Kneehill County Council Report

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The regular meeting of Kneehill County Council was called to order by Reeve Jerry Wittstock at 8:30 AM, Tuesday January 10, 2023.

Councillors present were: Deputy Reeve Ken King, Laura Lee Machell-Cunningham, Wade Christie, Carrie Fobes, Faye McGhee.

The amended agenda was accepted with three items being added.

The minutes of the December 13 Council meeting were approved as presented.

Under Community Services, item 5.1 and 5.2 were the extensions of Subdivision applications . Both requests were granted.

For KNE210154 the situation necessitating the request is given here:

“There are multiple factors involved with this specific subdivision. The main reason for the extension is the applicant is required to change the current septic system. It has been difficult for the applicants to secure a contractor this past two summers, due to the short construction window for the installation of septic systems in Alberta. Therefore, an extension for this subdivision file is required for the applicant to finalize the conditions set out in the approval on February 25, 2021. The applicant has advised that they have secured a contractor to start in April of 2023. This would be the final extension allowed. If at the date of the second extension, KNE210154 is not finalized, a new subdivision application will be required and the process will start from the beginning.”

For KNE220172 the explanation is thus:

“There is only one condition left with this specific subdivision, prior to endorsement. The reason for the extension is the applicant is required to build an approach into the new parcel that is being created. This was unable to be completed this fall due to harvest and personal time-lines and commitments. Therefore, an extension for this subdivision file is required for the applicant to finalize the last condition set out in the approval on February 24, 2022. This is the first extension request for KNE220172. We are requesting the extension deadline fall on Friday, February 23, 2024, as February 24th of 2024 is a Saturday.”

Council received an invitation to attend the upcoming economic development food and agritourism industry session being held on January 26, 2023 in Three Hills. Council approved the attendance of all Councillors who wished to take in this event.

Trochu Council is applying for a grant to help fund Training sessions for Fire Services. Trochu asked Kneehill County for a letter of support for their request. Council readily approved giving such support.

New and Unfinished Business included two requests for funding assistance.

7.1 From the Village of Acme:

The background provided to Council states: “The Acme Seniors Association and the Village of Acme have partnered to bring the Village of Acme an all-inclusive playground for their residents and visitors including some accessible equipment and an accessible swing. This playground will be located at Rose Park (North end of Walsh Ave.) and be incorporated around the two pieces of equipment that were installed at this location in May of 2021.”.

In response, Council approved a donation of $500.00 (five hundred dollars) to go towards the installation of the Acme Rose Park Playground.

At the December 13, 2022 Council meeting Council considered a request from the Badlands Historical Society for a donation toward the repair of the Museum roof. Council tabled the request at that time pending further information.

Further information was provided in today’s meeting and ” Council approved a $5,000 donation under the Recreation, Community, Arts, and Cultural Events program to the Badlands Historical Museum Society to assist them in fixing their roof.”

The third request is explained in this “background” but pertains particularly to Solar Farm Governance.

“A letter of request dated December 15th, 2022 from Rocky View County is attached. Rocky View County is seeking to gather municipalities to take part in a joint advocacy campaign to make changes to the Provincial framework governing renewable energy projects. Specifically, Rocky View County is seeking a framework that would include broader municipal input into siting considerations and protection from potential end of life liabilities associated with reclamation. The effort would be undertaken through the contracting of a third party – a lobbyist.”

Council’s decision was to table this until the February 14 meeting.

Reeve Wittstock was the only Councillor to give a report at this time. He attended a meeting of Aqua 7 on December 13.

“Kneehill County is part of the Aqua 7 Regional Water Commission (municipalities include Acme, Carbon, Linden, Beiseker, Irricana, Rockyview County and Kneehill County). Water is drawn from the Red Deer River, treated at Kirkpatrick near Drumheller, and distributed to its member municipalities.”

The last item presented in the open session of Council is the “Follow-up Action List”.

Discussion around the proposed “Three Hills East Water Engagement Public Hearing to be held in Three Hills was to establish a date that would not conflict with Councillor’s previous commitments. The date of March 8 was decided upon after Council closed.

Reeve Wittstock called a recess at 9:27 after which Council would go into closed session to address 11.1 “Intergovernmental Relations (FOIP-Section 21),11.2 “Personnel (FOIP- Section 17) and 11.3 (FOIP Section 16).