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COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
December 4, 2019
Fusarium graminearum (Fusarium)
County Council asked the Agricultural Service Board to consider holding a public meeting to gather input regarding the Provincial Policy of zero tolerance for seed cleaning plants to accept crops, which are detected with fusarium. Fusarium species is a serious fungal disease of wheat, barley, oats and corn. Fusarium graminearum is a declared pest under Alberta's Agricultural Pests Act and Seed Cleaning Plants should not be accepting grain shipments for cleaning that do contain, or may be infected with, fusarium. The Seed Cleaning Cooperative is concerned that Alberta seed cleaning plants are losing business to Saskatchewan seed cleaning operations, which may not have a zero tolerance on accepting grains that may be affected by fusarium.
Bill 25 Provincial Legislation
Council discussed the changes to legislation approved in Bill 25 as it pertains to Inter-municipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICF’s) and Inter-municipal Development Plans (IDP’s). Council passed a motion indicating no need to proceed with IDP’s with our adjacent rural neighbours if they also agree. An exception was made for the Strathcona County IDP as the work related to this project was largely completed.
Bylaw 19-1077 – Tofield IDP
Council passed first reading of the Tofield/Beaver Inter-municipal Development Plan Bylaw 19-1077 and scheduled a joint public hearing for February 10, 2020 at 6 pm in the Town of Tofield Office.
Bylaw 19-1079 – Holden IDP
Council passed first reading of the Holden/Beaver Inter-municipal Development Plan Bylaw 19-1079 and scheduled a joint public hearing for January 20, 2020 at 7 pm in the Village of Holden Office.
Bylaw 19-1081 – Viking IDP
Council passed first reading of the Viking/Beaver Inter-municipal Development Plan Bylaw 19-1081 and scheduled a joint public hearing for January 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the Town of Viking Office.
Village of Holden – Request to Waive Subdivision Fees
The Village of Holden requested County Council waive subdivision fees to accommodate a subdivision of Village land in the County. Council denied the request to waive the subdivision fees associated with cancellation of Plan 3076KS (drainage right-of-way).
Request for Funding – Friends of Ryley School Society
The Friends of Ryley School Society requested support from Beaver County for a Christmas dinner for students and staff. Council passed a motion to provide $100 to each of the ten schools in Beaver County towards their Christmas luncheons.
Request for Financial Support – Viking Health Foundation
The Viking Health Foundation submitted a request for financial support for recruitment of a physician. Council tabled the Viking Health Foundation’s request for financial support and requested the financial information required under the policy.
Beaver Municipal Solutions’ Change to a Municipally Controlled Corporation
Council discussed the issues related to the change from a Regional Commission to a Municipally Controlled Corporation. Council passed a motion to express outstanding concerns as per the following:
- Good Neighbour Grant, and the perceived lack of fairness to Beaver County as the County receives less than the Village of Ryley.
- Perception and communication regarding Claystone and Beaver Municipal Solutions, as this is causing confusion to residents looking for information on Beaver Municipal Solutions’ website, and instead finding Claystone Waste’s website.
- Change in Chairmanship of the MCC Transition Committee.
Council received an update on yearend financial status for Beaver County and an initial budget projection for 2020. The County is faced with a number of revenue reductions for 2020 budget year:
- reduced Provincial grants of over $200,000
- reduced tax income from lower oil and gas property assessment values, estimated at $955,000
- potential reduced tax income from unpaid oil and gas accounts, estimated at $1,100,000.
As well, Council learned that beginning in 2020, Beaver County would be required to pay for RCMP services. In 2020, that amount is about $139,000. The amount rises to about $420,000 in 2023.
Beaver County has already made significant changes to capital and operational budgets to address the shortfall in revenue from reduced grants and reduced values of oil and gas assessment values, while keeping County services at the same level; however, the shortfall from unpaid oil and gas tax accounts is estimated to result in a deficit of $1,100,000 in 2020 unless significant changes are made.
In response, Council passed the following motions:
- To freeze all 2020 funding under the shared services agreements to the lesser of the submitted amount or the County's 2019 budget amount, including all agreements between Beaver County, Town of Viking, Village of Holden, Village of Ryley and Town of Tofield.
- To reduce the funding for the Community Support Grants from $250,000 to $75,000 for 2020 and further that Council direct Administration to bring back the Community Support Policy for review.
- To discontinue the subsidy of the Dust Control Program for 2020.
Council will continue discussion of the draft 2020 Budget at the December 18th 2019 Council meeting.
Inter-municipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and Assessment Review Board Appointments
Council appointed three new members to the Inter-municipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and the Intermunicipal Assessment Review Board: Juanita Enorme, Brett Huculak and Brad Rae.
The next Regular Council Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2019, commencing at 8:30 am.
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