HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
MARCH 8, 2018
BYLAW NOS. 1269/18 & 1270/18 PUBLIC HEARING
A public hearing was held for Bylaw Nos. 1269/18 and 1270/18. Bylaw No. 1269/18 is a bylaw of Lacombe County to amend the Lacombe County Land Use Bylaw No. 1237/17. Bylaw 1270/18 is a bylaw of Lacombe County to amend the Lacombe County Municipal Development Plan Bylaw No.
1238/17. An amendment to Bylaw No. 1269/18 to add adult care residences as a discretionary use to the Agricultural “A” District received Council approval. Council subsequently approved second and third reading of the bylaws.
MDP & LUB 2017 REVIEW – ANNUAL REPORT & MONITORING MATRIX
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) were adopted in July 2017 and as per Policy MUNI 8.3.2 require an annual review and report based on the findings of the Monitoring Matrix of the MDP. The Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw 2017 Review – Annual Report & Monitoring Matrix were presented and received for information by Council.
PARADISE SHORES RV DEVELOPMENT (STETTLER COUNTY)
A proposal to rezone the NE 20-40-20 W4M and Pt. NW 21-40-20 W4M in the County of Stettler from Agricultural “A” District to Recreational Facility “RF” District to facilitate the development of a 1000 unit RV resort known as Paradise Shores has been referred to Lacombe County for comment. By resolution of Council the County Manager was authorized to send a letter to the County of Stettler outlining the County’s concerns with the Paradise Shores RV Development; and further, that a Councillor and staff member attend the Public Hearing on Saturday March 17, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Stettler District Agricultural Society Pavilion to speak to Lacombe County’s concerns.
BYLAW NO. 1276/18 – TOWN OF ECKVILLE/LACOMBE COUNTY IDP
Bylaw No. 1276/18, a bylaw of Lacombe County to amend the Town of Eckville/Lacombe County Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw No. 1088/08 was given first reading. A public hearing regarding Bylaw No. 1276/18 will be held on April 12, 2018 commencing at 9:00 a.m.
CITY OF LACOMBE – CAPITAL FUNDING REQUEST
A resolution that Lacombe County contribute to the City of Lacombe’s 2018 Recreation Facilities Capital expenditures as follows: 1) $ 906.40 to Lacombe Memorial Centre, 2) $ 13,195 to GMAG Aquatic Center and 3) $ 3,720 GMGA Sportsplex Curling Club: and further, that this contribution be funded from the Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve received the approval of Council.
TOWN OF ECKVILLE – CAPITAL FUNDING REQUEST
A resolution that Lacombe County Council contribute $15,000 towards upgrades to the Eckville Community Centre; and further, that this contribution be funded from the County’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve received the approval of Council.
LACOMBE REGIONAL AIRPORT 2018 CAPITAL FUNDING REQUEST A resolution that Lacombe County provide funding in the amount of $ 32,000 towards the Lacombe Regional Airport’s north taxiway capital project received Council approval. Council will meet with Lacombe Regional Airport representatives for a tour of the Regional Airport on a date to be determined.
PARKLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY BOARD RFP
Parkland Regional Library (PRL) Board has advised that they are appealing to member municipalities and local builders for assistance in acquiring a new headquarters building for the regional library system. PRL has received a $2.4 million provincial grant to be used for either renovating their current building or constructing a new facility. A functionality study was conducted and PRL is now examining possible options for obtaining a new building and have issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to determine options.
RR 3, Lacombe, AB T4L 2N3 (Tel) 403.782.6601 (Fax) 403.782.3820 www.lacombecounty.com for moving forward with this initiative. The report on the Parkland Regional Library Request for Proposal regarding the Library System Headquarters Relocation was received for information.
CAEP – SUB-REGIONAL BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT – BROADBAND
The Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) sub-regional broadband development roundtable session was held on February 15, 2018. This session was the second phase of CAEP’s broadband study. The study was to determine the current state of broadband in the region, which will assist in identifying opportunities and options for high quality broadband at an affordable price. Council authorized the County Manager to designate staff from Corporate Services to continue representing Lacombe County in the CAEP broadband initiative.
PRIVATE MEMBER’S MOTION M-167 (RURAL CRIME)
Private Member’s Motion M-167 in regard to the significant increase in rural crime and the escalation in theft, assault and burglary was presented for Council’s consideration. MP Shannon Stubbs has proposed the motion asking the government to begin a study on rural crime. Benalto Rural Crime Watch has forwarded the motion requesting that Lacombe County endorse the motion. By resolution Council endorsed the Private Member’s Motion M-167; and will contact the Standing Committee on Public Safety and Natural Security MP’s in support of the Motion.
COUNCIL SELF EVALUATION
Council was presented with a draft self-assessment template for discussion. Council agreed this would be a useful tool and will discuss an expanded draft at the March 29, 2018 Committee of the Whole meeting.
BYLAW NO. 1275/18 APPOINTMENT OF ASSESSOR
Bylaw No.1275/18, a bylaw of Lacombe County to appoint an assessor as a designated officer received first, second and third reading and so passed by Council.
DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS – CP RAILWAY
Mike LoVicchio, Director of Government Affairs, CP Railway provided a presentation on CP Rail, In Your Community highlighting safety, transportation of dangerous goods, emergency management, tank car standards for flammable liquids, CP grain network and railcar improvements.
STARS AIR AMBULANCE
Glenda Farnden, Municipal Relations Liaison, STARS provided a presentation to Council regarding STARS operations, the missions undertaken by STARS in Lacombe County and neighboring Counties and funding initiatives. The County was approached to join the Municipal Partners Initiative, at a cost of $2 per capita annual commitment. The request was referred back to the County Manager for the preparationof a report on this matter to be presented at a future Council meeting.
CLIVE ATHLETIC AND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
Laurie Oatway, Secretary of the Clive Athletic and Agricultural Society presented the Society’s RC(1) application to Lacombe County for funding. The funding request is to cover a portion of the costs related to 1) major repairs to the ice plant at the Clive Arena, and 2) rental of a temporary ice plant. The request to the County is for $ 65,000 in funding. The request was referred back to the County Manager for the preparation of a report on this matter to be presented at a future Council meeting