Council Meeting Highlights – Feb 13/24

Public Works and Agriculture Department Reports
Barry Denison, Public Works Foreman provided an update regarding the removal of trees from roads following high winds, the completion of brushing on RR 222 and RR 223 and the preparation of a brushing program for the northwest section of the MD. He noted the warm weather has made for icy and soft roads around the region. Nasar Iqbal, Manager of Agriculture Services also provided an update noting an extension to the MD Shelterbelt Tree program, an update on the Peace Beef Cattle Day event in Grimshaw, the initial plans for the MD Ratepayer Appreciation Event on April 5, 2024, and a summary of information from the Building Resiliency from Multi-year Drought Workshop in Grande Prairie.

Drainage Ditch Advocacy Group
Council authorized Reeve Robert Willing to attend the January 31, 2024 meeting with neighbouring municipalities regarding issues related to drainage ditches and for Councillor Lori Kinee to attend future drainage ditch advocacy meetings.

Coffee with Council
Council discussed the format and participation of ratepayers in the monthly “Coffee with Council” initiative. This initiative was introduced by the council in February 2023 to facilitate engagement between the council and ratepayers. The upcoming March 2024 “Coffee with Council” meeting will focus on road maintenance and any other topics that attending ratepayers may wish to discuss. The meeting will take place on March 26, 2024, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, at the MD of Peace Administration Office. Council decided that moving forward, “Coffee with Council” will be held on a quarterly basis with all or as many councillors in attendance as possible.

Brownvale Community Park and Lac Cardinal Park
Council approved for administration to order new signage for Brownvale Park, the Lac Cardinal Recreation Area and the Lac Cardinal Hall. Council also approved the purchase of additional 30 km speed zone signs and children at play signs to be installed at Lac Cardinal Recreation area.

Lac Cardinal Hall
Council approved that the insulation of Lac Cardinal Hall be included in the 2024 Capital Plan projects and budget for consideration.

Supernet Installation at Brownvale Community Center
Council approved expanding Supernet internet services from the Brownvale Library into the hall area at the Brownvale Community Center, costing approximately $2500.

Meet and Greet with Alberta Municipalities President
Council authorized Deputy Reeve Sandra Eastman to attend a meet-and-greet event with the President of Alberta Municipalities at the Town of Grimshaw Administration Building on February 16, 2024.

Meeting with the Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors
Council determined discussion topics for a potential meeting with Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors Minister Devin Dreehsan at the upcoming Rural Municipalities Association Convention. Conversation topics include the highway connection project from Peace River to Fort McMurray, Tompkins Landing, and the landslide at Bricks Hill.

Public Hearing
Council passed the second, third and final reading of Bylaw No. 3/2024 reflecting amendments to Land Use Bylaw No. 1/2021. Bylaw No. 3/2024 outlines the updated definition and regulations for Home-occupation within Section 1.4 and Section 4.19. A public hearing was held with no objections put forth.

Subdivision Parcel Approved
Council reviewed and approved, in principle, one 36-acre parcel subdivision from the NW 36-83-24-W5.

Development Permit No 5/24
Council reviewed and accepted a request from the Lac Cardinal Pioneer Village Museum requesting authorization to add a lean-to on an existing building.

Peace River Library Update
Channing MacDonald from the Peace River Municipal Library provided council with an update and report on 2023 library usage and programming. Approximately 26 MD of Peace residents are library card holders which is 4% of the library’s membership.

Fire Services Update
Fire Chief Lawrence Arnold provided council with an update and answered questions related to various statistics relevant to the MD, firefighter recruitment efforts, the new name for the Fire Department (Lac Cardinal Fire Department), and the continued focus on the FireSmart preparedness and awareness campaign.