacuation centre. In an emergency the park will be able to feed, house and support up to 3,500 people, their pets and animals.

Geothermal Reservoirs Dr. Jonathan Banks

Dr. Jonathan Banks, Research Associate with the University of Alberta’s Department of Earth & Atmospheric Science provided an interim report regarding the geothermal reservoir study to Council. The study focused on the Devonian basin and the researchers found more geothermal potential within Greenview than in any other area of the province that was studied. Four potential geothermal reservoirs were identified, which exist in the range of 2,000m to 2,700m from the surface. The Leduc, Swan Hills, Granite Wash and Cambrian Sands formations are the top potential reservoirs in Greenview. These reservoirs hold 700 MW electrical power capacity and 10,000 MW thermal power capacity per year for 30 years. With northern Alberta’s long winters thermal power capacity can be more beneficial than geothermal for electricity alone.

The next phase of the geothermal study will focus on costs of implementation and identifying what areas show the greatest promise for practical projects. Preliminary cost estimates for geothermal energy are between $0.005 and $0.02 per kw of electricity generated. Although initial investment is significant, the cost savings from geothermal energy are substantial. Today’s projects are also developed with an awareness of best practices to preserve the long term viability of geothermal reservoirs and apply lessons learned in countries that have a long track record of large scale geothermal projects for public and industrial use.


Tourism and Business Attraction Branding

The Greenview tourism and business attraction branding project was awarded to Image Design, Grande Prairie for a cost of $33,437 from the 2016 Economic Development Budget. The project will establish Greenview’s messaging and visual identity for economic development and tourism audiences. Stakeholders who are working in industry and the tourism sector will be asked to share their expertise as part of the tourism and business attraction consultation.

A comprehensive corporate rebranding project is also planned in the Communications budget for 2017. The Greenview rebrand will update the existing municipal brand and seek input from Greenview residents and the general public.

Brushing Program

An additional $380,000 will be added to the Operations Brushing Program. During spring 2016 heavy snowfall did extensive damage to trees along Greenview’s right of ways and crews have been working to remedy the damage throughout the summer and fall. The brushing has focused on the municipal road network including the range roads, township roads, and the Forestry Trunk Road.

Industrial Project

A large scale industrial area is proposed south of Grovedale in the M.D. of Greenview. The project would be a partnership between the County of Grande Prairie, City of Grande Prairie, and Greenview. Terms of reference have been developed in conjunction with the County of Grande Prairie and Greenview Council adopted the draft terms of reference in principle. Once the terms of reference are adopted by the partners, formal discussions regarding the partnership will commence.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: November 22, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: December 20, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: December 14, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: November 16, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): November 23, 2016.

 

October 25, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.10.25

Organizational Meeting

Congratulations to Reeve Dale Gervais and Deputy Reeve Roxie Rutt who were elected at the 2016-17 Organizational Meeting.

Regular scheduled Council Meetings will continue to take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month commencing at 9:00 a.m. in Council Chambers.

Committee of the Whole meetings will take place the third Tuesday of each month commencing at 9:00 a.m. at the Administration Building.

The June 20, 2017 Committee of the Whole will be held in Grovedale and a future date will be set for a Committee of the Whole meeting in Grande Cache.

Municipal Planning Commission meetings will be held on the Wednesday following the first Regular Council Meeting of each month.

Ratepayer BBQs for the upcoming year will be held on June 13 in Valleyview, June 20 in Grovedale and July 11 in DeBolt.  A future date will be scheduled for the BBQ in Grande Cache.

For a summary of all board appointments made at the Organizational Meeting, please refer to our website.

Regular Council Meeting

Fox Creek Enhanced Policing Position

Administration will investigate an enhanced policing position working out of the Fox Creek RCMP Detachment.

Consolidation of AAMDC Resolution

Greenview’s coal fired power generation resolution will be combined with a similar resolution provided by Parkland County at the AAMDC Fall Convention.

Third Quarter Financial Budget to Actual Report

Council received the third quarter report as information.

Puskwaskau Transfer Station

The transfer station at Puskwaskau will be open on Saturdays, instead of two days per week (Thursday and Saturday) due to limited use on Thursdays. Staff resources will be reallocated to other Environmental Services projects.

Tender Award Ridgevalley Water Treatment Plan Project

An additional $801,746 will be added to the upgrade of the Ridgevalley Water Treatment Plant project in the 2016-17 Capital Budget for a total of $4.2 million including contract administration and contingency. The tender for the project construction will be awarded to AGS Mechanical Contractors Ltd. From Peace River in the amount of $3,217,246.

Town of Valleyview Electronic Sign

The Town of Valleyview requested the M.D. of Greenview partner on an electronic sign to replace the sign at the four way stop in downtown Valleyview. Council chose not to proceed with a partnership, however Greenview may purchase advertising space on the new sign to advertise M.D. events and programs.

Youth Squad – Youth Leadership Program

In 2016-17 Greenview will be offering the Youth Squad Program for grade six students. Each of Greenview’s elementary schools are invited to provide a team of four students to participate. The program starts with a youth conference led by WE in Grovedale December 8 to 9, 2016. Funds for the program will be provided from the Communications Citizen Engagement Budget. All Greenview elementary principals will receive information packages inviting their school to participate.

Skid Steer Attachment Purchase

Facility maintenance will include $15,000 in the 2017 Capital Budget for the purchase of a rotary broom and a snow bucket for snow removal at the Public Services Building in Grovedale.

Letter to Minister of Environment and Parks

Greenview will send a letter to the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, requesting that the Government of Alberta delay or cancel the implementation of the new provincial wetlands policy until adequate resources are available to administer the program. Many rural northern municipalities have infrastructure projects that are delayed indefinitely waiting for inspections linked to this program.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: November 22, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: December 20, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: November 9, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: November 16, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): November 23, 2016.

October 11, 2016

Council Highlights 2016.10.11

Delegations

Fox Creek RCMP Sergeant Warren Wright provided a presentation to Council requesting the M.D. of Greenview provide funding for an enhanced policing position within the Town of Fox Creek. The detachment currently has six staff members and is preparing for increased population due to industrial investment in the region. Council accepted the presentation for information and will consider the matter during budget discussions.

The Valleyview Municipal Library Board presented their 2017 Operating Budget to Council. The budget was accepted for information and will be considered in Greenview’s 2017 budget deliberations. The Library Board also presented a request for repairs to the library’s roof and foundation. The building’s capital funding and repairs will be brought forward in discussion with the Town of Valleyview.

555 Design Studio provided a presentation regarding the Greenview Facilities Assessment Report. The report contained projections for Greenview’s facility needs in the next ten years to meet operational requirements. Heated vehicle storage, cold storage, and office space were identified as priorities in the report.

Bylaws

Bylaw 16-768 Road Ban Bylaw was voted down on second reading. The revised bylaw would have reduced the number of signatures required to implement road bans, allowing the CAO or his/her designate to approve road ban orders.

Bylaw 16-771 License of Occupation passed second and third reading. The bylaw will allow Greenview to hold agreements with future applicants for non-exclusive road allowance use. Commencing January 1, 2018 the road allowance licenses will be in effect for three year intervals and the program will be administered by Agricultural Services.

Bylaw 16-772 Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) passed third reading. Part time employees who work between 14 and 29 hours per week will be offered optional enrollment in LAPP.

Road Construction

Council rejected a road construction request from applicants who are non-residents of the M.D. of Greenview residing in Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. The matter would have been precedent setting as Greenview enters into road agreements with its residents and doesn’t have responsibility for building access roads for non-residents to reach Greenview’s road network.

Technical Rescue and Dangerous Goods Service Agreement

Greenview will enter into an agreement with the County of Grande Prairie to provide technical rescue and dangerous goods services within the municipality. Protective Services will initiate hazmat response service from the County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service if a biological, chemical or radioactive emergency incident occurs in Greenview.

Donations

Council will donate $800 to the South Peace Regional Archives with funds to come from the Community Services Miscellaneous Grant.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: October 25, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: October 18, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: October 12, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: October 19, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): October 26, 2016.

 

September 27, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016 09 27

Delegations

Ellen Bowles, Vice President and Judy Barker from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Local 744 provided a presentation to Council. CUPW requested Council provide a letter of support regarding service expansion and the preservation of Canada’s postal service to the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Work Force Development and Labour.

Executive Director Terri Sudnik, Director Dan Boorse and Vice President Trevor Denis from the Grande Prairie Stompede provided a presentation to Council regarding their activities in 2016. Last year’s event raised $267,000 less than anticipated and they are looking at increasing pre-event ticket sales and community donations. The Stompede will be celebrating its 40th anniversary from May 31 to June 4, 2017.

Grande Prairie-Wapiti MLA Wayne Drysdale provided an update to Council regarding Government of Alberta projects in his constituency. Highlights of projects that will impact Greenview include completing the Highway 43X bypass around Grande Prairie at an estimated cost of $54 million and the Municipal Government Act review. MLA Drysdale also provided an update on the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The final tenders for the internal construction have been awarded and the project is expected to open in 2019.

Bylaws

Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Bylaw 15-742 received second and third readings. The plan has been updated to reflect comments that were raised at the public hearing and throughout the MDP consultation. Highlights of the changes include addressing intensive livestock operations, a greater focus on tourism and recreation, and ensuring the MDP aligns with legislation that has been updated since the last review in 2003. Greenview would like to thank all ratepayers and stakeholders who contributed to the consultation and MDP consultation working group.

Bylaw 16-772 Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) received first and second reading. Eligible part time employees will be offered an option to enroll in LAPP if they work between 14 and 29 hours per week, excluding overtime. Participation in LAPP is mandatory for staff who work 30 hours of week or more.

Federal Tanker Moratorium

Administration will send a letter to Transport Canada in opposition to the Federal Tanker Moratorium as discussed at the September 20, 2016 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

Fox Creek Fire Hall Agreement

Greenview Council agreed to amend the Fox Creek Fire Hall project agreement to commit to a maximum of $4,000,000 towards the project. The proposed project will cost approximately $8,000,000 instead of the initial projection of $7,000,000 due to increased construction costs. Greenview and Fox Creek are contributing 50/50 of the project costs and will attain 50 per cent ownership of the facility.

The revised project included a proposed helipad at the Fox Creek Fire Hall project site. This request will be deleted; Greenview is willing to enter into dialogue regarding constructing a helipad at the Fox Creek Hospital instead.

Fox Creek Multiplex Agreement

Council authorized Administration to provide an additional $6,000,000 to the Fox Creek Multiplex project. The Fox Creek Multiplex Agreement will be amended to commit $19,000,000 instead of the $13,000,000 initially agreed upon, and Fox Creek will contribute $13,000,000. The ownership ratio to be updated to include the new funding percentage.

Regional Non-Motorized Trails

Greenview will send a letter of support to the County of Grande Prairie regarding developing regional non-motorized trails that will connect Greenview with the County of Grande Prairie and the City of Grande Prairie. The proposed trails would link the three municipalities through a non-motorized trail network that would stretch from Clairmont and head south across the Wapiti River to the Grovedale area. A conceptual plan for a pedestrian pathway crossing the Wapiti River may be included in Alberta Transportation’s plans of providing a future second highway bridge across the river.

Sweathouse Hall Gravel

Greenview will provide 264 tonnes of gravel valued at $6,072 (excluding delivery) to the Sweathouse Community Centre.

Grants and Sponsorships

DeBolt & District Agricultural Society Vegas Gala will receive $2,500 for their Vegas Gala on October 27, 2016 at the DeBolt Centre.

Silver sponsorship ($500) will be provided to the Valleyview & District Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards on October 20, 2016.

The Valleyview Jets Hockey Club will also receive silver sponsorship ($500) for the upcoming season.

Nitehawk Recreation Year Round Adventure Park received a $650 table sponsorship for their 20th Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser on October 1, 2016.

2016 Second Quarter Report

The 2016 Second Quarter Budget to Actual Financial Report was presented to Council for information.

Security Deposits for Residential Construction to Proposed Residential Developments

Policy 4001 was tabled by Council and referred back to the Policy Review Committee so that an administration fee and deposit of $5,000 may be incorporated. Greenview requires a security deposit on all residential access construction projects within the M.D. The current policy will remain in effect until an updated policy is approved by Council. The current policy requires a deposit of 20 per cent to a maximum of $50,000.

Linear Property Assessment

Council accepted the 2016 Provincial Linear Property Assessment Report published by Municipal Affairs for information.

Heart River Housing

Lindsay Pratt, Heart River Housing Administrator, provided a letter to Council outlining projects that are currently underway and requesting Council reappoint board members at their upcoming organizational meeting.

AAMDC Meeting with Minister of Municipal Affairs

Greenview will arrange a meeting with Minister Danielle Larivee at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties Conference in November 2016.

Town Infrastructure Audits

Council will award the Town Infrastructure Audit project to Opus Stewart Weir Ltd. For a cost of $1,038,700 to be funded from the Infrastructure and Planning Budget. The Infrastructure Audit will look at the current and future infrastructure needs for the towns, including the replacement life cycle of existing infrastructure.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: October 11 and 25, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: October 18, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: October 12, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: October 19, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): October 26, 2016.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet.

September 13, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.09.13

Bylaws

A public hearing for Bylaw 16-769 (Gale) was held. The bylaw will redesignate 4.04 hectares of land, located within NE-20-72-1-W6, in the DeBolt area from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1). The proposed rezoning would allow for the subsequent subdivision of a second residential parcel from the quarter. Bylaw 16-769 passed Second and Final reading.

Bylaw 16-770 (Maffret) received a public hearing and was approved by Council. The bylaw re-designates a 4.04 hectare area, near Grovedale (SW 8 70 7 W6), from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1).

Bylaw 16-768 Road Ban Bylaw received first reading. The revision reflects Greenview’s current organization structure and is intended to stream-line administrative function in enacting the bylaw. The Road Ban Bylaw also provides clear direction regarding restricting the weights of a commercial vehicle and goods being carried by the vehicle, to a weight that is acceptable to all roads within the MD.

Council has approved Bylaw 16-767 Big Mountain Industrial Park Area Structure Plan. The approval comes after revisions to the Big Mountain Industrial Park Area Structure Plan were made to appropriately address concerns cited at the Public Hearing held on August 23, 2016.

Approval of Bylaw 16-763 was also approved by Council and will see a 49.67 hectare area near Grovedale (SE 1 69 6 W6, Plan 88228969 Lot 2, re-designated from Agriculture District (A) to Industrial District (I).

Municipal Internship Program

Council has authorized Administration to apply for two Municipal Interns under the Municipal Internship Program. The program is offered by Alberta Municipal Affairs and aims to help build the management capacity of Alberta’s municipal governments by recruiting recent post-secondary graduates interested in a career in municipal administration, finance or land use planning.

AAMDC Feedback

Council will provide feedback to the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) as part of the consultation process regarding new regulations to become part of the proposed Modernized Municipal Government Act. Greenview will provide input on a number of topic areas, including: Council Code of Conduct, Financial Planning, Meetings, and Public Participation.

Northern Gateway Emergent Resolutions for AUMA

Greenview Council will support an emergent resolution to be presented at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) regarding the Northern Gateway Pipeline. The resolution requests that the AUMA advocate for market access and write a letter to the federal government requesting that they conduct new consultations with First Nations and Metis Communities along the pipeline route prior to re-determining whether to approve or deny the approval of the Northern Gateway Project.

 

Grande Prairie Regional College Students’ Association Request for Support

Recognizing the value and importance of retaining young professionals in the region, Council has agreed to honor a request being put forward the Grande Prairie Regional College Students’ Association. Greenview will issue a letter of support to the Alberta Minister of Advanced Education requesting that GPRC be considered for Degree Granting Status.

Greenview has also been invited, by the GPRCSA, to participate in a meeting with Minister Marlin Schmidt on Sept. 19, in Edmonton. Councillor Tom Burton will attend the meeting on Greenview’s behalf.

Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) Bursary Matching Request

Gary Cymbaluk, a fourth year dentistry student at the University of Alberta, has been awarded $12,000 from the Greenview Bursary Fund and will receive matching funds from the Northern Alberta Development Council. Upon successful graduation, Mr. Cymbaluk has agreed to reside and practice dentistry in the MD for a minimum of four years.

Grande Cache Medical Clinic – Committee Proposal

Greenview will recommend that a joint Grande Cache Medical Clinic be established to further look at the need and viability for proposed a new medical clinic in that community. Greenview Council has also approved a Terms of Reference that will see representatives from both the Town of Grande Cache and MD of Greenview active in the process.

Recreation Services Program Update

Council received a program update from Greenview’s Recreation Services Department. Adam Esch, Recreation Manager, and Stacey Wabick, Recreation Inventory Coordinator, discussed a range of current projects and future opportunities for Council to consider. Priority projects and development will be more clearly identified following 2017 budget deliberations.

Board Appointments

  • Greenview Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee – Councillor Dave Hay, Councillor Tom Burton, Councillor Bill Smith, Mr. Pat Brothers, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Valleyview; Mr. Mitch Carter, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Fox Creek; and Mr. Kevin Gramm, Manager of Community Services for the Town of Grande Cache; have been appointed to sit on the Greenview Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee until the end of the Master Plan Project. Councillor Tom Burton was appointed chairman of the Greenview Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee.
  • Water North Coalition – Councillor Dave Hay was appointed as Greenview’s primary delegate to the Water North Coalition. Councillor Dale Smith was appointed as the alternate.
  • Alberta Energy Regulator: Area Based Regulation Pilot – Council appointed Councillor Les Urness as the primary delegate and Councillor Dale Smith as the alternate delegate to the Multi Stakeholder Indigenous Advisory Panel Supporting the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Area Based Regulation Pilot Project.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: September 27, October 11.
  • Committee of the Whole: September 20, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: September 21, 2016.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): September 28, 2016.

August 23, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.08.23

STARS Delegation

Glenda Farnden and Greg Schmidt from STARS provided their organization’s annual update to Council. This year STARS is celebrating its tenth anniversary of operating in northern Alberta. The STARS team provides advanced care with a defibrillator, ECG, ventilator, advanced medication, central line IVs, temporary pacemaker and lab work available during their flights. Recent innovations include carrying universal blood products on board for all flights and a video laryngoscope to assist with intubation. They have also added a baby pod and portable ultrasound to support infants and prenatal care. Grande Cache and Valleyview are the two communities within Greenview with the highest number of STARS flights. In addition to providing funding support for the construction of helipads in Valleyview and Grande Cache, Greenview provided $200,000 in funding to STARS in 2016 and $150,000 annually from 2010 to 2015.

Remote site registration services are also available through STARS Emergency Link Centre. This emergency preparedness tool assists STARS in responding to incidents on remote sites such as industrial leases by providing detailed site identification information before an emergency happens. The registration service also helps identify resources that are available in the area who can provide immediate medical support until first responders are able to arrive on scene. Further information on how to register for this service is available at www.stars.ca.

STARS is hosting their annual general meeting and open house celebrating 10 years in northern Alberta on September 26, 2016. The AGM is at 1:30 p.m. at the Grande Prairie Base and the open house begins at 2:00 p.m. to RSVP call 780-830-7000.

Keyera Delegation

Keyera provided a presentation to Council regarding the Keyera Main Wapiti CPF and Gold Creek Compressor Station projects. A road use agreement with the M.D. of Greenview is required for the project. Construction for the facilities will begin in 2017 and will take between 18 to 22 months. At peak construction there will be 800 people working on the site. A work camp for 600 individuals is proposed near the work site at 03-19-67-07 W6M. Once the Keyera plant is fully operational there will be four to eight operations personnel on site on an ongoing basis. Public consultations regarding the project are underway.

Town of Fox Creek

John Greathead, Director of Operations for the Town of Fox Creek, provided a presentation to Council regarding the permit process for the Town of Fox Creek’s water treatment facility. Greenview Council directed Administration to waive the fee for commencing development prior to obtaining a valid development permit on application D-16-173.

Bylaws

A public hearing was held for Bylaw 16-767 regarding the Big Mountain Industrial Park Area Structure Plan. The bylaw will redesignate 49.67 hectares in the Grovedale area on the east side of Highway 40 from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District. A new intersection at Highway 40 and Township Road 690 will be constructed. The proposed use for the land is light industrial with 19 lots subdivided for shops and businesses.

Several landowners spoke against the proposed industrial site redesignation citing concerns about increased industrial activity in the area. Traffic safety, noise, potential impact to existing water wells and decreased quality of life were the main concerns raised. If the bylaws are approved, specific steps can be taken during the subdivision stage to address the concerns; one suggestion was providing a berm to address the noise and other issues.

Bylaw 16-767 passed second reading and has been tabled until concerns regarding noise mitigation, internal roads, water sourcing, and emergency routing are addressed. Bylaw 16-763 was also tabled until concerns in Bylaw 16-767 are addressed.

Bylaw 16-769 passed first reading and a public hearing will be held on September 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. regarding the redesignation of land from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1) District within NE 20 72 1 W6.

Greenview Assessment Report

Council accepted the Greenview Building Assessment Report for information and directed Administration to schedule a meeting to discuss the report in further detail.

MGA Proposed Amendment

Council chose to not support a proposed amendment to the Municipal Government Act that would omit industrial landfills from the definition of a public utility. The ability to omit industrial landfills falls under the authority of individual municipalities, and Greenview recommends that this remain as is.

Development Permit Application D16-216

The permit was approved by Council. The applicants will construct a 24 foot by 30 foot detached garage within NE 19 70 23 W5.

Surplus Equipment

A Schulte XH 1500 rotary cutter will be sold as surplus equipment at the October 5 Ritchie Brothers auction in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

A 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid truck from surplus equipment will be transferred to the Town of Fox Creek.

The surplus barbeque from Agricultural Services rental fleet will be transferred to the Grovedale Community Club and Agricultural Society for use in the Grovedale area.

Elk Depredation Assistance Program

Administration will provide logistical support to the Alberta Conservation Association for the Elk Depredation Assistance program.  

Wolf Harvest Incentive Program

Greenview will provide additional funding to a maximum of $15,000 for the Wolf Harvest Incentive Program to continue until December 31, 2016 with funds to come from the 2016 Contingency Budget.

North American Invasive Species Management Association Annual Conference & General Meeting

Quentin Bochar, Agriculture Services Manager, will attend the Annual General Meeting and conference for the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 26 to 29, 2016.

Partnership Agreement Memorandum of Understanding with Grande Cache Coal

Greenview Council has accepted the Draft Partnership Agreement Memorandum of Understanding with Grande Cache Coal for the Grande Cache Dinosaur Track project. Administration will proceed with finalizing the Memorandum of Understanding.

Grande Cache Dinosaur Tracks Board of Directors Appointment

Tara Zeller has been appointed to the Grande Cache Dinosaur Tracks Board of Directors.

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 2016 Amber Ball

Greenview will provide $10,000 sponsorship to the 2016 Currie Museum Amber Ball on September 9, 2016 in Grande Prairie.

Grande Cache Library Funding Request

Greenview will provide $30,000 to the Grande Cache Municipal Library to purchase new shelving units. Greenview has an operating agreement in place with the Town of Grande Cache, providing 50 per cent of the library’s operational funding.

Grande Spirit Foundation Annual Fundraiser

The Grande Spirit Foundation will receive $550 sponsorship for their Annual Harvest Dine and Dance on October 22, 2106. Greenview will also provide a donation to their silent auction.

Sunset House Cemetery Appointment

Susan Sperling has been appointed to the Sunset House Cemetery Committee.

Sexsmith Railroad 100th Anniversary

Greenview will provide $5,000 to the Railroad 100th Anniversary celebration which takes place in Sexsmith on October 16, 2016.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: September 13 and 27, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: September 20, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: September 14, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: September 21, 2016.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): September 28, 2016.

 

July 26, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.07.26

Caribou Range Plan Delegation

Brendan Hemens and Dave Hervieux from Alberta Environment and Parks provided a presentation to Council following up on the Caribou Range Plan Mediator’s Report and Draft Plan. The plan is the first to directly address federal recovery requirements in Canada. It recommends a combination of habitat related factors, including reducing predators, integrated land management, and replanting areas that have been cleared due to seismic activity. The intention is that the caribou herd will be self-sustaining in future. The plan intends to coordinate industrial development within the Little Smoky and A La Peche Range to establish an increasing habitat over time.

Greenview is reviewing the draft Little Smoky and A La Peche Caribou Recovery Plan and will be providing comments to the Government of Alberta. Council directed Administration to ensure Greenview’s input includes an expectation that industry be guaranteed direct and continued involvement in forming and implementing the plan.

Bylaws

A public hearing for Bylaw 16-766 (Weiss) was held. The bylaw will return land within SW 5 71 24 W5 from Country Residential One (CR-1) District to Agriculture (A) District and rezone another area within the same section to CR-1 District from A District. Bylaw 16-766 passed second and third reading.

Bylaw 16-759 (NE 20 72 1 W6) and Bylaw 16-770 (SW 8 70 7 W6) passed first reading. The bylaws are regarding redesignating lands from from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1) District. Public hearings for these bylaws will be held on September 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers.

Valleyview Rural Water Line Study

Associated Engineering provided a presentation to Council on the Valleyview Rural Water Line Loop Study. Two options were presented for Council’s consideration: a full pressure system or a combined full pressure and trickle fill system. The proposed service area would extend the Valleyview Rural Water line west of Valleyview to the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation boundary, north to Township Road 795 and west to Range Road 221. The proposed southern service area would extend along part of Township Road 693A. There are 111 existing residences within the study area with a proposed growth rate of two per cent annually.

The costs are estimated at up to $14.5 million for the full pressure system or $15 million for the combined full pressure and trickle fill system. Individual land owners would pay a connection fee to access the services, and may also require cisterns and water pumps depending on the system design. If the project is approved by Council, the next steps will include discussions with the Town of Valleyview to confirm supply capacity and review the existing supply agreement for the Valleyview Rural Water Line.

Land Acquisition

Council authorized Administration to purchase a five acre parcel of land located south of Grovedale at SW 21 69 6 W6 for $95,000.00. The land will be used for the Grovedale water system expansion.

Species at Risk Socio-Economic Impact Assessment

Greenview will submit a resolution to AAMDC Zone 4 for their support requesting the Government of Alberta complete an overall socio-economic impact assessment based on the species at risk recovery plans and retention plans currently affecting the reduction of the forestry industry’s allocable annual cut.

Shutdown of Coal Fired Power Generation Stations

Council will table a resolution to AAMDC Zone 4 for their support requesting that the Government of Alberta allow industry to continue utilizing coal fired power generation stations while encouraging that industries undertake research and development to explore alternate methods of utilizing coal and also alternate markets for that product.

Foothills Forest Products Letter of Support

Greenview will provide a letter of support to Foothills Forest Products Inc. in support of the continued operation of Foothills’ beehive burner for an additional 24 months.

Grovedale Fireworks Sponsorship

Greenview will provide $1,000 in sponsorship to the Grovedale Agricultural Society for fireworks at the 35th Annual Grovedale Fair.

East Smoky Recreation Board Funding

Council will provide a $3,000 grant to the East Smoky Recreation Board to help cover the cost of the Heritage Day Festival.

Community Parades

Greenview intends to enter a municipal float in local community parades which are taking place this summer. Staff will work with local community groups to coordinate participation in the Valleyview, DeBolt and Grovedale parades in August 2016.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: August 23, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: September 20, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: September 14, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: August 17, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): August 24, 2016.

July 12, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.07.12

Bylaws

  • Bylaw 16-767 to re-designate lands within the Big Mountain Industrial Park (SE-1-69-6-W6, Plan 882286, Lot 2), in the Grovedale Area, from Agriculture District (A) to Industrial (I) passed first reading. A Public Hearing concerning Bylaw 16-767, for the Big Mountain Industrial Park Area Structure Plan, has been scheduled for August 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. in Greenview Council Chambers.
  • Bylaw 16-765 Parks & Recreation Protection received third and final reading. The bylaw will govern use of parks which are owned or managed by Greenview. This includes municipal reserve, environmental reserve, campgrounds, day use areas, recreation areas, playgrounds and boat launches. It will ensure a fair and safe experience for all users, while addressing nuisance issues such as noise and off leash pets. Generators within parks and recreation areas will be turned off from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. unless required for medical reasons. The bylaw also establishes maximum stay lengths for recreation and park areas.

Policy

Under the recommendation of the Policy Review Committee, Council has adopted the Haying and Pasturing General Restriction and Permits policy. The new policy was created by combining three existing policies in an effort to provide clarity and consistency within Greenview’s process and organizational structure. As part of the adoption process, Council rescinded Policies: AD-35 Haying or Pasturing Permits Municipal Reserves, OP-11 Haying on Municipal Road Right of Ways and Municipal Owned Lands, and PW-12 Haying or Pasturing Permits Municipal Reserves.

Lagoon Treated Wastewater for Industrial Fracturing

Council has approved the sale of effluent from Greenview wastewater lagoons for the purpose of industrial fracturing. In addition, Greenview’s Manager of Environmental Services has been authorized to negotiate with representatives from oil industry stakeholders for the use of Greenview’s lagoon treated wastewater at no cost to the Municipal District.

Grande Cache Medical Centre

The Town of Grande Cache has requested a meeting with representatives from Greenview to further discuss the development of a new Medical Clinic in their community. Prior to the meeting, Greenview Administration will provide the Town of Grande Cache with a Discussion Briefing Report. The report outlines several questions related to the proposed project and is intended to help guide future conversation.

Old Sunset House Water Point

Council has authorized Administration to transfer the ownership of the old Sunset House non potable well and water point building, as is, to the Sunset Hall Community Hall Society.

Grovedale Water System Expansion

Administration has been authorized by Council to negotiate for the purchase of land in the Grovedale area for the expansion of the Grovedale water system.

Board Appointments

  • Councillor Roxie Rutt has been appointed to represent Greenview Council on the Providing Assistance, Counseling & Education (PACE) Board of Directors. PACE offers crisis intervention, family support, educational workshops and counseling services involving sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse and trauma to individuals throughout the Peace Country.Doug Vandemark has been appointed by Council to sit on the Agriculture Appeal Committee

Events & Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: July 26, 2016
  • Committee of the Whole: July 19, 2016 in Grovedale.
  • Ratepayers’ Barbeques: July 19 in Grovedale and July 26 in DeBolt.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: July 13, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: July 20, 2016.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): July 27, 2016.

June 28, 2016

Bylaws

  • Bylaw 16-765 Parks & Recreation Protection passed first and second readings. The bylaw will govern use of parks which are owned or managed by Greenview. This includes municipal reserve, environmental reserve, campgrounds, day use areas, recreation areas, playgrounds and boat launches. It will ensure a fair and safe experience for all users, while addressing nuisance issues such as noise and off leash pets. Generators within parks and recreation areas will be turned off from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. unless required for medical reasons.
  • Bylaw 16-766 (Weiss) to re-designate lands within SW 5 71 24 W5 from Country Residential One (CR-1) to Agriculture (A) District and to re-designate a 4.04 hectare area adjacent to the east boundary of Plan 032 3744, Block 1 Lot 1 from A District to CR-1 District passed first reading. A public hearing for Bylaw 16-766 is scheduled for July 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers.

Victor Lake & Grande Cache Source Water Protection Plan

Administration will investigate a bylaw regarding recreation use in the Victor Lake area following requests from Greenview residents. The bylaw will support the Grande Cache Source Water Protection Plan around the air strip, Victor Lake and the Town of Grande Cache.

2015 Financial Statements

The 2015 Audited Financial Statements and 2015 Financial Information Return were presented by Hawkings Dumont LLP representative Chris Pan. Reserve allocations will be made for the future replacement of facilities, equipment and infrastructure projects. The 2015 Audited Financial Statements and 2015 Financial Information Return were approved for submission to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Tax Recovery Public Sale of Land

Council set the terms and conditions that apply to the 2016 public sale of land for properties with unpaid taxes. The tax recovery sale applies to properties with taxes that have been in arrears for two years and have received a Tax Notification Caveat. If the property tax arrears remain unpaid by March 31st of the year after the caveat has been placed, the Municipality may sell the property by public auction. The public auction will take place on September 15, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers. The full list of properties that will be for sale will be posted to our website.

Greenview Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee

Terms of Reference for the Greenview Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee were adopted. The Advisory Committee will provide input to recreation activities, programs and services.

2016 Senior Housing Survey Summary Report

Green View FCSS’ Senior Housing Survey was a success with two hundred and fifty responses. The majority of respondents would prefer to remain close to their home communities for senior housing when needed. Sixty two per cent of respondents indicated that they would prefer to have their housing subsidized.

Survey results will be communicated to the public through Greenview’s website and social media. All interested respondents’ names were entered into a raffle for a Green View FCSS prize package. The raffle winner will be announced when the report summary is released. Copies of the report summary will also be available through the Green View FCSS. The Seniors Housing Authorities within Greenview will be contacted to evaluate their organizations’ future plans for senior housing within Greenview. Community meetings will also be held within Greenview with potential stakeholders to determine possible senior housing alternatives.

Caribou Management Plan

Council discussed the Little Smoky and A La Peche Caribou Range Plan.

Municipal Government Act Review – Solid Waste

Administration will investigate the concerns identified by the Alberta Association of Independent Landfill Operators regarding the Municipal Government Act.

Non Residential and Commercial Property Taxes Due

A reminder that Non-Residential and Commercial Property Taxes are due June 30, 2016.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: July 12 and 26, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: July 19, 2016 in Grovedale.
  • Ratepayers’ Barbeques: July 19 in Grovedale and July 26 in DeBolt.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: July 13, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: July 20, 2016.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): July 27, 2016.

 

June 14, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights – 2016.06.14

Iosegun Lake Road
Council accepted a recommendation that the Iosegun Lake Road base paving project be awarded to Knelsen Sand and Gravel Ltd. Greenview will provide a onetime lump sum payment to the Town of Fox Creek, a partner in the project, in the amount of $2,946,584.39. Funding for the work will come from Greenview’s Road Infrastructure Reserves. Any unused project dollars, including contingency amounts, will be returned to the MD once the paving has been completed.

Sign Management Policy
Council discussed the management of signs within the MD. Administration has been asked to develop a Standalone Sign Management Strategy and Bylaw. This will be brought forward to Council at a later date for further review. Letter of Support for Northern

Gateway Pipeline Project
Council has directed Administration to send a letter of support to the National Energy Board advocating for the extension application submitted by Northern Gateway Inc. for the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

Grande Cache Medical Clinic
Greenview Council has voted against making a funding decision regarding a proposed new Medical Centre in Grande Cache. Council determined that there was not enough information provided by the Town of Grande Cache to make an informed decision that is in the best interest of Greenview’s taxpayers.

Teepee Creek Stampede
The Teepee Creek Stampede will celebrate its 100th Anniversary this year. During the June 14th Greenview Council meeting, Stampede representatives Dustin Hollingworth (President) and Mack Erno (Past-President), delivered an overview of the unique activities set to take place during the milestone event from July 14-17, 2016.

In recognition of the Stampede’s Centennial, Greenview Council will make a monetary gift of up to $25,000. A sponsorship request from the organization will also be considered by Greenview Council for Phase 2 construction of the Teepee Creek Ag Events Centre. More information about the Teepee Creek Stampede can be found online at: www.tpstampede.ca.

Cranberry Lake Rodeo Association Reallocation of Funds
The Cranberry Lake Rodeo Association was authorized to reallocate $15,000 in unused 2016 grant funds to purchase a 50-horsepower tractor. The tractor will be used to help with grounds maintenance. The Association, through other grants and fundraising, was able to complete their capital projects without utilizing all of Greenview’s grant funding allocation.

Capstan Hauling Rat 200 Jet River Race Sponsorship
Following the success of the 2015 World Jet Boat Races held in Grande Prairie last year, Greenview Council will support the Grande Prairie River Rats Association’s 2016 Capstan Hauling Rat 200 Jet River Race. Council approved $5,000 to become the event’s Title Race Sponsor. Funds for the sponsorship will be allocated from the MD’s Community Service Miscellaneous Grant fund.

The three-day riverboat event will kick off with a Show and Shine at Centre 2000, in Grande Prairie, on June 17th.

Board Appointments

  • Marvin Moore of DeBolt has been appointed by Council to sit on the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
  • Greenview Council has appointed Rennie Fournier to the Little Smoky Cemetery Committee until the 2016 Organizational Meeting.

April 26, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.04.26

2015 Crime Statistics

Staff Sergeant Carolin Respet of the Valleyview RCMP Detachment and Sergeant Warren Wright from Fox Creek provided updates to Council regarding crime in the Municipal District of Greenview in 2015. Traffic collisions, traffic violations, mischief, assault and property theft have been the most common calls for service in the Valleyview area in 2015. Property theft from oil and gas sites has been a significant issue in the Fox Creek area.

Tax Rate Bylaw 16-761

In consideration of the current economic climate, Council chose to reduce the mill rate in 2016 for industrial ratepayers by 0.65 mill. The mill rate for industrial ratepayers will be decreased to 7.828 from 8.478. The industrial mill rate includes linear, non-residential, machinery and equipment, and live electric power assessments.

Residential and farmland mill rates in Greenview will remain one of the lowest in the province, unchanged from the previous year at 2.700. Changes to individual tax assessments may occur based on increased property values.

In future years, revisions to the Alberta Well Drilling Equipment Tax, a significant drop in oil prices and a downturn in the economy are likely to significantly impact the total amount of assessment Greenview collects. Council sets the mill rates on an annual basis and they will be revisited in 2017.

Township Road 672

Greenview will construct 3.2 kilometres of connector road on Township Road 672 between Range Road 214 and Range Road 211 to an upset limit of $1.5 million.

Tax Arrears and Penalties

Council denied a request to waive penalties on outstanding unpaid taxes following a land purchase. Prospective property owners are encouraged to look into the outstanding tax statements as part of the purchase process. New owners are responsible for tax arrears and penalties left on the account by the previous owner. It is best to be very clear with the real estate agent or lawyers involved in a land purchase to confirm any amounts of outstanding taxes. If there are any questions, contact Greenview’s Taxation and Assessment Department.

Agriculture Appeal Committee

Mr. Clarence Lindblom has been appointed to the Agricultural Appeals Committee.

Fox Creek Fire Hall Agreement

Greenview will enter into an agreement with the Town of Fox Creek for the construction of a fire hall facility located in Fox Creek. Greenview will contribute a maximum total of 50 per cent up to $3.5 million. The building and property will be co-owned by Greenview on a 50 per cent basis. It is being developed as a potential Emergency Operations Centre in case there is future need.

Fox Creek Multiplex Facility Agreement

Greenview will invest up to $21 million in the new Fox Creek Multiplex. The facility will be developed with a 50 per cent partnership between the Town of Fox Creek and the Municipal District of Greenview.

Gap Analysis and Economic Impact Study for new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital

A study of the economic impacts of the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital is being led by the Grande Prairie Chamber Regional Economic Development Group. Greenview will participate and provide $21,667 in funding. The study will be looking at direct or indirect impacts of the new hospital on the Grande Prairie area. The development of the regional hospital facility is anticipated to have many positive economic spin offs for the region, this study will help identify what other needs and benefits may exist and help to identify what the surrounding municipalities may do to encourage hospital access by their residents.

The other stakeholders that participate in the regional economic group are the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Northern Alberta Development Council, Grande Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation and the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation.

Grande Prairie Public Library Agreement

Greenview will enter into a Joint Operational Agreement with the Grande Prairie Public Library Board for 2016-18. The agreement provides funding to the Grande Prairie Library to serve Greenview residents in the Grande Prairie area, primarily in the Grovedale area where the M.D. doesn’t have a local library.

Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association Conference Sponsorship

Greenview will sponsor the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association 2016 Conference with a $2,500 grant.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: May 10, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: May 17, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: May 11, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: May 18, 2016.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): May 25, 2016.

 

April 12, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.04.12

Agriculture Supervisor Trainee

Sean Allen, Agricultural Supervisor Trainee was introduced to Council. Sean joins Greenview from Medicine Hat for a one year term while the current incumbent is on maternity leave.

Delegations

Chevron Canada provided a presentation to Council regarding their 2016 and 2017 plans for projects in the municipality.

TransCanada also provided a presentation to Council. Boulder Creek South Lateral Project will be active in the area and will employ 200 workers. Both companies indicated that they work from a list of interested parties within the community for local contractors, details of how to be added to their contractor registry are available on their websites.

Bylaws

Bylaw 16-762 Little Smoky Utility Installation received first reading. The bylaw will provide installation of service lines as an incentive for the residents of the Hamlet of Little Smoky to connect to the new water system being constructed in 2016.

Bylaw 15-757 for Danger Tech Inc. (Gaboury) received a public hearing and was approved by Council. The bylaw re-designates lands in the Sunset House area (SE 7 71 20 W5) from Agriculture (A) to Country Residential One (CR-1).

Iosegun Lake Base Pave Project

Greenview will enter into an agreement with the Town of Fox Creek regarding the paving of Iosegun Lake Road and tender the 3.0 kilometer base pave project with an upset limit of $2.55 million. The project will be funded from Road Infrastructure Reserves and will base pave Iosegun Lake Road to the current northern Town of Fox Creek boundary. . Iosegun Lake Road is a Municipal District road and will be turned over to the Town of Fox Creek as part of the Agreement.

Northwest Alberta Regional Resource Agreement

Greenview will enter into the Northwest Alberta Emergency Resource Agreement which provides protocols for requesting and receiving mutual aid in a time of emergency and is proposed to cover 27 municipalities in northwestern Alberta.

Policy

Policy 3009 Ice Cover Work Operations was approved by Council. The policy covers safe work procedures for staff and contractors when working on floating ice surfaces.

Policy 3008 Contractor Health & Safety Management was also approved. It will provide a consistent process to manage safety procedures for contractors who are working on Greenview sites.

Grants

The Town of Valleyview will receive $1,000 for the Canada Day Fireworks.


Aerial Photography Services 2016

Geodesy Group Inc. will be awarded the contract for Aerial Photography Services for $116,800.00

High Prairie Forest Resource Advisory Council

Councillor Dale Smith was appointed as Greenview’s representative to the High Prairie Forest Resource Advisory Council.

Water Points

Greenview administration will look into the feasibility of installing a tap to access water for household use at the water points.

CAO Report

CAO Mike Haugen shared with Council an excerpt from a letter from the Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs, sent to AAMDC in which Minister Larivee stated “There will be no redistribution of linear assessment from rural Alberta to Calgary, Edmonton or any other city.”

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: April 26, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 19, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: April 13, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: April 20, 2016.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): April 27, 2016.

March 22, 2016

 Council Meeting Highlights 2016.03.22

Cheque Presentations

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation received a $100,000 cheque from Greenview to support their fundraising efforts. The Foundation’s Senior Development Officer Dawn Miller and Chairperson Mark Michalyshen were on hand to accept the donation.

The Grande Prairie High School Rodeo Association received $15,000 from Greenview to host the 2016 Alberta Provincial Finals at Evergreen Park. Greenview also provided $15,000 to the association in 2015. Gary Havell, Alberta High School Rodeo District Three President and rodeo competitors Kolby Sawley, Hunter Sawley and Jessie Havell presented a framed photo to Council in recognition of their support.

Delegations

Encana provided an update to Council regarding their work in the municipality and future development plans. They are making efficiencies throughout their operations and have made a 55 per cent reduction to their capital program in 2016. Alternate, non-potable water sourcing is being done through water well drilling into the Belly River Aquifer. Maximizing water re-use in the Duvernay region through piloting flowback water reuse in 2015, and plans for a pilot project on produced water in 2016 will limit trucking and utilize existing infrastructure.

Accurate Assessment Inc. gave Council a presentation regarding their 2015 assessment for the Municipal District of Greenview. The 2016 assessment cycle will focus on the Grovedale area. All residential properties in Greenview are reassessed on a five year cycle. This year the Grovedale area is being re-assessed, followed by the southern area of the municipality from Grande Cache to Little Smoky in 2017. Accurate Assessment staff will be travelling throughout Greenview. If ratepayers are interested in speaking to the assessor, they can contact Troy Birtles with Accurate Assessment at 780-464-4655.

Bylaws

Bylaw 16-761 Tax Rate Bylaw received first reading.

Annual Mutual Aid Fire Control Plan

Greenview will enter into a 2016 Mutual Aid Fire Control Plan Agreement with the Alberta Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The agreement defines responsibilities, costs, and operating procedures for wildfire protection within the forest protection area and its boundaries.

Fox Creek Firefit Sponsorship

The Scott Safety Firefit Championship in Fox Creek will receive $1500 in bronze sponsorship. The event takes place from June 17 to 19, 2016 in Fox Creek. The championship is a competition of firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations.

Alberta Transportation Motor Vehicle Funding Report

A report was provided on motor vehicle incidents within the DeBolt and Grovedale Fire Departments. Services on two and three digit highways are provided for the province on a fee for service basis.

Community Peace Officer Statutes

Administration provided a report to Council on Community Peace Officer Statutes. Greenview currently has a contract with the County of Grande Prairie for Community Peace Officer Services. Council provided direction on areas where the community has requested more enforcement services, especially speeding in school zones and hamlets.

Canada Day Fireworks

Valleyview and District Recreation Department has requested funding for the 2016 Canada Day fireworks. The motion was tabled until further information could be provided by Administration.

Information Technology (IT) Support Services Request for Proposals (RFP)

Greenview will enter into a three year contract with an option for two additional one year extensions for IT support services with PCIT Systems of Grande Prairie at an annual cost of $107,052.00.

DeBolt Organ Donation Sign

Council granted permission for an organ donation awareness sign to be installed in DeBolt, the sign will need to meet the municipality’s land use bylaw requirements for signage.

Road Allowance License Application

A report was provided to Council regarding a Road Allowance License Application on Township Road 664.

Oversized Loads

Council approved Policy #4009 Oversized Loads: Greenview Roads, which replaced Policy #EES-15 Overload Security on Municipal Roads. These changes follow Council’s direction at the March 8, 2016 Council meeting to waive the non-refundable portion of the overload security for the 2016 calendar year.

Kakwa Falls

Administration will prepare a report on the Kakwa Falls Recreation Area.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: April 12, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 19, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: April 13, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: April 20, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): April 27, 2016.

March 8, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.03.08

Municipal Development Plan

An update regarding Bylaw 15-742, the draft Municipal Development Plan, was presented to Council. Significant updates include an updated wetlands assessment requirement to be in compliance with new provincial wetlands policy. Country Residential policies will also be updated to promote cluster development of subdivisions for improved land use.

The existing MDP was developed in 2003, proposed changes to the MDP will enhance policies to manage the land use and future growth patterns for subdivision and development proposals, remain current with provincial legislation and respond to future community needs.

A public hearing will be held on May 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to provide public review of the draft Municipal Development Plan.

Bylaws

Bylaw 16-759 (Harms) was presented to Council and was defeated in second reading following the public hearing. The bylaw would redesignate lands within SW 1 69 6 W6 from Agriculture (A) District to Industrial (I) District. The intended use of the land was for a heavy equipment shop and trucking business. Local residents expressed concern regarding potential noise and disruptions if industrial use were permitted in close proximity to residential acreages in the same quarter section.

Bylaw 15-757 (Danger Tech Inc.) received first reading. The bylaw will redesignate lands at SE-7-71-20-W5 from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1) District. Public hearing will be held on April 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Delegation

Glenn Pitt of TeckEra provided a presentation to Council regarding the Delivery of Engineering and Construction Services for the Municipal District of Greenview. In 2014 Greenview hired TeckEra on a contract basis to assist with capital projects and liase with consulting engineering firms. They also reviewed current processes and procedures relating to the delivery of capital projects.

Grande Cache Lake Day Use Area

Greenview will assume the provincial lease from the Government of Alberta for the Grande Cache Lake Day Use Area. It is currently operated by the Town of Grande Cache under a day use agreement with the province. The property lies outside of the town boundaries and will be incorporated into Greenview’s recreation planning for the region. Funding has been allocated within the 2016 budget for this purpose ($35,750 operational and $58,000 capital).

Administration will be advertising the maintenance contract for Grande Cache Lake and Southview Recreation Areas for bids from local non-profits or companies who are interested in providing ongoing maintenance for the recreation areas on a contract basis.

Mutual Aid Agreements

Greenview will enter into Fire Mutual Aid Agreements with the MD of Smoky River, Big Lakes County, Birch Hills County, Yellowhead County, and Woodlands County. The agreements serve as a contract to outline services and associated costs for services that the jurisdictions will provide if called upon for mutual aid in the event of a request for fire resources. An existing agreement is in place with the County of Grande Prairie.

Animal Control Services Agreement

Greenview will enter into an agreement with the County of Grande Prairie Regional Enforcement Services for Animal Control Services for a five year term. This is a renewal of the previous agreement that was in place from 2012-15. Enforcement investigations are done on a per complaint basis.

Peace Officer Services Agreement

Greenview will enter into a renewed agreement with the County of Grande Prairie Regional Enforcement Services for a five year term. This will provide community peace officers to enforce bylaws and provincial enforcement acts. The peace officers are not involved in enforcement of criminal legislation.

Fire Guardian Appointment 2016

Jeff Francis and Derian Rosario were appointed fire guardians for the 2016 season. This was done to fulfill legislative requirements of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act.

Grants

  • Grande Prairie High School Rodeo Association will receive $15,000 to host the Alberta Provincial Rodeo Finals at Evergreen Park.
  • Silver sponsorship of the North West Regional Skills Canada Competition 2016 in the amount of $3,000.

Swan Festival

Council received information from the Friends of Saskatoon Island and Alberta Parks regarding the Annual Swan Festival to be held April 23 to 24, 2016.

Valleyview Library Board Member Appointment

Marilyn Frostad has been appointed as a member of the Valleyview Library Board to fill a vacancy which resulted from one of the board members stepping down.

Northwest Transportation Advisory Council

Councillor Roxie Rutt has been appointed as a representative to the Northwest Transportation Advisory Council. Greenview will become a member of the Council with an annual cost of $2,649 based on $0.50 per capita.

Equipment Purchase

Greenview will purchase a 14 foot Wishet Offset Disc to assist with construction projects within the municipality.

Ridgevalley Connector Project

Wapiti Gravel Suppliers has been awarded the tender for the Ridgevalley Connector base paving project for an upset limit of $2,005,235.51.

Surface Management Leases

Administration provided a report regarding several outstanding applications for gravel pits with the Government of Alberta.

Township Road 672

As part of the 2016 budget, Council discussed moving forward with a local connector road linking Little Smoky Road (RR214) to RR211 to lessen the industrial traffic heading past residential properties to the Greenview Regional Landfill site. The road allowance has been surveyed and Greenview will proceed with brushing and preparing the land for further work.

Road Bond Deposits

Council agreed to modify the Agreement for the Transportation of Heavy Loads in spring break-up on a temporary basis for 2016 in response to concerns raised by industry. Council directed Administration to amend the policy regarding overload security (#EES 15) to waive the non-refundable deposit required from operators on municipal roads for this year.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: March 22, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 19, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: March 9, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: March 16, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 23, 2016.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

February 23, 2016

Council Meeting Highlights 2016 02 23

Delegations

Sara Johnson and Jessie Kirillo of Repsol provided a presentation to Council on Repsol’s plans for 2016.

Rob Petrone of Canadian Natural Resources provided a presentation to Council regarding their current plans given the state of the economy.

Public Access Request

Council declined the request to provide physical access to NW 16-71-2-W6 and SW 21-71-2-W6.

Appeal Committee

Greenview will combine the Agricultural Pests Act Appeal Committee and the Weed Control Act Appeal Committee into one independent committee consisting of members at large to hear the appeals for notices issued under both provincial statutes.

Grande Cache Recreational Committee

Councillor George Delorme was appointed to the Grande Cache Recreational Committee. Councillor Bill Smith was appointed as the alternate.

Grants & Sponsorship

Greenview will provide $1,811.25 to the Red Willow Curling Club for the Valleyview Ladies Curling Bonspiel from the Community Services Miscellaneous Grant.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: March 22, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 19, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: March 9, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: March 16, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 23, 2016.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

February 9, 2016 

Council Meeting Highlights 2016.02.09

Bylaws

Bylaw 16-759 (Harms) to redesignate lands within SW 1 69 6 W6 from Agriculture (A) District to Industrial (I) District passed first reading. A public hearing for Bylaw 16-759 is scheduled for March 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Little Smoky Water Distribution

The local improvement tax motion for Little Smoky Water Distribution was rescinded. Greenview will be moving forward with a connection fee for the distribution line installation rather than a local improvement tax.

Alberta Opportunity Fund (AOF) Agricultural Research and Forage Associations

A recommended resolution for the AAMDC District Meeting regarding the AOF is being brought forward. Funding was previously allocated for these purposes, and it is recommended the funds be reinstated. Organizations such as the Smoky Applied Research and Demonstration Association and the Peace Country Beef Forage Association are examples of the recipients of this type of funding.

Grovedale Community Club

Grant funding in the amount of $12,500 has been approved for the Grovedale Agricultural Society for the veranda addition on the Grovedale Community Club Hall. The group has raised $32,000 in fundraising, catering and hall rentals and received funding from the provincial government. They are requesting funds in addition to the amount that was originally approved for this project from Greenview’s grants program given higher than anticipated project costs.

Grovedale Community Seniors Club

Grant funding in the amount of $7,000 has been approved for the Grovedale Seniors Fund for operational purposes. Greenview currently provides operational grant funding to various senior organizations such as the Valleyview Seniors Outreach program and the Valleyview Sun Valley Pioneers.

Grande Cache Airport

The Town of Grande Cache has provided a report to Greenview Council regarding future plans for the Grande Cache Airport which officially closed on January 1, 2016. The property is owned by the Town of Grande Cache and the Municipal District of Greenview contributed to the airport’s operational funding. The Grande Cache Aerodrome Association (GCAA) has indicated interest in assuming operations of the airport. To date, the Municipal District of Greenview has not received a request from the GCAA. A response to the Town of Grande Cache will be provided indicating that no new funding will be committed to and Greenview is awaiting an official business plan and proposal from the GCAA.

Alberta Transportation

An Open House to discuss the Highway 43 and 49 realignment will be held on March 2, 2016 from 4 to 8 pm at the Valleyview Memorial Hall. It is important to note that there are currently no plans for construction of the realignment project. It is a long term functional plan/study to support the development of the CanaMex corridor.

Delegations

Brock Mulligan with the Alberta Forest Products Association provided a presentation to Council on current trends in the forestry industry. Provincially, there has been a $2 billion capital investment from 2011 to 2015.

Industry challenges include ongoing efforts to respond to the mountain pine beetle and pending negotiations for a new softwood lumber agreement with the US (currently Alberta’s largest forestry trading partner). The previous softwood lumber agreement lapsed in 2014. Forest products residuals are also a major contributor to green energy in Alberta, contributing enough energy to power 4 cities the size of Grande Prairie.

2015 Emergency Incident Response Statistics

In 2015 the greatest number of calls to Greenview’s fire departments have been for medical co-response. DeBolt and Grovedale fire departments are the only fire departments providing medical response, which accounts for 50 per cent of their call volumes. Responses to provincial highways, which include motor vehicle collisions, grass and brush fires along the highways and vehicle fires account for 20 to 40 per cent of each fire station’s incidents. Given the large volume of responses to calls on provincial highways, Council directed Administration to develop a report on highway call funding for the DeBolt and Grovedale Fire Departments.

RCMP Priorities Valleyview Area

Council will invite the Valleyview RCMP to present at a future Committee of the Whole meeting for further discussion regarding top priorities. Council’s local priorities for Valleyview RCMP detachment are as follows:

  • property theft/damage
  • crime reduction
  • traffic safety
  • crimes against persons

Several concerns will also be communicated to Alberta Solicitor General at the upcoming AAMDC meeting:

  • Support for an enhanced policing position.
  • Addressing the delays in prosecution of criminal offences.
  • Continued ALERT funding from the province.

IAP2

Council adopted the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) spectrum to guide citizenship engagement activities. The IAP2 framework helps municipalities determine the level of public participation which is appropriate depending on a project’s goals, time frames and impact to the public. Public participation is already included in many projects which Greenview undertakes, the IAP2 spectrum will foster a common approach to public participation across the organization.

SMLs

Greenview will be sending a letter to the Province regarding delays in approving several gravel pit applications.

Joint Recreation Master Plan

Deputy Reeve Tom Burton and Councillor Bill Smith have been appointed as steering committee members for the Joint Recreation Master Plan between the County of Grande Prairie, the City of Grande Prairie and the Municipal District of Greenview.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: February 23, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: February 16, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 10 and March 9, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: February 17, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): February 24, 2016.

January 26, 2016

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Delegations

Alberta Energy Regulator

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) provided a presentation to Greenview Council regarding induced seismicity in the Fox Creek area. The AER is using a traffic light system as part of Subsurface Order Number 2 to track seismic activity in that region. For any seismic activity above 4.0, classed as red, industry must immediately cease operations and inform the AER. If a seismic event in the yellow or higher category takes place, it is posted to AER Compliance Dashboard at www1.aer.ca/ComplianceDashboard and industry must take steps to ensure that seismic activity doesn’t reoccur. For further information on this topic, contact the AER at 1-855-297-8311.

Fox Creek for the Children Fundraising Society

Gord Ashmore from the Fox Creek for the Children Fundraising Society gave a presentation to Council regarding the society’s planned project to build a playground for grades four to six at the Fox Creek School. This age group doesn’t currently have play equipment as the original equipment was removed after being deemed unsafe. The first phase of the project will cost $300,000, and total project costs could be $500,000 to $800,000 depending on what options are selected. Council will consider the request as part of the 2017 grant application process.

Water Point Viability Study

Associated Engineering provided a presentation to Council on the viability of water points within Goodwin, Puskwaskau, Sandy Bay, Sturgeon Heights and the co-operatives in the Grande Cache area. Municipal water points exist in these areas (with the exception of the co-ops), but they do not provide potable water.

Planning & Development 2015 Year End Statistics

Land Use Amendment Applications in 2015 remained the same as in 2014 at 18 total applications. Greenview received 44 subdivision applications in 2015 compared to 47 in 2014. Referral notifications received from Alberta Environment and Parks more than doubled at 86 in 2015 compared to 36 in 2014. The most active wards for referral notifications were Little Smoky and Grovedale. The Planning and Development team also processed 282 development permits. The permits authorize the type of use for the sites and the size and locations of buildings or any structures. Looking to a busy year ahead in 2016, applicants are reminded to get their applications in early! Give our Development Officers a call at 780-524-7600 to get started.

Greenview Community Hall Water

Greenview will be tracking water usage for all Community Halls to ensure there is no water waste or leaks.

DeBolt and District Agriculture Society

Grant funds will be redirected to the repair of the Gunby Ranch Golf Course Club House for roof repairs and upgrades to the golf course irrigation system in the amount of $8,516.60.

Grande Cache Community High School

The Grande Cache Community High School Elite Program is a vocational education program that has been running in the community for 25 years. The program focuses on five main areas: automotive, welding, sheet metal, machining and electrical. Grade 11 and 12 Elite Students participate in real world job training through bi-monthly job placements in partnership with industry.

Council will grant the Grant Cache Community High School Elite Program a surplus 4X4 truck with any associated expenses to come from the 2016 Community Services Grants Budget. Council directed administration to transfer $13,000 from the Community Services Miscellaneous Grant Budget to the Equipment and Vehicle Reserve.

Policy

Changes to the following policies were approved by Council. The revisions were primarily housekeeping in nature to clarify existing procedures. If you have any questions regarding the specific policies, contact our office at 780-524-7600.

  • Salvaging and Scavenging
  • Equipment and Vehicle Replacement
  • Wastewater Lagoon Access Policies
  • Road Use Agreements Policy
  • Letters of Support Policy

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: February 23, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: February 16, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 10 and March 9, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: February 17, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): February 24, 2016.

January 12, 2016

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2015 Photo Contest Awards Presentation

Kirsten Stewart, Anita Portsmouth, Liz Pollack, Judy Rieu, Alison Klassen, Leia King, Robin Stanich, Tammy Day and Christine Schlief received awards from Council for their top entries in the 2015 Greenview Photo Contest. Jordan Fjellner and Larissa Delorme were unable to attend the celebration and will have their prizes mailed to them. We thank everyone who provided entries to the photo contest. Winners were selected in a vote by Greenview staff based on which photos met the contest criteria (horizontal, high resolution photos, representing all seasons and regions of the municipality).

Greenview’s next photo contest will launch in fall 2016, so we encourage everyone to get out with their cameras and get ready! Throughout the entire year photo submissions are welcome for Greenview’s newsletter and promotional materials. Photographers can email their photos to m2m@mdgreenview.ab.ca with their full address and location where the photo was taken. Photos used throughout the year can be resubmitted as photo contest entries in the fall.

Bylaws                                                                                

Bylaw 15-758 (Cloutier) received public hearing, second and third readings. The bylaw will re-designate a portion of NE 20 70 24 W 5 from Rural Commercial (RC) District to Agriculture (A) District. The lands had been rezoned to RC for the proposed development of “Cloud 9 Campground” which never occurred. The current owners wish to locate a cabin on the property.

Fox Creek Affordable Housing Project

Lindsay Pratt, Administrator of Heart River Housing provided a presentation to Council regarding a new affordable housing project in Fox Creek. Heart River Housing intends to develop a 29 suite apartment that will operate on a non-profit model. It will be a mixed market building that has 10 units rented at market rates, 10 units dedicated to affordable housing and 9 which are social housing. Affordable housing rent is 10-15 per cent below market rate, and social housing is based on 30 per cent of the renter’s income. The social housing units would qualify for the Government of Alberta’s rent supplement program. The main floor units will be available for professional leases such as doctor’s or dentist’s offices. The proposed facility would be self-sufficient with 80 per cent occupancy and would not require continued operating funding from the municipalities.

Heart River Housing is seeking a capital funding partnership between the Town of Fox Creek, M.D. of Greenview and the Government of Alberta. Council will provide a letter of intent to Heart River Housing indicating Greenview’s support for the proposed Fox Creek Housing Project for a total of $2,000,000 capital contribution over a period of three years.

2016 Grant Request

Council authorized funding to the grant recipients in the amounts indicated on the 2016 Approved Grants Listing. Administration will contact the grant applicants to advise the outcome of their applications.

Meeting with Minister of Municipal Affairs

Council directed Administration to request a meeting with the Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Northern Lakes College Community Education Committee

Councillor Roxie Rutt has been appointed as a member of the Northern Lakes College Community Education Committee.

Senior Housing Questionnaire

Green View FCSS is preparing a questionnaire for all residents regarding current and future seniors’ housing needs. The questionnaire will be available online and will be printed in our February Meadows to Mountains newsletter, copies will also be available from FCSS. Deadline for completed surveys will be May 23, 2016. Survey respondents will be eligible to enter their names in a raffle to be drawn after the survey closes.

2016 Consolidated Budget Approval

Council adopted the 2016 Operational and Capital Budgets as presented. The 2017 and 2018 Budgets were accepted as information. A separate media release with highlights of the 2016 budget will be circulated as soon as it is available.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: January 26, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: February 16, 2016. The January 19, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting is cancelled.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 10, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: January 20, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): January 27, 2016.

December 8, 2015

In response to concerns that our residents have raised with their Councillors and the Agriculture Services Board regarding Bill 6: Enhanced Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers Act, Greenview Council voted at the December 8, 2015 Regular Council Meeting to provide a letter to Premier Notley. You can read a copy of Reeve Gervais’ letter on behalf of Greenview Council here.

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Interim Operating and Capital Budget

Council adopted the 2015 Operating Budget as the 2016 Interim Operating Budget. The 2016 Operating and Capital Budget will be presented at the January 12, 2016 Council Meeting.

Bill 6 Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act

Greenview will provide a letter to Premier Notley expressing residents’ concerns regarding Bill 6.

Alberta’s Continued Support of the Forest Industry

Greenview will prepare correspondence to provincial Ministers and MLAs requesting that the Alberta Government continue to support the forestry industry.

Legal Opinion on Secondary Highway 666 Snow Removal

An agreement is currently pending provincial approval that would permit Ledcor to call on Greenview for snow removal assistance on Provincial Secondary Highway 666 when need merits. Highway 666 is a provincial responsibility under maintenance contract with Ledcor, so this agreement is structured as a back up to the existing contract. If residents have concerns regarding the maintenance status of Highway 666 it is recommended that they contact their MLA and Ledcor to ensure that the agreement with Greenview can be implemented when necessary.

Review of Sign Management in Other Localities

Greenview will create a Sign Management Strategy and Bylaw. Measures in the bylaw will include requiring development permits for signs, direction on where signs may be located, and the sizes of signs permitted. Once the strategy and bylaw are developed there will be communication with stakeholders and a grace period to adapt to the new bylaw’s requirements.

Municipal roadways near provincial roads or near intersections with provincial roads fall under the province’s jurisdiction and must follow their permitting process. Complaints regarding signs in these areas must be forwarded on to Alberta Transportation. Administration will work with Alberta Transportation in developing our strategy and bylaw.

2014 & 2015 Water Retention Ponds and Borrow Pits

Planning and Development provided an inventory of the surface water data available in the municipality for Council’s review. With ongoing monitoring Greenview will have a detailed inventory listing for future groundwater surface monitoring. Based on this initial information, the majority of the water diversion projects in the municipality fall within Ward 2 Little Smoky. Administration will send a letter to the Town of Fox Creek requesting that Greenview participate in their next meeting with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). Administration will request a report from the AER regarding the number of Temporary Diversion Licences in the municipality. Council would also like to request a meeting with the Minister of Energy to discuss concerns regarding water use in the municipality and the AER’s role.

Disposal of Old Recycle Bins

Several recycle bins purchased over 15 years ago have been approved for donation or disposal. Recycling waste management contractors now use front load bins and the old bins are obsolete. There have been inquiries from local residents to donate the bins as animal shelters.

Little Smoky Water Distribution System

Administration provided a report on options for funding the Little Smoky Water Distribution System detailing local improvement taxes, special taxes or connection fees. Connection fees, similar to the Valleyview Rural Waterline Connection Agreement, are the preferred option by Council. There is an opportunity for the connection fees to be financed by agreement with Greenview. Council directed Administration to incorporate the temporary Little Smoky Water Distribution Connection Fee of $12,500 in the Schedule of Fees Bylaw. This one-time incentive will be available until Spring 2016 when the project commences.

Grande Cache Community Christmas Dinner

Greenview will support the Grande Cache Community Christmas Dinner for $5,000 with funds coming from the Community Services Miscellaneous Grant Budget.

Community Futures Women in the North Conference

Council will provide $500 in sponsorship to the 2016 Women in the North Conference in April 2016.

State of Agricultural Disaster Criteria

Greenview is waiting for a decision from the federal government regarding declaring a State of Agricultural Disaster for tax deferral with the Canada Revenue Agency. Administration has met with the local MP and MLA to discuss eligibility for the federal program. Council recognizes that drought, lack of feed and insects were also factors impacting producer losses.

2016 Ratepayer Barbeques

The 2016 Ratepayer Barbeques will be held as follows: June 14 in Valleyview, June 21 in Grande Cache, July 19 in Grovedale and July 26 in DeBolt.

2016 Greenview Golf Tournament

The 2016 Golf Tournament will be held in Grande Cache on June 22, 2016 with funds to be donated to the Grande Cache Food Bank. The event will be held on the Wednesday following the Grande Cache Ratepayer Barbeque and Committee of the Whole.

Christmas Statutory Holidays and Office Closure

Please note all Greenview offices and transfer stations will be closed from December 24 to 28, 2015 and January 1, 2016 for Christmas and New Year’s this year. Next year Greenview offices will be closed to the public from December 26 to 30 for Christmas and New Year 2016.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: January 12, 2016.
  • Committee of the Whole: December 15, 2016.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: January 13, 2016.
  • Green View FCSS: January 20, 2016. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): January 27, 2016.

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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

November 24, 2015

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Grovedale Hydrogeological Study

Greenview intends to develop a water treatment plant and distribution system in the Grovedale and Landry Heights area of the municipality. Preliminary analysis indicates that the immediate Grovedale area may not have sufficient long term water quantities required for this project. Hydrogeological Consultants Ltd. provided a presentation of their proposal to explore the aquifer to the south and southwest of Grovedale to identify a long term source of high quality ground water.

Bylaws

  • Bylaw 15-755 (Alva East Ltd.) received a public hearing. The proposed Bylaw was passed by Council and will redesignate lands at SW 27 72 1 W6 from Agriculture District to Country Residential One District.
  • Bylaw 15-756 (Wathen) also received a public hearing. The proposed bylaw was passed by Council and will redesignate lands within the Hamlet of DeBolt from Hamlet Commercial District to Hamlet Residential District to allow for future residential development.
  • Bylaw 15-746 (Moehling) received second and third reading and was passed by Council. The landowner is requesting to purchase the original government road allowance within SW 35 71 2 W6 and consolidate the land with their acreage. There is already a road in the area that parallels this unused road allowance and the request has received approval from the Minister of Transportation.
  • Bylaw 15-753 (Secure Energy) received second and third readings. The Bylaw was passed by Council and redesignates lands within N ½ 32 63 20 W5 and SW 05 64 20 W5 from Crown Land District to Industrial District for the development of a waste management facility.
  • Bylaw 15-758 (JAR Rentals Corp.) to redesignate NE 20 70 24 W5 from Rural Commercial District to Agriculture District received first reading. A public hearing is scheduled for January 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Secondary Highway 666 Snow Removal

The Council directed Administration to sign the Letter of Agreement for Snow Removal Services on Highway 666 with Ledcor Alberta Limited. Once negotiated this agreement will allow Greenview to provide snow clearing on a cost recovery basis when requested by Ledcor.

Little Smoky Water Distribution System

Administration presented a report on the Little Smoky Water Distribution System. Council requested more information regarding connection fees.

Greenview Veterinary Clinic Lease

Council directed Administration to negotiate a lease agreement for the Greenview Veterinary Clinic with Peace River Veterinary Clinic Ltd. for a five year term. The current agreement expires on December 31, 2016.

Grande Prairie Public Library Board

The Grande Prairie Public Library presented information about the revisions to their Joint Operational Agreement and requested funding for the upcoming year. Council promised to look into the contribution in the 2016 budget.

Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society

The Grande Prairie Hospice Care Society updated Council on the programs and services that their organization provides. Council congratulated them for doing an excellent job for the public.

Three & Ten Year Capital Plan

Council received the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Capital Budget for their review and consideration.

Environmental Grant Funding Request

Environmental Services Department at Greenview asked Council to approve the grant funding application under the Alberta Municipal Water Waste Partnership Program for the design and construction of the Ridgevalley water treatment plant upgrade and septage receiving stations.

Grovedale Area Structure Plan (ASP) Survey

Request for input to the Grovedale ASP is ongoing. Share your views as part of our online survey before it closes December 2nd at www.surveymonkey.com/r/grovedaleASP

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: December 8, 2015.
  • Committee of the Whole: December 15, 2015.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: November 9, 2015.
  • Green View FCSS: November 18, 2015. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): November 25, 2015.

 

November 10, 2015

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.11.10

Grande Prairie Sport Council

2018 Summer Games Bid Committee Chair Lionel Robins and Grande Prairie Sport Council Executive Director Karna Germsheid provided a presentation to Council regarding their request to host the 2018 Alberta Summer Games Mountain Biking event at Nitehawk Year Round Adventure Park. Proposed dates for the games are July 19-22, 2018. Council passed a motion indicating they will support the GP Sport Council’s bid for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games. A $15,000 request for community hosting from the Sport Council will be considered as part of the upcoming budget deliberations for 2016-18. Alberta Sport Connection will be making their decision regarding which host community is selected for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games in mid-December 2015.

Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network

Dr. Bruce Rutley, Director of the Grande Prairie Regional College Centre for Research & Innovation (CRI), presented to Council on behalf of the proposed Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GP-RIN). The Centre for Research & Innovation is a partner organization with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, and is available to support business growth through commercializing regional innovations.

CRI has been tasked with establishing a funding mechanism that is independent from the provincial government. To address this they are building a network of interested partners, the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GP-RIN). GP-RIN will be “a consortium of business development stakeholders in the region collaborating to facilitate economic wealth creation through innovation in products, processes, companies and jobs”. They are requesting that Greenview consider providing $20,000 in annual operating funding. Other proposed funding partners include Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Community Futures, and Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

Under their new model, GP-RIN will work towards increasing the commercial impact of small and medium size enterprises in the technology sector in our region. Their programs will include advisory services; technology and concept development; industry and academic funding; market and customer development; financing and investment attraction; and educational programs. GP-RIN’s request will be considered as part of budget discussions.

Surplus Equipment

Two Wheat Heart post pounders and one Case tractor will be sold at an upcoming Ritchie Brothers public auction.

Fire Truck Donation

Greenview Fire Engine Unit F-12 previously utilized by the DeBolt Fire Department will be donated to the Swan City Rotary Club of Grande Prairie for their Highway to Mexico project. The fire truck has reached its allowable life span for Greenview after 15 years of service in accordance with the municipality’s equipment and vehicle replacement policy. The 2016 Highway to Mexico project will leave Alberta on April 1, 2016 with 10 vehicles, 4 fire trucks, 4 ambulances, 2 school buses and a handi-bus. Greenview’s donation will bring the total vehicles donated to 73 since the project began 14 years ago.

Curling Canada

Greenview will provide $12,500 in sponsorship to Curling Canada for rink boards and hack signs at the 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling (December 2 to 6, 2015) and the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

As a host community, Greenview received several sets of tickets to all Canada Cup and Tournament of Hearts games as sponsorship benefits. These tickets will be distributed to Council, Staff and area curling clubs.

Land Use Bylaw Re-fresh

Citizens’ Panel Board Members for the LUB Refresh project were appointed: Jake Drozda, Hope Kristensen, Roxanne Perron, Kevin Anderson, Darlene Levesque, Mark Vetsch, Pat Cooke, Doug Vandemark and Warren Hillis.

Grovedale Area Structure Plan

Grovedale ASP Citizens’ Panel Board Members have also been appointed: Stewart Bowen, David Cook, Tom Finch, Tam Smith, Troy Smith, Leslie Vandemark, Danny Williams, Dallas Frith and Daniel Harms.

Grovedale ASP survey open now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/grovedaleASP

Swan Lake Aeration

Greenview will enter into an agreement with Alberta Conservation Association to continue the aeration of Swan Lake over the 2015/16 season. Material costs for the aeration will be funded through transferring $12,000 from the 2015 Contingency to the 2015 Recreation Budget.

Sunset House Hall

Council authorized Administration to transfer $89,000 from the 2015 Contingency to the 2015 Facilities Maintenance Budget for work to be completed at the Sunset House Hall. Greenview assumed ownership of the building in 2011 and entered into an operating agreement with the local community society for ongoing operations. These funds will allow for necessary repairs and replacement of the building furnaces. Currently 5 out of the 9 furnaces in the building require replacement. Administration intends to replace the furnaces with high efficiency twin furnaces.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: November 24, 2015
  • Committee of the Whole: December 15, 2015
  • Municipal Planning Commission: December 9, 2015
  • Green View FCSS: November 18, 2015. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): November 25.

October 27, 2015 

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.10.27

Organizational Meeting

Dale Gervais and Tom Burton were re-appointed as Reeve and Deputy Reeve for the 2015-16 term.

Bylaws

Bylaw 15-753 (Secure Energy) received a public hearing. The proposed bylaw will redesignate lands at N ½ 32 63 20 W5 and SW 05 64 20 W5 from Crown Land (CL) to Industrial (I) District. Alastair Graham and Vicki Manzo presented on behalf of Secure Energy Services. Secure intends to develop a waste management facility to recover base oil from hydrocarbon solids for reuse in drilling operations. The solids will be disposed of in the existing landfill and the reprocessed oil will be available for reuse. Further motions regarding this bylaw are tabled until an adjacent landowner is notified and has an opportunity to respond.

The following bylaws received first reading and public hearings are scheduled for November 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.:

  • Bylaw 15-755 (Alva East Ltd.) to redesignate lands within SW 27 72 1 W6 from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1) District.
  • Bylaw 15-756 (Wathen) to redesignate lands within the Hamlet of DeBolt from Hamlet Commercial (HC) District to Hamlet Residential (HR) District to allow for future residential development.

Big Mountain Group Camp Road

Council tabled a motion regarding the closure of Range Road 902 1076 (Big Mountain Group Camp Road) under Section 38 of the Highways Development and Protection Act. In 1994 Council made application to the province for a road closure; in April 2013 Administration was notified by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development that the closure had not been completed as anticipated. A dual license on the road allowance is held by Canadian Natural Resources. Council requested further information on whether it would be possible to establish a maintenance agreement with Canadian Natural Resources to maintain winter access by stakeholders.

Iosegun Lake Road

Administration provided a report regarding the Iosegun Lake Road which is within the Town of Fox Creek’s corporate limits. Greenview currently holds crown land disposition for the road. Council directed Administration to discuss the future of the Iosegun Lake Road with the Town of Fox Creek.

Gravel Request

Nitehawk Recreation Area requested 10 Super-B loads of gravel, with a total value of $8,400.00. Greenview provides capital and operating funds to Nitehawk on an annual basis. The request for gravel was denied due to the gravel not being included in Nitehawk’s Annual Business Plan and funding request to Council.

Tax Forfeiture Properties

There are several properties which have had tax forfeiture caveats registered on them by Greenview for 15 years. Greenview will keep the properties identified as SW 12 72 1 W6 (Tax Roll 40530), SW 18 70 6 W6 (Tax Roll 40504) and SW 27 72 20 W5 (Tax Roll 40499). The remaining lots will be sold at fair market value. The lots to be sold are RL 2 70 24 W5 (Tax Roll 40492) and NE 19 70 23 W5 Plan 725TR Block 2 Lot 8 (Tax Roll 147109).

Grovedale Operations Building Grand Opening

Greenview hosted the Grand Opening of the Grovedale Operations Building on October 16, 2015.

Land Use Bylaw (LUB) Re-fresh

Public outreach regarding the LUB Re-fresh began October 15, 2015 at the Valleyview Farmer’s Market. Staff were on hand to discuss what the LUB means to ratepayers and how it can be improved. Staff also attended the Grovedale Operations Building Grand Opening to discuss the LUB Re-fresh and Grovedale Area Structure Plan.

Request for input to LUB re-fresh is ongoing. Share your views as part of our online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LUBrefresh.

Photo Contest

The deadline for our annual photo contest is November 2, 2015. Winners will receive $100 cash award, promotion in our 2016 calendar and a framed copy of their print. Send your entries in now to photocontest@mdgreenview.ab.ca!

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: November 10, 2015.
  • Committee of the Whole: December 15, 2015.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: November 9, 2015.
  • Green View FCSS: November 18, 2015. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): November 25, 2015.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

October 13, 2015

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.10.13

Delegations

Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital Foundation Campaign

  • Capital Campaign Board Member Leanne Beaupre, Executive Director Cindy Park and Senior Development Officer Dawn Miller provided a presentation to Council regarding the QEII Hospital Foundation. They are seeking fundraising agreements with area municipalities over the next 5 to 10 years to support the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Once items have been purchased by the foundation, replacement and operating costs of equipment are funded by Alberta Health Services.

Wayne Drysdale, MLA Grande Prairie-Wapiti

  • MLA Wayne Drysdale provided an update regarding activities in the Grande Prairie-Wapiti Constituency since the spring provincial election. Mr. Drysdale has been appointed Party Whip and Agriculture Critic for the Progressive Conservative Caucus. The fall session will start on October 26, 2015 followed by the provincial budget speech on October 27.

Valleyview Regional Multiplex

The building tender for the Valleyview Regional Multiplex will be awarded to Scott Builders pending successful negotiations to make the total cost meet the $36 million budgeted for the project.

Bylaws

Bylaw 15-751 (Secure Energy) received second and third readings. The bylaw redesignates lands within E ½ 5 64 5 W6M from Crown Land (CL) District to Industrial (I) District. The facility will manage wastewater and byproducts of the oil and gas industry. Their goal is to recycle materials that are suitable for reuse and dispose of waste materials. The facility’s life span will be 30 to 50 years depending on use.

Bylaw 15-752 (Klassen Brothers) to redesignate areas within SW 11 72 2 W6 from Industrial (I) District to Rural Commercial (RC) District received second and third readings. The area will expand the existing development of Trapper Gord’s. The existing Klassen Brothers office building will become part of the store and the future Klassen Brothers office will be developed on the Klassen Brothers site at a later date.

Grants

Gary Cymbaluk will receive a $12,000 grant matching the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) Bursary for his third year studying dentistry. Mr. Cymbaluk has received previous NADC matching grants from Greenview in the amount of $24,000 for the first two years of his studies. Funds include a provision requiring a return service agreement to reside and perform dentistry in Greenview for a three year term.

The Valleyview Enhancement Society Christmas Gala on November 21, 2015 will receive a $1,000 sponsorship from Greenview.

2015 Golf Tournament Report

The 2015 Greenview Memorial Golf Tournament raised $18,386 for the Caribou Child and Youth Centre and the Grande Prairie Red Cross Home Equipment Loan Program.

Geothermal Study

Greenview will provide $20,000 to assist with a University of Alberta study that is being done in partnership with Alberta Innovates, Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) to determine whether geothermal energy production is commercially viable in targeted areas of the province. All contributions are eligible for dollar for dollar matching funds from AI-EES.

Fox Creek Development Site Study

ParioPlan has been awarded the Request for Proposals for the Fox Creek Development Site Study for $89,908.54. The study will look at potential development in the Fox Creek area to increase Greenview’s permanent population and diversify the assessment base.

Strategic Plan

Council will hold a strategic planning session in January 2016.

Dollar Lakes Aeration

Administration will look into the feasibility of continuing the aeration Swan Lake and East Dollar Lake over the winter.

Photo Contest

The deadline for our annual photo contest is November 2, 2015. Winners will receive $100 cash award, promotion in our 2016 calendar and a framed copy of their print. Send your entries in now to photocontest@mdgreenview.ab.ca!

 

September 22, 2015 

Council Meeting Highlights 15.09.22

Delegations

The Fox Creek ATV Club presented a report on their organization before Council. They requested a community grant from Greenview. The Council assured them that their proposal would be reviewed as a part of their next budget process.

Bylaws

 The following bylaws were given second and third readings:

Bylaw 15-750 to re-designate Lot 10 Block 3 Plan 1273HW from Hamlet Commercial (HC) District to Hamlet Residential (HR) District

Bylaw 14-754 to re-designate the proposed 2.02 hectare ± (4.99 acre) area within SW 9-72-1-W6 from Agriculture (A) District to Industrial (I) District.

First reading was given to Bylaw 15-173 to re-designate 14.66 hectares ± (36.23 acres) within N 1/2-32-63-20-W5 & SW-05-64-20-W5 from Crown Land (CL) District to Industrial (I) District. A public hearing for the same was scheduled on October 27, 2015 at 10:00 am.

Wapiti Gravel Aggregate Purchase

Greenview will purchase 100,000 tonnes of crushed aggregate from Wapiti in the amount of $1,032,000.00.

Sale of Surplus Equipment

Greenview will take part in the October 5, 2015 Ritchie Brothers Auction in Grande Prairie, Alberta for the sale of surplus equipment.

Enhanced Policing Position

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General has advised that the RCMP “K” Division have put a hold on Enhanced Policing Agreements, impacting the request that Greenview made for a new enhanced policing position to work out of Valleyview. The province and RCMP will be reviewing this decision in September 2016. Council directed the Administration to reapply for an Enhanced Community Policing Position in September 2016 and explore RCMP overtime coverage. Administration was also tasked with preparing a report regarding the renewal of the existing contract with the County of Grande Prairie Community Peace Officer Services.

Land Survey for Dollar Lakes

 Greenview will provide $20,670.30 to the Alberta Conservation Association for the purpose of conducting a legal survey to establish a land lease on Dollar Lakes.

Grande Prairie Museum Agreement

Greenview’s Administration will enter into an agreement to provide annual operating funds in the amount of $15,000.00 to the Grande Prairie Museum.

 Valleyview and District Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Awards

 Council approved Silver Package sponsorship in the amount of $500.00 to the Valleyview and District Chamber of Commerce for the 2015 Small Business Awards.

Annual Harvester’s Ball – DeBolt and District Agricultural Society

Greenview will be the Main Event Sponsor by sponsoring an amount of $2,000.00 to the DeBolt & District. Agricultural Society for the Annual Harvester’s Ball, to be held at the DeBolt & District Agricultural Centre on October 24, 2015.

Increase Weight on Forestry Trunk Road

The Council agreed to increase the winter haul rates to 75,000 kg for the entire length of the Forestry Truck Road during frozen road conditions, as determined by Greenview Administration.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: October 13.
  • Committee of the Whole: October 20.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: October 14.
  • Green View FCSS: October 21. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): October 28.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

 

September 8, 2015

Council Meeting highlights 2015.09.08

Staff Introductions

Smriti Shakargaye was introduced to Council as the new Communications Intern. Smriti is a recent graduate of the Corporate Communications program from Seneca College Toronto. She has worked as a Public Relations Professional for six years with a charity, an agency and an education institute.

Delegations

The Swan City Snowmobile Club presented a report on their organization before Council. They requested a community grant from Greenview. The Council congratulated them on their good work and assured them that their proposal would be reviewed as a part of their next budget process.

Representatives of the Alberta Conservation Association gave a presentation on the Dollar Lakes area and requested Greenview consider partnering with them on developing the area. Greenview Council decided to assess the proposal during their next budget process.

Bylaws

The following bylaws were given first reading and their respective Public Hearings have been scheduled for October 13, 2015 at 10:00 am:

Bylaw 15-751 to re-designate 6.00 hectares ± (14.82 acres) within E-5-64-5-W6 from Crown Land (CL) District to Industrial (I) District.

Bylaw 14-752 to re-designate the proposed 10.59 hectare ± (26.16) area within SW 11-72-2-W6 from Industrial (I) District to Rural Commercial (RC) District.

Second and third readings were given to Bylaw 14-717 for a Road Closure at SE15-69-12 W5M.

Grovedale Area Structure Plan

Council has approved Scheffer Andrew Ltd. to undertake the Grovedale Area Structure Plan (ASP) review. This project will update the Grovedale ASP which acts as a guide for the growth and development of the Grovedale area.

V.S.I Services Ltd.

Council authorized the supplemental requisition to V.S.I. Services (1980) Ltd. in the amount of $10,000.00, with funds to come from Agriculture Services Operating Budget. This program helps producer’s access veterinary services and is one of the many ways that Greenview assists local producers.

Agricultural Disaster Declaration

The Council agreed to declare the MD of Greenview No. 16 as an Agricultural Disaster Area for the calendar year 2015 and directed Administration to pursue having Greenview added  to the Federal Tax Deferral Program.

Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society (PARDS) – Letter of support

The Council directed Administration to provide a letter of support to PARDS in support of applying for grants to complete the relocated expansion of the therapeutic riding centre.

Grande Cache Grader disposal

The Council directed the Administration to inform the Town of Grande Cache that they may dispose the grader previously gifted to the Town through auction or sealed bid, with any proceeds going to the Town.

Little Smoky water distribution line

The Council discussed connection fee options and directed Administration to outline the Local Improvement Tax process in advance of a community meeting. The date and time of the meeting are yet to be determined.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meeting: September 22.
  • Committee of the Whole: September 15.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: September 9.
  • Green View FCSS: September 16. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): September 23.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

 

August 2015

 STARS Grande Prairie presented an annual update to Council. In the past year, STARS has flown an average of 5 missions per day in Alberta. The Grande Prairie base is the busiest area in the province per capita. Greenview has provided $150,000 annually to STARS from 2013-15. Further funding commitments will be considered as part of 2016 budget deliberations.

TransCanada provided an update to Council regarding current projects and upcoming public consultations in the municipality.

Council appointed Reeve Dale Gervais to the Golden Triangle Consortium. From 2015 to 2018 Greenview will contribute $15,000 annually to the consortium.

 

July 2015

A new fire engine will be purchased for the Fox Creek Fire Department for $445,925.00.

Greenview sponsored the Currie Museum Oil & Gas Discovery Wall for $100,000 and two tables at the 2015 Amber Ball in Grande Prairie for a total of $10,000. The M.D.’s support for the museum to date is $525,000; with these funding commitments, Greenview’s contribution will be $635,000.

Two double bin bear resistant garbage container with concrete pads were purchased for the chain off area of the Forestry Trunk Road. Administration will investigate the feasibility of installing garbage collection bins at other locations on the Forestry Trunk Road.

Greenview constructed new sidewalks in DeBolt along Alberta Avenue and 1stStreet East in front of the senior’s housing complex. The sidewalk between 1st Street East and Alberta Avenue was also replaced for a total cost of $202,000.

Greenview is partnering with the County of Grande Prairie and City of Grande Prairie in a Joint Recreation Master Plan. The plan will include the DeBolt and Grovedale areas of our municipality. We will also implement a 2016 Greenview Recreation Master Plan to coincide with the joint plan.

A new potential recreation site currently referred to as “Johnson Park” has been identified along the Goose River. Day use areas will be developed initially with a potential for camping spaces to be developed in future phases.

 

 

June 23, 2015

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.06.23

Surface Material Leases

Gord Meaney, Manager of Operations, provided a presentation to Council regarding Surface Material Leases (SMLs) 060086, 070062 and 070064. The leases are located southeast of Fox Creek. WSP is working with Greenview to create a Memorandum of Understanding for timber harvesting by Blue Ridge Lumber within SML boundaries. Legal survey is being completed by Beairsto and Associates, scheduled to be completed by end of July 2015. Alberta Environment will need to provide final approval for the SMLs.

Tax Recovery Public Sale of Land

Several plots of land will be publicly advertised for auction due to unpaid taxes. If payment for the arrears is received from the ratepayer prior to public auction, the lands will not be placed for sale. The reserve bid prices are based on the opinion of value prepared by Accurate Assessment Group. The lands are located at NE 34 66 11 W6, Plan 8821490 Block 9 (Opinion $70,000) and NE 9 69 22 W5 Plan 9920557 Lot 1 (Opinion $500,000). The public auction is scheduled for September 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

The proceeds of any land sale are used to cover the costs of outstanding taxes and any other costs. All remaining funds are provided to the original land owner. If the lands do not sell at auction and arrears remain unpaid the titles revert to the MD within a period of 10 years. Administration will prepare a report to Council regarding municipally held properties that have been transferred to Greenview through this process.

Little Smoky Ski Hill Letter of Support

Greenview will provide a letter of support to the Western Economic Diversification Canada for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant.

Surplus Grader

Greenview will donate a surplus 2011 John Deere 872GP Grader to the Town of Grande Cache.

Fox Creek LOC

Council requested a report regarding the license of occupation from Fox Creek to the Trilogy Road.

Reminder

Non-residential and commercial taxes are due June 30, 2015.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: July 14 and 28.
  • Committee of the Whole: July 21 in Grovedale.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: July 22.
  • Green View FCSS: July 15. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): July 29.
  • Grovedale Ratepayer BBQ: July 21.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

June 9, 2015

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.06.09

Delegations

Troy Birtles, Ray Fortin, Sean Barrett from Accurate Assessment provided a presentation regarding Greenview’s 2014 assessment. In 2014, 357 new development permits were issued. This figure is more than double the amount of permit applications received in 2010 (168).

Troy Birtles stated “Greenview has some of the best bylaws in planning and development in Alberta, with clear direction on rural development. This helps to prevent many of the issues that other municipalities face.”

All residential properties in Greenview are re-assessed on a 5 year cycle. This year the DeBolt area is being re-assessed, followed by Grovedale in 2016. Accurate Assessment staff will be travelling throughout the municipality. If ratepayers are interested in speaking to the assessor, they can contact Troy Birtles with Accurate Assessment at 780-464-4655.

Terms of Reference for the Land Use Bylaw Review

Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Land Use Bylaw Review. The Land Use Bylaw establishes processes for making decisions on applications for development permits and regulates the use and development of lands within Greenview. The bylaw was adopted in 2003 and regular reviews will ensure it reflects the municipality’s current goals and meets legislative requirements. The review process will include a Citizen Panel to be selected from a representative group of volunteers.

Grande Cache Water Tender Replacement

Greenview will purchase a Fire Service Tender to be used by the Grande Cache Fire Department. The tender is a specialized piece of firefighting equipment used to shuttle large volumes of water to supply the fire engine in suppression efforts. It will be purchased from Rocky Mountain Phoenix for $399,885.00.

Fire Rescue Truck Donation

A surplus fire rescue truck from Grovedale Fire Department will be donated to Greenview Search & Rescue of Valleyview, Alberta.  

Grants

The 2015 Valleyview Agricultural Society Annual Mud Bog on June 20 to 21st will receive a $500 grant.

Greenview will provide $25,000 in sponsorship for Curling Canada’s 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling and 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts to be held at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie.

Valleyview Municipal Library Letter of Support

A letter of support will be provided to the Valleyview Municipal Library for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada. The funds will allow for replacement of the building’s roof; extensive repairs to the foundation and exterior walls; and renovations to the gallery and storage area.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: July 14 and 28.
  • Committee of the Whole: July 21 in Grovedale.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: July 22.
  • Non-residential and commercial taxes are due June 30, 2015.
  • Green View FCSS: July 15. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board: July 29

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

May 26, 2015

 Council Meeting Highlights 2015.05.26

Delegations

  • Dan Hague with Investors Group provided a presentation to Council regarding the AAMDC Councillors Pension Plan.
  • Troy Birtles with Accurate Assessment provided information to Council regarding how fair market property value is determined throughout Greenview.
  • Darryl Smith presented information to Council regarding the Little Smoky River Watershed.
  • Ken Lindverd and Erin Monroe provided a presentation to Council regarding the Golden Triangle Consortium.
  • Phil Dirks of Hawkins EPP Dumont Chartered Accountants presented the 2014 Audited Financial Statements which will now be submitted to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Schedule of Fees

The updated Schedule of Fees was adopted by Council and has been posted to our website. Agricultural changes include the addition of new equipment and ASB request in price changes. Development changes are related to charges that were not listed on the previous Schedule of Fees. Environmental connection fees have been updated to clarify this is a fee and not a deposit.

Recreation

Additional funds will be allocated to the Valleyview Multiplex in the amount of $4,183,350. The additional funds reflect a contingency and moving the walking track over the fieldhouse as requested by residents at the Open House on
May 6, 2015. Access to the facility will be improved and the change allows for a larger track and greater programming options. The Town of Valleyview will be contributing an additional $856,830 to the project.

Council approved $120,000 in grant funding to the DeBolt & District Agricultural Society for the replacement of the curling rink ice plant.

Valleyview RCMP Enhanced Policing Position

Greenview will enter into an agreement with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General for an enhanced RCMP Community Police Position, working out of the Valleyview Detachment; $80,000 will be transferred to the Protective Services Budget to fund this position for the remainder of 2015.

Restricted Reserve Fund

Council approved the reallocation of part of the 2014 Unrestricted Surplus Funds to Greenview’s Restricted Reserves. Reserve funds are created to fund future municipal projects as detailed in our long term operating and capital plans.

  • Equipment and Vehicle Reserves $1,250,000;
  • Disaster Reserve $2,000,000;
  • Wastewater Reserve $6,000,000;
  • Operating Contingency Reserve $3,500,000;
  • Recreation Reserve $13,600,000; and
  • Bridge Replacement $2,000,000.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: June 9 and June 23.
  • Committee of the Whole: June 16 in Grande Cache.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: June 10.
  • Green View FCSS: June 17. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): June 24.
  • Municipal Government Day: June 10, hosted by the City of Grande Prairie.
  • Greenview Memorial Golf Tournament: June 12, 2015
  • Ratepayer Barbeques: June 16 in Grande Cache, June 22 in DeBolt, June 23 in Valleyview and July 21 in Grovedale.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

May 12, 2015

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.05.12

Bylaws

Bylaw 14-746 closing the original government road allowance adjoining the South boundary of SW 35-71-2 W6M per Section 22 of the Municipal Government Act passed first reading. Public hearing will be held at 10:00 am on June 9, 2015.

TWP 690 Tender

Council awarded Township Road 690 re-grade contract and other works to Northern Road Builders Inc. from LaCrete, AB for $2,222,651 funded through the 2015 Capital Budget.

Crack Sealing and Line Painting Tender

Awarded to R & N Maintenance Western Division in the amount of $170,866 with funds to come from the 2015 Road Maintenance Budget.

Equipment Purchases

Light Duty Truck Tender: Council will purchase a 2016 seven passenger Ford Expedition Ltd. Max from Rainbow Ford Sales in Rocky Mountain House Alberta in the amount of $58,821.94 with fund from the 2015 Capital Budget.

Buffalo Gravel Corp. Gravel Supply

100,000 tonne of gravel will be purchased from Buffalo Gravel Corporation in the amount of $1,050,000.

Appointments

Kristin King, Dennis Haglund, Maureen Bly, Chantal Shepherd, Heidi Wicker, Jennifer Hammel, Jesslyn Alguire, and Seannah Rose are appointed as Pest Inspectors under Section 10 of the Agricultural Pests Act for the term of their employment. The same individuals were also appointed as Weed Inspectors under Section 7 of the Weed Control Act.

Delegations

Amanda Gladue provided a presentation to Council regarding residential access road application for Range Road 234. Council authorized Administration to enter into an agreement with Amanda Gladue for the construction of RR 234, north of TWP Rd 700 to Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, at her expense and with a security deposit in the amount of $43,380.00 to be paid to the MD of Greenview as per Policy 4001.

HCL Hydrogeological Consultants Ltd. provided a presentation on the status of Greenview’s water points. Council directed Administration to expand the boundaries of the hydrogeological survey in Grovedale.

Council approved the Fox Creek RCMP Acknowledgement of Consultation Report presented by Sgt. Warren Wright at the Committee of the Whole meeting April 21, 2015.

Urban Infrastructure Assessment

Greenview will prepare and undertake a detailed infrastructure assessment study, funded by Greenview, for each of the Towns of Fox Creek, Grande Cache and Valleyview contingent upon each urban partner wishing to undertake such a study.

Grande Cache Recreation Facility Funding

Greenview Council will provide the Town of Grande Cache with $6.0 million retroactively, towards the construction costs of the Grande Cache Recreation Facility contingent upon Greenview receiving an ownership share of said facility equal to the total funding amount provided ($6 million). A previous repayment agreement arranged with the Town of Grande Cache has $4.5 million outstanding which will be waived. Greenview provided an initial contribution to the Recreation Facility project of $1.5 million. This brings Greenview’s total support of the facility to $12 million, with a 50 per cent capital ownership.

Reserves Policy & Allocations

Council approved the revised Reserves Policy 1502 as presented. Council also approved the allocation of Greenview’s Reserves as follows:

  • Road Infrastructure Reserves – $22,825,000;
  • Bridge Infrastructure Reserves – $3,300,000;
  • Equipment & Vehicles Reserves – $1,000,000;
  • Disaster Reserve – $2,000,000;
  • Fire Facilities Reserve – $7,000,000;
  • Fire Equipment Reserve – $1,400,000;
  • Facilities Reserve – $7,500,000;
  • Solid Waste Reserve – $1,000,000;
  • Wastewater Reserve – $3,750,000;
  • Water Reserve – $3,750,000;
  • Operating Contingency Reserve – $5,949,006;
  • Recreation Reserve- $11,500,000;
  • Gravel Pit Reclamation Reserve – $1,347,447;
  • Green View FCSS Reserve – $85,250; and
  • Capital Project Carryover Reserves – $47,850,496.

Communications Internship Program

Greenview will recruit a temporary Communications Intern. The position will report to the Communications Officer and assist with major communications projects and events in the summer and fall of 2015.

Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance

Greenview will provide a letter of support for Councillor Dave Hay to sit on the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance Board.

Community Hall Maintenance

The Facility Maintenance Department will do lawn sweeping in the Grovedale Community Hall yard.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: May 26, June 9 and June 23.
  • Committee of the Whole: June 16 in Grande Cache.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: June 10.
  • Green View FCSS: June 17. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): June 24.
  • Greenview Memorial Golf Tournament: June 12, 2015
  • Ratepayer Barbeques: June 16 in Grande Cache, June 22 in DeBolt, June 23 in Valleyview and July 21 in Grovedale.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

April 2015 

(Council Meetings took place on April 7 and 28, 2015.)

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.04.07 & 28

Bylaws

The Tax Rate Bylaw 15-741 was approved at the April 7, 2015 Council Meeting. The 2015 tax rate will be unchanged from 2014.

Bylaw 14-740* (Secure Energy Services) to re-designate from Crown Land (CL) District to Industrial (I) District within N ½ 21-67-6-W6M and S ½ 28-67-6-W6M received public hearing and was approved by Council.

Bylaw 14-743* (Clarke) to re-designate lands from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential (CR-2) District within SW 29‐70‐24‐W5M received public hearing and was approved by Council.

Bylaw 14-744* (Reimer) to re-designate from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential (CR-1) District within NW 34-70-26-W5M received public hearing and was approved by Council.

*Note these bylaws will be brought back to Council to update their number sequencing (i.e. 15-740, 15-743 and 15-744).

Delegations

Staff Sgt. Bruce Bracken and Sgt. Jon McNickle of Valleyview provided a presentation to Council regarding an enhanced police position partnership with Greenview. Fox Creek Sgt. Warren Wright was also introduced to Council and will provide annual updates regarding policing statistics in the area.

Encana provided their annual update to Council and responded to questions from Council regarding fracking and water use.

Alberta Energy Regulator’s Leanne Chartrand provided information on the tools that are available to stakeholders through the AER website.

Electronic Digital Sign

Administration provided a report to Council on the costs of installing an electronic digital sign in the Grovedale area recommending the matter be brought forward in future budget discussions as part of the upcoming re-branding initiative to be considered along with signage needs throughout Greenview.

Grants & Funding

  • Grande Prairie Live Theatre Reel Shorts Film Festival $1,000.
  • Hillside High School Stage Band for their student exchange program $2,000.
  • Valleyview and District Recreation Department $1,000 for Canada Day Fireworks.
  • Grande Prairie and District Victim Services $1,000 sponsorship of the Black & Gold Gala on May 22, 2015.
  • Valleyview & District Agricultural Society $1,700 for the 2015 Valleyview Annual Fair & Rodeo.
  • Greenview will pay for half the cost of the revision of the Inter-municipal Development Plan with the Town of Fox Creek to a maximum of $40,000.
  • DeBolt & District Agricultural Society $120,000 for the replacement of the curling rink ice plant.
  • Evergreen Centre $125,000 for the purchase of emergency backup generators at Evergreen Park to support backup power to the centre for use as a regional district emergency operations centre.

Appointments

  • Craig Barry, Special Projects Coordinator, appointed Secretary of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

TWP 690

Backslope notching will be implemented on the west side of Highway 40 where it intersects with TWP 690 for $100,000 to improve sightlines from 400 to 500 meters. Agreements needed for the Hwy 40 sightline improvement will be sought from AESRD and/or Alberta Transportation.

Equipment Purchases

  • Structural Protection Trailer $128,800. During the Red Deer Creek Fire in 2014, structural protection units were provided on loan from the County of Grande Prairie to protect homes in the Nose Creek Settlement.
  • Business Telephone System from Phone Co. Inc. in Grande Prairie for $74,099.81.
  • Grader Blade Tender $136,460.92
  • 18 Light Duty Trucks $688,134
  • Agricultural Services Chemical Shed Upgrades $15,108.45
  • Tool Bit Tender $84,865

Road Requests

Council approved residential road access applications at NW11-67-22-W5 and NW29-71-26-W5. Farmland access road requests were also approved at NE30-72-22-W5, NE36-69-26-W5 and NW29-71-26-W5.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: May 12 and 26.
  • Committee of the Whole: May 19. Sod Turning Ceremonies for the new firehalls to follow in DeBolt (1:30 p.m.) and Grovedale (4:00 p.m.).
  • Municipal Planning Commission: May 13.
  • Green View FCSS: May 20. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): May 27, 2015.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

 

March 24, 2015

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.03.24

Bylaws

Bylaw 15-742 Municipal Development Plan (MDP) received first reading. The previous MDP was adopted in 2003 and the updated MDP clarifies current policies and is written for consistency with the Land Use Framework and Land Stewardship Act. Consultation regarding the MDP will be conducted through online survey, public advertising of request for comments and open houses. Open houses will be held in Grovedale, Grande Cache, DeBolt and Valleyview in conjunction with the Ratepayer Barbeques.

The Tax Rate Bylaw 15-741 received first reading. The 2015 tax rate will be unchanged from 2014. The bylaw will be brought forward for second and third reading at the April 7, 2015 Council Meeting.

Delegations

Grande Prairie Ski Club representatives provided a presentation regarding the Nitehawk Recreation Area. Greenview Council approved a four year funding commitment from 2015 to 2018 totalling $1,424,646 over the four years. In 2015 the funds will include $100,000 for energy costs and $355,000 in capital equipment replacements for a total of $455,000. Funding is contingent on Greenview receiving annual financial statements and an Acknowledgement of Capital Compliance Form prior to funds being released.

100th Anniversary of the Grande Prairie Railway

Summer 2016 will be the 100th anniversary of the railway in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Bob Patterson from the Grande Prairie & District Oldtimers Association provided a presentation to Council regarding his organization’s plans to bring an old locomotive and cars from the Alberta Railway Museum to Grande Prairie for the celebration next summer. The old steamer would be hauled from Edmonton to Hinton to access the Alberta Resources Railroad for travel by rail to Grande Prairie. They plan to provide passenger rides from Grande Prairie to Hythe and Grande Prairie to Sexsmith. The cars may also act as a mobile museum with stops at communities along the railroad.  Council will provide a letter of support for this initiative.

Recreation Facility Upgrades

Greenview will complete $150,000 in upgrades to existing recreation facilities in Spring 2015. Facilities to be upgraded include Swan Lake, Grovedale Fish Pond, Kakwa Campground and the Southview Rest Stop. All sites will receive information kiosks and upgraded signage; bear proof garbage and recycling containers for Kakwa and Southview; Kakwa will also receive additional picnic tables; floating docks and gravel pads will be installed at the Grovedale Fish Pond; and a viewing gazebo for Swan Lake.

Donations

Greenview’s surplus computer equipment will be donated to non-profit organizations. Items not required by non-profits will be offered to the public for a nominal fee; any remaining items will be sent for recycling. Organizations interested in the used IT equipment and computers must apply prior to August 31, 2015. Letters of Request from non-profit organizations may be addressed to Shane Goalder, Information Systems Technician at 4806 36 Ave. Box 1079 Valleyview, Alberta T0H 3N0. An updated listing of available surplus equipment will be publicly available once the non-profit donations are complete.

2015 Fire Guardian Appointment

Jeff Francis and Derian Rosario were appointed as Greenview’s Fire Guardians under Bylaw 10-64. Fire Guardians are charged with issuing and enforcing fire permits and enforcement of the Alberta Forest and Prairie Protection Act.

Young’s Point Road Tender

The Young’s Point Road Chip Seal Coat and Other Work will be awarded to ACP Applied Products of Acheson for $731,910.00

Equipment Purchases

  • A Recycle Ranger will be purchased in partnership with the Town of Valleyview based on equal funding from each municipality to a maximum of $12,500.
  • Barbeque Trailer $45,800.00. The barbeque will be manufactured by C.C. Welding & Fabricating of Grande Cache for use at community events.
  • Recreation Services will purchase an APS-3 L1/L@ GPS+GLONASS RTK rover and base station for $24,377.68 (USD). The equipment will be utilized as part of the Recreation Enhancement and Inventory Program.
  • 2015 John Deere Tractor with Loader $158,447.75
  • 2015 Wishek 842N Heavy Disc $45,800.00
  • 2015 Riteway F332 Landroller $38,300.00
  • 2015 Rogers PTF 100 3 Point Hitch Sprayer $14,988.73
  • Two 2015 Wheatheart Heavy Hitter Post Pounders in the total amount of $25,900.00
  • Two 2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 Quad ATVs in the total amount of $23,400
  • Continental Cargo Trailer $6,583.50
  • 2015 John Deere Tractor with Loader & 3 point hitch rough cut mower $88,132.12
  • 2015 Water Tank Trailer $7,819.10
  • 2014 MS Gregson T500 Field Sprayer $22,600.00

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: April 7 and 28.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 21.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: April 8.
  • Green View FCSS: April 15. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): April 29, 2015.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend or observe our Council Chambers live stream via the internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

March 10, 2015

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.03.10

Bylaws

Bylaw 15-740 (Secure Energy) passed first reading and a public hearing is scheduled for April 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. The bylaw re-designates 14.82 hectares or 36.62 acres from Crown Land District (CL) to Industrial District within N ½ 21-67-5-W6M and S ½ 28-67-5-W6M.

Council Events

Planning is underway for the 15th Annual Greenview Memorial Golf Tournament. Council has determined fundraising proceeds for this year’s tournament will be divided equally between the Caribou Child and Youth Centre and the Grande Prairie Red Cross. The tournament will be held June 12, 2015 at the Grovedale Golf and Country Club. Further event details will be shared as planning progresses.

Grants

  • DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum Society $19,000 for the Heritage Buildings Project.
  • DeBolt High School Rodeo Association $1,600 to supply rodeo stock for their high school rodeo.
  • Grande Prairie High School Rodeo Association $15,000 for the Alberta Provincial Finals to be held at Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie from June 5 to 7, 2015.
  • Sweathouse Community Centre $20,000 for work on their community centre’s parking lot, campground and approach. Greenview will also supply 264 tonnes of aggregate to this project.

Gravel Purchase

Greenview will purchase 50,000 tonnes of gravel from Murtron Hauling for $525,000 with funds to come from the 2015 Operational Gravel Budget.

Equipment Contractors Registry Rates

Council adopted a revised schedule of Equipment Contractor Registry Rates. Rates will be set at 89 per cent of the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association equipment rates for all equipment except graders which are set at 75 per cent.

Budget 2015

The unused 2014 Capital Budget of $1,805,560.00 will be carried over to the 2015 Capital Budget. These funds are for projects that were near completion at the end of 2014.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: March 24, April 7 and 28. The April 14, 2015 Regular Council Meeting is rescheduled to April 7, 2015.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 21. The March 17 Committee of the Whole Meeting is cancelled.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: April 8. This meeting has been rescheduled from April 15.
  • Green View FCSS: March 12, 18 and April 15. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre, please contact FCSS to confirm meeting times if you are interested in attending.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): April 29, 2015. The March 25 ASB Meeting is cancelled.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building beginning at 9:00 am. ASB meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. The public and media are welcome to attend in person or observe via the internet. To view our live feed of Council Chambers please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

February 24, 2015 

Council Meeting Highlights 2015.02.24

Canfor Requests

Council accepted a request from Canfor to increase the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight to 68,000 kilograms under non-frozen conditions on the Forestry Trunk Road from kilometre 80 to kilometre 115 contingent on the proper road bonds and approvals being in place.

The forestry industry (Canfor and Ainsworth) will be invited to provide a presentation at a future Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss their operations in the MD in the upcoming years.

Delegations

Mack Erno and Pam Badger made a presentation on behalf of the Teepee Creek Stampede Association regarding the Teepee Creek Ag Events Centre. The Association is committed to completing the project without taking on debt through community fundraising, corporate sponsorship, municipal and provincial funding. Every July the Teepee Creek Stampede draws 20,000 people and was named the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association event of the year in 2014. The Teepee Creek Ag Events Centre is currently under construction with Phase 1 to be completed in Spring 2015. Planning for Phase 2 will be underway in Summer 2015 and will include a mezzanine and washrooms. The goal is for the centre to be fully operational for the 100th anniversary of the Teepee Creek Stampede in 2016.

Wapiti Corridor Multi-Use Plan

A letter dated January 29, 2015 was received from the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society (WCPS) for information. WCPS has opted to remove the MD of Greenview from the Wapiti Corridor Multi Use Plan, rather than amending the current plan to address the concerns raised by the MD and Greenview residents. The Wapiti Corridor Planning Society also requested $10,000 in funding from the MD to cover costs related to the amending and reprinting of the plan. This funding request was denied as Greenview will no longer be a party to the plan.

Protective Services

Protective Services Manager Jeff Francis provided a report regarding the Flashing Green Lamp Program for information. The green lamps would be used on volunteer firefighter’s personal vehicles when responding to emergency calls. In some cases, firefighters report directly to emergency scenes and have requested the lights be implemented to assist them in their response.

All Greenview volunteers, including fire fighters, are municipal employees under provincial legislation. Following advice from AAMDC and legal opinion there are potential concerns regarding implementing the program due to the risks to the employee and organization. The green flashing lamps provide no additional rights or legal authority under the Traffic Safety Act and the personal vehicle does not qualify as an emergency vehicle if the lights are in use. Given these factors it is recommended that Greenview not implement the Green Lamp Program.

Nitehawk Recreation Area

The Nitehawk Recreation Area Business Plan for 2015-2018 was accepted by Council. Nitehawk is funded in partnership by Greenview, the City of Grande Prairie, and the County of Grande Prairie. The Grande Prairie Ski Club has requested a four year funding commitment totalling $1.4 million from Greenview. The motion was tabled until a copy of the Nitehawk Financial Statement is made available. A delegation from Nitehawk will be invited to attend a future meeting of Council.

Council Events

Councillors will attend the Spring AAMDC Convention in Edmonton from March 16 to 18, 2015. The March 17th Committee of the Whole meeting is cancelled.

The April 14, 2015 Regular Council Meeting will be rescheduled to April 7, 2015 due to Council attending the Community Planning Association of Alberta Conference April 13 to 15, 2015.  

The 2015 AUMA Convention will take place in Calgary September 20 to 23, 2015. Grande Cache has extended an invitation to Greenview Council to attend as their guest. The Town will cover all expenses related to the convention, excepting honorariums.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: March 10, 24, 2015.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: March 11, 2015.
  • Green View FCSS: March 18, 2015.
  • FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): March 25, 2015.
  • Committee of the Whole: April 21, 2015.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend. Most meetings held in Council Chambers are streamed via the Internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

January 27, 2015

Council Highlights 2015.01.27

Protective Services

The fire halls in Grovedale and DeBolt will be built for a cost of $14,119,880. The construction contract has been awarded to Southwest Design & Construction Ltd. from Grande Prairie.

Council Events

The 2015 Greenview Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Grovedale Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The Annual Ratepayer Barbeques will be held in June and July 2015 as follows:

  • Grande Cache at the Eagle’s Nest Hall on Tuesday June 16;
  • DeBolt Fire Hall on Monday, June 22;
  • Valleyview Greenview Operations Building on Tuesday, June 23; and
  • Grovedale Community Hall on Tuesday, July 21.

Grants

The Western Zone Racing Association will be provided a grant of $25,000 for the 2015 World Jet Boat Championships to be held July 15 -25, 2015 in Grovedale, Alberta.

Silver Sponsorship in the amount of $3,000 will be provided to Grande Prairie Regional College’s Fairview Campus for the Northwest Regional Skills Competition on April 23 and 24, 2014.

Delegations

Jupiter Resources made a presentation to Council. Jupiter acquired Encana’s Bighorn properties for $2 billion in 2014. They have over 80 full time staff and contractors in Calgary, Grande Cache and Grande Prairie. In 2015 they have budgeted $300 million for capital investment focused on drilling and completions located in Greenview between Grande Prairie and Grande Cache.

Land Use Bylaws

The following bylaws were approved by Council:

  • Bylaw 14-733 (Hansen). Lands will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential 1 (CR-1) District within SW 31-69-6-W6.
  • Bylaw 14-734 (Klassen). Lands will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District within N ½ 10-71-26-W5.
  • Bylaw 14-735 (Secure Energy). Lands will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District within NW-5-69-8-W6.
  • Bylaw 13-701 (Mar-Rik Trucking Ltd.) Lands will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District within SE 20-70-22-W5M.
  • Bylaw 14-730 Land Use Bylaw for Accessory Buildings. Revisions were made to the existing bylaw for accessory buildings in Hamlet Residential (HR) and Country Residential Two (CR-2) Districts to increase the maximum size from 1,000 sq ft to 2,400 sq ft.

Development Fees

Commencing in 2014, developers must pay additional permit fees when development starts without a valid development permit. There have been 26 circumstances in 2014 where additional fees have been charged, leading to a total of $106,000 in additional fees. All ratepayers and developers are encouraged to apply for permits and work with our development officers prior to beginning construction to ensure no extra fees are charged. For assistance or more information contact the Planning and Development Department at 780-524-7600.

Equipment Purchases

Greenview Operations Services will purchase a Case CX135 Excavator from Rock Mountain Equipment for $199,285.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: February 10 & 24, 2015.
  • Committee of the Whole: February 17, 2015.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: February 11, 2015.
  • Green View FCSS: February 12, 2015.
  • FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): February 25, 2015.
  • Councillors will attend the Growing the North Conference in Grande Prairie from February 18 to 19, 2015.

Unless otherwise specified, all 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. The public and media are welcome to attend. Most meetings held in Council Chambers are streamed via the Internet. To view our live feed please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

January 13, 2015

Land Use Bylaws

The following bylaws received first reading. Public hearings are scheduled for February 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Bylaw 14-736 (Chuppa) received first reading. Lands will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential 1 (CR-1) District within SE 1-73-23-W5.
  • Bylaw 14-737 (Gordon) received first reading. Lands will be re-designated from Agriculture (A) District to Industrial (I) District within NE-17-70-22-W5.
  • Bylaw 14-738 (Beairsto) received first reading. Lands will be re-designated from Agriculture (A) District to Country Residential 1 (CR-1) District within SW 31-71-26-W5.

Grants

The 2015 Grant Listing was approved with a total value of $1,138,730. All applicants will be contacted by the Community Services Department regarding the status of their applications.

Recreation Facilities Corporate Sponsorship/Funding

Greenview will explore corporate sponsorship programs for new recreation developments. An existing partnership is currently in place for Swan Lake Recreation Area with Canadian Forest Products.

Public Boat Launches on Sturgeon Lake

In response to concerns raised by Greenview ratepayers, Recreation Coordinator Adam Esch researched options to enhance efficiency of the existing boat launches on Sturgeon Lake. Alberta Tourism Parks and Recreation will also be conducting a study regarding boat launch capacity of the lake and potential impacts of further recreational development. We will be working with Alberta Tourism Parks and Recreation to expedite the enhancement of the Williamson Park Boat Launch in response to community concerns.

Equipment Purchases

Greenview Operations Services will purchase four new Finning Cat Graders for a total of $1,621,448 and a 2014 JCB loader/backhoe for a cost of $138,795.

Gravel Purchases

Greenview will purchase 30,000 tonnes of 1 ½” (4:40) crushed gravel for $279,000 and 75,000 tonnes of 1” (4:25) crushed gravel for $670,500 from Wapiti Gravel Suppliers.

Connecting Canadians Grant Program

Greenview will support I Want Wireless’ application to the Government of Canada’s Connecting Canadians Grant Program. If the application is successful, Greenview will contribute 25 per cent of the applicant’s funding up to a maximum of $250,000. The project will enhance the available Internet for customers in the DeBolt, Valleyview, and Little Smoky areas.

Engineering Services Contract 2015-17

Greenview will enter into a three year agreement spanning the period of 2015-17 for the Bridge Program with Opus Stewart Weir.

Events and Meetings

  • Regular Council Meetings: January 27, 2015, February 10 & 24, 2015.
  • Committee of the Whole: February 17, 2015.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: January 14, 2015 and February 11, 2015.
  • Green View FCSS: January 21, 2015 and February 18, 2015. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): February 25, 2015.
  • ASB Conference will take place in Edmonton January 20 to 23, 2015.
  • Councillors will attend the Growing the North Conference in Grande Prairie from February 18 to 19, 2015.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview beginning at 9:00 am. The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

December 9, 2014

2015 Budget Approval

Council approved the 2015 Consolidated (Operational and Capital) Budget as presented and accepted the 2016, 2017 Consolidated (Operational and Capital Budgets) as information. Further details are listed in the 2015 Budget Highlights Media Release.

Multiplex Architecture Firm

The Valleyview Multiplex Facility Committee has selected the preferred architecture firm for the construction of the Valleyview Multiplex following interviews of three potential candidates. Architecture Tkalcic Bengert (ATB) of Edmonton has been selected as the successful firm.

Land Use Bylaws

The following bylaws received first reading. Public hearings are scheduled for January 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Bylaw 14-733 (Hansen) received first reading. Lands will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential 1 (CR 1) District within SW 31-69-6-W6.
  • Bylaw 14-734 (Klassen) received first reading. Lands will be re-designated from Agriculture (A) District to Industrial (I) District within N 1/2 10-71-26-W5.
  • Bylaw 14-735 (Secure Energy Ltd.) received first reading. Lands will be re-designated from Agriculture (A) District to Industrial (I) District within NW 5-69-8-W6.

A public hearing was held for Bylaw 14-731 (Moody). No was in attendance to speak for or against the bylaw. The bylaw also passed second and third readings. Three lots will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential 1 (CR1) district within SE-11-72-2-W6.

Grants

The Valleyview and Area Early Childhood Coalition will receive $6,000 for the preparation of the Valleyview and Area Early Childhood Development Family Resource Guide.

Connecting Canadians Grant Program

I Want Wireless made a presentation to Council regarding applying to the Connecting Canadians Grant Program for funding to enhance internet service for their customers in the DeBolt, Valleyview, and Little Smoky areas. They requested Council’s financial contribution in cost sharing in the amount of $250,000 to support enhanced infrastructure. The presentation was received as information.

Council chose not to provide a letter of support to Corridor Communications Inc. for their application to the Connecting Canadians Grant Program for their customers in the Grovedale and Highway 40 area due to their proposal’s limited benefit to MD residents.

Valleyview 39 Avenue Paving

Council declined the cost sharing request for paving within the Town of Valleyview’s boundaries of 39 Avenue from Hwy 43 west for 500 metres. This decision follows the direction provided to all of Greenview’s urban partners in July 2014 that funding core infrastructure is within the responsibility of the towns rather than the MD.

Seniors Facilities

Administration will provide information on a needs assessment for provision of senior’s facilities within the MD of Greenview.

Engineering Services Contract 2015-17

Greenview will enter into a three year agreement spanning the period of 2015-17 for engineering services with the following consultants for each departmental program:

  • Road Construction – Opus Stewart Weir 70 per cent and WSP Canada Inc. 30 per cent
  • Road Surfacing – AMEC Environmental
  • Drainage – Sameng Inc.
  • Water and Wastewater – Associated Engineering
  • Solid Waste – Aggregate Crushing – Opus Stewart Weir
  • Gravel Exploration – WSP Canada Inc.
  • Legal Survey – Opus Stewart Weir

Events and Meetings

  • Committee of the Whole: December 16, 2014.
  • Regular Council Meetings: January 13, 27, 2015.
  • Municipal Planning Commission: January 14, 2015.
  • Green View FCSS: December 17. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.
  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): January 21, 2015.
  • ASB Conference will take place in Edmonton January 20-23, 2015.
  • Councillors will attend the Growing the North Conference in Grande Prairie from February 17 to 19, 2015.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview beginning at 9:00 am. The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

October 28 to November 25, 2014

For details regarding appointments made during the October 28 Organizational Meeting please consult the Council Minutes & Agendas section of our website. Minutes from the November 12 and 25 Council Meetings will also be posted to that page as soon as they are approved.

October 14, 2014

Bylaws

Public hearings were held for Bylaw 14-729 (Pollock) NW 18-69-21 W5M. Private lands near the Valleyview Riverside Golf Course will be re-designated from Agricultural (A) to Recreation District (R). The landowner intends to develop a campground with up to 60 units on the site. Several area landowners attended the Public Hearing to speak against the bylaw, citing concerns including impact on adjacent properties, and a need for increased policing and enforcement. The bylaw received second and third reading and was approved by Council.

Contracts

Roy Northern Land: Greenview will enter into a three year agreement spanning the period of 2015-17 with Roy Northern Land and Environmental to provide Land Agent Services as required.

Wapiti Gravel Suppliers: Council awarded the lowest tender submitted by Wapiti Gravel Suppliers to crush and stockpile 200,000 tonnes of road gravel at the Rail Rock Pit.

Diamond Municipal Solutions: Council approved the Finance and Accounting Software Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) bid from Diamond Municipal Solutions. Diamond is a provider of financial planning software for a number of municipalities. The software will allow for advanced project cost tracking and enhanced reporting. Greenview will save almost $95,000 in annual maintenance fees when compared to the existing provider amounting to $472,080 over a five year period.

Development Permit Fees

Council denied a request to waive additional fees for commencing construction prior to a Development Permit Application being issued. All ratepayers are advised that substantial additional fees will be imposed on projects where work begins prior to receiving an approved permit, as authorized by the Schedule of Fees Bylaw 12-673. It is the builder’s responsibility to secure a permit prior to beginning any project. For more information on the Schedule of Fees, consult the Planning and Development section of our website.

Fall Construction TWP 704A

Council directed staff to undertake fall construction to connect both existing ends of Township 704A with funds to come from the Block Funding Residential Accesses 2014 Capital Budget.

Wapiti Corridor Multi-Use Plan (WCMUP)

Council will request the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society update the WCMUP by addressing the list of recommended changes prior to Council’s final consideration of this Plan.

Grants & Sponsorship

Greenview will provide $500.00 (Silver Package) sponsorship to the Valleyview and District Chamber of Commerce for the 4th Annual Small Business Awards banquet October 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Donations

One 2011 GMC 2500 truck and 2005 Volvo G740B grader will be transferred to the Town of Grande Cache, with the Town bearing all costs associated with the transfer of ownership and relocation of equipment.

AAMDC Councillor Pension Plan

A report regarding Great West Life’s Councillors’ Pension Plan offered by AAMDC was received as information.  Administration will investigate options for including Council in the RRSP program that is currently offered to Staff.

Events and Meetings

Committee of the Whole: October 21, 2014. The November 18 Committee of the Whole Meeting is cancelled.

Regular Council Meetings: October 28, November 12 and 25, December 9, 2014. The November 12 Council Meeting will take place after the Municipal Planning Commission Meeting.

2015-17 Budget Meetings: November 13 and 14.

Municipal Planning Commission: November 12 and December 10, 2014.

Agricultural Services Board (ASB): October 29, November 26, 2014.  ASB meetings begin at 9:30 a.m.

Green View FCSS: November 19 and December 17. FCSS meetings take place at the Green View Community Resource Centre.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview and begin at 9:00 am. The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

September 23, 2014

Delegations

Sergeant Bruce Bracken from the RCMP Valleyview detachment provided an update on RCMP statistics for the Valleyview area from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.

Honourable Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation and MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti, provided an update on his department’s activities in Greenview. The Highway 43 twinning project from Edmonton to Grande Prairie is near completion; the formal opening will take place in the next couple of weeks. Planning work for the Highway 43X interchange near Grande Prairie is underway.

Council Tour

On October 16th and 17th Council will tour Greenview projects and facilities. The tour will include the Forestry Trunk Road, Grande Cache area, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, Co-ops and Enterprises.

Smoky River Stabilization Project

Milner Power and Grande Cache Coal’s in-kind cost contributions for the Smoky River bank stabilization were provided to Council. The total estimate of in-kind contributions from both parties is $63,080.00

Recreation

  • Council authorized the Reeve and CAO to execute the Valleyview Recreation Multiplex Agreement with the Town of Valleyview.
  • Recreation Coordinator Adam Esch presented a recommended process to Council which will guide the delivery of the Recreation Programs in Greenview. Council approved in principle $2,000,000 for the delivery of the Recreation Enhancement Program for 2015; specific funding will be determined as part of Budget 2015 deliberations.
  • Conceptual recreation plans for East Dollar Lake and Little Smoky were presented to Council for information. The plans will undergo thorough public consultation per recreation design guidelines.
  • Fire Pit Design Standards were presented to Council for outdoor recreation facilities that Greenview operates and maintains. The fire pits for family use areas will be steel using a half- fixed grate open face design and the group use area fire pits will be made from concrete.

Peace Library System

Administration will prepare a letter to the Peace Library System in support of their Master Agreement amendment. Over the next four years, fees paid by the municipality will increase each year between $0.28 and $0.30 per capita. The total per capita cost to Greenview will increase from $5.50 in 2015 to $6.37 in 2018.

Donations

  • Fire Engine Unit F-14 from Valleyview will be donated to the Sunrise Rotary Club of Grande Prairie for a fire department in Mexico.
  • Greenview will supply 300 cubic meters of gravel as a donation to the Gunby Ranch Golf Course.

Policy Approvals

  • Policy 1016 establishes principles for the preparation of 3 year budgets to allow for efficient financial planning.
  • Policy 1017 establishes principles and guidelines for the issuance and use of mobile devices.

Bylaws

The following bylaws were approved by Council after receiving public hearings, second and third readings:

  • Bylaw 14-723 (Dana) NE 35-70-25 W5M lands to be re-designated from Agricultural (A) to Country Residential 1 (CR1).
  • Bylaw 14-726 (Schlief) SW 9-70-7 W6M lands to be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential 1 (CR1).
  • Bylaw 14-727 (Star Fabrication Ltd.) SW 19-71-25 W5M lands to be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District.
  • Bylaw 14-728 (Reeves) NE 28-69-22 W5M lands to be re-designated from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District.

First reading was provided to Bylaw 14-730 regarding the size of accessory buildings permitted in Hamlet Residential (HR) Country Residential One (CR-1) and Country Residential Two (CR-2) Districts. The revised bylaw states an accessory building or a combination of accessory buildings shall not be more than 223 m2 (2400 ft2). Public hearing for this bylaw will be held Oct. 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Events and Meetings

  • Councillors will attend the Aquatera Water Week North Conference in Grande Prairie October 7 to 9, 2014. Greenview is providing a $750 sponsorship for the conference.
  • The Municipal Planning Commission will meet on October 8, 2014.
  • The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on October 14, 2014.
  • Greenview is a Red Carpet Sponsor for the DeBolt & District Agricultural Society Annual Harvester’s Ball on October 25, 2014. A $2,000 donation will be made to the Society.
Unless otherwise specified, all Council meetings take place at 9:00 a.m. in Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview. The public and media are welcome to attend. You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

September 9, 2014

Council Meeting Highlights 2014.09.09

Bylaws

Bylaw No. 14-729 for NW 18-69-21-W5M passed first reading.  The lands are to be re-designated from Agricultural District to Recreation District. A public hearing for the bylaw will be held on October 14, 2014 at 10:00 am in Council Chambers.

Sale of Surplus Equipment

Council approved sale of a number of items at the October 1, 2014 Richie Brothers Auction.

Rail Rock Gravel Haul Contract Funding

Additional funding will be provided to offset costs of relocation of existing gravel reserves to a newly developed stockpile site at kilometer 70 on the Forestry Trunk Road. The relocation will allow space for additional gravel crushing required in fall 2014 and enable more efficient maintenance of the Forestry Trunk Road.

Crooked Creek Arena Boundaries

A boundary report was provided as information to Council regarding the Crooked Creek arena.  The report will assist the Crooked Creek community as they plan possible expansion of their parking lot and investigate future upgrades.

Grants

  • Crooked Creek Community Recreation Club $34,249.34 for capital and operational expenditures.
  • DeBolt High School Rodeo Association $1,600.00 for the Seventh Annual DeBolt High School Rodeo to be held at the Cranberry Lake Rodeo Grounds in DeBolt on September 13 and 14, 2014.
  • Valleyview Victim’s Assistance in the amount of $500 for their Charity Event September 27, 2014 at the Memorial Hall.

Little Smoky Ski Hill Agreement

Council approved a 5 year agreement with the Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130 regarding operating costs of the ski hill.  Greenview will provide one third of the annual net operating costs of the Little Smoky Ski Area to a maximum of $65,000.00 per year. In addition, Greenview will provide up to 20% of the operating deficit of the facility to a maximum of $10,000 per year.

Events and Meetings

  • Committee of the Whole is scheduled for September 16, 2014 and the next Regular Council Meeting is September 23, 2014.
  • On September 24 to 26 Reeve Dale Gervais and Councillor Les Urness will attend the 2014 AUMA Fall Convention in Edmonton.
  • The Council meeting regularly scheduled for November 11 will be held on November 12, 2014 due to Remembrance Day. The Municipal Planning Commission Meeting for November will be held on November 12 as well. Further details regarding these meeting times will be posted on our website.
  • Budget Presentation Meetings for 2015-17 will take place November 13 and 14, 2014.
  • The November 18, 2014 Committee of the Whole Meeting has been cancelled.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings take place in the Council Chambers in Valleyview and begin at 9:00 a.m. The public and media are welcome to attend in person or follow Council proceedings online. To watch or listen online, please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

 

August 26, 2014

Council Meeting Highlights 2014.08.26

Delegations

  • A delegation of landowners from Ward 8 presented their concerns regarding the Wapiti Corridor Multi-Use Plan (WCMUP). Their presentation included 63 letters and a petition signed by 253 landowners requesting that Greenview Council not endorse the WCMUP.
  • The Wapiti Corridor Planning Society provided an update and clarification on the WCMUP.

Administration will draft a letter to the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society listing the concerns of the landowners and Greenview Planning Department regarding the WCMUP.  The Society indicated a willingness to update the plan to better reflect their intent.

Bylaws

Changes to existing zoning and land subdivisions require approval by Council in the form of a bylaw.  Some of the reasons for re-designation include if a small business has grown to have a larger number of employees than the use permitted in the existing zoning, or if there is a desire to build a residential property on land that is currently zoned for another purpose.  For more information on land use applications, contact the Planning Department.

Several land use re-designation bylaws passed first reading.  Public hearings will be held on September 23, 2014 at 10:00 am in the Council Chambers.

  • Bylaw 14-723 for Dana within NE 35-70-25 W5M re-designates the lands from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1) District.
  • Bylaw 14-726 for Schlief on Plan 0721238, Block 1 Lot 2A within the SW 9-70-7-W6M re-designates the lands from Agricultural (A) District to Country Residential One (CR-1) District.
  • Bylaw 14-727 for Star Fabrication Ltd. on Plan 0120387, Lot 1 within SW 19-71-25-W5M re-designates the lands from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District.
  • Bylaw 14-728 for Reeves within NE 28-69-22-W5M re-designates the lands from Agricultural (A) District to Industrial (I) District.

Wapiti River Water Management Plan

The Wapiti River Water Management Plan is being developed by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) in collaboration with stakeholders to provide scientific and technical studies regarding the Wapiti River Basin to be used as part of the provincial land use framework.  The plan will encompass the Wapiti River Basin from Red Willow Creek to the confluence of the Smoky including the tributaries.

Greenview will apply to the Alberta Community Partnership Program for $250,000.00 to carry out the Community Consultation portion of the Wapiti River Water Management Plan, with the understanding that the City of Grande Prairie would carry out the actual study and align all required work. Each municipality can submit two projects each fiscal year as a Managing Partner under the Alberta Community Partnership Program. The City is not able to be a managing partner under the new Alberta Community Partnership program regulations due to their population size.

Highway 666, Wapiti Hill Safety Concerns

To address public safety concerns, Council requested Administration write to the Minister of Transportation regarding repair of Highway 666 on the Wapiti Hill. It is important that repairs are completed before winter road conditions and maintenance cause additional safety issues. Council will also request a meeting with Alberta Transportation to address this matter.

Grants

Dentistry student Gary Cymbaluk will receive a $12,000 bursary to match the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) bursary. Greenview will be drafting a policy regarding bursaries, specific elements to be addressed within the policy include options for a return service agreement with applicants.

DeBolt Fire Hall

Council approved the relocation of a high pressure gas line at the future site of the DeBolt Fire Hall at an estimated cost of $41,600 plus GST.

Alberta 55 Plus Games Bid

Based on a recommendation from Alberta Sport, the 2017 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games Committee has decided to cancel their application for the Winter Games and will be resubmitting a bid for the 2017 Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games.  It is anticipated the Summer Games will have greater economic returns for the region.

Red Willow Lodge Barbeque

Together with the Town of Valleyview, Greenview sponsors an annual summer barbeque at Red Willow Lodge for their residents.  The most recent barbeque took place on August 24, 2014 with around 300 attendees.

Council rescinded Motion 13.09.553 requesting a policy on hosting an annual barbeque for the Red Willow Lodge.  The barbeque will continue to be covered under the Community Services grants program and the motion is being rescinded for consistency.

Upcoming Events

  • Councillors will attend the Local Government Symposium in Grande Prairie on September 5, 2014.
  • Councillors will attend the County of Grande Prairie Building Grand Opening on September 19, 2014.
  • Council authorized attendance of interested Councillors at the Recycling Council of Alberta’s “A Waste Reduction Expedition” to be held Oct. 1 to 3 2014 at Chateau Lake Louise.

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview on September 9, 2014 at 9:00 am. The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

July 22, 2014

Council Highlights Media Summary 2014.07.22

Community Services

A grant of $15,000.00 will be provided to Special Olympics Alberta for the 2015 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games to take place in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  Greenview will also provide available trucks to support the 2015 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games Committee in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy fundraiser on September 20, 2014.  Special Olympics’ goal is to have 300 trucks participate in the convoy and raise $125,000 for the 2015 Winter Games.  For more information go to www.albertatorchrun.ca.

Recreation Services will be purchasing a 2014 TRX50PG Trail Edition All Terrain Vehicle for $10,531.00 and a 5’ X 10’ Galvanized Utility Trailer for $1,845.89.  The ATV and trailer will be used in regular operations of the Recreation Services Department.

A number of Recreation Standards were presented to Council by Recreation Services Coordinator Adam Esch:

  • Parks and Recreation Signage Standards: The updated designs will provide patrons a common understanding of the rules and regulations that apply to all users and present a consistent image of the Greenview brand to those who use municipal recreation facilities.
  • Outdoor Recreation Facility Design Standards: The design standards were presented to Council as Levels 1 through 5. The standards were tabled until more information could be brought forward to Council.
  • Outdoor Recreation Facility Maintenance Standards: Levels 1 through 5 were approved as presented. Maintenance standards are required for uniformity and consistency of outdoor recreation facilities within Greenview. The levels of maintenance standards represent basic to advanced levels of development.

A Letter of Support will be provided to the 2017 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games Bid Committee for their proposal to host the 2017 Winter Games in the Grande Prairie area.

An upgraded concrete bathroom facility for the Grovedale Fish Pond was approved in the amount of $73,688.77 with funds to come from the Recreation and Culture Capital Budget.  The facility is being upgraded to a Level 3 Bathroom Facility due to its proximity to a major travel corridor, urban centres, surrounding potential, and potential of the site itself.  The current facility requires replacement due to a leaking concrete vault.

Installation of a double vault toilet at the Grovedale Agricultural Society Grounds was also approved in the amount of $73,815.00.  The existing bathroom facility must be relocated due to drilling of a new water well and to allow a 100 metre setback for the water test hole.  The same supplier, Alberta Play Works, will be used for both bathroom facilities.  The new facilities are designed for long life and extreme weather conditions with a 20 year warranty.

Wally Born and Forrest Barrett from Grande Prairie Fire Management with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) provided a presentation to Council on the Red Deer Creek Fire.  AESRD and Greenview staff will continue to work closely together regarding the wildfire containment efforts and information sharing.

Infrastructure and Planning

Environmental Services will be purchasing a sanitary sewer inspection camera in the amount of $35,530.00. The new camera will allow thorough inspection of wastewater collection systems with video and imaging capabilities.  Greenview has been borrowing the Town of Valleyview and Town of Fox Creek’s shared inspection camera and purchasing a camera for use by the municipality will allow operational efficiencies.

Council approved the first phase of a two phase expansion of the parking lots at the Administration and Operations Buildings in Valleyview.  The expanded parking lots will allow additional space for staff and fleet vehicles.

Two publicly advertised bridge file tender results were awarded to the recommended contractors providing they come in under the 2014 budgeted amount.  The first contract includes project BF 74068 (budget of $675,000.00).  The second contract includes projects BF 77027 (budget of $440,000.00) and BF 79562 (budget of $647,000.00).  Council included a 10 per cent contingency for both approved bridge file contracts.

Operations Manager Wayne Bullock provided a report to Council regarding winter maintenance on Provincial Secondary Highways 666 and 736.  Greenview administration will continue negotiations for winter maintenance on those highways.  He also provided an update on dust control and maintenance measures on the Forestry Trunk Road.

Four contracts were approved for 80,000 tonnes of gravel crushing from Goodwin, Westview, Fox Creek and Rail Rock gravel pits.  The crushed gravel inventory will supply the operational needs of the transportation network and provide an adequate supply for the 2015 season.

A new maintenance shop will be built in Grovedale to accommodate the increased requirements of the Operations Department.  The existing facility has one pull-through bay and a main reception area.  The new shop will include four bays for equipment storage and maintenance, a wash bay, and office space for existing staff.  The construction contract was awarded to Abtec Construction in the amount of $1,385,000.00 with site preparation and contingency to be included for an upset limit of $1,623,500.00.

Council approved $1,500.00 to provide Gold Level sponsorship of the 30th Anniversary Alberta Development Officer’s Association Annual Conference.

Alberta Transportation’s Highway 43 and 49 Realignment Functional Planning Study was considered by Council.  The proposed designs will be subject to further consultation with all affected parties and impacted land owners once the final study is complete.

Corporate Services

Business high speed internet fibre will be installed in the Administration Building for $50,308.00.  The upgrading of Greenview’s internet services will be done in coordination with Pembina Pipeline Corporation whose office is across the road from the Administration Building in Valleyview.  The joint installation will make the project less expensive.

Chief Administrative Officer Mike Haugen has successfully completed his 6 month probationary period as per his employment contract.

The 2014 2nd Quarterly Financial Report was presented to Council and accepted as information.

Greenview Council will be taking a recess until the end of August.  The next Regular Council Meeting will be in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview on August 26, 2014 at 9:00 am. The public and media are welcome to attend. You can also watch and listen via the Internet. Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

July 8, 2014

New employee Jenny Cornelsen was introduced to Council.  Jenny joins Greenview as the Planning and Development Secretary with over 20 years’ experience in the administrative field, most recently as Secretary at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Valleyview. A number of other new staff have recently joined Greenview:  Mary Bracken as FCSS Support Coordinator and Mitch Boyd as Apprentice Heavy Equipment Technician.

The 2014 Employee Survey was shared with Council. This is the first year the survey has been completed and will provide both a guide for action and a benchmark for comparison of future responses.

The 2014 Alberta Recycling Conference will be held in Lac La Biche from September 3 to 5; Council approved attendance of any interested Councillors. The policy regarding Council attendance at conferences will be brought forward to Policy Review Committee for consideration so that Councillors may attend any conference of interest without requiring Council motion.

In response to a request from Nitehawk Recreation Area, Council approved funding in the amount of $80,000 with funds to come from the 2014 Community Miscellaneous Grants Budget. Any additional funding will not be considered until a revised business plan is received by Council.

To recover unpaid taxes, Council set the terms and conditions that apply to the public sale of land and adopted the Opinion of Value prepared by Accurate Assessment Group with reserve bid prices established in the Public Notice. The Public Notice will be advertised in the Alberta Gazette, local media and on the Greenview website. The public sale of land will take place on September 17, 2014.

Troy Birtles of Accurate Assessment Group was appointed as Greenview’s Assessor – Designated Officer in compliance with Sections 210 and 284 of the Municipal Government Act and the Qualification of Assessor Regulation.

The signing authority for Alberta Treasury Branch has been updated according the 2013 auditor’s recommendations in accordance with the principles of internal control and segregation of financial duties.

Administration will send a letter to Alberta Parks and Recreation regarding the condition of the Shuttler Flatts/Nose Creek camping area.

Council requested that Administration look into cleanup of the back area of the Crooked Creek arena and provide a report regarding the property line and expansion of parking lot.

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Building in Valleyview on July 22, 2014 at 9:00 am. The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

 

June 24, 2014

The joint public meeting for Greenview and Valleyview residents regarding the Valleyview Multiplex will take place on June 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Valleyview Memorial Hall.  A link to the public consultation survey will be posted to the Greenview and Valleyview websites following the meeting.

Council approved the purchase of a Rainbow 18 foot low boy deck trailer, 1000 gallon plastic transport tank and a two inch water pump for a total amount of $7,691 with funds to come from the 2014 Agricultural Capital Budget.

The Forestry Trunk Road 2014 re-gravel tender was approved in the amount of $924,000 to Southwood Trucking to be funded from the approved 2014 Operations Gravel Budget.

Council awarded Range Road 230 improvements to Dechant Construction Ltd. with a total project upset limit of $4,493,061.11 to be funded through the 2014 Capital Budget.  The road will be reconstructed from Township Road 704 to Township Road 712 to prepare for asphalt surfacing.

Council requested that Administration look into the process of de-gazetting Highway 665 from Highway 43 to Range Road 747.

To encourage an equitable and consistent partnership with Greenview’s urban municipal partners, Council adopted a number of principles regarding funding requests from the Towns of Valleyview, Fox Creek and Grande Cache to guide decision making until a formal policy or agreement is developed.

The next regular Council meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Administration Office in Valleyview on July 8, 2014 at 9:00 am.  The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

June 10, 2014

Two new staff members were introduced to Council; Erin Klimpf has joined Corporate Services as the Human Resources Generalist and Catherine Begg will be working with Infrastructure & Planning as the Engineering Summer Student.

Council awarded the completion of the Sweathouse, Sunset House and New Fish Creek water point facilities to Reward Oilfield Services with a total project upset limit of $1,605,602.70 to be funded by the 2014 Capital Infrastructure Budget.

To foster understanding of the area’s history, Council approved up to $500 to be spent on the purchase of the book “Sense of the Peace” and the pamphlet titled “Discover the Spirit of the Peace Museums” for distribution within Greenview facilities, museums, community and school libraries.  Funds will come from the 2014 Community Service Miscellaneous Grant.

Policy 1005 and Procedures 1005-01 and 1005-02 Roadside and Transfer Stations Clean-up were approved by Council providing not-for-profit organizations an opportunity to assist in beautifying and enhancing Greenview through municipal roadside and transfer station/landfill clean-ups.  Group participation is recognized with grants paid to the not-for-profits.  Grants are issued in a consistent and equitable manner as outlined in the policy and procedures.

Policy 1505 US Foreign Funds Bank Account was approved by Council.  Administration will open a US dollar foreign bank account at the local ATB branch to facilitate transactions, such as equipment purchases, which may be conducted in US funds.

The 2014 First Quarter Financial Report was accepted by Council for information.  The 2013 Management Letter from Hawkings Epp Dumont LLP was also accepted for information as presented.

CAO Mike Haugen presented the proposed 2014 Strategic Planning Process to Council, and received approval to proceed. Through this process Council will provide overall direction to guide Greenview’s budget, services and projects.

The next regular Council meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Administration Office in Valleyview on June 24, 2014 at 9:00 am.  The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

May 27, 2014

To allow participation in the annual staff barbeque, Council approved early closure of Greenview’s operations, other than for legally required and emergency services, at 3:00 p.m. on Friday June 20, 2014.

Equipment Purchases:

  • Replacement of Carbon Monoxide/Nitrous Oxide Detectors in the Valleyview Emergency Services Complex for $7,204.50.

Community Grants/Funding Decisions:

  • Valleyview Agricultural Society/Motorsports: $750. Greenview equipment will also be provided to the 2014 Valleyview Motorsports Events, subject to availability and Manager of Operations’ discretion.
  • Fox Creek Nordic and Trail Club: $30,000 for purchase of ATV & Cross-Country Ski Groomer.
  • Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum: Council will provide $250,000 funding in the 2015 Operating Budget contingent upon the development of a high level regional concept plan regarding possible development of dinosaur attractions within MD of Greenview. With this amount, the committed total funding to the museum is $500,000 to date.

A public hearing was held regarding Bylaw No. 14-717 Road Closure on lands SE 15-69-21 W5M to close a portion of undeveloped road allowance to consolidate with NE 10-69-21 5 17.78 km NE of Valleyview.  The proposed changes require Ministerial approval from Alberta Transportation.

Council adopted a revised Schedule of Fees. The fee schedule has not been updated in eight years, revisions will bring Greenview’s fee schedule in line with comparable municipalities.

Council authorized the Reeve and Chief Administrative Officer to sign the MD of Greenview No. 16 Staff Agreement as amended.

To prevent grizzly conflicts with humans and livestock, Council authorized Administration to send a letter to the Minister of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development regarding the implementation of grizzly bear management, specifically for Grovedale and area.

The next regular Council meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Administration Office in Valleyview on June 10, 2014 at 9:00 am.  The public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

May 13, 2014: Valleyview Multiplex Agreement in Principle

The Council of the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16 approved in principle an 80/20 cost sharing agreement with the Town of Valleyview for the proposed Valleyview Multiplex. (Further details are available in the Valleyview Multiplex News Release.)

A number of other initiatives which support communities in the Greenview area were also endorsed by Council.  The MD will be sponsoring the Valleyview and District Chamber of Commerce 2014 Trade Show on June 14, 2014.  The event seeks to attract businesses and individuals to move to the Valleyview area and invest in the area’s growing economy. The MD will also be participating in the 2014 Valleyview Trade Show, providing information on employment opportunities with Greenview and the many services available to ratepayers. [NOTE: This event has been postponed to September 2014 by the organizers.]

On May 21, 2014, MD Council will attend a joint tour of the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley with Councillors from the County of Grande Prairie. Greenview is a proud funding partner of the Phillip J. Currie museum which promises to boost tourism and provide economic benefit to the entire region.

The week of May 18, 2014 has been declared National Public Works Week in the MD of Greenview to build public awareness of what happens behind the scenes to ensure our public buildings, water, sewers, solid waste collection, streets and highways are maintained. A celebration will be held at Greenview’s Operations Department on May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Equipment will be on display with possible demonstrations. There will also be door prizes and giveaways.

Council agreed to work with the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties to encourage Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to review the Ungulate Crop Damage Compensation Program to ensure it is adequately addressing the issues of damages and feed/crop loss for agricultural producers.

Grants:

  • Peace Country Beef and Forage Association (PCBFA): $20,000.00. PCBFA’s grant funding has remained stable for several years, however their costs have increased substantially. Greenview chose to double the $10,000 provided in the previous years’ grant. This funding will enable PCBFA to provide further programming and continue to develop Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Projects on behalf of Greenview.
  • Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC): $5,000.00
  • Smoky Applied Research and Development Association (SARDA) Grant: $30,000.00.
  • Farm Safety Centre (FSC) 2014 Grant: $3,454.50 for the delivery of the Safety Smarts Program. The grant is based on $3.50/child for the 987 children who will be reached in the Greenview area (based on 2013 figures).
  • Centre 2000 landscaping sponsorship: $1,000.

Appointments:

  • Jeff Francis as Director of Emergency Management;
  • Dave Berry as Soil Conservation Officer;
  • Quentin Bochar as Agricultural Fieldman; and
  • Dave Berry, Kristin King, Dennis Hagglund, Maureen Bly, Christine Schlieff, Jordan Gervais, Michele Reimer, and Seannah Rose as Pest Inspectors and Weed Inspectors.

Protective Services Equipment Purchases:

  • Council approved purchase of a Universal Terrain Vehicle trailer for the Fox Creek Fire Department from Stanson Trailers. The trailer will be used for fire, rescue, wildfire and winter operations. In addition, forty-four new self-contained breathing apparatuses were approved for purchase for the Grovedale, DeBolt and Valleyview Fire Departments. The new equipment will enhance the safety of our valuable volunteer firefighters throughout the course of their duties.

Agricultural Services Equipment:

  • Purchases of two new Earth Movers, Fertilizer Spreader, Field Sprayer, Heavy Disc, Heavy Harrow with Granular Applicator, Post Pounder, Truck Sprayer and a Quad ATV were approved.
  • Surplus equipment that is no longer required or has been replaced by other units will be sold at auction.

The next regular Council meeting will be held on June 10, 2014 at 9:00 am. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the Administration Office in Valleyview, AB and the public and media are welcome to attend.  You can also watch and listen via the Internet.  Please visit our website at www.mdgreenview.ab.ca and click on the Live Stream link.

 

March 11, 2014: Greenview Passes 2014 Operating & Capital Budgets

During the regular Council Meeting of March 11th, 2014, Council passed the 2014 Operating & Capital Budgets.  The 2014 Budgets reflect increased levels of service in several areas, completing carry over projects from previous years, and additional initiatives to provide excellent programs and services throughout Greenview.

The Operating Budget, totaling $41,272,594 includes all the operating costs for the municipality.  The Capital Budget totals $89,954,172 which includes $29,801,378 in carry-over projects from 2013 and $17,747,318 from Capital Infrastructure Reserves.  The Operating portion of the budget includes over 2200 km of road maintenance; grading in the summer and snow removal in the winter, along with programs, services and payroll.  Capital Budget items include purchasing/replacing equipment, new construction and replacement of infrastructure including buildings, bridges and roads, as well as upgrades and expansions to utilities.

Increasing demands from Resource & Industry, including road maintenance and other increased services, puts complex strain on Greenview’s revenues.  Council feels it is imperative to balance expenditures that accompany those demands, and make best use of the funds generated largely by industry.  Much of the capital spending in Greenview’s budget is an investment back into supporting infrastructure of roads and bridges used by oil, gas, mining and forestry.  Over $61 Million in the Capital Budget is earmarked for Infrastructure and Planning projects.

Increased mowing, road maintenance, and brushing programs have been outlined in the 2014 Budget.  Greenview will continue to concentrate on operational services throughout the municipality and work to improve our road systems for the traveling public.  In accordance with the 10 year Capital Plan, Council continues to replace graders, plow trucks and all other equipment based on strategies of life cycles for equipment.

With the anticipation of continued growth, Planning & Development are working to maintain staffing levels within their department appropriate to the ever increasing service demands.

Council recognizes the important role they play in supporting the urban municipalities within the boundaries of Greenview. Community Services has allocated funding for a building for a day care in Grande Cache, an additional home support worker for Green View FCSS, and several recreation project upgrades.  Seniors, community halls and grants fall under the Community Services Department and funds for various programs and services are considered in the 2014 Budget which includes $15 Million for a proposed multi-plex in Valleyview.

Agriculture is a department of Community Services and is recognized as an important sector throughout Greenview.  Council has committed $1 Million to Agriculture including the purchases of a new cattle squeeze, two 900 Earth movers, a fertilizer spreader, a post pounder as well as a 50 foot set of heavy harrows.  Council and the Agricultural Service Board have identify the need to improve vegetation management and weed control and are investing in additional staffing as well as an Injection Spray System for road side spraying.

Protective Services is an important component of the responsibilities of Greenview.  Council acknowledges the dedication of our Volunteer Fire Departments and has pledged to continue funding the necessary equipment, and structures needed by each of our departments.   Over $10 Million is included in the 2014 Capital Budget for various projects that includes new fire halls for DeBolt and Grovedale.  In keeping with service expectations of our residents, Council has included numerous expenditures for replacement and purchase of fire services equipment for Fox Creek, DeBolt, Grovedale and Valleyview Fire Departments.

Council and Administration will continue to work together to provide enhancements throughout Greenview that will serve and improve the quality of our infrastructure and services throughout the municipality.  Investing wisely today and planning for the future remains a top priority for Council.  Balancing the needs driven by industry demands, expectations of our residents today along with a pulse on the future, Greenview is committed to our people, business, and the environment.

February 25, 2014

In continued efforts to work with the Regional Landfill, Council approved the tender amount of $439,329.00 for the purchase of a Landfill Compactor.  In January, 2014, a motion was approved to fund the purchase of a compactor for no more than $550,000.00. Council was pleased to see this tender submitted by Finning Canada, Grande Prairie come in well under the budgeted amount.

The Grande Cache Child Care Society has requested a grant in the amount of $141,000.00 to assist in the purchase of a building to locate a child care centre.  Council approved the grant, pending a satisfactory inspection of the building that the society intends to purchase.

Council & Administration recognize the importance of sport and recreation throughout the Region and approved a request of $36,500.00 in grant funding to the Fox Creek Nordic & Trail Club to purchase a Tracked Side-by-Side UTV and new groomer/tracksetter.

Grovedale Community & Agricultural Society is one step closer to achieving their goal of refurbishing their arena.  Long overdue for upgrades, and now facing many safety concerns, the Society has approached Greenview Council for financial support to address updating the arena facility with a new outer shell.   Council approved a grant for $1,556,372.00, making it possible for this project to kick off shortly.

CAO, Mike Haugen confirmed with Council that Greenview will lower flags to half-mast at sunrise on March 12th, 2014 joining all schools and Provincial Buildings in commemorating the end of Canadian military service is Afghanistan.