Kneehill County Council Minutes - March 27, 2012

MINUTES OF THE MARCH 27, 2012 REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF KNEEHILL COUNTY AT THE KNEEHILL COUNTY OFFICE, 232 MAIN STREET, THREE HILLS, ALBERTA.
PRESENT: Div. 5 - Bob Long, Reeve; Councillors: Div. 2 - Carol Calhoun, (after 9:00 a.m. by video conferencing); Div. 3 - Jerry Wittstock, Div. 4 - Glen Keiver, Div. 6 - Ken Hoppins, Div. 7 - Bobby Painter.
ADMINISTRATION PRESENT: CAO Kevin Miner; Assistant CAO - Laurie Watt; Recording Secretary - Barbara Long.
ABSENT: Division No. 1 - Brian Holsworth, Deputy Reeve.
Reeve Long called the meeting to order at 8:31 a.m.
Clr. Painter moved the meeting go in camera at 8:32 a.m. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved the meeting back in regular session at 8:57 a.m. CARRIED
Pete McRae, Director of Operations, entered the meeting at 8:58 a.m.
Adoption of Agenda: Municipal Climate Change Action Centre;; Linden Benevolent Society AGM.
Clr. Wittstock moved approval of the agenda as amended. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved approval of the March 13, 2012 Council Meeting minutes. CARRIED
Pete McRae presented the Operations Report comprised of Transportation (Roads), Water and Miscellaneous updates.
Parks Report - 2011 Season
Pete McRae reviewed the suggestions made in 2011 by the site attendant and the public with comments and recommendations from the Operations department.
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council receive as information the Operations Summary and the Parks Report. CARRIED
Water Modeling Application (Sunnyslope)
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council approve the five water connections as recommended. CARRIED
Water Modeling Application (Selkirk)
Clr. Calhoun moved that Council approve the water connection as recommended. CARRIED
The meeting recessed from 9:26 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
Pete McRae left the meeting at this time.
Kevin Hoppins and Marlin Kary, members of the Friends of the Tro-Val Society, were present when the meeting reconvened.
Kevin Hoppins and Marlin Kary apprised Council on the history of the Friends of Tro-Val Society, the mission statement and the accomplishments to date. The Society has committed to an enhancement to the gymnasium in the Tro-Val school modernization project. Their goal is to raise $700,000 for this initiative. The money will be used to increase the gymnasium size by an additional 183 square metres (at a cost of approximately $521,000) to allow for 2 areas for physical education classes, 2 courts for use by sports teams, bleachers for fans and room to seat the public at community events. The additional funding of $200,000 will be used for the purchase of items for the gymnasium, such as backboards, mats, bleachers and chairs. It was noted that 51% of the approximately 380 students reside in the rural area of Kneehill County. A request was made for Kneehill County's financial support of this project.
Reeve Long thanked the Friends of Tro-Val Society for the presentation and advised that Council would consider their request and advise of their decision.
Kevin Hoppins and Marlin Kary left the meeting at 9:46 a.m.
Clr. Painter moved that Council receive the February 2012 Bank Reconciliation report. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council direct Administration to submit an application for the Municipal Excellence Innovation Award for the Kneehill County Regional Waterline project. CARRIED
Clr. Calhoun moved that Council direct Administration to approach the municipal partners to submit an application for the Municipal Excellence Partnership Award for the Doctor Recruitment and Retention Committee. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council direct Administration to adjust the Trochu Recreation Area Boundaries and refund that portion of the taxes assessed in error to residential and farmland properties, for the years 2005-2011, for a total amount of $5,888.06. CARRIED
Clr. Calhoun moved that Council approve funding, in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00), for the sponsorship of one flower barrel for the Communities in Bloom Flower Barrel project. CARRIED
Town of Trochu Thank You for Support of Fire Fighting Equipment
Reeve Long moved that Council receive as information. CARRIED
Emergency Management Act and Emergency Management Bylaws Clarification
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive as information. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved that Council approve the proposed agreement with the Village of Carbon for the provision of Peace Officer/Bylaw Officer Services effective April 1, 2012. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that council approve sponsorship in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) for the Town of Three Hills Cruise Weekend.
Discussion ensued.
Clr. Hoppins amended his motion to reflect that Council approve sponsorship in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200.00) for the Town of Three Hills Cruise Weekend. CARRIED
Three Hills Band Concert Invitation - April 26/12.
Reeve Long moved that Council receive as information. CARRIED
Three Hills Neons Swim Club - Request for Sponsorship
Clr. Calhoun moved that Council authorize an advertising sponsorship in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00). CARRIED
Arts Alive in Kneehill - Request for Sustainability Funding
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council approve grant funding, in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500.00), to Arts Alive in Kneehill. CARRIED
The meeting recessed from 10:10 a.m. until 10:21 a.m.
The Boomtown Trail Community Initiatives Society Invitation
Reeve Long moved that Council authorize the attendance of Kneehill County's representative on this committee, Clr. Keiver, at the Boomtown Trail Community Initiative Society's Conference being held on April 18, 2012. CARRIED
Council and Committee Reports
Kneehill Regional FCSS - written report provided by Clr. Painter on the March 15, 2012 meeting.
Badlands Ambulance Service Society - a copy of the minutes of the March 15, 2012 meeting were provided by Clr. Holsworth.
Linden Benevolent Society (Linden Lodge) - written report by Clr. Wittstock on the March 26, 2012 Annual General meeting he had attended.
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council receive the Council and Committee Reports as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council direct Administration to investigate the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) - Taking Action to Manage Energy Buildings Initiative, to determine if the County Administration Building renovations would be applicable and bring the results to a future Council meeting. CARRIED
Clr. Keiver moved the Council receive the Correspondence Report. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive the Business Pending report. CARRIED
Clr. Calhoun moved that Council receive the Business Summary report. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council authorize the establishment of a Medical Reserve. CARRIED
Reeve Long moved that Council approve the Kneehill Ambulance Society transfer, in the estimated amount of four hundred and thirty thousand ($430,000.00) to the Medical Reserve. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council approve the transfer of three hundred and twenty thousand dollars ($320,000) to the Bridges Reserve. CARRIED
Clr. Calhoun moved that Council approve the transfer of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00) to the Roads Reserve. CARRIED
Ratepayer Meeting Format and Agenda
Council provided input and direction into the format of the April 11, 2012 Ratepayer Meeting.
Clr. Calhoun moved that Council direct Administration to send a letter acknowledging the Friends of the Tro-Val School Society presentation and advising their request for financial support will be discussed at the June 24, 2012 Strategic Planning Session. CARRIED
The meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.