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COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
FEBRUARY 17, 2021
via WEBCONFERENCE - ZOOM

MD of Wainwright No. 61 – Gravel Pit Lease
Beaver County has received a development permit application from the M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 for the proposed use of natural resource extraction in the form of a gravel pit. The gravel pit is located on quarter section NE 27-47-11-W4, and is approximately 4 acres (1.62 ha) in size. This quarter section of land is currently zoned as agricultural and natural resource extraction is viewed as a discretionary use within this district. Work is to begin in May 2021, with an estimated completion date of October 2021.

Currently this parcel of land is being leased by the M.D. of Wainwright No. 61.  A lease agreement was signed on May 19, 2020 between the landowner and the M.D of Wainwright for the purpose of extracting gravel from the land. According to Section 72 of the Municipal Government Act, a Municipality may acquire an estate or interest in land outside of its boundary, however, the Council of the municipal authority within those boundaries must give its approval for the lease of the land.

Council passed a motion granting permission to the M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 to lease land within Beaver County for the purpose of mining gravel.

Bylaw 21-1102 – Fee for Services Bylaw 
At the February 3, 2021, Regular Council meeting, Council approve an amendment to the Dust Control Policy.

The amendment removed the bullet in guideline #4 Short-Term Applications:

  • 2020 - Ratepayer pays 100% of product cost and County covers the remainder.

Council also passed a motion that administration bring back the Fee for Services Bylaw to the February 17, 2021, meeting for review in regards to the Dust Control Fees.  Bylaw 21-1102, Fee for Services Bylaw, was presented to Council for consideration.  The bylaw makes the following change:

            Dust Control

                        Short-Term Applications

                                    First application                                               50% of product cost

                                    Subsequent applications (same year)            Full product cost

Council passed two readings of Bylaw 21-1102.  The motion to have third reading of Bylaw 21-1102 was not unanimous, and defeated.  The Bylaw will be brought back to March 3, 2021 Regular Council meeting for consideration of third reading.

Following a lengthy discussion/debate the following items were added to agenda as Emergent Items:

5-Year Road Plan – Range Road 202

5-Year Road Plan – Range Road 201 – North of Highway 14

Wetland Replacement Program
The Wetland Replacement Program (WRP) is a Province led initiative available to non-profit organizations and municipalities to replace wetlands on the landscape.  Funding for the program is provided by the Province to recover costs associated with wetland replacement projects for both landowners and the municipality.  This program was formerly delivered through Ducks Unlimited, and has recently been opened to municipalities and Non-Government Organizations.

Council passed a motion authorizing administration to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Alberta Environment and Parks to participate in the Wetland Replacement Program.

Provincial Policing
Council reviewed the Alberta Association of Rural Municipalities Backgrounder - Provincial Investigation into Creating an Alberta Police Force.

CN Financials
Council reviewed a report showing revenues from and expenses paid to CN dated from 2017 to date.

Council passed a motion directing administration to invite Mr. Tyler Banick of CN Railways, to a future Council meeting.

Follow up Letter from MP Kurek re: Universal Broadband Fund
Council reviewed correspondence received from MP Kurek.  The letter was written by MP Kurek, to Honourable Francois-Phillipe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, Industry, regarding the Universal Broadband Fund and the lack of access to broadband in rural Alberta.

Beaver County Seed Cleaning Cooperative
Brent Christenson, Beaver County Seed Cleaning Cooperative Ltd. attended the meeting and provided an update on the activities of the Cooperative.

Council passed a motion to approve the extension of the previous Memorandum of Understanding and to provide the annual operating grant of $30,000.

Holden Rural Academy
Karla Janzen, attended the meeting and provided a proposal for a Charter School, the Holden Rural Academy.  The Academy would be located in the recently closed Holden School.  The Academy will be a grade 7 - 12 school for students in the Holden and Ryley area, to open in the Fall of 2022.

Correspondence
Council discussed Councillors providing references to Beaver County residents for scholarships etc. and using Beaver County letterhead.  

5-Year Road Plan – Range Road 202
Council passed a motion that administration come back to Council with the feasibility that Range Road 202 from Township 502 to Township 504 to be included in the 5-year road plan including the tax revenue collected from Lorie Estates and Rolling Glory Estates and any other information that needs to be garnered to be included in the 5-year road plan.

5-Year Road Plan – Range Road 201 – North of Highway 14
Council passed a motion that administration come back to Council with the feasibility that Range Road 201, north of Highway 14 to Township Road 512 be included in the 5-year road plan and any other information that needs to be garnered to be included in the 5-year road plan.

Future Dates
Council rescheduled the March 17, 2021, Regular Council meeting to Thursday, March 18, 2021, commencing at 8:30 am.

The next Regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, 2021, commencing at 8:30 am, to be conducted via Zoom.

 Please note that Council will be meeting via electronic means until the COVID-19 physical distancing requirement has been lifted.

For more information, contact Beaver County toll free at 1-866-663-1333 or 780-663-3730.

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