County of St. Paul No 19

Council Meeting


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

At the April meeting, Council gave first reading to Bylaw No. 1573, which is a bylaw to allow the lease and amend the use of Lot 28ER, Block 2, Plan 8023220 at Upper Mann Lake.


The Bylaw was advertised and the adjacent landowers have been notified.

The Viability Study for the Portage College Food Sciences Centre was circulated to Council on May 21st.  Paul Pelletier will be in to make a presentation to council and address any questions that Council may have.

Mr. Foguere has an appointment with Council to discuss issues with the discriminatory and arbitrary manner by which bylaws are enforced.  He recently received another notice from the county bylaw officer ordering him to remove personal property, which is the very same sort of property that can be seen obviously in just about any other lot in the neighbourhood.  A systematic campaign of harassment launched by certain neighbours is being aided by the actions of the bylaw officer.  He forwarded a copy of a Claim of Right filed in 2010 whereas under section 39 of the Criminal Code of Canada, he is relieved from liability for protecting his property using no more force than necessary. 

The Town of Elk Point requested if the County would co-sponsor a pancake breakfast for seniors week, last week.


The County's contribution would be $150.

On June 13th a group of cyclists will be coming through on the Iron Horse Trail. Cathy Watts is with the Saskatchewan Trail Association and she is being accompanied by Jim Bishop who is the Chair for the Trans Canada Trail in British Columbia. They will have their spouses with them as well. They are cycling from Saskatoon to Edmonton from June 8thto 15th.


They will be arriving in St. Paul about 11:30am on the13th and the Iron Horse Trail will be bringing in the media to cover the event.  As discussed at the Public Works Meeting, the Iron Horse Trail is requesting if we would co-sponsor a lunch at Reunion Station. 


The 2011 ASAA High School Provincial Track and Field Championship was held in Edmonton on June 3 & 4, 2011. 


The Regional High School and Mallaig School sent students to complete at this competition and their letters requesting sponsorship are attached.


The St. Paul Fire Department will be hosting the 2012 Alberta Firefighters Curling Provincials from February 23 to 26, 2012 and they are looking for sponsorship for the event.

      Gold - $1,000

      Silver - $500

      Bronze - $250

      Cooper - $100


The Curling Club has donated the ice and the maintenance of it. 

The St. Paul Fish and Game Association is requesting a grant to help with the maintenance of their facilities and/or to assist with the costs of sending youth to the conservation camp.


They received a $500 grant in 2010 and are looking for the same type of financial support.

The Alberta Fire Chief's Association Convention and Trade Show was held from May 28th to 31st in Edmonton.

The group of owners of Lot 6, Block 3, Plan 0021847, know as Aline Drive Water Service Ltd., is requesting that the 2011 municipal portion of the property taxes be cancelled ($842.83).  The lot is used for a dugout and a small shed that houses the equipment to pump water to the lots in the subdivision.  The property taxes are paid by the lot owners who are connected to the water service.


In 2010 Council cancelled the Municipal property taxes on this lot. 

We have received the RFPs for the Elk Point IDP and need to set up a committee with the Town of Elk Point to review the RFPs.


We require a motion from Council to appoint 2 Council Members, Sheila Kitz and members of the Planning department to the Elk Point IDP Committee.



Bylaw No. 1577, which is a bylaw to regulate meeting procedures, is being presented to Council for review.  The original bylaw (Bylaw No. 1330) was approved in 1999.   Administration made significant changes to Bylaw No. 1330, making it more complete and incorporating resolutions that were approved by Council since that date.  The changes are in red.


As per section 3.4 of Bylaw No. 1577, any provisions of this bylaw may be made providing that notice of the amendments have been given at the peceding regular meeting.

Bylaw No. 1578 is being presented to Council to Amend the Land Use Bylaw as it relates to rezoning the SE 16-57-7-W4 from Agricultural to Industrial/Commercial.

The landowner wishes to use this property to park oil field trucks - vacs, pressure, flusby and for light maintenance of 6 trucks.

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.

 Krystle Fedoretz will attend the Meeting to discuss this application with Council.

The Mooswa Cemetery is located on PNE 22-56-5-W4.  George Anderson owns the balance of that quarter and he wants to donate 1 acre of land to the cemetery.  The 1 acre will have to be subdivided out of the quarter section and consolidated with the 2 acre parcel owned by the Mooswa Cemetery.


The Cemetery committee is requesting that that the County waive the subdivision fees when Mr. Anderson applies to subdivide the 1 acre parcel out of the property.  The subdivision fees will be approximately $1,090.

The 2002 JD 6 x 4 Gator was removed from the list of equipment for sale as it was identified by the Manager of the Evergreen Commission that it may be useful as a accessory vehicle at the Regional Landfill.  The gator was sent to the Regional Landfill on a trial basis.  We now require a motion from Council to consider transferring the gator to the Commission on a permanent basis.

Listed below are road construction easements to purchase the property required to correctly register existing roads.  This is part of the ongoing project which Council was informed about at the April Council meeting.

N 1/2 SW 20-56-8-W4 Leonard Demchuk
NW 20-56-8-W4 Leonard Demchuk
NW 10-57-5-W4 Judy Ockerman
NE 29-59-10-W4 Melford Lilje


Further to the discussions at the May 31 Public Works Meeting, we require a motion to apply for a grant to repair some of the sidewalks in the hamlets of Ashmont and Heinsburg.

The purchaser of the JD LT160 Riding Lawn Mower is requesting that his money be refunded as it does not work.

Further to the discussions at the May 31, 2011 Public Works Meeting we require a motion to authorize hiring a contractor, engineer and consultant for the construction of the Stoney Lake Road to the Hall.

On December 3, 2010 Administration sent out a Request for Proposal for Auditing Services to several Accounting firms.  The proposals were received by January 28, 2011, however due to time constraints Administration has been unable to review the proposals until recently.  We had three firms respond to the Request for Proposal.  These firms were Wilde and Company, Joly McCarthy and Dion, and Synergy Chartered Accountants.  Upon review of the three proposals Administration is recommending the lowest Dollar Cost Bid from Synergy Chartered Accountants as being the successful Proponent of the RFP process.

Administration has looked at adding the Employee Assistance Benefit program (EAP) to the list of benefits offered to County staff.  This benefit will assist both staff and managers to handle conflicts that individual staff members may be dealing with - either at work or at home.  It is totally confidential for the staff members to access and they can get help either over the phone or in person.  Currently staff have been accessing some counselling services through our FCSS department - which reduces the amount of programming that can be used out in the community.  We are looking for Council's support to implement an EAP program for the County staff which will encompass so much more than Counselling services - and will include services such as legal, health and wellness, financial, along with counselling.  See the brochure attached.

The net annual cost is projected to be approximately $1,909.00 as per the attached spreadsheet.  Expected 2011 cost to be approx $1,000.   It is important to note that participation in the EAP program reduces the cost of the Long Term Disability (LTD) program by 5% as AMSC insurance has seen a reduction in the number of LTD claims for staff who have access to such a program.

The Elk Point Canada Day Committee is thanking Council for their financial contribution to their celebration.

Minutes are attached.