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Council Highlights – October 26, 2020

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Council Highlights – October 26, 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. Council approved first and second reading.

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).

Greenview Awards Construction of Operations Building in DeBolt
Administration identified that the Operations department currently has no dedicated shop space to store equipment and product for winter and summer maintenance in the DeBolt area. The winter snowplowing is presently conducted out of Grovedale, which consists of numerous hours of travel time, in both equipment hours and personnel.

Council moved to approve Administration to build a new operations building in DeBolt at the existing Public Service Building lot, with funding contingent to the Municipal Stimulus Grant Program award of $450,000. Council further moved to approve the additional funding of up to $100,000 for the Shop and Salt Shed with funds to come from operational reserves subject to government grants’ approval.

Council approved Administration to award the building of the new operations building in DeBolt to Quattro Homes for $460,000, with funding contingent on grants and additional funding from operational reserves.

Overland Water Drainage Strategy Proposal Accepted for Information
Administration and Council acknowledge the ongoing and future impact of controlling water/drainage flows. In recent years Greenview has experienced two (2) overwhelming water events. The overland flooding from spring runoffs in 2019 and 2020 has cost Greenview substantial funding and countless equipment and employee hours. Administration presented a preliminary overland water drainage strategy from Associated Engineering.

Administration will seek a Request for Proposal to develop a management strategy that will identify the project priorities and solutions for overland flooding issues throughout the municipality. The strategy will outline key objectives, investigate concerns, workshops, improvements and overall master priority plan and design. The areas listed for immediate concern are Grovedale, DeBolt, New Fish Creek and Sunset House/Sweathouse. Council accepted the proposal for information as presented. Taking a multifaceted approach, Council has determined that addressing overland flooding issues needs to remain a priority for many years to come.

Greenview Approves Veterinary Services Incorporated Policy Changes
Recently the Agricultural Service Board requested that Bison, Cutter Bees and Honeybees be added to the VSI list of eligible species. Since reviewing Policy AG 12, the Agricultural Services Department proposed changes to the member eligibility requirements as well. Council moved to approve Policy 6307 Veterinary Services Incorporated and repealed Policy AG 12.

Council Approves Clubroot of Canada Policy 6308
Administration presented changes to be made to Greenview Policy 6308 Clubroot of Canola at the August 28, 2020 Agricultural Service Board meeting. The proposed changes seek to prevent future miscommunication or misinterpretation if there is a clubroot issue. Council voted to approve policy changes as presented.

Upcoming Events and Meetings
• November 9, 2020 – Regular Council Meeting, Valleyview Council Chambers
• November 16, 2020 – Committee of the Whole Meeting, DeBolt Public Service Building
• November 23, 2020 – Regular Council Meeting, Valleyview Council Chambers
• November 25, 2020 – Agriculture Services Board Meeting, Valleyview Council Chambers

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Stacey.Sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca  or 780-524-7625

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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…)

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…)

Council Highlights – August 24, 2020

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Council Highlights – August 24, 2020

Public Hearing Scheduled for Advertising Bylaw 20-855

Acknowledging the decline of local newspaper options, Administration presented Bylaw 20-855. This bylaw would 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 as well as making them available to ratepayers at Greenview Administration buildings. Council accepted the draft of Bylaw 20-855 for Advertising for information and moved to schedule a Public Hearing on September 14, 2020 at 9:15 am.

Greenview Council Approves Social Media Policy

Council moved to approve Policy 1036 Social Media. This policy, which applies to employees and members of Council, aims to serve as a guide for Councillors and Staff in using their personal or Councillor social media profiles in relation to Greenview business.

Letter of Support being sent for Grande Spirit Foundation

Greenview Council directed Administration to provide a letter of support for an addition to the new designated Supportive Living Facility in Spirit River. The letter will support the request to add 24  self-contained seniors units to be considered as part of the new build at Pleasantview Lodge to support alignment with the Government of Alberta mandate for seniors to age in-place. (more…)

Council Highlights – July 27, 2020

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Council Highlights – July 27, 2020

Public Hearing Held for Partial Road Allowance Closure Requests

Bylaw 20-848 – Greenview received a road closure request from Arne and Merle Johnson on February 20, 2020, to close Road Plan 2761 PX, being an area consisting of approximately 2.59 acres. The area will subsequently be consolidated with the existing title to their agricultural quarter. No opposition was heard, and Council approved the request.

Greenview Council Approves New Policies

Council moved to approve Policy 2011 Respect in the Workplace and Policy 2012 Violence Prevention. These policies, which apply to employees, contractors, and members of Council, aim to prevent and manage inappropriate workplace behaviours and outline complaint processes. They also govern reporting, investigations of complaints or instances of discrimination, and violence or harassment in the workplace. (more…)

Council Highlights – July 13, 2020

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Council Highlights – July 13, 2020

Public Hearings Held for Partial Road Allowance Closure Requests

Bylaw 20-480

Greenview received a road closure request from Darel Gene Klassen (Klassen) and Paulie Sarah Kern (Kern) on March 20, 2019, to close a portion of Road Plan 0421800, an area consisting of 0.719 hectare ± (1.78 acres). The land proposed to be consolidated lies just south of their agricultural quarter SE-09-72-01-W6. No opposition was heard and Council approved the request.

Bylaw 20-839

Greenview received a road closure request from Sturgeon Heights Community Club on August 1, 2019, to close 0.227 hectare (0.56 acre) ± of the undeveloped road allowance adjacent to the south boundary of the cemetery. No opposition was heard and Council moved to approve the revised request.

Tri-Municipal Industrial Partnership Advancement Work to Commence in Fall of 2020

With Greenview’s prior motion to reduce operational costs, including those identified for TMIP development and to re-evaluate management of the project’s future growth, Administration recommended that a contracted Project Manager, reporting to the CAO of Greenview, be hired to continue with the advancement of the project. Currently, the time commitment required to advance this project is equal to a full-time position.  Council directed Administration to proceed with contracting a regionally located project manager for the TMIP to advance projects and steps that must be completed. (more…)

Council Meeting Highlights – June 22, 2020

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Council Highlights – June 22, 2020

Public Hearing Set for Partial Road Allowance Closure Request
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 20-848 to close 1.05 hectares ± within Road Plan 2761 PX lying west of NW-9-69-21-W5 and directed Administration to schedule a Public Hearing on of July 27, 2020, to allow the public to comment in accordance with legislative requirements. Details will be shared closer to that date.

Greenview Greenlights the Purchase of Plow Trucks
Administration has requested quotes through RMA for two new plow trucks. Both are equipped with the same equipment and rigging as prior units, with Neway suspension. These new units will be direct replacements for existing units. Council moved to award the 2020 plow trucks purchase to Viking Cives Ltd. utilizing RMA Sourcewell Capital Purchasing Program with an upset limit of $631,800, with funds to come from Operations 2020 Capital Budget.

Council Considers Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Advisory Committee Seat
In the fall of 2019 Administration began researching Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure within Greenview. Since then, a relationship has developed with the Community Energy Association (CEA) through Energy Futures workshops. Greenview Economic Development staff attended Energy Futures hosted events seeking research for a potential Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure initiative for Northwestern Alberta that parallels the “Peaks to Prairies” Electric Vehicle Charging project in Southern Alberta.

Council moved to approve Administration to assist in the development of the Advisory Committee for the Northwestern Alberta Electric Vehicle Charging Station Project, and occupy a seat on the committee once it is active. Greenview also approved $10,000 to go to the advisory committee to conduct further studies with funds to come from the Economic Development budget. (more…)

Council Meeting Highlights – June 8, 2020

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Council Highlights – June 8, 2020

Greenview Council Accepts 2019 Draft Financial Statements

Phil Dirks of Metrix Group LLP Chartered Accountants presented the Auditor’s report, and draft audited financial statements to Greenview Council for the year ending December 31, 2019. Council voted to approve the 2019 draft financial statements as amended by Metrix Group for submission to the Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs contingent on the following changes being made:

  • Decrease unrestricted surplus of $7,574,675 by $4,403,950 to $3,170,125
  • Increase restricted surplus project carry forward amount of $38,653,854 by $4,403,350 to $43,057,804

Greenview Library Board Bylaw 20-853 Amended

Council gave third and final reading to Bylaw 20-853, thus approving recommendations by Administration to remove the provision of the terms of appointment. The original Bylaw established the number of appointees and gave them a 1-year term. In discussions with the Public Libraries Service Branch, Administration made recommendations to remove the provision of the terms of appointment from the Bylaw and allow up to 10 members to be appointed to the Library Board to track the appointments to ensure that they are staggered. These changes bring alignment between the Act and the Bylaw going forward.

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