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Council Highlights – October 23, 2020

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Council Highlights – October 23, 2020

Greenview Establishes Advisory Board for Greenview Regional Multiplex
Greenview desires to establish a Greenview Regional Multiplex Advisory Board by means of a Bylaw. The Advisory Board will act in an advisory capacity on all matters pertaining to the operations, maintenance and functions associated with the Greenview Regional Multiplex. Further discussion is scheduled for the next Council meeting.

Council Approves Three-Year Mutual Aid Fire Control Plan
Historically, Greenview has entered into a Mutual Aid Fire Control Plan with the Department of Agriculture and
Forestry on a yearly or three-year period to define operating procedures, costs and clarify responsibilities of both parties in regard to wildfire protection within the forest protection area and its boundaries. Council authorized Administration to enter into a Mutual Aid Fire Control Plan Agreement for a three-year term (2020-2023).
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MEDIA RELEASE: MD of Greenview Hosts Regional Agricultural Services Board Conference

October 28, 2020
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MD of Greenview Hosts Regional Agricultural Services Board Conference

The MD of Greenview recently hosted the Annual Regional Agriculture Service Board Conference on October 22, 2020, in DeBolt, Alberta.  This conference facilitated 88 registrants attending both virtually and in-person and is the first conference of its kind that Greenview has hosted. 

The Regional ASB Conference brings together the 13 Peace Region Municipalities (each municipality only hosting once every 13 years) to hear about topics pertaining to the current agricultural industry as well as some specific to the Peace Region’s Agricultural sector.  Agriculture Service Boards have been operating in Alberta for 75 years with 2020 being the first year having to organize a meeting with both virtual and in-person attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

This year’s agenda included discussion on topics that have been brought up during past ASB Conferences as resolutions and made some new resolutions relevant to current concerns.  The conference had presenters from various organizations. Presenters included MD of Greenview, Kevin Keller; Manager, Economic Development, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Doug Macaulay; Manager, Agriculture Service Board Unit; Kathrine Altman, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry-EMS Emergency Management Officer; Brad Andres, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Emergency Management Section (Director); Laura Stewart, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Specialist; Brice Daly, Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) Field Officer and Karen Wickerson, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Rat and Pest Program Specialist providing updates on information for their respective fields of work.  Conference speakers Darrell Chambers with Bayer Crop Science, Jordan Jensen with the Farm Safety Centre, and Nicole Kimmel (Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist) with Alberta Environment and Parks presented various topics impacting the agriculture industry.

“Greenview remains dedicated to supporting its agricultural producers, and the Regional ASB Conference is a step in making positive change for the industry,” commented Dale Smith. “A lot of hard work and dedication goes into hosting this conference every year, and we would like to thank all of our attendees for their understanding while we worked within the COVID-19 restrictions in presenting this conference.”

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Direct: 780.524.7625
stacey.sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca     
Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

MEDIA RELEASE: MD of Greenview Hires Executive Director to Lead Advancement of Industrial Land Development

October 28, 2020
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MD of Greenview Hires Executive Director to Lead Advancement of Industrial Land Development

The Municipal District of Greenview is pleased to announce the addition of Kyle Reiling as the Executive Director, Greenview Industrial Development.

Kyle’s economic development experience spans 20 years, with a central focus on industrial growth. His comprehensive knowledge of industrial developments in Alberta was a key factor in this move. Specifically, his past roles and activities include Manager of Industrial Development for Strathcona County, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism at Sturgeon County, Manager of Transportation and Logistics for the City of Calgary, Vice President of Landrex Developments and Director of Industrial Development at WSP.

During his time at the municipal level, Kyle worked on business expansion and attraction projects, including Shell Scotford, Aux Sable, North West Redwater Partnership, and the IPPl Petrochemical Complex. Previous committee experience includes terms representing the combined Alberta Industrial Heartland Association and Province of Alberta Linear Infrastructure Corridor Committee. Kyle was also a Member of the Provincial-led Chemical Cluster Strategy Team working with the AIHA and the Province of Alberta.

“Greenview is pleased to have Kyle join our organization,” said Reeve Dale Smith. “We are confident he will move the industrial project formerly known as TMIP forward. The development of a large-scale Eco-Industrial zone is an important stage for expansion within Greenview, as the land presents a unique opportunity to establish additional value-added growth that will benefit the region and the Province of Alberta.”

While the area is already home to many respected companies, including CNRL, Seven Generations and Weyerheuser, Greenview is determined to increase probability, attracting more complementary companies attracted by this endeavour’s immeasurable potential. Located just south of Grande Prairie, the Greenview Industrial Development will comprise approximately 15,000 acres of industrial zoned land with rail access. Reiling has in mind a coordinated business attraction approach focused on strong value chains of methane, ethane and urea development.

“The reality that this area sits on the largest natural gas deposit in North America sets it apart and gives Greenview considerable advantage. With over 400 trillion cubic feet of proven marketable natural gas and 14 million barrels of marketable natural gas liquids, this formation is also one of the world’s largest known gas resources. In addition, an approved Area Structure Plan will speed up the approval process, and the future twinning of Highway 40 multiplies access to markets. This is of considerable value when companies are deciding on making significant investments, such as these facilities. They are comparing the industrial development potential here compared to others, not just in Canada but also in the world. With limited options to export feedstock, it is critical that we further advance value-added development in the Province of Alberta, and this industrial development will support this goal. This is an exciting initiative,” remarked Reiling.

For further information regarding this development, please contact Kyle Reiling at kyle.reiling@mdgreenview.ab.ca.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Direct: 780.524.7625
stacey.sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca     
Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

MEDIA RELEASE: MD of Greenview Elects Reeve and Appoints Deputy Reeve

October 28, 2020
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MD of Greenview Elects Reeve and Appoints Deputy Reeve

The Municipal District of Greenview Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Ward 5 Councillor Dale Smith as the Reeve and elected Ward 8 Councillor Bill Smith as Deputy Reeve for the municipality at the annual organizational meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Reeve Dale Smith’s background includes hands-on experience in the agriculture industry and a 35-year career in provincial public service as Range Agrologist for Alberta Sustainable Resources. Since retiring from the province in 2013, he has continued to manage a family beef ranching operation in the New Fish Creek area with his wife, Judy. Reeve Smith has been a Councillor with Greenview since 2013 when he was first elected. As Councillor for Greenview’s Ward 5, New Fish Creek, Dale Smith has served on many municipal boards, including the Agriculture Services Board, Family and Community Support Services, the Heart River Housing Foundation, Water North Coalition, Veterinary Services Incorporated and Smoky Applied Research and Demonstration Association (SARDA). Reeve Dale Smith holds a Degree in Agricultural Science.

“I am honoured by the support of my fellow Council members to continue to serve the Municipal District of Greenview for another term as Reeve,” said Reeve Dale Smith. “We plan to carry on the excellent work accomplished by Council this year by continuing to move forward with improvements to Greenview infrastructure, roads, and investment in our communities.”

Deputy Reeve Bill Smith thanked the Council for their confidence, saying, “I look forward to taking on this new role and continuing to work alongside my fellow Councillors and administration to serve our ratepayers and stakeholders.”

MD of Greenview Council holds an organizational meeting each year to choose a Reeve and make various committee appointments. A complete list of committee appointments will be available tomorrow on https://mdgreenview.ab.ca/reeve-council/boardscommittees. 
                                                                             

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Direct: 780.524.7625
stacey.sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca     
Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

Council Highlights – October 13, 2020

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Council Highlights – October 13, 2020

Public Hearing Scheduled for Request to Close Undeveloped Road Allowance

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 20-856 to close 1.618 hectares ± of the undeveloped road allowance lying between NW-19-72-20-W5 and NE-24-72-21-W5. No concerns were received from referral agencies, and adjacent landowners would be notified at the public hearing stage.

  • A Public Hearing for Bylaw 19-856 is scheduled to be held on December 14, 2020, at 9:15 am.

Greenview Council Working Collaboratively with Town of Valleyview to Update Inter-Municipal Development Plan

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 20-860 being the replacement document for the Valleyview Intermunicipal Development Plan. This collaborative work with the Town of Valleyview will allow the Intermunicipal Development Plan to be updated to meet current legislative requirements.

  • An Open House is scheduled on October 29, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Valleyview Memorial Hall for public input.
  • A Joint Public Hearing has been scheduled on November 16, 2020 at the Memorial Hall at 7:00 pm as part of the overall planning review process.

Grande Cache Above Ground Fiber Optics Pole Network Project to Move Forward

Greenview received a presentation from Canadian Fiber Optics (CFO) at the September 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting. At that time, CFO indicated they had been working with Greenview Administration and determined an above-ground network of composite poles could be installed within Grande Cache to facilitate the installation of the fibre optic network above ground in 2020. (more…)

Council Highlights – September 28, 2020

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Council Highlights – August 24, 2020

Public Hearings Scheduled for Land Re-designation Requests
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 19-828 to redesignate a 4.27-hectare area within SE-6-70-6-W6 from Agricultural One District to Country Residential One District. The parcel is located west of the Hamlet of Grovedale. The landowner wishes to subdivide the parcel, which contains her existing residence. No concerns were received from referral agencies, and adjacent landowners would be notified at the public hearing stage.

  • A Public Hearing for Bylaw 19-828 is scheduled to be held on November 23, 2020, at 9:15 am.

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 19-829 to redesignate a 31.44-hectare area consisting of a 3.01-hectare area within Plan 0722233, Block 1, Lot 1 from Country Residential One (CR-1) District, and a 28.43-hectare ± area within SE-6-70-6-W6 from Agricultural One (A-1) District, to Agricultural Two (A-2) District. The parcel is located west of the Hamlet of Grovedale. This will allow consolidation of the remaining lands on the quarter into one title. No concerns were received from referral agencies, and adjacent landowners would be notified at the public hearing stage.

  • A Public Hearing for Bylaw 19-829 is scheduled to be held on November 23, 2020, at 9:15 am.

2020 Aggregate Gravel Supply Purchases Approved by Council
Greenview Operations recently requested quotes for providing gravel for use in the RidgeValley/Crooked Creek, New Fish Creek, Sunset House/Sweathouse and DeBolt/Puskwaskau areas. Five suppliers provided quotes, and costs have been calculated using trucking costs based upon haul distances from pit locations and material costs quoted according to the RFQ terms.

Greenview Council approved the purchase of gravel for the following locations, with funding to come from the Operations Gravel Purchasing budget: (more…)

MEDIA RELEASE: Municipal District of Greenview Launches Custom Mobile App

September 28, 2020
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MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF GREENVIEW NO.16 LAUNCHES CUSTOM MOBILE APP

The Municipal District of Greenview has worked with an Alberta-based Mobile App provider to create a customized Mobile App for residents and businesses. The new MD of Greenview Mobile App enables app users to receive important Push Notifications, access information at their fingertips, call departments directly, and access MD of Greenview services and resources from one easy to use Mobile App.

With the MD of Greenview Mobile App, users can also stay up-to-date with announcements and events, as well as view Public Notices, share on Social Media and more. The Push Notification System enables all app users to receive real-time updates from Greenview regarding Emergencies and essential updates. Users will also be able to report a problem or concern to Greenview Administration through an innovative feature built into the application, which will deliver the report directly to the department staff who need to be notified.

The Mobile App is built on a scalable platform that will enable future updates and additional features to be added as they become available. The purpose of the App is to simplify and increase the efficiency of communications between the MD of Greenview and the people who live or work within its jurisdiction, increasing time savings for both administration and residents alike.

“Continued improvements to vital communications for residents and stakeholders in our municipality is important to Greenview Council,” stated Reeve Dale Smith. “Greenview is pleased to provide this free custom mobile application and hope that this additional method of communication will assist residents and stakeholders to report concerns and issues easily as well as stay up to date with Greenview news and alerts.”

The MD of Greenview Mobile App is free to download on both Apple and Android devices and is available for direct download in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Further information about the MD of Greenview Mobile App:

MD of Greenview Mobile App – https://mdgreenview.communityapps.ca/
MD of Greenview Mobile App in the iTunes App Store – https://apps.apple.com/app/id1523922363
MD of Greenview Mobile App in the Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_mdog.layout&hl=en 

About SMBApps Canada
SMBApps, a division of Jedwin Media Inc., is a Canadian Mobile App Provider that specializes in creating mobile apps for Towns, Counties and Municipalities. SMBApps has created and launched Mobile Apps for other local communities, including the County of Ponoka, Brazeau County, the County of Forty Mile and Lethbridge County. Further information can be found online at www.smbapps.ca

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Direct: 780.524.7625
stacey.sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca     
Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

Media Release: 2020 Greenview Stakeholder Clay Shoot Another Great Success

September 24, 2020
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Greenview 2020 Stakeholder Clay Shoot Another Great Success

The Municipal District of Greenview Council recently held its 2020 Greenview Stakeholder Clay Shoot on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Shot Shell Sporting Clay Range in Valleyview, AB, with 56 sports shooters participating. Greenview was pleased to welcome sports shooters from the neighbouring municipalities of the MD of Opportunity, County of Grande Prairie, MD of Smoky River, Town of Valleyview, and the Town of Fox Creek.

Sports Shooter at Greenview 2020 Stakeholder Clayshoot

This year’s event aimed for a smaller crowd, with a distinct focus on fun and fellowship, and observed enhanced safety and recommended cleaning protocols. Greenview Council wishes to thank Trapper Gord’s, Cache Ventures, Ryan McNeil of McNeil Construction Grande Cache, Aquatera, Tiger Calcium, Primerica Financial Services, and the United Church for their monetary and prize donations and annual support. The Clay Shoot raised $3000 this year, and Greenview Council will be choosing a local charity to donate the funds raised.

“We are very pleased with our turnout this year for our 2020 Stakeholder Clay Shoot Charity event,” said Reeve Dale Smith. “An event like this would not be possible without the generous support and donations from companies like Tiger Calcium, HiTech Business Systems, Grande Cache Fire Department, Aquatera, Seven Generations Energy, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP, Pembina, Neil & Associates, WSP Canada, Associated Engineering, and many more. We would also like to thank Shot Shell Sporting Clay Range once again for hosting this valuable event, and we look forward to holding the Greenview Clay Shoot again in 2021.”

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Direct: 780.524.7625
stacey.sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca
Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

Greenview is Looking for Your Feedback on a Labour Market Needs Assessment!

Greenview has partnered with Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce, the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie and Government of Alberta Labour and Immigration on a Labour Market Needs Assessment. We are now looking for local job seekers, employees, and businesses in Greenview to provide input and insights about the strengths and challenges in the local labour force as well as their priorities for workforce skills and training. Residents and businesses in the MD of Greenview, City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, and area communities are being invited to participate.

There are 2 surveys, one for job seekers and employees; one for businesses asking for their insights about strengths and challenges in the local labour force as well as their priorities for workforce skills and training.

https://www.grandeprairiechamber.com/labour-market-surveys/

Read the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce Media Release here.

Council Highlights – September 14, 2020

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Council Highlights – August 24, 2020

Public Hearing Held for Advertising Bylaw 20-855
Acknowledging the decline of local newspaper options, Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 20-855 Advertising. This bylaw will allow for Greenview to advertise notices under Section 606 of the Municipal Government Act in other methods as prescribed to allow for the advertising of notices on the Greenview website and social media channels and make them available to ratepayers at Greenview Administration buildings. Council received no comments before the hearing, and no presentations were provided to Council during the hearing. Third reading was given, and Council voted unanimously to adopt.

Greenview Council Approves Bylaws 20-854 and 20-857
Council moved to approve Bylaws 20-854 Schedules of Fees and Bylaw 20-857 Electronic Transmission of Documents.

  • Several updates were provided to the Schedules of Fees Bylaw 20-854 amendment to give the ratepayers and stakeholders updated information.
  • Bylaw 20-857 Electronic Transmission of Documents was also adopted by Council, allowing for Greenview to collect the email addresses of ratepayers who wish to receive their tax notices, assessment notices, and other documents through email rather than standard mail. There is no obligation for ratepayers to sign up for this program.

New DeBolt Lift Station Upgrade Gets the Greenlight from Council
Greenview Council moved to award MPE Engineering Ltd. for the design and construction supervision of the new DeBolt Lift Station Force Main upgrade to address sewer issues identified during increased water flow during rainstorms and spring run-off. The contract is for $62,050.00, with funds to come from the Environmental Services 2020 capital budget.

Grande Cache Wastewater Treatment Plant to Get an Upgrade
The Grande Cache Sewage Treatment plant is currently in need of an upgrade as the 1981 infrastructure has deteriorated significantly over the past 39 years. After review, Council moved to proceed with M2 Engineering to complete the detailed design and construction upgrade for $1,043,155.00, with funds to come from the Environmental Services 2020 Capital Budget. (more…)