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Posted on: June 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Council Highlights for June 27, 2023

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#1 Planning and Development Decisions – Council made decisions on several Development Applications. Council approved applications for the following discretionary uses: 

  • to allow for an automotive repair shop in Ardmore
  • to allow for a private recreational retreat featuring RV sites and geodome
  • to bring a current industrial-use site into compliance with the Land Use Bylaw
  • to allow a greenhouse to be established, and;
  • approval for front- and rear-yard variances to allow for the construction of a single-family dwelling with a garage and residential shop.

Council defeated a motion to approve a development application requesting a rear-yard variance. 

An application to allow for a saloon and events venue was tabled by Council and will be discussed at a future meeting.

Council also approved one-year extensions for two subdivision applications. 

#2 Funding Requests – Council directed Administration to bring a $50,000 funding request from the Bonnyville Primary Care Network for the Hive Integrated Youth Hub Initiative to the 2024 budget deliberations for consideration.

Council approved a payment of $2,000 to the NE Alberta Leaders Caucus for the M.D.’s contribution toward the cost of a lobbyist. The payment will be funded from the 2023 Community Sponsorship and Donations budget.

Council directed Administration to advise the Bonnyville and Cold Lake Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) to jointly apply for $3,289 in additional 2023 funding. The additional funding is the result of the Province of Alberta increasing funding for FCSS programs. FCSS funding is based on an 80/20 formula, which sees the province providing 80% of the funding and municipalities supplying the remaining 20%. 

#3 Planning and Development Updates – Council gave Second and Third Reading to Roadway Licensing Bylaw No. 1842. The license will allow access for hauling sand and gravel materials from a provincially approved lease.

Council gave First Reading to Bylaw No. 1849 Roadway Licensing Bylaw, which will authorize the M.D. to license a roadway for agricultural purposes.

Both bylaws will authorize the M.D. to enter into an agreement to license a roadway, in accordance with Policy No. 3A.018 – Licensing of Roadways Policy.

#4 Policy Updates – Council approved several policy amendments and updates. Policy No. 5A.016 Developed Road Allowance Brush and Vegetation Control Policy was amended to update definitions, removing references to tree removal in roadside ditches, and moving roadside backsloping to Section 5 instead of appearing under Section 1 of the policy.

The new C-4A.013 Developed Road Allowance Brush Control Policy was adopted by Council. The policy establishes guidelines and priorities for brushing requirements.

Policy C-2A.035 Use of Corporate Symbols Policy was adopted. The policy covers the use of M.D. logos by third parties.

All policies can be found on the M.D. website at

#5 Briefly – Council heard three delegations during the meeting. The first was from the 4 Wing Commander who was joined by the deputy chair of the Cold Lake Air Show. The presentation included a request for financial sponsorship for the July 2024 air show, which will be discussed at a future Council meeting. Council also received an update on STARS Air Ambulance and the service it provides to the region. Council accepted the report as information. The third delegation was from the Cold Lake Sailing Association. Council accepted their update and operations report as information.

Council agreed to host the 2024 SiteLink Forum, at a maximum cost of $130,000. The forum will aid in future industry investment and development.

Council gave First Reading to Bylaw No. 1847 Amending Master Rates Bylaw. Amendments include removing property line brushing from under the Agricultural Services Department as it has been moved to the Transportation Fee Schedule, adding a Municipal Land Permit/License fee, and revisions to wording in the Water and Sewer System Fees to improve clarity, while removing the Water Service Deposit and adding a hydrovac fee, under Equipment.

Council accepted the Departmental Business Plan Presentation as information. The presentation will help in the preparation of the M.D.’s 2024 Operating Budget and Capital Plan.

The Terms of Reference for the new Regional Sports Tourism Committee were adopted by Council. The next step for the committee will be to fill the Member-At-Large positions. The Committee includes representatives from the M.D., City of Cold Lake, Town of Bonnyville, and Village of Glendon.

Council approved several property tax penalty cancellation requests.

#6 Council Invitations – Council approved four individual registrations at a cost of $120 each for the Rural Municipalities of Alberta District 5 Golf Tournament July 20. The tickets will be funded from the 2023 Operating Budget.

Recordings of the Council meetings can be found on the M.D.’s YouTube Channel. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.

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