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COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
APRIL 15, 2020
VIA TELECONFERENCE 

Administration Update on COVID 19 Pandemic
The County Service Centre and Public Works office remain closed to the public.  Staff are working in the office and can be contacted by phone at the County office at 780-663-3730, or by e-mail at administration@beaver.ab.ca.   

Council Update on COVID 19 Pandemic
Council provided an update on the following Committees and how they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Beaver Municipal Services
  • Beaver Emergency Services Commission
  • Beaver Foundation

Alberta Health Services
Council passed a motion to forward a letter to Melody Henriksen, Area Manager, Alberta Health Services and extend Council’s gratitude to all the staff at the Tofield and Viking Hospital for their invaluable time and hard work during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

2020 Public Works Construction Schedule
Council approved the following 2020 County Road Projects:

  • Bruce 1st Ave between Queen and Main Street
  • Bruce Queen Street between 1st and 2nd Ave
  • Bruce 2nd Ave between Hwy 857 and Main Street
  • Rge Rd 145 between Hwy 14 and Twp Rd 484
  • Rge Rd 182 between Twp Rd 494 going north to the bridge
  • Twp Rd 514 between Rge Rd 193 and 195

Council directed administration to bring back options to cover the cost of the road projects by either borrowing money or accessing the funds from County Reserves.

2019 Property Tax Assessment
Council reviewed the 2019 Property Tax Assessment Report.

2020 Municipal Budget
Council discussed the development of the final 2020 municipal budget.

Council passed a motion directing administration prepare a draft budget for a collection rate of 75%, borrowing for the P&H road construction project, and considering the possibility of pandemic impact.

Tax and Utility Account Deferrals
Council direct administration to prepare an amendment to the Tax Penalty Bylaw for the penalty rate to be reduced by 50% for 2020 taxes.

Council will make no amendments to the Utility Bylaw for changes to the penalty date.  

Impact of MGA Deadline Extensions
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Provincial Government has approved some extensions to deadlines in the Municipal Government Act.  Council discussed the extensions most relevant to Beaver County.

Beaver County Land Lease - R.o.W. NW Corners 36-46-11-W4
Council held a Public Hearing in regards to Beaver County land leases on February 19, 2020.  After the Public Hearing, Council authorized the tender for re-lease of the right-of-way in the NW corner of NE 34-46-11-W4 to the previous tenant. The renewal of the lease of the land was approved at the previous lease rate.

The tenant has requested that the lease amount be reduced due to the economic times.  The tenant requested a new lease price of $150.00 per year.  Currently the lease price is set at $250.00 per year.

Council put forth a motion to confirm the annual lease amount of $150.00 for the right-of-way in the NW corner of NE 34-46-11-W4 for a one-year term.   The motion was defeated.

A subsequent motion was passed confirming the annual lease amount of $250.00 for the right-of-way in the NW corner of NE 34-46-11-W4, and waiving the payment deadline to December 31, 2020.

Application for Property Tax Exemption
The Sherwood Park Fish & Game Association (SPF&GA) has requested a property tax exemption for all of its vacant land as well as its clubhouse facilities and shooting ranges pursuant to the MGA and Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation (COPTER.)   

To qualify for the exemption the organization must be established by the Societies Act and must be prohibited from distributing income or property to its shareholders or members.  The activities of the organization must not be used in the operation of a professional sports franchise, and must actively encourage the general public to use the property without unreasonable restriction on the basis of race, culture, ethnic origin, religious belief, or ownership of property.  The organization is allowed to charge only a small entrance or application fee and cannot impose unreasonable membership requirements.

Council deferred a decision on the matter and requested that the Sherwood Park Fish and Game Association be invited to a future Council meeting to make a presentation to Council to provide an overview on the activities and mandate of their club.

Campgrounds
Council passed a motion to delay the opening of the campgrounds due to COVID 19 pandemic, to no sooner than June 26, 2020.  However, if the Province should loosen restrictions before June 26, 2020, Council will revisit the matter.

Future Dates
Council scheduled a Special Council meeting for Monday, April 20, 2020, commencing at 2:30 pm, via Teleconference.

 

The next Special Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 20, 2020, commencing at at 2:30 pm.

The next Regular Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, 2020, commencing at 8:30 am.

Please note: these meetings will be conducted via teleconference. The public may attend Council Chambers to listen to Council proceedings.  Social distancing measures will be implemented and seating is limited. 

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

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