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[ARCHIVED] Council Highlights for April 11, 2023

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#1 2022 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Approved – Council approved the 2022 Audited Consolidated Financial Statement as prepared and presented by the M.D.’s auditors, Metrix Group LLP. A signed copy of the statements will be available on the M.D.’s website at by the end of the month.

#2 Changes Coming for Ardmore and Fort Kent Landfills – Council approved operating changes to the Ardmore and Fort Kent landfills. Starting this fall, the Fort Kent Landfill will transition to a bin site, offering M.D. residents the ability to drop off their household waste and recycling 24/7. In addition, the Ardmore Landfill will be open five days a week (Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and an automated gate will be installed. M.D. residents will register for a key fob to operate the gate. This will ensure access is limited to M.D. residents, who will continue to be able to use the landfill at no charge. 

#3 Planning and Development Decisions — Council approved a variance for a side-yard setback to allow for the construction of a detached garage. Council approved a discretionary use Development Permit to allow for a small engine repair business, which is a major home business. 

Council approved two subdivision applications — one for a 12-acre parcel and another for a 10-acre parcel, both from agricultural quarter sections. Council also approved subdividing a Country Residential 4.94-acre parcel. 

Council approved a subdivision application for a seven-acre parcel from a previously subdivided agricultural quarter section, with conditions.

#4 Planning and Development Updates – Council gave First Reading to road allowance licensing Bylaw No. 1842 to grant access to allow for the hauling of sand and gravel materials from a surface material lease.

Council passed Bylaw No. 1843 the Amending Lands Lease Bylaw. The bylaw amends Bylaw No. 1744 Lands Lease Bylaw to extend current leases to the end of 2023. This will serve as a grace period for the creation and implementation of a new policy that will establish guidelines and more efficient processes for managing municipal lands available for public lease. 

Council directed Administration to bring back more information about a wetland the City of Cold Lake wants to construct on property located in the M.D. 

#5 Funding Requests – Council approved a $10,000 sponsorship for the Cold Lake Hearts for Healthcare annual fundraising gala.

Council approved a $4,000 donation to help cover ice rental fees for a 2023 Female Hockey Development Camp happening in August at the Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre, pending the organizer’s successful registration with the province as a society/association.

#6 Briefly – Council heard delegations from four community groups requesting funding for 2023 projects through the Major Capital Project stream from the M.D.’s Community Action Grant program. The Cold Lake Snowmobile Club’s funding request would help purchase grooming equipment. The Grand Centre Golf & Country Club’s request would fund an equipment storage building. The Lakeland Humane Society’s request for funding would go to facility renovations, while the funding request from the Clayton Bellamy Foundation for the Arts would help pay for a new theatre. Council will decide on the funding at the May 9, 2023 Regular Meeting of Council.

Council accepted a review and update about the Public Safety Department’s School Resource Officer Program as information. 

Council accepted the Public Safety Department’s 2022 Annual Report. Officers in the department spent 6,398 hours conducting 19,813 patrols, which included driving over 210,000 km in 2022. You can find a copy of the report on the M.D.’s website under the Department tab, and by clicking on Public Safety.

Council accepted the State of Infrastructure Report – Buildings from the Planning and Community Services Department. The report is part of the M.D.’s asset management program.

Council has proclaimed May 21 to 27, 2023 as National Public Works Week. This year’s theme is “Connecting the World Through Public Works”. The M.D. will be hosting an Open House to celebrate on May 27, 2023 at the Transportation and Utilities Shop. More information will be posted on the M.D.’s social platforms and website in May.

#7 Council Invitation – The Reeve will attend the Cold Lake High School’s Graduation ceremony May 18, 2023.

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