County of St. Paul No 19

Council Meeting


Meeting #:
5015- 49 Avenue, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A4

At the December Council Meeting, Council received a request from the volunteer running the Armistice Hall to take over the hall.  Administration sent letters out to residents surrounding the hall asking if there were any parties interested in taking over the hall before the County would take it over.  Interested parties had until January 31, 2013 to respond to the letter.  We have received only one response to our letter - attached.


Council to decide if they will accept the proposal offered in the letter.

At the January Meeting, Council made a motion to notify the adjacent landowners that the County is interested in leasing out the NE 2-62-12-W4 for the next five years, to determine if there is any interest in leasing the property.


Administration mailed out a letter to the adjacent landowners - see attached copy.  The letter states that if there is more than one interested party, the name of the lessee will be drawn out of a hat. 


We have received replies from two interested parties, however the deadline to reply is Friday February 8th.  The names of the interested parties will be available at the meeting.


At the January Meeting, Council gave first reading Bylaw No. 2013-01, which is a bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw No. 1486 as it relates to rezoning PSW 25-57-7-W4 from Agricultural to Industrial/Commercial. 


Bylaw No. 2013-01 was advertised in the St. Paul Journal and Elk Point Review and the adjacent landowners were notified.

At the January Meeting, Council gave first reading to Bylaw No. 2013-02 which is a bylaw to Amend the Land Use Bylaw No. 1486 as it relates to rezoning PSW 7-58-8-W4 from Agricultural to Country Residential (2).  The owner wishes to subdivide the property so he can sell the lot and the purchaser wants to build his house on the hilltop.


Bylaw No. 2013-01 was advertised in the St. Paul Journal and the adjacent landowners were notified.

Following the Policy Committee Meeting where ASB Rental Equipment rates were discussed as part of the Fee Schedule Bylaw, the Committee at that time proposed a few fee changes.  The ASB Staff have surveyed some of the businesses regarding the rates they have for equipment and are proposing changes discussed at the meeting as follows:

Post Pounder - 2012 Rate $60/day  $120/weekend  Committee Proposed Rate $80/day   ASB Staff Proposed Rate $90/day $180/weekend

Land Roller 16' - 2012 Rate $2.25/ac Minimum Charge $169.00  Committee Proposed Rate $3.50/ac Minimum Charge $200.00  ASB Staff Proposed Rate $3.00/ac Minimum Charge $225.00

Land Roller 30' - 2012 Rate $2.00/ac Minimum Charge $225.00  Committee Proposed Rate $3.00/ac Minimum Charge $350.00  ASB Staff Proposed Rate $3.00/ac Minimum Charge $300.00


Keith Kornelsen will be present to provide Council with rate comparisons at the Council meeting to see if they would like to adjust these rates prior to the setting of the Fee Schedule Bylaw.


Following the Policy Committee Meeting, Administration is proposing the amended policy PW-59.  This policy refers the rate for gravel to be as per the Fee Schedule Bylaw.  Additionally it reduces the maximum amount of gravel that can be sold to ratepayers from 200 cubic yards per household/business to 100 cubic yards per household/business.  Previously the policy allowed for the PW Superintendent to allow the purchase of a higher volume of gravel for the purpose of building a new yard or house.  This is no longer allowed under the proposed amendments.

Additionally the Policy Committee as well as all of Council at the Public Works Meeting discussed the rate for private sales of gravel.  It was discussed that the rate should be set as follows:

$15.00/cubic yard delivered for the first 20 yards

$25.00/cubic yard delivered for additional yards up to the maximum of 100 cubic yards.

Administrative staff that deal with the private sale of gravel have brought to the attention of the CAO the complications involved with setting a 2-rate system for the sale of gravel.  Darlene Smereka and DD Skawronski will attend the Council meeting to explain the issues regarding the 2-rate system. 

Administration would like to recommend to Council that the rate be moved to $20.00/cubic yard delivered to a maximum of 100 cubic yards.

Following the Public Works meeting, Tim Mahdiuk and Ken Warholik are proposing changes to the overnight rates charged at our parks.  The 2012 Campground Rates from the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Guide are attached. 

Administration is proposing a $3.00 increase to both the powered and non-powered sites at Westcove bringing the fees to: Non-Powered Sites $23.00/night, Powered Sites $28.00/night. (Note we have a higher rate at Westcove due to the Spray Park)

Administration is proposing a $5.00 increase to both the powered and non-powered sites at all other parks bringing the fees to:  Non-Powered Sites $20.00/night, Powered Sites $25.00/night. 

Administration is proposing a $2.00 fee for day use for all people - at all parks.  This is the current fee at Westcove, however the other parks only charge for people over the age of 12.

Further to the January 29 Public Works Meeting, we require a motion from Council to approve the recommendations of the Salary Negotiations Committee as it pertains to the Parks Employees.

Following the Policy Committee Meeting, Administration is presenting Council with a new policy - Approach Deposit Policy DEV-88.  This policy sets the rules out for residents who require an approach as part of their subdivision application. 

The following land leases are being presented for renewal for the year 2013:

NW 31-55-4-W4 Larry Bazian
SW 16-58-8-W4 Glen Ockerman
PNW 20-56-10-W4, Lot A, Pln 7620846 St. Paul Grazing Reserve
PNE 6-60-10-W4 Don Imeson
W 1/2 NE 24-60-10-W4 Phil Amyotte
NE 33-62-10-W4 Mardell & Michael Thompson
NE 34-62-10-W4 Mardell & Michael Thompson
NW 34-62-10-W4 Mardell & Michael Thompson


Section 61 of the M.G.A. allows a municipality to grant rights with respect to its property.

A Critical Incident Stress Management Training session will be held March 5-7, 2013 in Cold Lake.  Registration for the course is $180.  This three-day training session combines the crucial elements of both the Group Crisis Intervention training and the Individual Crisis Intervention training (Peer Support) into one, intense training package.


A one day course on Service Delivery is being offered through the EOEP on Monday, March 18th, in conjunction with the AAMD&C Spring Convention.  Registration for the course is $340.


Listed below are the objectives of the course:

  • Understand Council's governance role in service delivery and administration's role in delivering services and reporting on outcomes.
  • Explore and examine service delivery models and the tools to measure service delivery success.
  • Examine different policy options for service delivery decisions.
  • Understand the value and applicability of shared services models for the delivery of various corporate services.


The course examines the costs of service delivery, the elements of alternative service delivery, and how to monitor service delivery performance.

The Community Planning Association Conference will be held April 15-17, 2013 in Red Deer.  Registration for the Conference is $435.  the theme for the conference is "Growth Without Barriers".  The agenda is not available yet.

The 2013 Alberta Library Conference will be held April 25-28, 2013 in Jasper.  Betty Way, Secretary of the Library Board, would like to attend the conference.

The 2013 Alberta Recreation Facility Personnel Conference will be held April 28 to May 1, 2013 in Canmore. The conference agenda is attached.

The 2013 Municipal Administration Leadership Workshop will be held May 14-17, 2013 in Kananaskis.

Registration fee for the workshop is $499.

The 2013 FCM Conference will be held May 31 to June 3, 2013 in Vancouver.  Registration for the conference is $735 if paid prior to March 29th.

This year St. Paul will be host to the 19th annual Alberta Francophone Games from May 17 to 19. The Games main objective is to encourage inter regional French-language exchanges through sport. They are expecting more than 350 athletes and 50 volunteers from all around the province and they are expecting to attract spectators from the surrounding francophone communities such as Plamondon, Bonnyville and Cold Lake.  Athletes range between the ages of 12 and 18 and will compete in six different sports. 


Some of the local partners are the host school of École du Sommet, the Northeast Alberta Track & Field Club, St Paul Regional High school and the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta de St. Paul.


They are seeking sponsorship for the 2013 Alberta Francophone Games and would like to invite the County to be the Honorary President, which is the top-level sponsor with a contribution of $3500.


A package outlining other sponsorship options is attached.

The St. Paul Splash Park Committee has raised just over $177,000 towards their goal of $350,000.  They are now looking for 17 sponsors to buy in to the park to purchase a water feature with the company name boldly displayed on it.  The donations for these features range from $5,000 to $15,000.


Other levels of sponsorship that are available are:

    -  Friends of the Park - $1 - $4,999

    -  Bronze - $5,000 - $9,999

    -  Silver - $10,000 - $24,000

    -  Gold - $25,000 - $34,999

    -  Platinum - $35,000 +

The St. Paul District Council is once again requesting if Council will host a Beef on a Bun for the District Show and Sale on Monday, June 3, 2013.

This is the same weekend as the FCM Conference in Vancouver.

At the December meeting, Council made a motion to table a decision on the outstanding property taxes on roll 60001440, which was owned at that time by Lindbergh Environmental Service Inc. through an Agreement to Purchase.  Newalta Corporation has now taken the property over and is willing to pay the property taxes for 2010 and 2011 when the property was owned and operated by Lindbergh Environmental Service Inc., however they are requesting that Council consider waiving the penalties.  


The total amount owing is $6,657.14, $5,098.18 of which are the tax levy and $1,558.96 are penalties.


Section 347 of the M.G.A. allows a Council to refund or cancel all or part of a tax.

Section 418 of the M.G.A. requires Council to offer for sale at a public auction any parcel of land shown on its tax arrears list if the tax arrears are not paid.  


Section 421(1)(a) of the M.G.A. states that the properties must be advertised for sale in the Alberta Gazette not less than 40 days and not more than 90 days prior to the date on which the public auction is to be held.


The date for the Public Auction of Lands for 2013 should be set for May 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

We have been contacted by David Ramsay, Partnership Advisor with Alberta Municipal Affairs who is suggesting that the County update their Uniform Quality Management Plan, which was last updated in November, 2006. 


Attached is the Uniform Quality Management Plan which describes the disciplines and extent of safety services that the County will provide as an accredited body under the under the direction of the Safety Codes Council.  The changes are indicated in red - the items have been removed from the document.

We have received a letter from Lac La Biche County requesting that Council write a letter or e-mail the Premier, Minister of Health and local MLAs requesting that they delay transfer of Medevac services from the Edmonton Centre Airport until proper arrangements are made that protect medevac service standards for northern communities.  A copy of the letter is attached.  More information is also available at


Easements for road construction purposes.  Backsloping and County to fence or pay compensation for fencing.  

All are standards easements unless otherwise indicated by *

Rge Rd 72, South of Hwy 646, Project 2C134, 1 Mile
SW 26-56-7-W4 Vernon & Rock Sharkey
PSW 26-56-7-W4 Dustin & Jenna Sharkey
NW 26-56-7-W4 Delhart & Sylvia Smith
SW 27-56-7-W4 Emjay Enterprises Inc.
E 1/2 NE 27-56-7-W4 Gary Kozicky
Twp Rd 580 East of Rge Rd 90, Project 3C133, 1 Mile
SW 6-58-8-W4 Dean & Lee Wiart
SE 6-58-8-W4 1370088 AB Ltd. & 1370146 AB Ltd.
NW 31-57-8-W4 Romeo & Patricia Fontaine
PNE 31-57-8-W4 Bruce & Judy Thompson
NE 31-57-8-W4 1370088 AB Ltd. & 1370146 AB Ltd.
Rge Rd 94 North of Twp Rd 582, Project 4C132, 1/2 Mile
PSW 16 -58-9-W4 Rose Marie Gill
PSW 16-58-9-W4 Elden & Christine Warkentin
S 1/2 SW 16-58-9-W4 Victor & Rita Gill
PSE 17-58-9-W4 Norman Dallaire & 948347 AB Ltd.
PSE 17-58-9-W4 Alphonse VanBrabant & Jim Pederson


Councillor Dach is a member of the RN Recruitment Committee for the Town of Elk Point.  The Committee is looking for funding so they can provide incentives for nurses to come to Elk Point. 


The County has representation on the Dr. Recruitment Committee with the Town of St. Paul and we currently provide $10,000 for the committee.


Councillor Dach will speak to Council about this initiative.

We have been informed by Canada Post that due to mail volumes declining and a very small number of local customers accessing the Lindbergh post office on Saturdays, Canada Post is considering no longer offering Saturday service.  They will be holding discussions with local representatives of Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association and advise Council of their decision.

Further to the Policy Committee Meeting, Administration is presenting to Council Bylaw 2013-03, Fee Schedule Bylaw.  The purpose of this Bylaw is to set municipal fees for good and services provided by the municipality in one Bylaw.  It will be reviewed annually prior to setting of the Municipal Budget.  This bylaw will repeal the fees sections of other bylaws where fees are established. 

Administration proposed several changes to fees earlier in this Council meeting.  We would incorporate Council's decisions made on those items (Gravel Sales, ASB Rental Equipment, Parks Fees) into the bylaw prior to first reading.  This bylaw can receive all three readings today if that is Council's wishes.


This Bylaw was presented to Council at the December 2012 meeting.  At that time a question was raised regarding if the levy could be charged to the Province or other municipalities that source gravel in our county.  Administration has confirmed with Municipal Affairs that the County can charge the levy on Provincial or other municipal projects providing the Province or municipality does not own the gravel pit that they are taking the gravel from.  Based on this new information that was presented to the Policy Committee as well as at the Public Works meeting, Administration is once again presenting the Bylaw for 1st reading.  A letter will be sent to all pit owners/operators within the County explaining the Bylaw and inviting them to a meeting scheduled on February 25, 2013 in order for them to express their opinions for or against the Bylaw. 


Leo deMoissac has been in discussions with one pit owner/operator that has no issues with the proposed bylaw.


As per the Public Works Meeting we will propose to hold a Special Council meeting on February 26, 2013 in order to consider second and third readings to Bylaw No. 2013-05.

If Council gives first reading to the Gravel Levy Bylaw and holds the meeting with the pit owners on February 25, we would like to give the bylaw second and third reading at a special meeting prior to the Pubic Works Meeting on February 26th.


Section 194(1) allows a Council to call a special meeting whenever it is appropriate to do so.

Item to be presented at Council Meeting.

Item to be presented at Council Meeting.