MUNICIPAL DISTRICT BONNYVILLE NO. 87
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS September 28, 2022
Keeping you informed of the services, business, and development that affect YOU!
#1 Municipal Planning Decisions – Council approved the subdivision of a 0.13-acre parcel. The parcel will be consolidated into an existing cemetery lot for the Lakeview Gospel Centre Church. Details of the application can be found in the meeting agenda.
#2 Infrastructure Services Updates – Council received an update from Infrastructure Services on the Sunset Beach Road Drainage Improvements. The project, now completed, came in under the $1.6 million budget at $849,500, including $133,500 spent prior to 2022.
Council rescinded Policy 4B.011 Domestic Wastewater Disposal at Municipal Wastewater Lagoons. The policy was rescinded as all M.D. sewage treatment lagoons were closed to outside haulers earlier this year.
#3 Parks, Recreation & Culture Update — Council approved the replacement of the Vezeau Beach Boat Launch at just over $625,000, to be funded from the 2022 Capital Budget. Originally, the mooring system was to be replaced as well. Council agreed to cancel the new mooring system, as it would put the project over budget by $1.24 million. The new boat launch will be 36 metres long, wide enough to handle two vehicles using it at once, and accounts for a number of variable conditions including water levels and boat size.
#4 Briefly – Council heard from the Bonnyville Amateur Football Association which is looking for funding to upgrade and maintain the Roy Scott Athletic Park. Council heard an update about the Lakeland Rural Cat Spay and Neuter Clinic, which included a funding request and a request for support on an animal bylaw. Council directed Administration to bring back more information on all the requests to a future meeting.
Council accepted a stakeholder information presentation by Toma Consulting Inc. and Solstice Environmental Management on behalf of the Metis Settlements General Council who are seeking to create two Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) in northeast Alberta. Administration was directed to bring back more information about the IPCA to a future Council meeting.
Council agreed to send a letter of support on behalf of the Northern Lights Library System, which is looking for an increase in library funding from Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Council approved amendments to the Assessment Review Board and Subdivision and Development Appeal Board bylaws, which will allow for members who do not reside in the M.D. to have a seat on the Composite Assessment Review Board, Local Assessment Review Board, and Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. This change will reduce the perception of bias and risk of conflict of interest in the decisions made by the boards. The amendments also included changes in the length of the term to potentially match up with the municipal election cycle, or at Council’s discretion.
Council approved a donation of $1,800 to the Lakeland Society for Truth and Reconciliation for the 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation activities being hosted in Bonnyville.
Council reappointed Ron Young and appointed Peter Charles and Ronda Morin as Members at Large to both the Local Assessment Review Board and the Composite Assessment Review Board.
Council also appointed Peter Charles as a Member at Large to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
#5 Council Invitations – Council approved the purchase of six tickets for the Bonnyville and District Chamber of Commerce’s Our Resiliency Runs Deep Awards October 14.
Council approved the attendance of one member of Council at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Taste of Home Gala November 27.
Council approved the purchase of a table for the first annual Victor Ringuette Sportsman Dinner October 15.
Council approved the purchase of four tickets for the Cold Lake Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards on October 21.
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