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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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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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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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No charges laid after ASIRT investigation into High Level incident

Edmonton… RCMP members in High Level will not face charges after a man died from a head injury in September 2010.

The man was arrested for public drunkenness on September 12, 2010, and taken to an RCMP holding cell where he subsequently became unresponsive to members. He was transported to a High Level Hospital, and then to a hospital in Edmonton, where he died on September 25, 2010.

ASIRT was assigned to investigate the incident on September 24, 2010.

“There is no evidence that any member of the RCMP committed a criminal offence in this tragic incident,” said Clif Purvis, executive director of ASIRT. “The man died as a result of a head injury sustained at some undetermined point prior to his admission to hospital.”

The investigation was unable to determine when or how the fatal injury was sustained.

“The finding in no way diminishes this tragedy,” said Purvis. “On behalf of ASIRT, I offer sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of the deceased.”

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County of Grande Prairie Unveils Cairn

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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FCSSAA Resolution – County of Grande Prairie

FCSSAA Resolution –  County of Grande Prairie

Council moved to take a resolution to the FCSSAA Annual General Meeting in November that requests each municipality maintain their local autonomy. This is in advance of a review of the FCSS regulations which expire in 2013. The joint submission by the County and City of Grande Prairie FCSS departments emphasizes the need for municipalities to maintain local autonomy to decide their own priorities and how funding should be allocated to best meet the needs of their community.

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Training Exercise Centred At Airport

Training Exercise Centred At Airport

Residents and visitors to the Grande Prairie Airport on Thursday should not be alarmed if they see a flurry of emergency response activity.

The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP) has scheduled an exercise involving a disaster scenario at the airport and a secondary situation on Range Road 71 to provide a training opportunity for the implementation of the Regional Emergency Management Plan. The Airport will remain open during the exercise and no flights are being disrupted.

“We’re excited with the development of the plan,” says GPREP Co-ordinator Jennifer Wood. “This is our first opportunity to try it out in a practice environment. We want to make the public aware that any activities or events they may witness are not real emergencies.”

This Emergency Management Plan is designed to provide guidelines for implementing a co-ordinated response to large emergencies or disasters affecting the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP) and/or any of the individual municipalities in the Partnership.

Municipalities in the Partnership are: the Town of Beaverlodge, the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the Village of Hythe, the Town of Sexsmith, and the Town of Wembley.

“It’s important to have periodic exercises to see how we would respond in an actual disaster incident to determine if there are any gaps,” says Wood.  “The exercise is intended to ensure a co-ordinated and efficient response by a multitude of agencies.

“Following the actual scenario, we will debrief. We’re pleased to collaborate with our numerous community partners to see the plan in action. Under the plan, we could have personnel from Beaverlodge assisting with an incident in Grande Prairie or staff from Grande Prairie being mobilized for an event in Hythe. We need to ensure that we can operate seamlessly.”

In addition to exercising various aspects of operations with GPREP, there will be an opportunity to see how a reception centre for people involved in a disaster might operate. The Airport’s Emergency Plan will be engaged and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will see how it can respond to a mass casualty event.

Future County Sportsplex to Provide More Recreation Options

Future County Sportsplex to Provide More Recreation Options

With the shovel in the ground at today’s official groundbreaking ceremony, construction is already underway on the 176,043 square-foot County Sportsplex.
The new regional facility, which will open its doors as early as the fall of 2012, will house twin ice rinks and a half-size indoor soccer pitch, one of Alberta’s largest indoor soccer pitches. It will also contain office and retail space, and future plans include several outdoor playing fields.
Located on 42-acres just west of the County administration buildings, Everett McDonald, County of Grande Prairie Reeve said the site’s central location is ideal as it is easily accessible from all corners of the County as well as from the City of Grande Prairie and communities throughout the region.
“What we are hearing from local sports groups in the County and City is that there is a real need for more ice time and more access to indoor soccer,” said McDonald. “The Sportsplex not only addresses the needs we have today, but has plenty of space to meet future demand.”
McDonald added: “This facility does not compete with other recreational facilities, but adds capacity to the array of options already in place throughout the region, including the new pool in Beaverlodge and the City’s new Multiplex.”
Since initial planning in 2009, square-foot costs for the Sportsplex have decreased from $190 per square-foot to $175. The overall construction cost for the pre-engineered facilty is $29,192,359 million.
The County has retained the Workun Garrick Partnership to provide architectural services. Grande Prairie-based Kaldon Construction will serve as Construction Manager.
The Sportsplex and site will be owned by the County of Grande Prairie, and privately operated by Calgary-based Nustadia Recreation Inc.
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For more information contact:
Everett McDonald
Reeve
Phone: 780-831-8590