Lacombe County council highlights

Council was also provided with the proposed timelines for 2021 budget deliberations

COVID-19 Q & A

Lacombe County Fire Chief D. Bussiere addressed questions from council regarding the Provincial and Lacombe County relaunch strategies as per the COVID-19 pandemic.

BUDGET 2021 TIMELINES

Council was provided with the proposed timelines for 2021 budget deliberations. An initial pre-budget meeting date of Aug. 28th had been set previously, and council approved an additional pre-budget meeting for July 28th.

APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS

Each year, Lacombe County engages the services of an accounting firm to perform its annual external financial audit and prepare the County’s financial statements and financial information return. Council approved a resolution that BDO Canada LLP be appointed as the Lacombe County auditor for 2020.

ALBERTA AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY – FIELD VISIT

Krista DeMilliano, Crop Assurance Extension Specialist from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry reported to council that she will undertake a field visit of Lacombe County’s Agricultural Service Board programs and initiatives that are underway. Field visits audit Lacombe County’s Agriculture Service Board programming and are used to verify compliance with grant reporting.

RYDERS PARK

As per complaints from adjacent landowners regarding misuse of the area the west boundary of the Lacombe County Reserve parcel in SW 2-40-1 W4M and the undeveloped road allowance immediately south of the reserve will be fenced. This work will be completed in 2020.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

In addition to receiving the notes of the June 2nd Committee of the Whole meeting for information, Council also reviewed the following items from that meeting:

REGIONAL RECREATION

By resolution of council the County Manager was directed to investigate Lacombe County undertaking regional recreation discussions with the Town of Blackfalds and the City of Lacombe, with a report to be presented to council at a future council meeting. Discussion on funding allocation to the recreation capital assistance reserve and regional recreation was received for information.

CENTRAL ALBERTA ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

The County Manager was directed to invite a representative of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership to a future council meeting to discuss economic development services.

LACOMBE REGIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

An overview of the Lacombe Regional Emergency Management Agency was received for information.

LAND USE BYLAW – MATRIX REVIEW

By council resolution, the County Manager was directed to amend the Land Use Bylaw during the Matrix Review to provide for the pre-circulation to adjacent landowners of the development of campgrounds and community facilities within Lacombe County.

LANDOWNER FIELD DRAINAGE PROJECTS

A presentation on Landowner Field Drainage Projects was received for information.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT GRANT PROGRAM

The County Manager was directed to proceed with a new funding program for the Environmental Improvement Grant and to amend Policy AD (33) to reflect the program changes for 2021.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEERING COMMITTEE

As per resolution of Council, the Lacombe County Environmental Steering Committee will be replaced with an Annual Environmental Action Plan for environmental planning and programming within Lacombe County.

MEMORIAL TREE GARDEN – ANDERSON PARK

A report on the concept of a Memorial Tree Garden at Anderson Park was received for information.

DUST CONTROL

A presentation on dust control in Lacombe County was received for information.

BASHAW & DISTRICT SUPPORT SERVICES – ALIX/MIRROR COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE

The following resolution did not receive council approval:

That Lacombe County provide Bashaw & District Support Services with $25,000 to assist in the start-up of the Alix-Mirror Community Resource Centre, and further; that this contribution be funded through the County’s Operational Reserve.

FCSS FUNDING ALLOCATIONS

By resolution of council the County Manager was directed to prepare a report with regard to a review of the allocation of Lacombe County FCSS funding with that report to be presented at a future Council meeting.

CENTRAL ALBERTA AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY TOUR

Council will tour the facilities and grounds at the Lacombe Research and Development Centre that are managed by the Central Alberta Agricultural Society on Sept. 10th, 2020 at 3 p.m.

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