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Highlights of the Lacombe County council meeting – June 11, 2020

Next Regular council meeting is June 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

COVID-19 update

A detailed report on Lacombe County’s activities and strategies about the global COVID-19 pandemic was received for information. As per the report Lacombe County’s ECC has officially closed as of June 10, 2020 due to the near completion of the County’s relaunch plan. The County Office and Shop will open to the public as soon as all safety measures are in place.

2019 community profile for Lacombe County and the Lacombe County Business Development Guide

Council endorsed the 2019 Community Profile for Lacombe County and the Lacombe County Business Development Guide.

The 2019 Community Profile for Lacombe County which was produced externally and provides an in-depth look at Lacombe County demographics, industries and other statistics.

The Lacombe County Business Development Guide leverages information in the community profile to provide Lacombe County specific details on development and industries in the area, as well as information on the County’s various development opportunities and amenities (commercial, industrial, residential and recreational).

MDP/LUB bylaws – July public hearing

By resolution, Council agreed to proceed with the July 9, 2020 public hearing for Bylaw Nos. 1318/20 and 1319/20 using Zoom as an option to allow public participation.

Enhance energy tax request/pavement requirements

A resolution to approve Enhance Energy Inc’s. request for waiver and deferral of well drilling equipment taxes, property taxes and approach pavement requirements did not receive Council approval.

Town of Eckville Library Board rc(1) application

By resolution of Council Lacombe County will provide funding of $ 5,576 for the Town of Eckville Public Library floor and storage project. This contribution will be funded from the County’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Billing for fire services

Council directed the County Manager to amend Lacombe County Policy F(1) Fire Protection and Emergency Response, to provide for the invoicing of residents for fire department responses to motor vehicle collisions using Alberta Transportation rates and to structure fires using separate rates. The amended Policy F(1) will be presented for consideration at a future Council meeting.

Communications action plan

The Public Engagement and Communications Action Plan for Lacombe County was approved by Council. The County Manager was directed to begin implementing action items, with large budget items being presented for Council approval when ready to proceed, and furthermore, that the Public Engagement and Communications Action Plan be presented to Council in a year for the review of the accomplished items and any feedback received from the public on these initiatives.

Lacombe County three-year traffice safety plan

A Traffic Safety Plan is a mandatory requirement for all Authorized Employers who conduct moving traffic enforcement. Employers are to ensure that Peace Officers who perform traffic safety enforcement duties are aware of the Traffic Safety Plan and conduct enforcement activities in accordance with the Plan. An updated Traffic Safety Plan must be filed with the Public Security Division a minimum of every three years.

The County’s Community Peace Officer Services undertook a review of the Plan and a new plan has been created for 2020 to 2023. The updated Plan received the approval of Council.

Lacombe County scholarships – Red Deer College

Due to additional funding available through Lacombe County’s endowment with Red Deer College, Council approved increased values of the two current Lacombe County scholarships (Lacombe County Leadership Scholarship and the Lacombe County Leadership Scholarship for Apprentice) will be increased from $1,500 to $1,850.

A new scholarship of $1,850 based on the following eligibility and criteria will be established:

Bylaw No. 1327-20 – Sylvan Lake communal sewage bylaw

At the May 14, 2020 Council meeting, Council approved a resolution to defer the requirement for property owners within the Sylvan Lake Communal Servicing Project area to connect to the system to October 31, 2021. As such, the Sylvan Lake Communal Sewage Bylaw has been amended to reflect that change. Amended Bylaw No. 1327/20, which reflects Council’s intention and the change of the date for mandatory connection to October 31, 2021, was given first, second and third and final reading by Council.

Eligibility: A full-time Red Deer College student who attended a Bachelor of Science program in the most recent academic year. The student must be continuing full-time studies in the subsequent year of the program at RDC in the upcoming academic year. The student must be a Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant. Preference given to a student who is a current or former Lacombe County resident pursuing a career in Agriculture or Agri-Business, Environmental and Conservation Sciences or Veterinary Medicine. Secondary preference to a student with a rural background.

Criteria: Academic achievement and financial need.

Next Regular Council Meeting is June 25, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

Next Committee of the Whole Meeting is Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

Lacombe County Administration Building

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