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Highlights of the Lacombe County Council meeting, Sept. 27, 2018

Lacombe County held a regular meeting of Council

Operations 2019 capital purchases

Council authorized the County Manager to tender and award for the capital equipment purchases as presented for an estimated value of $824,000 and to dispose of the existing units at an estimated trade-in or private sale value of $114,500.

The difference between the purchase of the new units and the sale of the old units in the amount of $709,500 will be funded from the Capital Equipment Reserve.

Five-year bridge program

Council adopted the 5-Year Bridge Program; and authorized the County Manager to tender and award the capital bridge projects for 2019.

Three-year paving program

The 3-Year Paving Program was received by Council for information. The County Manager was authorized to have the engineering, design, and approvals completed for the 2019 projects as outlined in the program, which will be funded from the Main Road Reserve.

Sunset Legion Campground paving request

A request from Sunset Legion Campground on the west side of Gull Lake for Lacombe County to pave an access road to the main office and a road from the main office to the boat launch was submitted. The request was received by Council for information.

Environmental and Protective Services capital equipment purchases 2019

Council approved a resolution to authorize the County Manager to tender and award for the capital equipment as presented for an estimated value of $248,700.

Council also approved the disposal of the existing units at an estimated trade-in or private sale value of $35,500, with the difference between the purchase of the new units and the sale of the old units of $213,200 being funded from the listed Capital Equipment Reserves.

Rc(1) Capital funding request – Alix Arena Association

Council approved a $5,000 contribution towards the cost of the installation of new LED lighting, replacement of the water heater, eaves repairs, and installation of new fire detection equipment at the Alix Arena, subject to funding approval from the Village of Alix.

This contribution would be funded from the County’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Rc(1) Capital funding request – Hespero Industrial Society

Council approved a $1,500 request from the Hespero Industrial Society to go towards the cost of the installation of new lighting, and ceiling tiles at the Hespero Hall, which would be funded from the County’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Tax penalty cancellation request

A resolution for Lacombe County to cancel a $65.17 late payment penalty levied on Tax Roll No. 4122093001 did not receive the approval of Council.

Burman University prospective school business incubator

A delegation from Burman University presented to Council on a prospective business incubator, which would operate out of the university and benefit central Alberta. The goal of this proposal is for the incubator to be a catalyst for economic diversification and business development in central Alberta.

The request presented to Council was for a letter of support for an application to Alberta Economic Development and funding in the amount of $ 200,000 for the prospective school business incubator.

Council accepted the presentation for information; and further, approved the following resolution:

That Lacombe County decline the request to provide a letter of support for the Burman University Prospective Business Incubator of Central Alberta project as Council deems this initiative to be outside the County’s mandate.

Lacombe Lake delegation

Council received a presentation from Anita Alexander from Lacombe Lake regarding concerns with the diversion license of Whelp Brook into Lacombe Lake, requesting the weir be blocked to prevent water from Whelp Brook flowing into the lake.

County Council accepted the presentation for information.

Lacombe Lake Watershed Stewardship Society delegation

Council heard a presentation from the Lacombe Lake Watershed Stewardship Society regarding their concerns with the diversion of water into Lacombe Lake from Whelp Brook. The Society asked Council that the diversion structure be modified such that no water from Whelp Brook be diverted and added to Lacombe Lake.

County Council accepted the presentation for information.

Repsol Oil & Gas

A delegation representing Resol Oil & Gas presented to Council on the company and projects happening around Alberta, including portions of Lacombe County. Council received the presentation for information.

Next Regular Council Meeting is Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Next Committee of the Whole Meeting is Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.

-Submitted by Lacombe County

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