Trochu Elks present Columbarium proposal

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Trochu Elks representative Paul Frere came to Trochu Council to explain their Columbarium proposal. Columbarium being a respectful, public storage for cinerary urns (cremated remains). They offered photos of different styles and costs. Once a concrete pad is laid and the Columbarium placed on top, they expect virtually no maintenance after its installed. Council gave it’s support for the proposal.

Public Hearing for Bylaw 2019-05 - Trochu/Kneehill Inter-municipal Development Plan was held with three residents in attendance asking some questions. After closing the public hearing, Council voted to pass the bylaw.

Administrator’s Report

Carl Peterson, CAO updated Council on the ‘Labour Market Partnership’ and his meeting between Sunterra representatives, Wendy Gerbrandt with Wild Rose Community Futures, and Jacqueline Buchanan, Economic Development Officer in Three Hills to discuss the proposed application and funding requirements. “A tentative stakeholder meeting has been scheduled for the Sunterra Room at the Trochu Community Centre on July 25th.” Kannaba representatives have been invited to attend.

Administration was pleased with the attendance and involvement at the Seniors Housing and Area Structure Plan (ASP) open house. He noted there was a link on the Town’s website for residents to review and give feedback. Carl advised that he has been working with the Planners and Engineers to adjust the proposed plan to accommodate for any concerns and proposed changes.

Administration is reviewing various software and GPS systems to assist with Asset Management, to meet the needs and the budget.

One add on to his report was a meeting with ATCO who advised they were revamping the program for lights in the Town.

Operations Report

Multiple valve repairs were made for the underground sprinklers at the Arboretum. The arena is being well used with ball practices during May, for both Trochu and Three Hills ball teams. Along with repairing and greasing up a number of garbage bins throughout Town, there was also the annual tidy-up-Trochu event, furniture clean-up, electronic waste and garbage around the Town gathered up by students of Trochu School. Spring clean-up continued into the Parks and Boulevards as well with mowing, spraying, rototilling, removing diseased trees, and prepping for fall planting of trees for a nursery.

Kneehill County graded and reshaped gravel roads within town limits, adding gravel and spec crude on North Road running by ball diamonds, Lions Campground, Ag Society riding arena and Sunterra. Gravel was also added on the north end of Elevator Road and south end of Cemetery Road. In early June, the County spread calcium dust control on King George Ave., north Elevator Road and South Cemetery Road. Some potholes were filled throughout Town and some alleys and lanes were graded.

Operations is working on scheduling and setting up other services for the demolition contractors for Pontmain School building. Operations also spent time with the County and valve company working on the County water fast fill station. “Adjust filling rate as well as pressures to decrease the water hammer that may occur on town water infrastructure.”

Operations advised Council that the oil company needed some lagoon water for a local well and on May 7 began pumping from the lagoon. They used 8,000 m3 of lagoon water.

Operations was involved in meetings with Public Works on plans to gather data for use in upcoming Asset Management program. “We received quotes for GPS receiver equipment to be used for Asset Management as well as mapping above and underground infrastructure. “Our focus for the summer is asset management and to beautify the Town such as painting the shop.”