County of St. Paul No 19

Council Meeting


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

At the August Meeting, Council gave 1st reading to Bylaw No. 1603, which is a bylaw to rezone PSE 17-58-9-W4 from Agricultural to Country Residential.


Bylaw No. 1603 was advertised in the St. Paul Journal the weeks of August 21st & 28th and the adjacent landowners were notified.

Pierre Lamoureux, President of the Lakeland Cross Country Ski Club, will be in to speak to Council about future partnering opportunities. 

Staff Sergeant Wade Trottier will be in to provide Council with an update for the last quarter.

The Northern Lights Library Conference will be held September 13-15, 2012 in Elk Point.  Betty Way, Secretary for the library board, is requesting to attend the conference.

The RUSA Executive meetings will be held September 20 & 21, 2012 in Red Deer.

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is hosting a workshop on September 24th in Edmonton.  The Workshop is for climate change practitioners wanting to accelerate action on climate change in Alberta Communities.  Registration is free.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner will be hosting a one-day forum on September 27 in Edmonton.  The forum will showcase initiatives to make information more publicly accessible.  There is no registration fee.

The AAG User Conference will be held October 19 & 19 in Edmonton.  There is no registration fee for the conference.

The ARPA Annual Conference will be held October 18-20, 2012 in Jasper.  Councillor Dach attended this conference on his own last year and he said it was very informative.  He would like to see any Councillors who can, attend this conference.


Registration for the Conference is $585. 

The 2012 AAMD&C Municipal Fall Convention will be held on November 13 to 15, 2012 at the Shaw Conference Centre.


Rooms have been booked at Hotel MacDonald.

The regular scheduled date for the November Council Meeting conflicts with the AAMD&C Fall Convention.  Section 193 of the MGA allows Council change the date of the regularly scheduled meeting providing they give at least 24 hours notice of the change to any Councillors not present at the meeting and to the public.

At the Public Works Meeting of August 28, 2012, Council was informed that we currently had a 2-drum Volvo Packer that has 400 hrs on it and would be available for purchase for $99,000.  A new packer is estimated at $145,000.  In discussions with the Volvo rep following the meeting, he would be willing to invoice the County $2,000/month rental to the end of 2012 (total $8,000), then reduce the purchase price in 2013 to $91,000.



ATCO has been contacted regarding the installation of power for the firehalls in Ashmont and Mallaig.  They have agreed to provide power to these sites if they will guarantee a specified number of Kwh at each site.  They are proposing 9 Kwh at one site and 4 Kwh are the other site.  In review of the current power usage at the current fire halls, we exceed this usage every month. Their proposed agreements are attached.

Administration presented a request from Frog Lake Recreation Department to use the Whitney Lake Ball Diamonds once again for the 2013 ball season.  This year Frog Lake has also requested to use the Whitney Lake Rodeo Grounds to host several rodeo events and team roping during the 2013 season.  Please find their letter of request attached.  Administration has drafted a letter of agreement for the use of both of these venues for the 2013 season - attached.

Frog Lake used the Whitney Lake Ball Diamonds during the 2012 summer and had a successful ball program running over the course of the year.  There were no issues in regards to their use. 

Administration is requesting that Council set dates for Strategic Plan 2013.  In 2012 Council held open houses in Mallaig, St. Paul, and Elk Point to provide public input into Council's strategic direction.  Council needs to determine if they want to do this again. 

The Policy Committee has reviewed and is bringing forth a policy to deal with FOIP requests.  See attached.

The Policy Committee has reviewed and is bringing forth Policy PW-86, Erecting Cautionary Signs.

Further to the August 27th Policy Committee Meeting, we require a motion to amend the organizational chart to reflect the new title for the FCSS position.

We require a motion from Council to ratify the donation of one load of gravel to the St. Paul & District Chamber of Commerce for their silent auction at the rodeo kick off supper.

St. Paul Champions for Change will be hosting the 3rd Annual Harvest Ball on October 27, 2012.  Proceeds from the event will go towards Downtown Revitalization, Caring for Children and Youth and Promoting Healthier Lifestyles and Seniors Housing.


They are looking for support by way of a donation of a silent auction item, purchasing individual tickets or a table of 8 for $300.


Last year, the County provided a silent auction item for the Ball.

A Town & Country Ladies Funspiel will be held on November 17, 2012 in St. Paul and the organizing committee is requesting a donation for their event. 

Lac La Biche County has sent letters to the Prime Minister, the Premier and their MP expressing their support to use CFB Edmonton at Namao as the new primary landing site for northern Medevac flights, as this would come the closest to maintain the Medevac service standard that we have had in the past.   If Namao is not selected, then the International Airport will become the new Medevac landing site with Villeneuve Airport as the secondary location. 


Lac La Biche County is requesting that Council consider sending similar letters to the Prime Minister, Premier and our MP expressing our support to use CFB Edmonton at Namao as the new primary landing site for northern Medevac flights.  Copies of the letters are attached.

We have received a request from Shamrock Valley Ent Ltd. requesting about the availability of getting water to their property located south of the Town of Elk Point.  They have made a similar request to the Town of Elk Point.  I have included a copy of their request as well as a map of the area.  The County Council has a joint meeting scheduled with the Town of Elk Point on September 13 at 5:00 p.m. - this request could be added to that meeting agenda.

Council had originally asked Administration to review improved sewer disposal for private sewage haulers as currently these haulers are dumping into existing manholes in both Ashmont and Mallaig. While this is an acceptable practice as per Alberta Environment, it is not an ideal situation as the location of the manholes are not ideal for private sewage haulers. Administration reviewed both the lagoons in Ashmont and Mallaig and it was determined that it would be easier to upgrade the Mallaig lagoon to accept sewage disposal from private sewage haulers.

Following the approval of the 2012 budget where Council approved the construction of improved sanitary sewer disposal for private sewage haulers to be attached to the existing Mallaig Lagoon, Administration sent a letter to the residents within 800 meters of the development as per Policy DEV-56 Development of County Structures Not Requiring a Permit. We have received a response from one resident in Mallaig regarding the proposed development as well as a suggestion from St. Paul Education regarding increased traffic and the safety of a crosswalk. Both of these concerns/suggestions are attached for Council's consideration. Once Council determines if they will go head with the proposed development or not, residents will be sent a letter regarding Council's decision.

Bylaw No. 1605 is being presented to Council to Amend the Land Use Bylaw as it relates to rezoning Lot 2, Block 2, Plan 1120585 from Urban Expansion to Country Residential 2.  The owners wish to create an additional 11 lots in a rural setting.  The lots will vary in size from 2.01 to 2.34 hectare, however under the current zoning no additional lots can be created.


After first reading, the Bylaw must be advertised according to Section 606 of the M.G.A.  and a public hearing held according to Section 230 of the M.G.A.


The adjacent landowners will also be notified of the proposed rezoning.

Bylaw No. 1604 is being presented to Council to approve borrowing of $1.5 million for the Northern Valley Road.

A Fire Protection Agreement with the Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay is attached.  The agreement has been reviewed by the Fire Chief of the Mallaig Fire Department and by Trevor Kotowich.


If Council enters into the agreement for a 10 year term, the Summer Village will give an additional $15,000 as a capital contribution for the Mallaig Fire Hall.

A Snow Removal Agreement with the Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay is being presented to Council for discussion and approval.

Shane Hansen, a Heinsburg resident, wants to run a water line from his well at the corner of Railway Avenue and First Street West to service the lots he owns (see attached map).  He would hire a boring rig to run the line underground, most of which would be on his property.  However, he will have to cross the streets in the hamlet and he is requesting permission to do so. 

In the future, he may run a second line beside the water line for power.

In reviewing his map, it appears that he wants to service 20+ lots in Heinsburg.  This would fall under Alberta Environment jurisdiction.  He would have to prove that the water source was high quality ground water.  He may be required to provide some treatment in order to service other lots as well as meet the virus requirements of Alberta Environment.  In addition, he would require a certified operator to ensure the on-going quality of water distributed to other people.  Finally, any development of this system could be taken over by the  County, therefore the County would want to ensure that it is developed as per Alberta Environment standards so that any take over of the system would be sustainable by the County.

Mr. Hansen has been contacted by Administration informing him of the requirements of operating a public water system.  He has also been provided with the proper contact at Alberta Environment.  He is going to contact us to let us know if he is still interested in proceeding.


We have received requests from the A.G.Ross Arena Operating Committee and the Elk Point Curling Club for financial assistance with their operating expenses.  In the past, these groups applied to the Joint Operating Committee however their is no longer funding available.

Council has budgeted $35,000 for Elk Point Recreation.  This money used to go the Joint Operating Grant, however Council has decided to determine who the funds go to during their budgeting process.

the Alberta Commission is holding public hearing to gather opinions on the proposed boundaries and electoral district names.  The deadline for submissions has passed, however the public is still welcome to attend.  Attached are the dates for the public hearings.