Council Highlights – April 9/24

Ratepayer Appreciation Night
Council expresses its sincere appreciation to everyone who joined us for the MD of Peace Ratepayer Appreciation dinner on April 5, 2024, held at the Grimshaw Legion. With a turnout of over 100 residents, this annual gathering offered a valuable platform for Council and community members to interact and share information The Agricultural Service Board Chair highlighted the salient features of the ASB program and services available to the MD of Peace producers. Special thanks go to The Pit Stop Diner/Tammy’s Kitchen in Grimshaw for preparing a delicious meal, to the Legion for hosting the event, and to our generous sponsors – the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, UFA, Daily Horse Supply, Rocky Mountain Equipment, Berwyn Agricultural Society, and the Grimshaw and District Agriculture Society for their contribution of door prizes and supporting our event.

Agriculture Services Report
Nasar Iqbal, Manager of Agriculture Services, shared information with Council regarding the progress on recruiting summer staff, the extension of the Shelterbelt Program, and the upcoming Livestock Producer Meeting with Akim Omokanye for residents at the MD of Peace Office from 1 to 3 p.m. on May 3, 2024.

Council approves 2024 Operating and Capital Budgets
Council approved the MD of Peace Capital Budget of $4,236,199 and the Operating Budget of $4,876,221 which requires a 4% increase in property tax rates. 

Policy Review
Council approved amendments to Policy REC-3 Recreation Lease Rental Policy and ADM-1, Use of Municipal Office by Outside Organizations.

 

Gravel Crushing
Council reviewed applications in response to a Request for Proposals for gravel crushing services in the MD. Council approved that Wapati Gravel Suppliers be awarded the contract to crush 124,000 tonnes of gravel at $6.37/per tonne.

Peace River Regional Airport Presentation
William Stewart, Airport Manager, provided information regarding the Peace River Regional Airport, reporting that the airport has experienced an increase in airport tenants, which has assisted in reducing debt and increasing viability. Crop dusting services, aviation training, medivac, fire and forestry, crew change service through Caribou Air, and a new helicopter business are some of the services operated from the Peace River Regional Airport. 


Coffee with Council
Council thanks all who attended the March 26, 2024 Coffee with Council meeting at the MD Office. Councillors invite ratepayers to attend the next Coffee with Council meeting on June 25, 2024, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Council Chambers. This initiative was created in 2023 to facilitate engagement between Council and ratepayers.