Kneehill County Council Report

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The Kneehill County Council meeting of April 26, 2022 had 16 items on the amended agenda, not counting the approval of the agenda and minutes.

Of that number, the last item was dealt with in “Closed Session” 11.1 Confidential Appraisals (Section 19-FOIP).

Three items had to do with Bylaw Amendments or formation. These in turn had some that had to be broken down for specifics. According to law and rules of order, the Bylaw must pass three readings. If the Bylaw requires a public hearing that has to take place after the first reading. But if, as in these cases, no public hearing is required then Council can give “First Reading”, “Second Reading”, “Consent to give Third Reading”, and “Third and Final Reading” in rapid succession as long as the “Consent to give Third Reading” is unanimous. The Bylaws and the amendments are usually forthcoming from discussions and policies dealt with in previous Council sessions and from Administration working out details and correct language.

Each of the following Bylaws were passed with unanimous agreement for each of the four motions. (Details are given in the documents posted on-line under Kneehill County Council/Agenda Center.)

TAX RATE BYLAW:

BYLAW NO 1848 2022 PROPERTY TAX BYLAW A BYLAW OF KNEEHILL COUNTY, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, TO AUTHORIZE THE RATES OF TAXATION TO BE LEVIED AGAINST ASSESSABLE PROPERTY WITHIN KNEEHILL COUNTY FOR THE 2022 TAXATION YEAR

LOCAL IMPROVEMENT BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

BYLAW NO 1850 GRAINGER-HESKETH WATER LOCAL IMPROVEMENT BYLAW AMENDMENT A BYLAW OF KNEEHILL COUNTY, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, FOR THE AMENDMENT OF BYLAW 1601, 1692 and 1696, BYLAWS AUTHORIZING THE COUNCIL OF THE MUNICIPALITY TO IMPOSE A LOCAL IMPROVEMENT TAX IN RESPECT OF ALL LANDS THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT FROM THE GRAINGER-HESKETH WATER SERVICE AREA PROJECT

BYLAW NO 1851 SELKIRK WATER LOCAL IMPROVEMENT BYLAW AMENDMENT A BYLAW OF KNEEHILL COUNTY, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, FOR THE AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS 1626 & 1682, A BYLAW AUTHORIZING THE COUNCIL OF THE MUNICIPALITY TO IMPOSE A LOCAL IMPROVEMENT TAX IN RESPECT OF ALL LANDS THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT FROM THE SELKIRK WATER SERVICE AREA PROJECT

BYLAW NO 1852 SUNNYSLOPE WATER “PRESSURE” LOCAL IMPROVEMENT BYLAW AMENDMENT A BYLAW OF KNEEHILL COUNTY, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, FOR THE AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS 1643 AND 1689, BYLAWS THAT AUTHORIZE THE COUNCIL OF THE MUNICIPALITY TO IMPOSE A LOCAL IMPROVEMENT TAX IN RESPECT OF ALL LANDS THAT DIRECTLY BENEFIT FROM THE SUNNYSLOPE WATER PRESSURE SERVICE AREA PROJECT

BYLAW NO 1854 MASTER RATES BYLAW BEING A BYLAW OF THE COUNCIL OF KNEEHILL COUNTY, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, TO ESTABLISH RATES, FEES, AND CHARGES FOR VARIOUS GOODS, LICENSES, PERMITS AND SERVICES

BYLAW NO 1849 2022 TROCHU RECREATION AREA SPECIAL TAX A BYLAW OF KNEEHILL COUNTY, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA, TO PROVIDE FOR A SPECIAL TAX TO RAISE REVENUE TO PAY ASSOCIATED COSTS OF THE TROCHU RECREATION AREA

POLICY APPROVAL

County Policies set out the terms under which acceptance of applications for various permission or licenses etc. are approved.

Policy 5-17: Food Truck & Mobile Vendor Policy was approved as presented.

“This is a policy which guides the application and operation requirements for food trucks and other mobile vendors which would operate on County-owned and operated parks, campgrounds, and other open space areas. This policy has been in existence since 2018 and we have had one food truck apply for the Horseshoe Canyon site and they were there for the 2018 season.”

Under the heading of Appointments or Delegations, Council welcomed an accountant from BDO Canada LLP to present the audited financials for the County for the year ending December 31, 2021. Item 6.1 was “…that Council accept the 2021 audited statements as presented.”

The documents are available on line and in printed form at the County office.

In other business, and under the heading of Economic Development, and two projects undertaken with the Kneehill Regional Partnership are the Broadband Project Phase 1, and Explore Kneehill 2.0.

For the Broadband Project, Council, in reviewing the implications in gathering information using “consultants” has opted to rely on local resources and agreed to go for “option 2” as presented which reads as: “That Council declines participation in the Kneehill Regional Partnership - Broadband Project.”

The “Explore Kneehill 2.0” is a tourism initiative of the Regional Partnership, and funding contributions or assessments depends on how many municipalities join in. Three Hills has opted out. Acme and Linden have opted in.

Council passed two motions as follows.

“That Council confirm the County’s participation in the Kneehill Regional Partnership – Explore Kneehill 2.0 tourism project to take place throughout 2022.”

“That Council provide a letter of support indicating their participation in the Kneehill Regional Partnership – Explore Kneehill 2.0 tourism project for the Travel Alberta Cooperative Grant application.”

The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Executive advised the County Administration that they would be visiting Three Hills on the afternoon of May 2. The role of the RMA is given here from the background provided to the Councillors. Councillors took a good bit of time discussing the items they thought worthy of bringing before the members who would be visiting. The RMA then brings the concerns to Provincial Government personnel.

From the background:

“The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) takes part in a number of engagement initiatives each year. These include member visits, in which the RMA Executive and some staff visit member municipalities to become better acquainted with the municipality and its needs. Given the number of rural municipalities in Alberta, this generally means that a member visit is conducted in a specific municipality once every 3-4 years. Kneehill County is hosting the RMA Board for a member visit in early May.

In advance of their visit, the RMA has posed the following questions: · What are your top three advocacy priorities? · We are interested in profiling members in an increased fashion. Can you share an innovative project or unique approach to an issue your municipality has taken? · How can the RMA serve you better from both a business services or advocacy perspective?”

Councillors expressed appreciation for the work of the RMA working on behalf of the Rural Municipalities which when presented as a collective voice has more weight than individual communities.

Council responded to this invitation to share by passing a motion that the information thus gleaned from the discussion would be passed on to the RMA personnel when they visited.

Two other items on the agenda which are “routine” are the “Council and Committee Reports” and the “Council Follow-Up Action List.”

Councillor Christie presented a report from the “Community Futures Wild Rose” including their “Loan Portfolio Report” and the minutes of the March 3 meeting. Orally he said: “They still have money! Send entrepreneurs to them!”

Councillor Penner provided an online report from the Drumheller & District Solid Waste Association and then an oral summary of some of the points, for the sake of those who may have been listening in to the live-stream.

Council received these reports as information.

The “Action List” was also received as presented.

Ian McCormack, of Strategic Steps Inc., was the “Delegation” that joined Council via Zoom at 1 PM. His firm had been given the task of reviewing information prepared by Council outlining a four year Strategic Plan that gave long range considerations for development in Kneehill County. He presented a First Draft draft and Council interacted with questions and additional suggestions as to what further additions may be made or clarifications in phrasing etc. His presentation and interaction is available in the April 28 video Part 2. However the sound quality of his input is not good, but “closed captions” save the day. Council will have a second draft presented for additional input before a “Final Final form is fashioned for publication.