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Council Highlights – October 3, 2011

Council Highlights – October 3, 2011

Public Hearing on Land Use Bylaw Amendment

A public hearing on the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment was held. Bylaw C-1100-176 mandates school site amenities such as sports fields, play areas, etc., a condition of development. Council gave Bylaw C-1100-176 second and third reading.

Revisions to Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy 606 Approved

Council approved the revisions to the Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy 606 recommended by Public Works Committee. Revisions include the introduction of an Extreme Winter Conditions Operations Mode, which changes operations schedule to provide intensified services in the event of a major snow fall. Revisions also include plan to hire contractors and implementation of a communications plan for the Snow Removal and Ice Control Program.
Tender for Snow Removal and Ice Control materials Awarded

Council awarded Tender T-40-546-11 for Ice Control Material (Sand) to Wapiti Gravel Suppliers Ltd. for the amount of $165,300 (excluding GST).

Council awarded Tender T-41-546-11 for Bulk Highway Salt to NSC Minerals Inc. for the amount of $250,215 (excluding GST)
Wireless Request for Proposal Awarded

Council awarded Request for Proposal 25-215-10 for the Outdoor Wireless WiFi Network to Binary Solutions Ltd for the amount of $259,821.90 (excluding GST). This sum will cover equipment, services, training and extended warranty for the outdoor wireless project.

Ready Set and Dance to Arrive at the Multiplex

Based on recommendation from the Community Development Committee, Council approved a five year lease with a five year option to renew at fair market value for Ready Set Dance in the Multiplex.

New Schedule for Council & Committee Meeting

Council established alternate Mondays at 6:30 p.m., half an hour earlier than current council meeting time, as the new time for regular council meetings, effective following the Oct. 17 Organizational Meeting.

Also effective following the Oct. 17 Organizational Meeting:

·         Public Works Committee and Community Development Committee meetings will be held on alternate Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively

·         Protective Services Committee and General Government Services meetings will be held on alternate Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively

·         Environment Committee meetings will be held monthly on Mondays at 2:00 p.m.

Council has also decided to incorporate a two-week summer break in the Council and Standing Committee meeting schedule.

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Opening of the County Fire Training Centre

News Release – For Immediate Release Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Opening of the County Fire Training Centre

The County of Grande Prairie’s Reeve Everett McDonald, along with members of Council, joined Fire Chief Everett Cooke today at the County Fire Training Centre for the ceremonial ribbon cutting, to mark the official opening of the Training Centre.
The open house featured an inaugural live run through demonstration of the training ground, performed by paid-on-call firefighters. Afterward, Council and members of the media went through the facility on an in-depth tour of the Centre.
Facts of the County Fire Training Centre
• Construction began in July
• Cost-$60,000 to build
• Includes a multi-storey structure with internal facilities to allow for fire suppression
• Interior fire suppression training, interior search and rescue, and confined space
• specific locations designated for extrication training
• simulated vehicle fires and propane container fires
County firefighters will begin training in the new facility immediately. Previously, entry-level firefighters were sent to training centres elsewhere in the province, such as Vermillion and Nisku at a cost of around $3,000 per firefighter. Now with the County Fire Training Centre operational, any future scheduled entry-level training will save the County $3,000 per firefighter. Even with the cost of the facility, this year alone, the County will save around $30,000. The benefits of the Training Centre don’t just stop at training County firefighters, next year plans are to incorporate features for high angle rescues, with a long-term goal to become a regional Training Centre.
“It’s a great achievement for our firefighters to have their own Training Centre,” boasts
the proud and gracious, Reeve Everett McDonald. “Thanks to the generous donations of
time and money from multiple corporate donors, we stand here today in this facility that
allows us to experience actual fires in a controlled and safe environment.”

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Alison Redford sworn-in as Alberta’s 14th Premier

Alison Redford sworn-in as Alberta’s 14th Premier

New premier pledges immediate action on Albertans’ priorities: health, education and fiscal discipline
Edmonton… Alison M. Redford Q.C. was sworn-in as Alberta’s 14th Premier on October 7 in a ceremony at the Alberta Legislature.

Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell administered the oath of office in front of an audience that included grade six classes from two Edmonton schools, Kensington Elementary and Aurora Charter. Redford replaces Ed Stelmach as Alberta’s premier.

During the ceremony, Premier Redford thanked her family and Albertans for their support and pledged to take immediate action on their priorities.

“During the campaign, I heard from thousands of Albertans in all corners of this province, and their concerns were overwhelming about the same things: better access to health care, better education for our children, and the need for a more disciplined approach to our spending priorities,” Redford said.

“In the coming days, I look forward to naming a new cabinet – and taking action on these priorities will be our first order of business.”

Braised Cod with Celery

Today’s Recipe

If you don’t know what to serve for dinner tonight …


he combination of ingredients in this recipe offers a delicious flavor while providing you with an excellent source of health-promoting selenium, vitamin B12 and protein to your Healthiest Way of Eating. And it only takes 30 minutes for you to have a complete meal. Enjoy!

Braised Cod with Celery

Braised Cod with Celery

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced thick
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 cups celery, cut diagonally about 1 inch long
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup green olives cut in fourths
  • 1 TBS + ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 lbs cod, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • pinch red chili flakes
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Slice onion and garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance its health-promoting benefits.
  2. Heat 1 TBS broth in a 10-12 inch skillet. Healthy Sauté chopped onion in broth over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent.
  3. Add garlic and celery and sauté for another minute. Add drained diced tomatoes, green olives and remaining broth. Stir, cover, and simmer on medium-low for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until celery is tender.
  4. Place cod, lemon, salt, pepper, and chili flakes on top of celery and continue to simmer covered for another 5 minutes, or until fish is cooked. This is our Stovetop Braising cooking method. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Serves 4

Serving Suggestions: Serve with

  • Brown Rice

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Arugula Salad with Walnut Croutons

Top this quick and tasty salad with walnut croutons and enjoy a rich concentration of health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids from your green salad!


Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 TBS light vinegar
  • 1 bunch arugula
  • Dressing:
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 oz gorgonzola cheese (optional)


  1. Press garlic and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Slice onion thin and soak in hot water and vinegar while preparing rest of salad.
  3. Whisk together the dressing ingredients, adding olive oil at the end, a little at a time.
  4. Wash and dry arugula. Squeeze out excess liquid from onions. Combine onions and arugula and toss with dressing. Sprinkle salad with walnuts just before serving. Top with cheese (optional).

Serves 2

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City Council Highlights – September 19, 2011

Public Hearing of Municipal Development Plan Bylaw

A public hearing on the proposed amendment to Municipal Development Plan was conducted. The document states Council’s intention to adopt Outline Plans as statutory plans so that future development is in accordance with plans previously approved by council. Council gave Bylaw C-1237A second and thir


Third Reading of Traffic Bylaw

Council gave Bylaw C-1166C to amend the Traffic Bylaw third reading. Bylaw C-1166C proposes that a recreational vehicle or travel trailer can be parked on the road in a residential district only in a location completely adjoining the homeowner’s residence, for no more than 48 consecutive hours – and only between April 1 and October 31. Recreational vehicles may not be parked on the roads within a cul-de-sac.

Transportation Master Plan (2009) Approved

Council approved the Transportation Master Plan (2009). It outlines needed expansion of transportation infrastructure in the City. The long-term road network recommended by the TMP is largely consistent with the existing Municipal Development Plan and Intermunicipal Development Plan.  The TMP has also taken into considerations alternative transportation modes. It has recommended several measures to improve pedestrian circulation, encourage cycling and promote transit use. Recommended measures include building linkages to existing sidewalks, providing bicycle parking on public property, and creating bike lanes. Goods movements including Truck Routes and Dangerous Goods Routes were also reviewed. The TMP has determined that the existing Dangerous Goods network adequately serves existing and future industrial needs, and few new truck routes are needed as the City grows. Financial implications from the plan will be discussed during this fall’s 2012-14 Budget deliberations

Requesting National Public Transit Strategy

Council directed the Mayor to send a letter to the Government of Canada Parliament, requesting a National Transit Strategy, with copies to MP Olivia Chow and MP Chris Warkentin.

Rescinding first reading of parking fine amendment

Council rescinded first reading of Bylaw C-1166B, which proposes to change the overtime parking penalty from $25 to $50 and the early payment discounted amount is changed from $10 to $15. This amendment is due to the Government of Alberta suspending the Motor Vehicle Search Fee scheduled to come into effect this year.

Parks Funding

Council approved the allocation of the 2011 Parks Improvement Grant Funding. The grant is to be split between four projects: École St. Gerard will receive $2,000; Alexander Forbes Playground and Recreational Society, Lakeland Playground Society, and Countryside Kids Society will each receive $11,000.

Energy Procurement

Council approved the City of Grande Prairie’s participation in the Alberta Municipal Services Corporation’s energy program for the procurement of electricity and/or natural gas for the Multiplex and Westside Fire Station. The City of Grande Prairie and its Community Related Organizations are an electricity and natural gas customer of the AMSC and receive favourable wholesale energy prices.

FCSSAA Resolutions

The current Alberta Family and Community Social Services (FCSS) regulations will expire in June 2013 and a review process will begin in the near future. The current regulations do not explicitly state the principal of local autonomy. Therefore, Council approved the following resolution for presentation at the FCSS Association of Alberta Annual General Meeting:

“Be it resolved that FCSSAA, during participation in the FCSS Regulations Review, strongly encourage Child and Youth Services Ministry to explicitly state the principal of local autonomy in the regulations”

Council directed Mayor to write a letter to Children’s Youth Services requesting that the FCSSAA Review recognize the need for autonomy in regulations.

New Rendition of the National Anthem

A new version of O’ Canada was played to begin the Council meeting. It features the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir.

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County Council Highlites September 19, 2011

Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence & Innovation – Doug Kulba and Mike Head outlined the Centre for Council. Established in 2009, the Centre is a partnership between the private and public sector to develop innovative resource solutions to showcase best practices. The training, demonstration and research centre is located on a 14 acre plot in the west end of Evergreen Park. Council made a motion to nominate this project for the Emerald Awards.
Renovations to Council Chambers – Project Coordinator John Keating, Workun Garrick Partnership, presented Council with 3 options. Council made a motion to proceed with the recommended option and directed the committee to continue with developing the concept.
Highway 40X and Range Road 51 Bypass – Council made a motion to write a letter to Alberta Transportation requesting they fund a detailed design study for the proposed project located on Highway 40X to Highway 43 near RR 51 (connector from Highway 40 to Highway 43 south east of the City of Grande Prairie).
Range Road 85 – Council approved partnering with 3 local companies to surface this gravel access road from Secondary Highway 672 to their facilities. Public Works will include $441,200 in the 2012 budget to fund 50% of this project.

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Alberta landscape conservation highlighted in Montana

Edmonton… Sustainable Resource Development parliamentary assistant Evan Berger will participate in a panel discussion about landscape conservation in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, September 22-23 in Polson, Montana.

Berger will join a variety of public and private interests charged with the stewardship of the Crown of the Continent, an ecosystem covering about 44,000 square kilometres, from Alberta’s Kananaskis Country to northern Montana.

“It is important to take advantage of opportunities to update our partners in the Crown about Alberta’s ongoing conservation work through the Land-use Framework and other initiatives,” said Berger.

Berger will appear on a panel with representatives of the U.S. National Park Service and the Montana department of Natural Resources and Conservation, among others, to provide an update about the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan and offer insights about how to link regional and national policy initiatives to the Crown.

Berger has represented Alberta at previous Crown of the Continent events.

The estimated cost of the trip, including travel, accommodation and meals, is $1,100.

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

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Multiplex Makes a Big Splash!

Members of the public got an opportunity to take a sneak peak inside the Multiplex during the Big Splash celebration on Saturday.Festivities also included a free barbeque, activities for the kids, new sponsorship announcements, a chance to check-out some of the vendors, buy discounted memberships, and have pictures taken for the Big Picture murals.

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County of Grande Prairie Unveils Cairn

At a ceremony this afternoon, County Reeve Everett McDonald unveiled a cairn commemorating the Clairmont grain elevator.
“In towns and villages throughout rural Alberta, grain elevators were at the heart of the communities,” said McDonald.
“This cairn pays homage to the perseverance and enduring prairie spirit of the people which is just as strong today as it was at the turn of the century. By placing this cairn on the site where this prairie icon stood, we are commemorating this historic structure, which played such an important role in Peace Country history.”
The Clairmont Grain Elevator, which stood from 1917 to 2005, was the first to be built in Northwestern Alberta.
“Landscapes don’t remain static, and just as the landscape has transformed and evolved, so have we,” stated McDonald. “We can be proud of the many milestones in the County we’ve reached, even in these past few months alone.”

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