Development Permits top $8 million

As of December 2010, The Town of Three Hills provided their annual construction report. The total permit value for the year was $8,266,325.00, far exceeding 2009's numbers of $3,653,488.55.
Broken down, the report shows $2,829,305 was invested into new homes in Three Hills, another $107,020 into renovations and additions, and $45,000 spent on garages.
New industrial projects totalled $4 million, while commercial renovations and additions came to $238,200.
Renovations and additions for institutional and governmental buildings cost $982,800 and new buildings in the same category were worth $64,000.
Three Hills Town Council met on February 14, with a visit from delegates from Arts Alive in Kneehill. President Shirley Adam, and Louise Mantel came to update Council on their program, and seek funding.
Giving some background information on Arts Alive, Shirley told that their first meeting was in September 2008, realizing the need to promote art and artists of all types in the area. Shirley reported that Arts Alive is now considered a Society, with representatives on the Board from all over the County, and volunteers throughout.
"We feel we are making contributions to the artists and patrons within the area," says Shirley, explaining how much exposure they've provided with the Arts Alive ad in the Capital, and the Arts Directory.
Currently, all funds for Arts Alive in Kneehill have come from grants from the Town of Three Hills. Shirley is looking to appeal to communities within the County for funding, since the program affects more than Three Hills.
The Society's expenses include such costs as advertising, printing of the directory, and office work fees. While at the meeting, the delegates learned that their request for a $14,000 grant in 2010 had finally been approved a few days before their meeting with Council.
The delegates left the meeting, and Council moved on to the Requests for Decision.
Mayor Tim Shearlaw and CAO Jack Ramsden will be attending the 2011 Mayor's Caucus and CAO Session on Thursday, February 17, in Edmonton. This meeting is designed as a way to meet with groups of members based on population thresholds to facilitate decision-making by establishing direct communication on a regular basis.
Council agreed to meet with Mark Maxwell, President of Prairie Bible Institute at the next meeting, scheduled for February 28 to briefly update Council on how the Institute is doing.
The Town of Three Hills will proclaim February 20-26, 2011 as Freedom to Read Week, as requested by the Marigold Library System in support of the national event, reaffirming commitment to intellectual freedom in Canada.
Council authorized that the Town of Three Hills waive tax penalties of $2,021.43 for the Provincial Building. As written in the Council agenda, the Town does not wish to set a precedent by waiving penalties; this action is only to be considered in this case due to Government ownership of the property.
Three Hills Citizens On Patrol received approval for a 2011 Operating Grant in the amount of $5,000.
CAO Jack Ramsden was authorized to allow ATCO Electric to proceed with the installation of overhead power to new street lights for the 11th Ave north street light project, as part of the Grantville Rehabilition project.
The Mayor and CAO will sign a Water Tower Lease Agreement with Pengrowth Energy Corporation for the lease of space on the water tower, and in the building, for a rate of $300, plus GST, per month.
Councillor Al Campbell, and John Boxma will be attending a Subdivision and Development Appeal Board workshop on March 4 in Strathmore. Councillor Ron Howe, Ron Wilson, Troy Yeaman, and Tracey Gorr will be attending the same workshop on March 10 in Airdrie.
The Alberta Library Conference will be held in Jasper in April, and Councillor Al Campbell has been authorized to attend.
Town Council then moved into a lengthy closed session, ending the meeting around 8:30 pm.