Council Approves “New Build” Tax Incentive

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Mayor Ray Wildeman called the March 11, 2024, Regular Meeting of Three Hills Town Council to order at 5:30 pm.

The meeting agenda and regular Council meeting minutes from February 26, 2024, were accepted as presented.

Under Delegations, Prairie College President Mark Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer Mark Jonah and Andrew Siggelkow, Managing Director of Operations, provided a Prairie update. Information on this update will be published in the March 27, 2024 issue of The Capital.

Under Bylaws: Bylaw 1495-24 - Residential Development Incentive Program was given third and final reading by Council and was unanimously approved.

The Incentive Program provides abatements of three years to the municipal portion of property taxes only. This program applies only to new residential developments. Expansions or renovations to existing buildings or structures do not qualify for this incentive.

For all of the details on this incentive program see Bylaw No. 1495-94 on the Town website or call the Three Hills Town office for more information.

Under New Business- Council approved Policy #880 - Demolition Landfill Fee Policy as presented. The revised document is published on the town website.

Council approved Policy #100-A1 - Tree Trimming, Removal and Replacement for Town-Owned Lands Policy as presented. This is part of the administration’s ongoing review of all Council policies.

Council went on to approve the Marigold Library System requisition rates for 2025 at $6.59 per capita and for 2026 at $6.75 per capita.

Under Council reports Clr Dennis Hazelton reported that he attended two Kneehill Housing Authority meetings. An Executive committee has been struck and Dennis sits on the finance committee.

He also attended a Community Futures Wildrose meeting where a new mentorship program was introduced.

Clr Miriam Kirk had the pleasure of showcasing the community to a new doctor who is considering Three Hills.

Deputy Mayor Byrne Lammle also attended the Kneehill Housing Authority meeting where he is also a member of the new executive committee. He indicated to Council that the $300,000 Provincial funding to the Golden Hills Lodge, has been cancelled. This funding assisted with costs as some residents moved out of the Lodge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipal requisitions will increase to cover this loss.

Clr Marilyn Sept had minutes from a Police Advisory meeting but had nothing else to report.

Mayor Ray Wildeman participated via Zoom in a meeting of mid-sized towns with populations between 1,000 and 14,999. Mayor Wildeman joined other Mayors, CAOs and the County Reeve in a meeting with local doctors over long-term concerns. He also participated in a mock hazardous waste procedure, talked about the 30% price reduction on town-owned lots and promoted the Town of Three Hills on CBC Radio’s Talk About Town.

The Mayor’s report was accepted as presented.

Correspondence was received from the Municipal Services Division of Alberta Municipal Affairs and the Hon. Ric McIver, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Council acknowledged receipt of the correspondence.

Council moved into Closed Session at 7:27 pm to discuss the curling rink and an assessment appeal update.

Council moved out of Closed Session at 8:52 pm.

No motions were made as a result of Closed Session.

Mayor Ray Wildeman adjourned the Regular Council meeting of March 11, 2024, at 8:52 pm.