MUNICIPAL DISTRICT BONNYVILLE NO. 87
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS February 14, 2023
Keeping you informed of the services, business, and development that affect YOU!
Detailed information on each topic below can be found at bit.ly/MDBvilleAgendas.
#1 Master Rates Bylaw Updates – Council gave Third Reading to Bylaw No. 1833 to make amendments to the M.D.’s Master Rates Bylaw. One of the amendments will see an increases to the Waste and Resource Recovery rates and establishing a fee for a replacement M.D. resident access card for the Cold Lake Landfill. Water and sewer rates were also amended. The minimum bi-monthly fees are gone, while the monthly services fees for water, sewer, and bulk water have changed.
The rates have changed as follows:
- Water Service Fee has increased to $10 per month/per account holder
- Sewer Service Fee has been set at $10 per month/per account holder (if receiving both water and sewer services)
- The Bulk Water Service fee has been set at $10 per month/per account holder
- Properties receiving sewer services only will be subject to a $30 per month/per account holder fee
- The water consumption rate has been set at $3.27 m3
- The sewer consumption rate has been set at $1.03 m3 (calculated based on water consumption volume)
- The bulk water fee will increase to $5.50 per m3
The final amendment removed the Seed Cleaning Plant from the list of organizations that receive free grader services.
#2 Planning Decisions – Council approved two discretionary use permits to allow for setback variances during the meeting. The first permit was to allow for a detached garage to be constructed. The second application was to allow for renovations and construction of a secondary suite.
#3 Planning and Development Updates – Council gave Second and Third Reading to 11 Roadway Licensing Bylaws — Bylaw Nos. 1817, 1818, 1819, 1820, 1821, 1822, 1823, 1824, 1825, 1826, and 1827. The bylaws are to renew existing road leases to allow for grazing, pasturing, access to land, and other uses.
#4 Delegations – The Bonnyville Health Foundation made a presentation to Council about its upcoming gala, including a request for sponsorship. The request will come back to a future meeting of Council for decision.
Council heard from members of the Northern Lights Library System and received a presentation about 2023 budget considerations.
Council also heard from the Bonnyville and District Chamber of Commerce. The presentation included updates on the chamber’s relocation, programs, and upcoming sponsorship opportunities.
#5 Briefly – Council accepted fourth quarter reports from several departments including Corporate Services, Planning and Development, Parks, Communications and Marketing, Agricultural Services, Waste Services, and Public Safety. Council also accepted an annual report from the Infrastructure Services Department for 2022.
Council rescinded Policy 2C.023 – Local Authorities Pension Plan Policy as it is no longer compliant with the updated Alberta Pension Services (APS) regulations. A new policy has been submitted to APS for approval.
Council gave Third Reading to Bylaw No. 1834 the Waste and Resource Recovery Management Bylaw, which will establish rules and penalties for the Cold Lake Landfill Residential Waste Account program and will also allow for unpaid waste utility invoices to be transferred to a property’s tax roll account.
Councillor Don Slipchuk presented a Notice of Motion to direct Administration to research opportunities to support and bring refugee Ukrainian families to the M.D. and that Council supports this program at a cost of $30,000 annually until the crisis in Ukraine has ended. The Notice of Motion will be debated during the February 28, 2023 Regular Meeting of Council.
Council rescinded the Road List Procedure established in 2016. The procedure was replaced by Policy 4A.001 – Road Construction and Development Policy in 2022.
Council gave First Reading to Bylaw No. 1840 Weight Restriction and Road Ban Bylaw. The bylaw will establish new proposed weight restrictions for roads, eliminate the need for the Road Ban Committee, and allow for more efficient processes when it comes to road bans in the municipality.
Council approved moving the start time of Regular Meetings of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A start date for the change will be announced soon.
Recordings of the Council meetings can be found on the M.D.’s YouTube Channel at bit.ly/MDBvilleYouTube. Follow us at facebook.com/MDBonnyville to keep up to date.