by Helge Nome
Four delegations presented their cases
at the regular meeting on November 22. County involvement in internet
service to local residents was also discussed.
of an Agriculture Recreation Committee made a case for a recreational
complex to be constructed on the newly acquired county lands near the
Rocky airport. The total cost of the project is estimated at $22 million
with approximately one half of the money potentially coming from
municipal sources. Art Terpsma presented the case for a facility with a
number of other people interested in the project in attendance. Reeve
Alexander responded by advising the committee to broaden its base of
community support for the complex before the County would become
actively involved. Council did, however, carry a motion to make its
airport lands available as a potential site.
Gummer, Wildlife Biologist with Parks Canada, made a presentation on the
planned re-introduction of bison into the Banff National Park. 16
animals will be moved from Elk Island National Park into a controlled
area on the eastern slopes of the Rockies in the Banff park for a trial
period of 5 years.
Don Livingston and Ed Van Heeren
made the case for County support for the Rocky Mountain House Search and
Rescue group in its upcoming 2017 budget.
The group is a
registered society and has entered into a cooperative relationship with
the municipally controlled Clearwater Regional Emergency Management
Agency. It has a broad volunteer base and is looking to replace capital
equipment and upgrade skills and equipment to be able to participate in
helicopter rescue operations.
The County is
increasingly being asked to give financial support to local volunteer
groups. This trend was affirmed by a delegation from the Prairie Creek
Memorial Cemetery Association who asked for some $7,000 to $10,000 to
replace a gate and fencing around the cemetery. Reeve Alexander said
that the request would be considered during the 2017 budget
deliberations. A related issue came up shortly afterwards in regards to
the costs of demolishing the Taimi Hall which came in at $73,405; 33,405
over budget due to the need to dispose of asbestos in the debris.
County’s electronic information system is in very poor health. This
became evident during a presentation by Corporate Services Manager
Rodney Boyko when he requested an amount of $50,000 over and above
budgeted costs to deal with ongoing problems. The request was granted.
broadband internet issue was back on the agenda with Community and
Protective Services Manager Ted Hickey resubmitting a previously tabled
“Broadband Request for Proposal - Focused Study Area”.
After a good amount of discussion where previously held positions and
beliefs were restated, it was resolved to release the full text of the
TaylorWarwick Broadband Internet Study to the public. The agenda item
under discussion was re-tabled until the next regular meeting.
on a positive note, Public Works Manager Marshall Morton reported that a
tender for asphalt overlay of 22 km of the Prairie Creek Road came in
$1 million below the estimated cost of $3.9 million. Good deal!