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Lacombe County Council highlights – Nov. 29, 2018

Lacombe County held a regular meeting of Council

Public Facing Crime Map

A presentation regarding the digital Public Facing Crime Map created by the RCMP was accepted for information by Council. The Lacombe County Crime Map is available on the Lacombe County website.

Anderson Park boat launch

Council received an update regarding the potential for a boat launch at Anderson Park. A motion was passed to defer any further work on the development of a boat launch at Anderson Park until such time as Council deems that additional access to Gull Lake is required.

Chip seal tender 2019

Council heard a proposed plan for the 2019 chip seal program for 27.4km of County roads. Council approved a resolution to authorize the County Manager to tender and award the 2019 Graded Aggregate Seal Coat program as presented.

Policy RC(1) Request – Morningside Playground Society

Council approved a previous request from the Morningside Community Society to contribute $20,000 towards the cost of installing playground equipment at Morningside Playground Park. The contribution will be funded from the County’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Policy RC(1) request – Joslyn Snow Memorial Project

Council approved a contribution of $ 50,000 toward the cost of the Joslyn Snow Memorial Project, which consists of the installation of playground equipment and construction of an outdoor multipurpose court at the Bentley School. These funds will come from the County’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Policy RC(10) Applications 2019

The following funding applications were approved by Council through Policy RC(10): Operating Support of Historical, Cultural, Tourism & Visitor Information Facilities & Services. This policy was developed to provide financial support to community organizations that preserve and promote the history and heritage of Lacombe County, as well as promote tourism.

  • Mirror & District Museum Association $ 19,000.00
  • Alix Wagon Wheel Museum $ 3,800.00
  • Bentley Museum Society $ 10,000.00
  • Blackfalds & Area Historical Society $ 10,000.00
  • Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce $ 12,966.00
  • Lacombe & District Historical Society $ 34,724.00
  • Lacombe Regional Tourism & Marketing Assoc. $ 44,756.00 TOTAL $135,246.00

Highway 12/21 Regional Water Services Commission – 2019 budget

Council received the 2019 Highway 12/21 Regional Water Services Commission budget for information, and will forward a letter to the Commission stating that Lacombe County is supportive of the $60,000 proposed reserve contribution.

Sylvan Lake Regional Water Services Commission – 2019 draft budget

The 2019 draft budget for the Sylvan Lake Regional Water Services Commission was received for information. Council will forward a letter to the Commission stating that Lacombe County has no comments or questions regarding the proposed budget.

North Red Deer River Water Services Comm0ission 2019 draft budget

The 2019 draft budget for the North Red Deer River Water Services Commission was received from information. Council will forward a letter to the Commission stating that Lacombe County has no comments or questions regarding the proposed budget.

FCSS 2019 allocations

Council was advised that through the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Funding Agreement with the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Lacombe County is eligible to spend $379,570 in 2019. The programs that receive funding through this agreement are: Family School Liaison, School Resource Officer and Extended Home Support Program. In addition, there is an allowance set aside for “additional projects” in the amount of $68,040 for 2019 to cover the agency requests (below). Council approved funding for the following community programs in 2019:

  • Alix FCSS $ 4,100
  • Bentley Community Services $ 10,092
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe & District $ 5,000
  • Central Alberta Youth Unlimited $ 6,000
  • Friends of Mirror Library Society $ 5,000
  • Eckville Children’s Playgroup $ 1,500
  • Eckville and Community Youth Society $ 2,500
  • Eckville Recreation Board $ 2,000 Lacombe and District FCSS $ 31,848

Alix Library letter of support

Council passed a resolution to support the Alix Library Board in seeking federal, provincial and private grant funding to secure a new library facility.

Clubroot of Canola inspection report

Council was advised that this year, 59 canola fields were inspected, with one field coming back with positive results, bringing the total number of Clubroot positive results to 82 in Lacombe County. Council accepted the 2018 Clubroot of Canola Inspection Report for information. Council also voted in favour of continuing with future Ad Hoc Clubroot of Canola Committee meetings only occurring in years when changes to the Clubroot of Canola Policy AG(11) are being considered.

Fusarium Graminearum inspection report

Lacombe County began monitoring for Fusarium graminearum in 2015, and in 2018, 10 fields were inspected with one field testing positive for the disease. Council received the 2018 Fusarium graminearum Inspection Report for information.

ICF discussion protocols

Lacombe County approved the Town of Blackfalds/Lacombe County Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Discussion Protocols, and appointed Reeve Law, Deputy Reeve Wigmore, and Councillor Shepherd to the Town of Blackfalds/Lacombe County Intermunicipal Development Plan and Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) committees.

RMA/AUMA Blanket Excercise

The Blanket Exercise Initiative is a partnership between AUMA and RMA to provide municipal governments with an opportunity to increase their understanding of Indigenous history in Canada. The Village of Clive asked Lacombe County to join them in this activity by providing three councillors to attend the activity. Councillor Barb Shepherd, Councillor John Ireland, and Councillor Ken Wigmore were authorized to participate in the activity.

FCM 2019 Conference

Council authorized Councillor Barb Shepherd, Councillor Dana Kreil and Councillor Wigmore to attend the 2019 FCM Conference in Quebec City.

Bylaw No. 1289/18 – Well Drilling Equipment Tax Bylaw

Bylaw No. 1289/18, a bylaw of Lacombe County to provide for the imposition of a tax in respect of equipment used to drill a well for which a license is required under the Oil and Gas Conservation Act was read a first, second and third time, and was passed by Council.

National Resources Conservation Board (nrcb) Delegation

A delegation from the NRCB presented to Council about the Board, the work they do, and ways that Lacombe County and the NRCB can work together. The presentation was accepted for information.

Lacombe Performing Arts Centre delegation

Representatives from the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre presented to Council on the establishment of a permanent space for the performing arts in the City of Lacombe. The presentation from the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation was received for information, and a request for a letter of support in principle was referred to the County Manager for the preparation of a report to be presented at a future

Next Regular Council Meeting is Thursday, December 13, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

Next Committee of the Whole Meeting is Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 9:00 a.m.

-Submitted by Lacombe County