Kneehill County to introduce ‘live-streaming’ of Council Meetings

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The one delegation at Kneehill County’s Nov. 7 Council meeting was Kimberley Worthington, Executive Director, Central Alberta Economic Partnership. “The mission of CAEP is to advance sustainable regional economic development.” There is about 80% membership participation from municipalities across the region. She identified areas in which CAEP helps with member pricing for events/training, access to investment inquiries, and opportunities to meet and network. She spoke on various projects and strategies.

Kneehill County Fall Grants went to Acme & District Golf Club $2900, Three Hills Playschool Association $900, Linden Care & Share Society $2675, Trochu & District Hall Development Society $5000, Linden & District Agricultural Society $5000, and Torrington & District Agricultural Society $11,000.

Three Hills Victim Services Request was for a donation or door prize item, as they host a first responders dinner on Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 at Delburne Hall. Each year, Council donates a Bernie Brown print ($180) to the Victim Services Annual Steak and Lobster Feast. Also the County donates $350 to the Village of Linden to host their annual Fire and Ambulance Appreciation BBQ for Linden and Acme. Council directed Administration to get further information to be brought back on Council’s next agenda.

Three Hills Health Initiative Charity Gala is partnered with Three hills Health Care Centre Auxiliary Society to host “Christmas in Nashville”, on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Trochu hall. The funds raised will purchase an infant/Pediatric portable monitor and furniture for Long Term Care, and Oxygen Concentrators. In the past Council has been ‘gold’ sponsors to this event, donating $5000 in 2014 and 2012. Council approved a donation of $5000.

Council approved the Board and Committee Appointments as presented. These appointments were made at the Oct. 24 organizational meeting, with Councillors to serve on boards and committees to which the County is a member.

The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) 2017 Fall Resolutions Report was received as information. Administration did explain a few of the resolutions that seemed to affect Kneehill along with Council’s role with “AAMDC as representing rural municipalities in meeting with government, to ensure that provincial and federal decision -makers, as well as industry and other relevant stakeholders, understand and incorporate the best interest of rural Alberta in their policies.” The list of resolutions can be found on the County’s website as part of today’s agenda package.

Council directed Aministration to draft a letter of support for Alberta Environment and Parks in submitting an application to the National Disaster Mitigation Program (a federal program established to reduce impacts of natural disasters.) The group intends to submit an application for the Drumheller River Hazard study. If the application is successful, the project would be funded by the federal government and managed under the provincial Flood Hazard Identification program.

Administration was directed to draft a letter to Alberta Environment concerning the composting pile located 3 miles south of Linden at SW 4-30-24-W4, due to odour complaints. The compost business ‘Spring Coulee Compost’ is on a 10-acre portion in the south end of the parcel, which is registered with Alberta Environment. This is located at the NE intersection of Range Road 254 and Township Road 300, one mile east of Hwy 806. The County has received complaints in regards to odour. The operation needs to follow AE standards for Composting Facilities in Alberta. The only thing County has control in dealing with, in this development, is noise, dust, and traffic.

Live Streaming Council Meetings

Council gave approval to initiate ‘live-streaming’ of Council Meetings, to begin in January 2018. One Councillor was opposed to the motion. The County has just over $15,000 budgeted, with initial equipment costs of $10,000 to $13,000.