HIGHLIGHTS OF COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING, MAY 9, 2017
By Marianne Cole
1. Development on County land in Caroline.
Phase 1 (planned for the northern part of the property) included the
creation of 11 industrial lots and the county’s lot for its salt/sand
> Phase 2 includes the southern portion, along Highway 54, with 10 proposed highway commercial lots.
Phase 1 development has been approved by council but Phase 2
development was contingent upon the county and village receiving the
Small Communities Fund (SCF) grant. This was unsuccessful.
About 75% of Phase 1 infrastructure construction was completed last
fall but weather prevented completion. Northside Construction
Partnership is scheduled to return shortly to complete the earthwork.
Then the construction of the salt/sand storage facility will proceed.
Discussion took place on servicing the lots in both Phase 1 and 2,
focussing on the impact on Caroline’s water/sewer system as well as
receiving approval from Alberta Environment re the impact on nearby
A motion was made directing administration to discuss Phase 2
development with the village, investigate the water/sewer implications,
and bring back a more detailed report for approval.
2. Land Use Bylaw Amendment passes first reading.
This draft bylaw would establish penalties and definite courses of
action for those whose developments contravene development bylaws
(encroachment on neighboring properties, not abiding by building
Action here is usually complaint driven and begins with a letter
informing the offender of contraventions. This is followed up, if
necessary, by further action and penalties.
3. Condor Community Centre Request.
Council approved the granting of $18,000.00 to assist Condor Community
with renovations to their hall. (Approximate cost $53,000. The community
has the remaining funds.)
4. Compassionate Care Hospice Society Letter of Support.
The Society was formed in 2016 and is now actively working to establish
a hospice center in Rocky that would provide compassionate, quality
comfort care for people with a life-limiting illness and their families.
Steve Taylor, Vice Chair of the Society attended council to ask that a
letter of support from the County be sent to Alberta Health Services on
behalf of the Society. This request was granted.
5. Town on Rocky Recreation Master Plan
Roger Smolnicky, Director of Recreation for the town, and a
representative from McElhanney Consulting were present to discuss the
process the town is engaged in to provide a framework for future
recreation programs used by the town and county.
Recently a survey re. the available facilities and usage was completed
with an approximate 60-40 % split of town-county respondents.
> The results of this survey will be presented to the town on May 16 and to the county following that (likely May 23).
6. Clearwater Broadband Foundation.
Michelle Swanson, Chairman, made a brief presentation regarding the
CBF’s previous request for funding and the county’s subsequent request
for a review of the CBF’s proposals.
Part of the county’s review included getting legal opinion regarding
the CBF’s non-profit status and the county’s legal ability to provide a
loan to a “for profit” organization.
Significant discussion took place on the possibility that the legal
firm may not have investigated the “non-profit” status as fully as it
could have. (It did not investigate the O’Net/Olds Institute system
which has non-profit status.)
Discussion also took place on Michelle’s suggestion that a “Tech Review
Committee” be established with the town, county, and the CBF each
arranging for a tech consultant to be part of the committee that would
evaluate the pro’s and con’s of fibre optics and tower systems.
Currently there seems to be a distinct difference of opinion on council
on the benefits of each system.
In the end Council passed a motion to not approve the loan to the CBF.
They also passed a motion requesting an administrative report on the
available options to improve broadband services in Clearwater County.