Road bans on Woody Nook and Aspelund Roads changed by county council

County council highlights January 31, 2022

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Lockhart Road widening and paving

Due to increased construction and engineering costs for the paving of Lockhart Road in 2022, Lacombe County Council authorized an increase of $123, 927.80 to the 2022 paving program.

Paid parking at Sunbreaker Cove/Sandy Point

Council received information into regarding the implementation of a paid parking system at Sandy Point Beach, Sandy Point Boat Launch, and Sunbreaker Cove Boat Launch. Council authorized the County Manager to establish a Digital Parking System through at the Sandy Point Beach, Sandy Point Boat Launch and Sunbreaker Cove.

In addition, a user fee schedule was adopted and will be added to the Lacombe County Rates & Fees Bylaw.

Road bands – Woody Nook/Aspelund Road

Council authorized the County Manager to remove the 90 per cent road bans from the Woody Nook and Aspelund Roads, effective immediately.

Environmental action plan update

County Council received the 2021 Environmental Action Plan Update for information. This document is updated annually to identify projects or practice changes that assist Lacombe County in meetings its goals/targets for priority areas of the Environmental Management Plan.

Updates to the Environmental Action Plan for 2022 have also been completed and were adopted by Council as presented.

Solar update

Lacombe County installed a 115 kWDC solar PV system on the roof of the County Public Works Shop in June 2021. The actual solar energy production has exceeded the estimated production.

Municipal energy savings champions

Council received a presentation regarding Lacombe County’s selection to the Municipal Energy Champions (MEC) Program. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre puts on this program, which supports small municipalities to become Energy Champions by managing energy use, and identifying opportunities to reduce energy consumption and save money.

Lacombe County was one of six communities selected to participate in the 2022 program.

Lacombe Athletic Park Association Funding request

Lacombe County Council approved $250,000 in funds and/or work-in-kind support for the Lacombe Athletic Park running track project. Further funding may be considered in 2023 and is subject to further funding by the City of Lacombe.

Lacombe County agricultural service board agenda

The Lacombe County Agricultural Service Board was established in compliance with the Agricultural Service Board Act. The Board promotes the long-term sustainability of the agriculture industry and addresses local agriculture concerns.

Council approved the Lacombe County Agricultural Service Board meeting agenda for March 1, 2022.

Bylaw NO. 1359/22 tax penalty bylaw

Bylaw No. 1359/22 is a bylaw of Lacombe County to authorize a tax installment payment plan (TIPP) and the levying of penalties on unpaid property taxes. For the past two years (and tax seasons), Lacombe County has deferred the first tax payment deadline by one month from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30.

Bylaw No. 1359/22 will return the County’s first tax payment deadline to Aug.31, returning it to its pre-Covid date. For 2022, tax payment deadlines will be Aug. 31 and Nov. 30, and the deadline to enroll in the TIPPs program would also change to Aug. 31.

Council approved Bylaw No. 1359/22 as presented.

Bylaw NO.1358/22 borrowing bylaw

Council approved Bylaw No.1358/22, which authorizes borrowing for the purpose of financing operating expenditures. Pursuant to Section 251(1) of the Municipal Government Act, a municipality may only make a borrowing if a borrowing bylaw authorizes the borrowing. The County’s financial services provider, Servus Credit Union, requires the County to maintain a temporary line of credit borrowing bylaw.

Council approved Bylaw No. 1358/22 as presented.

BDO delegation

Council received for information BDO Canada LLP’s plan for the audit of the consolidated financial statements of Lacombe County for the period ended Dec. 31, 2021.

Red Deer restorative justice presentation

County Council received a presentation on the Rural Red Deer Restorative Justice Program for information.

In camera- legal matter

Regarding the Statement of Claim served upon Urban Dirtworks Inc., County Council endorsed the Formal Offer to Settle dated Jan. 13, 2022.

Next Regular Council Meeting is Thursday, Feb.10, 2022 at 9 a.m. and next Committee of the Whole Meeting is April 5, 2022 at 9 a.m. at the Lacombe County Administration Building.