Lacombe County council discusses e-scooter project and five-year recreation capital plan

Highlights from June 23 regular meeting of council

File photo

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Lacombe Country council was presented with a proposal to offer an e-scooter project for the City of Lacombe by Roll Technologies.

The program is also being considered for use in the Rosedale Valley subdivision which is located within Lacombe County. The County Manager was directed to prepare a report regarding the use of e-scooters within Rosedale Valley. That report will be presented at a future Council meeting.

The presentation summarized how the e-scooter project works, best practices implemented, user safety, helmet distribution and superior geo-fencing.

Bus services for the Town of Blackfalds

As per a recent request from the Town of Blackfalds for the county to give consent and support for the use of two regional Blackfalds On-Demand Local Transit (BOLT) bus stops in Aspelund Industrial Park, the following resolution received Council approval:

That Lacombe County provide a letter to the Town of Blackfalds:

authorizing their provision of BOLT service within the Aspelund Industrial Park and confirming consent and support for the two regional bus stops located on private property owned by Eagle Builders within the Aspelund Industrial Park.

providing consent and support for the use of the Lacombe County roadways within Aspelund Industrial Park for the BOLT service.

Five-year recreation capital plan 2023 to 2027

In 2021, Council approved the first Five-Year Recreation Capital Plan. The plan is reviewed annually to ensure that areas of highest need are prioritized. In 2022, one project was identified: the Sunbreaker Cove washroom replacement.

An overview of the proposed projects for the 2023-2027 five-year plan was presented and approved by council. Areas identified are of strategic importance and high use. All proposed funding sources are subject to council approval during the annual budget process.

County reserve lands

Inspections are currently being performed of county reserve lands to ensure they are being managed in a way consistent with county policy. Lacombe County Policy RC(8) Use and Management of County Reserve Lands outlines how the County manages lands designated as municipal reserve, environmental reserve, and reserve.

A report was presented highlighting the timelines of reserve management, inspections and findings, challenges; and future steps.

Committee of the Whole

Council approved the following recommendations from the Committee of the Whole meeting held on June 13:

  • The county manager was directed to prepare a report regarding the programs and initiatives of the educational component being provided by Inside Education; and further, that that report be presented at a future council meeting.
  • Presentation and discussion with the RCMP representatives received for information.
  • Presentation on the county’s assessment process received for information.
  • Report on Recreational and Cultural Programming be received for information and that the county manager directed to review Policy RC(6) Library Support and present a report regarding this review at a future council meeting.
  • Discussion regarding the procedures bylaw received for information.
  • Discussion on Truth and Reconciliation was received for information and council was authorized to attend the presentation on Sept. 30 with regard to Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Discussion regarding incentive programs for businesses located in or coming to Lacombe County received for information.
  • Discussion on the potential boat launch on the southwest side of Sylvan Lake received for information.
  • Discussion on permits for one-time promotional events received for information.