Highlights of Lacombe County meeting Aug. 24
TOWN OF BLACKFLADS– STORM WATER PROJECT
Further to the County’s request for information on alternatives for dealing with the Northwest Area Storm System runoff, delegates from the Town of Blackfalds spoke to the challenges of pumping the storm water to the Blindman River, or for interbasin transfer. The presentation was accepted for information.
TOWN OF BLACKFLADS – CIVIC FACILITIES DEVEOPMENT STRATEGY
Delegates from the Town of Blackfalds updated Council on their proposed Civic Facilities Development Strategy and Master Plan, to provide County Council with insight on the plan. Council accepted the presentation for information.
LONG RANGE ROAD CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE
Council approved the long-range road construction schedule for 2018-2023 as presented.
GIMLET ROAD UPGRADES
Council received a report on the Gimlet Road (Range Rd 4-3) for information; and requested that the upgrading of the Gimlet Road (Range Rd 4-3) be identified as a possible item for discussion when negotiating Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework with Clearwater and Ponoka County, who share portions of the road.
REQUEST FOR CLOSURE OF ROAD ALLOWANCE
The report on the status of the road closure for Road Plan 172 0912 was received for information. This plan was to be designated as municipal reserve, with plans to develop it as a future public trail. The request to close the road was submitted to Alberta Transportation, who asked the County to put the application on hold until they determine if they need that right-of-way for a future road expansion project.
LACOMBE WEST SERVICING PROJECT AGREEMENTS
Council reviewed the report regarding the Joint Economic Area west of the QEII, a request from their April 13, 2017 meeting, and approved the following:
City of Lacombe and Lacombe County Joint Economic Area Servicing Agreement
City of Lacombe and Lacombe County Capital Project Contribution Agreement
North Red Deer River Water Services, City of Lacombe and Lacombe County Memorandum of
RECREATION MILL RATE
Following a request from Council at the June 6, 2017 meeting, a report was presented on recreational funding procedures used by other rural municipalities with regard to capital funding and operational funding, as well as the tax rate allocated to recreation operation and capital costs. Council accepted the Recreation Funding Report for information.
SANDY POINT PETITION
A delegation representing the 57 lot owners of Sandy Point RV Resort presented a petition to Council requesting Lacombe County complete improvements on Range Road 1-1. Council passed the following recommendations:
1. That Council accept the petition for the improved maintenance on Rge Rd 1-1 for information
2. That Council direct the County Commissioner to provide notice to Delta Land Co. pursuant to
Section 3.4 of the development agreement that the Delta Land Co. provide an unconditional and irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of $1,747,413 to fund the first 75 mm lift of Rge Rd 1-1 as the average traffic counts on Rge Rd 1-1 are now exceeding the specified 400 vehicles per day.
ALBERTA DOWNS UPDATE
The new owners of Alberta Downs introduced themselves to Council to discuss the property and potential uses.
JUST FREEHOLD ENERGY
Brad Murray, president of Just Freehold Energy, presented Council with a tax payment proposal to address its 2017 taxes. Council referred the 2017 property tax proposal to the County Commissioner for review and preparation of a recommendation for Council’s consideration at a future meeting.
Planning and Development Services
Bylaw 445 (Road Plan Closure)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 445 for the closure of Road Plan 1302 H.W. Council then directed Administration to hold a Public Hearing for Bylaw 445 on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 5:40 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Bylaw 400.05 (West Area Rezoning)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 400.05, a bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw No. 400 by rezoning lands which are described as part of SE 26-40-27 W4 from (FD) Future Designation to (C4) Highway Commercial District, (R5) Residential Multi Unit Dwelling District, (GS) Greenspace District, (EOS) Environmental Open Space District, and (UT) Utility District.
Council subsequently directed Administration to hold a Public Hearing for Bylaw 400.05 on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Joint Servicing Agreement – West Area
Council passed a resolution to endorse the Joint Economic Area Servicing Agreement and the Capital Project Contribution Agreement with Lacombe County, as proposed.
Council then amended the 2017 Capital Budget to include the Water and Sewer Service Extension, the intersection improvements at Highway 12 and 76 Street, and the upgrade of the southern portion of 76 Street to an arterial standard. However, Council deferred consideration of the Fairway Drive reconstruction until 2018 Budget deliberations.
Borrowing Bylaw 430 (West Area Joint Servicing Agreement)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 430, a borrowing bylaw for the work authorized in the West Area Servicing project.
Council and Legislative
Council appointed Don Easton to the Municipal Planning Commission as Citizen-at-Large for a term ending December 31, 2020. Council also appointed Emma-Joy Pocock as Student Representative to the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board, for a term ending August 31, 2018.
Council passed a resolution to cancel the September 5, 2017, Council Committee meeting.
Economic Development and Community Services
ECHO Lacombe/City Agreement with UtilityNet
Council directed Administration to renew the Energy Marketing Agreement with UtilityNet for a term of five years, as presented.
Proposals for West Area Detailed Design, Servicing, Roadway Access Upgrades and Fairway Drive
Council directed Administration to execute the proposal for ‘West Area Servicing’ from Stantec Consulting after amending the scope of work to remove full reconstruction of Fairway Drive.
Council also directed Administration to execute the proposal for ‘Highway 12 Intersection and 76 Street Roadway Design’ from Stantec Consulting