Council Meeting Highlights – March 12, 2024

Farewell Dinner for Dr. Louw and Dr. De Kock
Council authorized Reeve Robert Willing, Councillor Theresa Johnson and Councillor Sandra Eastman to attend the Farewell Dinner for long-time physicians Dr. Alex Louw and Dr. Hansie De Kock on March 25, 2024. 

Nuclear Power Project
Council was briefed on an introductory meeting hosted by MLA Dan Williams, which revisited the possibility of developing a nuclear power plant in the region. These discussions were very preliminary, and council will be provided with any further information if and when it is received. 

Subdivision Applications
Council approved subdivision application 24MK001, legally known as Part of SE13-83-24-W5 and Subdivision application 22MK020 legally known as part of SE25-83-25-W5.

Second Quarter Funding Requests
Council reviewed funding applications from various organizations and approved the following:

  • Peace Country Rugby Club Provincial Trip – $600
  • Berwyn Multi-coveralls 4-H Club Achievement Day – $500
  • Berwyn Municipal Library to update the adult books section – $600
  • Brownvale Community Club Summer Fun Program – $1000
  • Community Futures 2024 Women in the North Conference – $500
  • Grimshaw Public School Skills Canada Provincial Competitions – $600
  • Grimshaw Municipal Library Monthly Craft Program – $600
  • North Peace Athletics Society Sports Camps and Clinics – $600

Council budgeted $20,0000 for grants, donations and funding applications for 2024, $5000 per quarter. 

Mass Texting Subscription
To supplement the MD of Peace emergency response, Council approved a subscription to Dial My Calls, a mass texting service that will contact subscribed residents in the event of an emergency. 

Point of Presence Agreement with Bell West Inc.
Council reviewed a renewal request from Bell West Inc. for space leased in a portion of the Brownvale Fire Hall to house equipment to manage the Alberta Supernet Network. Council directed administration to seek more favorable terms for the agreement renewal.


Signage for Lac Cardinal Recreation Area
The council reviewed and approved new signage for Lac Cardinal Hall and a sign identifying the municipal side of the park as the Lac Cardinal Recreation Area. 

Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks Engagement
Council discussed and completed an online survey to provide input to the provincial government regarding Municipal Government Act requirements related to Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs). ICF agreements are required for municipalities that share a border, and the Government of Alberta legislates that all rural municipalities make payments to their urban neighbors to help cover the costs of urban infrastructure used by rural residents. For example, for recreation costs alone, the MD of Peace is required to make payments to the Town of Peace River, the Town of Grimshaw, and the Village of Berwyn in the sum of $523,442, of which 63% goes to the Town of Peace River. The MD of Peace does not receive funding from any neighboring municipalities for recreation.