November 17, 2017

Highlights of Lacombe County council meeting

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Highlights of Lacombe County council meeting July 6
County defers decision on Blackfalds’ request to buy land
Lacombe County Council deferred a request to provide written consent to the Town of Blackfalds to pursue the purchase of the lands required for the Northwest Area Master Storm Water Management Plan that are within Lacombe County.
The Town of Blackfalds Northwest Area Master Storm water Management Plan, Dec 1, 2016, calls for the Town to purchase lands within Lacombe County. The Town has an application for this project before Alberta Environment. As the plan does affect residents of Lacombe County mainly along the shores of Lacombe Lake and Whelp Brook, Lacombe County and The Town hosted an open house information session on June 15, 2017 at the County Office.
Comments at the open house information session were for both issues that were discussed at the open house, the Blackfalds Storm water Plan, and the Lacombe County diversion license on the lake.
While the open house was open to everyone, written notifications were sent to all landowners around the lake and adjacent to Whelp Brook.
Concerns heard mostly centered around the water quality being put into the lake, as well as the increase of water level in the lake which is currently at very high levels. Others included the responsibility for monitoring water quality and water level maintenance.
The proposed plan includes directing flows at a rate that will not exceed the rates set out in the Master Drainage Plan Study for Wolf Creek and Whelp Brook completed by MPE Engineering Ltd in August of 2014. These flows will be directed through a series of existing wetlands and pipes to a final linear wetland to be built on the lands they are asking to purchase in Lacombe County.

New rescue/pumper in operation
Lacombe County and the Town of Blackfalds recently purchased a new pumper truck, and would like to officially commission the new truck. An event will take place on July 12, 2017, in the Town of Blackfalds.
The Town of Blackfalds and Lacombe County jointly purchased a Rescue/Pumper unit from Wholesale Fire & Rescue Ltd. The unit was on display at the recent Fire Chief’s Convention in Red Deer and currently our Fire Services are being orientated and trained in its use prior to be putting into service here in the near future. The Town of Blackfalds will also be retaining Unit 2, which the new unit will be replacing, as a second line response and back up unit. It will serve an important purpose when one of the other units are down for maintenance or repair or when a unit is needed in harsh conditions that may impact the equipment.

Council defeats funding request for family council for dementia residents at Royal Oak
Council defeated a donation request to help fund a fenced outdoor area at Royal Oak Village in Lacombe.

MP Calkins gives presentation to county council
Blaine Calkins, Conservative M.P. for Red Deer-Lacombe met with council to provide an update of current events of the Canadian Parliament and advise of new initiatives that the federal government is undertaking.

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