MINUTES OF THE MAY 10, 2011 REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF KNEEHILL COUNTY AT KNEEHILL COUNTY OFFICE, 232 MAIN ST, THREE HILLS, ALBERTA.
PRESENT: Div. 2 - Carol Calhoun, Reeve; Div. 5 - Bob Long, Deputy Reeve; Clr.s Div. 1 - Brian Holsworth, Div. 3 - Jerry Wittstock, Div. 4 - Glen Keiver, Div. 6 - Ken Hoppins, Div. 7 - Bobby Painter. ADMINISTRATION PRESENT: CAO Kevin Miner; Recording Secretary Barbara Long. ABSENT: Assistant CAO Laurie Watt.
Reeve Calhoun called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.
Additions to the Agenda: Water Service Area Tax Credit; 4-H Donation Request; Drumheller & District Solid Waste Management Association; Kneehill Regional Family & Community Support Services; Kneehill Medical Clinic Committee; Kneehill Housing Commission; Canadian Badlands Ltd.; Community Futures WildRose; Trochu Centennial Celebration.
Clr. Long moved approval of the agenda as amended. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved the meeting go in camera at 8:34 a.m. CARRIED
Kevin Miner and Barb Long left the meeting at this time.
Clr. Long moved the meeting out of in camera at 9:11 a.m. CARRIED
Kevin Miner and Barb Long re-entered the meeting at this time.
Pete McRae, Director of Operations and Brandy Hay Evans, Operations entered the meeting at 9:12 a.m.
Clr. Wittstock moved approval of the April 26, 2011 minutes. CARRIED
Debi Moon, reporter for The Capital, entered the meeting at 9:20 a.m.
Pete McRae presented the Operations Report comprised of Transportation (Roads), Water and Miscellaneous updates. The following items were also discussed:
* Selkirk WSA Reclamation ñ Concerns being received that the reclamation is not acceptable. With the delays due to the wet spring and the commencement of seeding, it may be necessary to consider another year of crop damage payments.
* Selkirk WSA Grand Opening - Council selected Tuesday, May 24th commencing at 3:30 p.m. for the ribbon cutting and grand opening.
* Orkney Viewpoint - It appears that funding from the Canadian Badlands surplus CAP funding will not be available for improvements to the Orkney Viewpoint. Council felt it imperative that a fence/ barricade be installed. A report with cost estimates to be brought to the next meeting.
* Road Study - The road study has been tendered to three engineering firms with two firms submitting a bid. Permission was requested to accept the lowest tender which is $776.50 over budget.
Clr. Long moved that Council approve the acceptance of the lowest tender for the ten-year Road Study with the extra funding to come from contingency. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council receive the Operations Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved Council authorize the implementation of grading maintenance practice, as specified in the report, at the discretion of the Operations Director or Road Supervisor using a staged process. CARRIED
The meeting recessed from 9:55 a.m. until 10:01 a.m.
A delegation for the "Kneehill Choice" ratepayer group was present when the meeting reconvened. Introductions of Council were made and Clint Mason, spokesperson for "Kneehill Choice" addressed Council. Mr. Mason summarized the concerns of the group regarding the Sunnyslope Water Service Area phase and requested Council take the following action:
* That Council immediately stop the construction of Phase 4 until such time as a full public discussion of the proposed project has taken place. This is to include evidence of need, full disclosure of construction costs and ongoing costs associated with the project.
Mr. Mason thanked Council for the opportunity to address Council with the groups concerns and assured Council the group is not against the water for those who want or need it but residents should have the choice, not be forced into paying water fees or taxation. If the majority agreed with the project then they would concede that the project should go ahead as planned.
Council listened and responded to the concerns and issues expressed by members of the delegation and attempted to explain the rationale behind continuing with this 4th stage of the County wide water project. A request was made for a copy listing the members of the Kneehill Choice group.
Reeve Calhoun thanked Mr. Mason and the delegation for attending and expressing their concerns regarding the decisions made by Council but explained that at the end of the day Council has to make the decision they feel is best for the future of the County. Reeve Calhoun expressed appreciation for everyone taking time to attend today and voicing their opinion.
The delegation left the meeting at 11:20 a.m.
The meeting recessed from 11:20 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Clr. Painter was not present when the meeting reconvened.
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council approve the water connection recommendations as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Painter entered the meeting at 11:33 a.m.
Clr. Long moved that Council accept the tender from Chinook Pipeline Limited for the Sunnyslope Water Service Area Distribution Line as presented.
Clr. Painter moved the meeting go in camera at 11:34 a.m. CARRIED
Debi Moon left the meeting at this time.
Clr. Holsworth moved the meeting out of in camera at 12:05 p.m. CARRIED
Debi Moon re-entered the meeting at 12:06 p.m.
A vote was taken on motion #257/11. CARRIED
The meeting recessed from 12:08 p.m. until 1:23 p.m.
Clr. Holsworth was not present for the balance of the meeting.
Sunnyslope Water Service Area Project - Letters of Support
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council receive the letters of support as encouragement for the decisions being made regarding the Sunnyslope Water Service Area Project. CARRIED
Discussion was held with the editor of The Capital on the practicality of printing the County's lengthy response to the Sunnyslope Water Service Area Concerned Group in the paper. The Capital advised they would not have space to put it in the paper but would place it on their website if desired. Council confirmed that having it on the County's website should be adequate.
Amendment to Motion 211/11 from April 26th Council Meeting
Clr. Long moved that due to the length of the response that Council rescind the portion of motion 211/11 regarding placing the Countyís response to the residents letters of concern regarding the Sunnyslope Water Service Area project in The Capital. CARRIED
Water Service Area Tax Credit
Clr. Hoppins moved that in order to provide a clear audit trail, Administration be directed to send a letter to the residents of the Hamlets of Torrington and Swalwell, as well as those residents removed from the Sunnyslope WSA, advising a tax credit will be issued for payment of the Water Service Area Tax in prior years. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council give first reading to Bylaw 1630, that being a bylaw to regulate and abate unsightly premises and other nuisances within Kneehill County Hamlets. CARRIED
Electrical Energy Options
Clr. Long moved that Council enter into an agreement with Enmax for a fixed rate option that includes 50% green power. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council direct Administration to make a written request to Town of Three Hills Council to consider waiving the 2011 taxes for the Three Hills Medical Clinic. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council approve a donation of $5,000.00 to the Acme & District Food Bank Expansion Project. CARRIED
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council authorize annual funding, in the amount of $10,000.00, for the remaining two years of the School Resource Officer Program for the Trochu School. Clr. Long requested a recorded vote. In favour: Reeve Calhoun and Clr. Hoppins. Against: Clr. Keiver, Clr. Painter, Clr. Wittstock, and Clr. Long. MOTION DEFEATED
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council approve a donation in the amount of $600.00 to the 4-H District Council, to be used for the printing of catalogues for their Achievement Day.
Clr. Hoppins refrained from voting on this issue due to a possible perceived conflict of interest. CARRIED
Council and Committee Reports
Drumheller Policing Committee - Clr. Holsworth provided Council with the minutes from the April 27th meeting.
Drumheller & District Regional Solid Waste - Reeve Calhoun provided Council with a written report updating them on the April 28 meeting.
Kneehill Regional Family & Community Support Services - Clr. Holsworth provided Council with the minutes from the April 21st meeting.
Medical Clinic Building Committee - Reeve Calhoun provided Council with a written report regarding the Committeeís tour of the Olds Medical Clinic.
Kneehill Housing Commission -
Reeve Calhoun provided Council with a written report regarding the Executive and Board Meeting held April 28.
Canadian Badlands Ltd. - Clr. Long provided Council with a written report regarding the May 4th meeting as well as a copy of the May 2011 newsletter.
Community Futures WildRose - Clr. Long provided Council with a written report on the meeting held on April 28th and requested Council direction regarding sitting on an ad-hoc committee, Restructuring of Operating Assets, which is anticipated to meet approximately four times per year.
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council approve Clr. Long serving on a Community Futures Ad-Hoc Committee, Restructuring of Operating Assets. CARRIED
Trochu Centennial Celebration - Reeve Calhoun provided Council with a copy of the speech she had given at the Trochu Centennial celebration held on May 5, 2011.
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council receive the Committee reports. CARRIED
Correspondence Report
Clr. Painter moved that Council receive the Correspondence Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council receive the Business Pending and Summary reports. CARRIED
Direction: The presentation by Jerry Brett, Senior Planning and Development Officer was postponed until the May 24th Council.
The meeting adjourned at 3:12 p.m.

MINUTES OF THE APRIL 26, 2011 REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF KNEEHILL COUNTY AT THE KNEEHILL COUNTY OFFICE, 232 MAIN STREET, THREE HILLS, ALBERTA.
PRESENT: Div. 2 - Carol Calhoun, Reeve; Div. 5 - Bob Long, Deputy Reeve; Councillors: Div. 1 - Brian Holsworth, 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.
Reeve Calhoun called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.
Additions to the Agenda: Kneehill Regional Water Services Commission; Medical Clinic Building Committee; Community Action Committee.
Clr. Long moved approval of the agenda as amended. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved approval of the April 12, 2011 minutes. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved the meeting go in camera at 8:38 a.m. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved the meeting out of in camera at 9:08 a.m. CARRIED
Debi Moon, reporter for The Capital, Sergeant Patty Neely, Detachment Commander for the Beiseker RCMP, and Jamie Erickson, Kneehill County Peace Officer, entered the meeting at this time.
Beiseker RCMP Detachment Update - Sergeant Patty Neely, Beiseker Detachment Commander, updated Council on the status of the Beiseker Detachment. An Occurrence Statistics report for the time period of April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 was provided to Council.
* The Province is moving towards a unified zoning system which will allow offense statistics to be obtained and printed for each detachment within Kneehill County.
* The Beiseker detachment is comprised of four RCMP officers, along with civilian office coverage. To increase visibility, each member is to commit a minimum of one hour of each shift in their assigned community.
* An integrated shift schedule is in place with the Airdrie detachment to provide police coverage. In emergency situations boundary lines do not exist.
* Clarified that complaints may be made at any detachment within the Province, the information will be taken and forwarded to the appropriate detachment.
* Pleased with the County Peace Officers and is committed to working cooperatively and working towards improving the relationship.
* Possible options for the municipality to assist with staffing shortages would be to provide funding to hire a RCMP member, designating the detachment location or to employ civilian support staff to allow the members more enforcement time.
Reeve Calhoun thanked Sgt Neely for taking the time to attend the meeting to provide information to Council.
Pete McRae, Director of Operations and Brandy Hay Evans, Operations Executive Assistant, entered the meeting at 9:26 a.m.
Patty Neely and Jamie Erickson left the meeting at 9:30 a.m.
The meeting recessed from 9:30 a.m. until 9:36 a.m.
Pete McRae presented the Operations Report comprised of Transportation (Roads), Water and Miscellaneous updates. The following items were also discussed:
* Banning of Gravel Roads -Dependent upon the weather, existing bans on the gravel may be lifted later in the week.
* Huxley Drainage - Working on further remediation this week and Genivar Engineering will begin shooting elevations shortly.
* Washouts - Keeping track of the hours spent repairing in case there should be a need to approach the Province for disaster funding.
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council receive the Operations Report as presented. CARRIED
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council approve offering both products (Calcium Chloride and Spec Crude) for the 2011 Dust Control Program, with Spec Crude being $6.55 per linear foot and Calcium Chloride being $3.00 per linear foot, for a minimum distance of 400 feet, with a County rebate of $1.50 per linear foot for both products. CARRIED
A delegation of concerned residents from the Sunnyslope Water Service Area entered the meeting at 9:50 a.m.
Reeve Calhoun addressed the delegation advising they were welcome to attend and listen to the Council meeting but would not be able to participate or engage in conversation with Council as the agenda was full. She further invited them to make an appointment for the next Council meeting if they wished to make a presentation.
Clr. Long moved that Council receive as information the letters of concern from residents within the Sunnyslope Water Service Area, review each individual letter to identify the specific questions in order to draft one letter addressing those questions, with the letter to be sent to all the correspondents. CARRIED
Reeve Calhoun moved an article, signed by Kneehill County Council, be placed in The Capital and on the County's website addressing the issues, and clarifying ratepayer concerns.CARRIED
Pete McRae and Brandy Hay Evans left the meeting at 10:23 a.m.
The meeting recessed from 10:23 a.m. until 10:32 a.m.
The delegation consisting of some Sunnyslope Water Service Area residents was not present when the meeting reconvened.
Mike Morton, Director of Financial Services, was present when the meeting reconvened.
Clr. Holsworth moved to receive the March 2011 Bank Reconciliation Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council direct Administration to transfer $458,746 to the Operating Reserve and $50,000 to the Bridge Reserve for the 2010 financial year. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council approve the 2011 Operating Budget without wages and salaries. CARRIED
Clr. Long and Clr. Painter excused themselves from the meeting due to a possible perceived pecuniary interest.
Time: 9:46 a.m.
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council approve the 2011 Operating Budget with the wages and salaries. CARRIED
Clr. Long and Clr. Painter re-entered the meeting at 9:53 a.m.
Alan Lister and Chris Woods, Auditors from BDO entered the meeting at 9:58 am.
Clr. Long moved that Council approve the 2011 Capital Budget as presented. CARRIED
BDO - 2010 Internal Audit: Alan Litser and Chris Woods reviewed the 2010 Audited Financial Statements expressing appreciation for the cooperation and assistance received during the course of the audit from Mike Morton, Will Wolfe and staff. Mike Morton advised that the financial audit numbers support a strong viable economic position for Kneehill County. He further commended his staff for doing such an excellent job and noted that working with Al and Chris was always a pleasure.
On behalf of Council, Reeve Calhoun expressed thanks for the timely audit and financial reporting.
Clr. Long moved the meeting go in camera at 11:40 a.m. with just Council and the auditors remaining. CARRIED
Kevin Miner, Laurie Watt, Mike Morton, Barb Long and Debi Moon left the meeting at this time.
Clr. Painter moved the meeting out of in camera at 11:45 a.m. CARRIED
The meeting recessed for lunch from 11:46 a.m. until 12:46 a.m.
Kevin Miner, Laurie Watt, and Barb Long were present when the meeting reconvened.
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council accept the 2010 Financial Statements as presented. CARRIED
2011 Tax Rate Bylaw 1628
Clr. Holsworth moved first reading of reading of Bylaw 1628 to repeal Bylaw #1605 and authorize the rates of taxation to be levied against assessable property within Kneehill County for the 2011 taxation year. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved second reading of Bylaw 1628. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved consideration to hold third reading be given to Bylaw 1628. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Clr. Long moved third reading to Bylaw 1628. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved first reading of reading of Bylaw 1629 to rescind Bylaw #1604 and establish the 2011 Water Service Area Tax Bylaw. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved second reading of Bylaw 1629. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved consideration to hold third reading be given to Bylaw 1629. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Clr. Wittstock moved third reading to Bylaw 1629. CARRIED
Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Operating Grant Funding 2011
Clr. Long moved that Council approve the allocation of conditional funding under the MSI program for 2011 for the following items:
* Comprehensive Compensation Study - $30,000
* Addition of Road Supervisor Position - $40,000
* Dr. Recruitment and Retention Committee - $50,000
* Road Study - $30,000
* Marigold Library - 26,081
CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council approve the issuing of a tender to meet the janitorial services for the Administration building and the office portion of the new shop building as outlined in the service expectations document. CARRIED
Royal Canadian Legion -Drumheller Branch Request
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council receive as information. MOTION DEFEATED
Clr. Long moved that Council donate $500 towards the Drumheller Royal Canadian Legion cenotaph relocation and restoration project. CARRIED
Debi Moon entered the meeting at 1:12 p.m.
Linden Church Road
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council request Administration to obtain more information from the landowners involved, clarify their offer of assistance and bring back to Council at the May 10th or 24th meeting for further discussion. CARRIED
Direction: Due to safety concerns, Administration was directed to evaluate and post if necessary reduced speed limit signs on the Linden Church Road.
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council authorize the attendance of the Reeve or designate at the Linden Pathway Project grand opening scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on June 11, 2011. CARRIED
Fire Burning Concerns
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council receive as information. CARRIED
Central Alberta Association of Municipal Districts & Counties (CAAMDC) 2011 Zone Golf Tournament
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council authorize attendance to the CAAMDC 2011 Zone Golf Tournament. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council deny the Village of Carbon's request for a lease on the property at this location due to insufficient room and the restrictions it would impose on current County and lease operations. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council approves the cancellation of the 2011 taxes on Roll #32232013000, the Finn Hall site, and the 16 Gas Co-operative accounts identified by the following Roll numbers: 28200420420; 28221810810; 29222241500; 29230920610; 29263241600; 30212040900; 30241931300; 30253510100; 31220841600; 31221141600; 31233210100; 31250241500; 32272431200; 33232920400; 34241720510; 35240620400 CARRIED
Three Hills Mural Society Request
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council support the placement of a mural on the east wall of the County office. CARRIED
Acme Church of God 7th Day - Request for Water Levy Exemption Request
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council forgive the $6,000 water service benefitting levy and a tolling agreement be placed on title so that the levy would become payable should there be a change from public to private use of the facility. CARRIED
Kneehill Regional Water Services Commission (KRWSC)
Clr. Wittstock provided a written report updating Council on the April 21st meeting.
Medical Clinic Building Committee - Reeve Calhoun provided Council with the unapproved minutes from the initial meeting of this committee held on April 19th.
Community Action Committee (Three Hills RCMP) - Reeve Calhoun verbally updated Council on the Community Action Committee meeting she had attended, noting the following:
* Three Hills RCMP had nothing but praise for County Peace Officers.
* Need for the RCMP to become involved with social network slander discussed.
* A lot of the break and enters are committed by transients.
* Three Hills detachment has met all their targets for 2010.
Clr. Long moved that Council receive the Committee reports. CARRIED
Correspondence Report - Three Hills School Graduation Invitation
Clr. Long moved that Council authorize the attendance of Reeve Calhoun, at the Three Hills High School Graduation. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved that Council receive the Correspondence Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive the Business Pending and Summary reports. CARRIED
The meeting recessed from 2:35 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.
Clr. Painter moved the meeting go in camera at 2:45 p.m. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved the meeting out of in camera at 4:28 p.m. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council approve extending the meeting past 4:30 p.m. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved the meeting go in camera at 4:35 p.m. CARRIED
Barb Long left the meeting at 4:47 p.m. and the rest of the minutes were recorded by Laurie Watt.
Clr. Long moved the meeting out of in camera at 5:25 p.m. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council direct Administration to complete the project application to Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) for the New Administration Building and following approval bring back to Council to determine the next steps. CARRIED
The meeting adjourned at 5:29 p.m.

MINUTES OF THE MARCH 29, 2011 REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF KNEEHILL COUNTY AT THE KNEEHILL COUNTY OFFICE, 232 MAIN STREET, THREE HILLS, ALBERTA.
PRESENT: Div. 2 - Carol Calhoun, Reeve; Div. 5 - Bob Long, Deputy Reeve; Councillors: Div. 1 - Brian Holsworth, 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.
Reeve Calhoun called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.
Additions to the Agenda: Agricultural Service Board; Boomtown Trail; Red Deer River Municipal Users Group; Alberta Association of Municipal Districts & Counties; St. Mary's Health Board/Covenant Health; Family and Community Social Services.
Clr. Wittstock moved approval of the agenda as amended. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved approval of the March 8, 2011 minutes. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved to receive the February 2011Bank Reconciliation Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council receive the Reserves Report as presented. CARRIED
6.1 Kneehill Regional Partnership Meeting
Clr. Holsworth moved that Agenda Item #6.1 be tabled until later in the meeting. CARRIED
Allan Meding, Maintenance Foreman, Brad Buchart, Bridges & Parks Foreman and Brandy Hay Evans, Operations Executive Assistant, entered the meeting at 8:58 a.m.
Kevin Miner, with input from the Operations representatives, presented the Operations Report comprised of Transportation (Roads), Water and Miscellaneous updates. The following item was also discussed:
* Banning of Gravel Roads ñ Due to the unusual amount of snowfall this year and the resulting poor road conditions Council was in support of placing a 90% ban on gravel roads if it was felt to be necessary. Operations directed to advertise, both on the radio and in the paper, as well as on the County website.
Clr. Painter moved that Council receive the Operations Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that Kneehill County supply playground equipment, at an approximate cost of $10,500 each, the necessary equipment, washed pea gravel, and applicable perimeter fencing repair, with the total cost not to exceed $50,000, for the playgrounds located at Wimborne, Huxley and Swalwell with the funds to come from the 2010 surplus. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Kneehill County award the 2011 Park Attendant contract to Eldon Geiger. CARRIED
Water Modeling Application - Reimer Farms - Selkirk WSA
Clr. Long moved that Council approve the connection recommendation as presented. CARRIED
Linden Church Road RR 25-3 (From TWP 30-4 to 31-0)
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council authorize the Operations Department to rip, re-lay, shoulder pull, gravel and pack the Linden Church Road from Township Road 30-4 to Township Road 31-0 due to safety concerns. CARRIED
Operations directed to not permit individual dust control applications on this section of road for one full year to allow time for the road to dry out.
Debi Moon, Reporter for The Capital, entered the meeting at 9:27 a.m.
Encana Road Upgrade Request RR 26-2 East Side of NE & SE 15-209-26-W4
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council approve Encanaís request to upgrade 1,600 meters of Range Road 26-2 , as per the conditions of County Policy #5-13. CARRIED
Direction: Operations to look at the north mile of this road allowance after the south one mile upgraded by Encana.
Reeve Calhoun offered farewell greetings on behalf of Council and staff to Allan Meding thanking him for his 31 commendable years of service and wishing him the best in his new endeavor.
Allan Meding, Brad Buchart and Brandy Hay Evans left the meeting at 9:47 a.m.
The meeting recessed from 9:47 a.m. until 9:55 a.m.
Encana Update on Activities
Present when the meeting reconvened were the following Encana representatives: Chris Riege, Community Relations & Group Lead, Ryan Hansen, Lead Coordinator for Surface Land, Tim Jerhoff, Group Lead for Parkland, Mary Ann Clark, Team Lead for Parkland Clearwater, and Larry Marshall, Community Relations Advisor for Clearwater Community Relations.
Mary Ann Clark provided an overview of the high growth experienced by Encana, the leading North American natural gas resource areas, their commitment to responsible development and operational excellence, safety initiatives and the strategic focus of their Canadian division. More specific information was presented regarding the technical advances, Coal Bed Methane wells, pad drilling and future development within the County. The Parkland South area, consists of an area of 1300 kilometers, and is primarily located within Kneehill County. There are 2000 existing wells and in 2010 there were 130 wells drilled in the Linden area (Linden Lone Pine). The bulk of the work of Linden Lone Pine has been completed with the clean p of the pipeline construction remaining. Within the County in 2011 there will only be 65 wells drilled due to the depressed gas price, not the 200 previously planned and for the years 2012 forward there are estimating 125 wells per year. The importance of communications and transparency to allow for successful ventures was stressed by Encana along with their goal of being a community partner of choice. A copy of the power point presentation and a DVD were left with the office.
Council expressed appreciation to EnCana for keeping the County updated on future plans and for continuing to invest and connect with the communities where they operate.
The Encana representatives left the meeting at 10:52 a.m.
The meeting recessed from 10:52 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Will Scott, Senior Peace Officer and Jamie Erickson, Peace Officer were present when the meeting reconvened.
Will Scott, Sr. Peace Officer, provided an overview of the composition, activities, focus and future goals of the County's Public Safety department complimenting his Peace Officers on their dedication and skill. Peace Officer Jamie Erickson was applauded by Council for receiving the Award of Excellence from the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers. Officer Erickson is actively involved in providing public education in the areas of Anti-Violence/Bully program, Stranger Danger, Car Seat Inspection, Traffic Safety, Bicycle Safety, Halloween Safety, Teen Safety and Senior Safety.
Reeve Calhoun commended their department on building positive relationships by being actively involved in our communities and schools.
The meeting recessed for lunch from 11:50 a.m. until 1:10 p.m.
6.1 Kneehill Regional Partnership
Clr. Holsworth moved that Agenda Item #6.1 be lifted from the table. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council approve the $15.00 per capital/equalized assessment funding for the Dr. Recruitment and Retention Committee. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council approve the additional funding to the general Kneehill Partnership fund in the amount of $4.00 per capita. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council support the Grant Writer position, as a contract position, with funding not to exceed $20,000.00 per year. CARRIED
Sunnyslope WSA Borrowing Bylaw 1621
Clr. Hoppins moved second reading to Bylaw 1621, that being a bylaw to incur indebtedness in the amount of four million dollars ($4,000,000) for the purpose of constructing a waterline, reservoir upgrades and related equipment for the Sunnyslope Water Service Area. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved third reading to Bylaw 1621. CARRIED
Sunnyslope WSA Boundary Adjustment
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council rescind Motion #129/11. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council approve the continuation of the Sunnyslope Water Service Area distribution project (Phase 4), maintaining the main zone of the water service area, with the following minor boundary adjustments: Continuing the westerly edge of the water service area straight south (1/2 mile west of Range Road 26-2) an additional 3 Ω miles which takes the 41 quarter sections west of Allingham out of the water service area. Also by removal of the 29 recently added quarter sections in the Twining area. The new south east boundary is now the north edge of Secondary Highway 582 going 2 1/2 miles west, then 1/2 mile north, 1 mile west, 1/2 mile south, 1/2 mile west and 1 mile south as shown on the attached map and forming part of the minutes. CARRIED
Sundre and Schmautz Pasture Leases
Clr. Long moved that Council approve awarding the Schmautz and Sundre pasture rentals to the highest bidders meeting specifications under the direction of the Agricultural Fieldman. CARRIED
Fire Guardians Annual Appointment
Clr. Hoppins moved that Kneehill County Council appoint the following Fire Guardians for the issuance of Burning Permits for the 2011/2012 year:
* Three Hills Fire Department: Art Creasser, Don Richards, Bob Leuf
* Acme Fire Department: John Schmidt, Ron Schmidt, Sue Schmidt, Tim Brown
* Carbon Fire Department: Kerry Morgan, Don Appleyard, Jody Kranzler, Leigh Somers, Jeremy Kranzler, Jordan Reed
* Linden Fire Department: Dalin Reimer, Robin Boese, Mike Barkman, Jeremy Regehr, Karl Klassen, Earl Reimer, Jeff Schartner, Mike Ratzlaff, Sid Toews, Stan Wiebe, Scott Regehr, Darin Wiebe, Shawn Klassen, Gene Isaac, Jon Baerg, Gene Reimer, Tristen Klassen, Lester Barkman, Randy Williams, Tyler Boese, Bob Schartner, Kevin Klassen, Brian Klassen
* Torrington Fire Department: Mike Bauer, Jeff Bauer, Jeff Miller, Stan Martin, Howard Vickerman, Derek Benedict
* Trochu Fire Department: Lawrence Hogg, Richard Hoppins, Alan Adam
* Kneehill County: ESO, Niall Sharpe & ESAA, Tara Lammle, Peace Officers, Will Scott, Jamie Erickson & Jeff Munro
* Kneehill County: by virtue of position, Reeve Carol Calhoun, CAO Kevin Miner, and all County Clr.s CARRIED
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council approve a $50.00 advertising sponsorship for the Neons Swim Club.CARRIED
Jerry Brett, Senior Planning and Development Officer, entered the meeting at 1:30 p.m.
3.2a Subdivision Extension ñ KNE 080119 Badlands Recreation Development Corporation SE 22-27-21-W4
Clr. Painter moved that Council grant a nine month extension for Subdivision KNE 080119 that would expire on December 29, 2011. CARRIED
3.2b Safety Codes Services ñ Alberta Permit Pro Issues
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council, enter into a short-term 90 day contract, as presented, with Innovative Inspection Agency Inc. and during that time Kneehill County issue a Request for Proposal for a long term three-year contract for the provision of Safety Code Services. CARRIED
Jerry Brett left the meeting at 1:45 p.m.
Business Arising Continued
Ratepayer Meeting Format
Council finalized the format for the Ratepayer meetings.
Debi Moon left the meeting at 2:00 p.m.
Selkirk Water Service Area ñ Service Connection Fee ñ B1626
Clr. Wittstock moved first reading of Bylaw 1626, that being a bylaw to authorize the benefiting service connection fee for the Selkirk Water Service Area project as a local improvement and impose a special local benefit assessment with respect to the local improvement. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved second reading of Bylaw 1626. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved that consideration to hold third reading be given to Bylaw 1626. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Clr. Hoppins moved third reading to Bylaw 1626. CARRIED
Sunnyslope ìAî Water Service Area Connection Fee- Bylaw 1627.
Clr. Long moved first reading to Bylaw 1627, that being a bylaw to authorize the benefiting service connection fee for the Sunnyslope ìAî Water Service Area project as a local improvement and impose a special local benefit assessment with respect to the local improvement.CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved second reading to Bylaw 1627. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that consideration to hold third reading be given to Bylaw 1627. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Clr. Long moved third reading to Bylaw 1627. CARRIED
Sunnyslope Water Service Area Resident Questions Darlene Folkmann
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council authorize the Reeve to respond to the questions received from Darlene Folkmann, a resident within the Sunnyslope Water Service Area. CARRIED
Linden Water Service Area Phase 1 - Amending Bylaw 1623.
Clr. Hoppins moved first reading to Bylaw 1623, that being a bylaw to amend Bylaw 1533 which amended Bylaw 1505 the benefiting service connection fee for the Linden North Phase 1 Water Service Area project. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved second reading to Bylaw 1623. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that consideration to hold third reading be given to Bylaw 1623. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Clr. Holsworth moved that third reading be given to Bylaw 1623. CARRIED
Grainger/Hesketh Amending Bylaw 1624
Clr. Painter moved first reading be given to Bylaw 1624, that being a bylaw to amend Bylaw 1601 the benefitting service connection fee for the Grainger/Hesketh Phase 2 Water Service Area project. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved second reading to Bylaw 1624. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved consideration be given to hold third reading of Bylaw 1624. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Clr. Holsworth moved third reading to Bylaw 1624. CARRIED
Taxation Review Request ñ Reg & Alice Klassen Roll 30250342000
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council receive as information only. MOTION DEFEATED
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council provide tax relief, for the difference in the municipal portion only, for the years of 2008 and 2009. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council authorize the attendance of Reeve Calhoun, Clr. Hoppins and Clr. Painter at the Town of Trochu Centennial Celebrations being held May 5, 2011. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council authorize the attendance of Clr. Hoppins at the Central Rural Electrification Association Annual General Meeting. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive the Correspondence Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Long moved that Council receive the Business Pending and Summary reports. CARRIED
Agricultural Service Board - Clr. Hoppins provided Council with a written report on the March 25 ASB mtg.
Boomtown Trail AGM & Conference - Clr. Keiver provided Council with a written report on the March 14 AGM and Regular meeting and the March 18 Conference.
Red Deer River Municipal Users Group - Clr. Wittstock provided Council with a written report on the March 17th meeting he had attended.
Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties Spring Convention (AAMDC)
An update on the Spring AAMDC Convention was provided.
St. Mary's/Covenant Health - Clr. Painter provided Council with a verbal report on the recent community meeting regarding the status of the proposed new assisted living/extended care facility.
Family and Community Social Services (FCSS) - Clr. Holsworth provided Council with a verbal report on the highlights of the March 17th meeting.
Kneehill Housing Commission - Reeve Calhoun updated Council on the recent meeting advising she would be forwarding a written report.
Reeve Calhoun moved that Council receive the committee reports. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved the meeting go in camera at 3:23 p.m. CARRIED
Clr. Painter left the meeting at 3:35 p.m.
Clr. Keiver moved the meeting out of in camera at 3:40 p.m. CARRIED
There were no motions arising from the In Camera session.
The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

MINUTES OF THE MARCH 8, 2011 REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF KNEEHILL COUNTY AT THE KNEEHILL COUNTY OFFICE, 232 MAIN STREET, THREE HILLS, ALBERTA.
PRESENT: Div. 5 - Bob Long, Deputy Reeve; Councillors: Div. 1 - Brian Holsworth, Div. 3 - Jerry Wittstock, Div. 4 - Glen Keiver, Div. 7 - Bobby Painter.
ADMINISTRATION PRESENT: CAO Kevin Miner; Assistant CAO Laurie Watt; Recording Secretary Barbara Long.
ABSENT: Div. 2 - Carol Calhoun, Reeve; Div. 6 - Ken Hoppins, Councillor.
Deputy Reeve Long called the meeting to order at 8:36 a.m.
Clr. Wittstock moved approval of the agenda as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved approval of the February 22, 2011 minutes. CARRIED
Items for Kneehill Regional Partnership Meeting of March 9, 2011
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive as information. CARRIED
Request for Subdivision Extension and Waiver of Fee KNE 090230 - R. Wiebe
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council grant a 6 month extension for subdivision approval KNE090230, expiring on September 15, 2011. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council not waive the application fee of $250.00 CARRIED
Request for Relief of Riser Fee: NE 23-32-26-W4
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council adhere to policy, and deny the ratepayer request for waiver of the $6,000 riser fee.CARRIED
Pete McRae, Director of Operations, and Brandy Hay Evans, Operations Executive Assistant, entered the meeting at 9:00 a.m. CARRIED
Kneehill County Ratepayer Meetings: Council reviewed and discussed the draft power point presentation for the upcoming ratepayer meetings.
Clr. Painter moved that Administration make amendments to the 2011 Ratepayer meetings presentation as directed. CARRIED
Debi Moon, reporter for The Capital, entered the meeting at 9:18 a.m.
Pete McRae, Director of Operations, presented the Operations Report comprised of Transportation (Roads), Water and Miscellaneous updates.
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council direct Administration to dispose of the used heavy equipment as recommended. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved that Council receive the Operations Summary report. CARRIED
Pete McRae and Brandy Hay Evans left the meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Committee of the Whole Discussion - Sunnyslope Water Service Area - February 23, 2011
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council approve the continuation of the Sunnyslope Water Service Area distribution project (Phase 4), maintaining the main zone of the water service area, with the following minor boundary adjustments: Continuing the westerly edge of the water service area straight south (1/2 mile west of Range Road 26-2) an additional 3 1/2 miles which takes the 41 quarter sections west of Allingham out of the water service area. Also, by removal of the 32 recently added quarter sections in the Twining area. The new south east boundary is now the north edge of Secondary Highway 582 going 2 1/2 miles west, then 1/2 mile north, 1 mile west, 1/2 mile south, Ω mile west and 1 mile south as shown on the attached map and forming part of the minutes.
Clr. Keiver requested a recorded vote on the motion:
In Favour: Deputy Reeve Long, Clr. Holsworth, Clr. Painter, Clr. Wittstock and Clr. Keiver. Opposed: None. CARRIED
Doctor Recruitment and Retention Committee: Clr. Wittstock moved that Council authorize the participation of Clr. Long in the Cultural Integration Workshop being held on Saturday, April 4, 2011. CARRIED
Clr. Keiver moved that Council receive the Correspondence Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive the Business Pending and Summary reports. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Clr. Long and Clr. Painter be authorized to attend the upcoming St. Mary's Health Care Centre Information Meeting. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved the meeting go in camera at 10:01 a.m. CARRIED
Debi Moon left the meeting at that time.
Clr. Keiver moved the meeting out of in camera at 10:45 a.m. CARRIED
The meeting adjourned at 10:47 a.m.