County of St. Paul No 19

Council Meeting


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

Roy and Janet Cousineau applied for a licence to occupy the undeveloped road allowance situated between SW 14 and NW 11-59-10-W4, Range Road 102, for the sole purpose of stopping traffic from entering their yard.


Council gave 1st reading to this Bylaw at the September Council Meeting.


The proposed bylaw was advertised in the St. Paul Journal the week of October 25th.


Further to the discussions at the October 24th Public Works Meeting attached is a copy of the Restrictive Covenant which is being proposed to be registered on the County lots in the new subdivision in the Hamlet of Mallaig. 


At the October Council Meeting, Jackie Miller, on behalf of the Blue Bird Beach Association, made a presentation to Council requesting that they consider completing the walkway that was in the original plan of the subdivision but was never completed .  The estimates that she received to complete the work came to a total of $9,300, including fence and survey costs.  The Blue Bird Beach Association has agreed to maintain the walkway after it is developed and designated.


The request to designate a walkway at Blue Bird Beach was tabled so that the local Councillor could be present when a decision is made on this issue.

At the October Council meeting, the request from the St. Paul Child Care Society was tabled for more information on County usage of the facility.  We have been provided with the the following information from Barb Buryn:

They presently have one provider that actually resides in the county but they have 26% of the children in their program coming from the county.  As for the Day Care operation, they do not know how the breakdown will work out as the program hasn't started up yet.


The Town of St. Paul contributed $5,000.

On September 1, 2011 Daniel & Desiree Mandel were issued the following clean up notice for their property. 

  1. Section 7.8 (1) of the Land Use Bylaw No. 1486, “KEEPING OF ANIMALS”, states that no fowl or livestock may be kept on land parcels smaller than 1.2 hectares.


Since chickens are not considered domestic pets, and you are not on a parcel larger than 1.2 hectares, they are not permitted on the lands. Therefore they must be removed.



  • Bylaw No. 1293/1313 (Dog Bylaw) section 3.6 clearly states no more than two (2) dogs over the age of six (6) months are permitted on the property unless you fall under the exemptions in section 3.7.

In my opinion, you did not qualify for any exemptions so the maximum number of dogs allowed is two (2).


Compliance with these bylaws is mandatory within the County of St. Paul boundaries.  Efforts to comply must be completed within fourteen (14) days of receipt of this letter. If the above actions are not carried out within the specified time period, the County of St. Paul will seek a court order forcing compliance.


You may, by written request, ask County of St. Paul Council to review the order issued.


Mr. & Mrs. Mandel replied to the clean up notice, a copy of their letter is attached.  They have an appointment to discuss their suggested changes to the Land Use Bylaw and the Dog Bylaw.




Linda Boone, FCSS Director with the Town of St. Paul, will be in to update Council on the Safer Community Task Force Initiative.

Urban Systems is the Engineering firm that was awarded the Ashmont/Lottie Lake water line and Treatment Plant project.  They have now completed the preliminary work on this project and will be presenting Council with their Final Report on the Preliminary Work.  The report is rather lengthy - so is not attached for Council, however a printed copy will be provided to Council at the meeting. 

Based on the preliminary work, Urban Systems is also presenting a Work Project for the next stage of work required for this project - Detailed Design and Construction Services.  The Work Program is attached for Council's review.  This work program has been discussed by the Tech Team including an Alberta Transportation representative.  Urban Systems will be looking for approval to proceed with this work plan in order to keep to the timelines they present in the document.



A one-day conference on Driving Economic Development and Diversification in Rural Alberta will be held on November 17 in Lac La Biche.  Registration for this workshop is is $25.


The deadline to register has passed, however there is still room available.

The Annual Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen In Service Training will be held December 5-9, 2011 at the Westin in Edmonton.

The Town of St. Paul is requesting $10,000 to help offset the operating expenses for the Action Bus.

Mallaig School is requesting funding to help offset the costs of send a Cross Country Team to the Provincial Championship in Medicine Hat on October 14 & 15, 2011.


Bylaw No 1586 is being presented to Council to establish the Subdivision Authority for the County and rescind Bylaw No. 1554.


The reason for the change to the Bylaw is to remove section 4, Term of Office.  In the old bylaw, the term of office is for a one (1) year period and if the term is removed then Council will not have to reappoint the subdivision authority at each organizational meeting.  It will be a standing appointment however Section 3 of the Bylaw allows Council to remove or reappoint another person to the Subdivision Authority position at any time.


Section 187 of the M.G.A. states that all Bylaws must have 3 distinct and seperate readings.

Further to the amendment to the Subdivision Authority Bylaw (no. 1586), we require a motion from Council to appoint Krystle Fedoretz as the Subdivision Authority for the County of St. Paul. 

Following the Water Policy Council Visioning Session on October 13, 2011, Urban Systems has provided a report for Council to review and accept.  It outlines the process that was used and the resulting Vision, Core Values, and Guiding Principles for the County .  The report is attached.

The tax department is requesting to cancel $1,765.77 in back taxes owing on SE 5-56-9-W4, which is Crown land.  Normally Crown land is exempt from property taxes, however there here was a miscellaneous permit held by an individual who had squatting rights, and he put up building on this property.  The individual is now deceased and there is no longer a permit on the property.  The tax department spoke with sustainable resources on November 3, 2011 and they have advised that the buildings will be torn down and the property will revert to vacant crown property, which means it will be exempt from taxation.


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

At the February, 2011 Public Works Meeting, Council discussed the rate that the County currently pays for pit fees, which is $1.50 per cubic yard.  Council discussed the rates paid by neighboring municipalities as well as private industry.

A three-year Sand and Gravel Agreement with Arthur and Carol Gibbs for SW 36-62-11-W4 commencing October 19, 2011is being presented to Council for discussion and approval.


Listed below are easements with various landowners required to purchase the necessary property to register roads that were built some time ago but not registered.  This is more of the ongoing project that was started some time ago

Donald & Lilian Demchuk NE 34-56-8-W4
Edwin, Gunhild & Arne Nelson SE 34-56-8-W4
Sheila Parks SE 34-56-8-W4


As per the discussions at the August 23, 2011 Council Meeting, we require a motion from Council to ratify paving patches in the Hamlets of Ashmont and Mallaig by Blue Star Paving.   

The request from Mallaig Minor Hockey for assistance with their caretaker was presented at the Public Works Meeting.  Council agreed to enter into a Payroll Services Agreement, however they are requesting that Council consider paying the emlpoyer deductions, which would amount to approximately  $500 per month for the period of October to March.   The caretaker is a seasonal County employee who works at the Parks during the summer months.



We have received a quote of approximately $4,000 for a 2000 gal holding tank and collars, depending on how many collars we need. This price is from Car-Ouells in St. Paul.  The other costs associated with a new dumping station are dirt work and gravel which will cost approximately $10,000.


If Council agrees to proceed with this project, the adjacent landowners will have to be notified.  If there are no objections, we will be able to proceed with the project two weeks after notifying the landowners, weather permitting.

Bylaw No. 1587 is being presented to Council to Amend the Land Use Bylaw as it relates to rezoning the S 1/2 NE 1-58-9-W4 from Agricultural to Country Residential 1.


The landowner wishes to subdivide the property into 2 acreages.


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. 1585 is being presented to Council to Amend the Land Use Bylaw as it relates to rezoning the Lot 1, Plan 0021514 in SE 1-58-10-W4  from Urban Expansion to Country Residential 2.


The landowner wishes to subdivide the existing 4.04 ha (9.98 acres) parcel into 2 equal parcels to allow for country residential development.


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.


The County of St. Paul is purchasing +/- 8acres in SW 30-60-9-W4 to build a new fire hall in the hamlet of Mallaig.  The existing approach will be used as an access for the 8 acre parcel; therefore, an additional approach will be required for the balance of the property.


Council to consider providing an approach to the remnant parcel on Pt. SW 30-60-9-W4M.

In June Council passed Bylaw No. 1373 which authorizes Mr. Gordon Scott and his heirs to lease Lot 28ER, Block 2, Plan 8023110.  A copy of the bylaw and the lease agreement is attached.


Betty Andrichuk, Mr. Scott's daughter, has been in contact with Krystle Fedoretz and she is asking for the wording of the lease agreement to be changed so as to reflect what is in the bylaw.


These are the Issues that Mrs. Andrichuk has with the wording in the lease agreement:


1) We are not asking for a variance of bylaw1573, we were asking for the wording of the lease agreement to be changed so as to reflect what is in the bylaw. The lease in its present wording makes the area remaining for camping & parking non existent. Maybe that is the intent


2) The lease agreement wording in its present state leaves our family with approximately 20 by 20 foot area in the center of the lot to park on due to side yard restrictions and trees. The Lot is only 66ft x 86ft x 99ft x 66ft over half of which is treed (side yard restrictions 25ft x 20ft x 20ft x25ft)


3) Restrictions outlined in the lease do not allow the use of the driveway.


Krystle Fedoretz will be in to discuss this item with Council.

Two years ago, the Department of Ocean's and Fisheries met with the developers of Sante Estates and advised them that  the water level was too low to support a boat launch.  The developers are now requesting an extension to their development agreement so they can have Ocean's and Fisheries out again to determine if the lake is up enough to support the proposed boat launch site.

The Elk Point Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Christmas Extravaganza on Friday,November 25.  They are looking for sponsorship for this event:

$500 and Up - Platinum

$300 and Up - Gold

$200 and Up - Silver

$100 and Up - Bronze


The County of Two Hills Agricultural Service Board is requesting if the County is interested in participating in a Regional Coyote Reduction Program to try to alleviate predation of farm livestock and lessen the effect of coyotes encroaching on residences.  They feel that a regional program would benefit a much larger area of the NE Region and would eliminate the problem of coyotes being brought in from outside their boundaries.


The ASB does not have a meeting scheduled, therefore Dennis has requested that this be brought to Council.  Dennis will be available to speak about this request.

Further to the request presented to Council at the October Public Works meeting, we require a motion to sponsor one team for the Mallaig Farmer's Spiel which was held on November 3, 4, & 5.  Registration for the spiel is $160.

The November Public works meeting conflicts with the AAMD&C Fall Convention.

Section 193 of the MGA allows a Council to decide at a Council meeting at which all the councillors are present to hold regularly scheduled council meetings on specified dates, times and places.


Pursuant to section 193 of the M.G.A. we require a motion from Council to schedule the dates for the regular monthly Public Works meetings for the fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 10:00 a.m

Further to Policy Per-30, Statutory and Other Declared Holidays, December 24th to 27th have been designated as Christmas holidays for 2011.  The office will also be closed on January 2 in lieu of New Years Day.

Items to be presented at the meeting.

Items to be presented at the meeting.

As per Section 205.1 of the Municipal Government Act, Council must provide the Chief Administrative Officer with an annual written performance evaluation.


The date of the last evaluation was December, 2010.

The St. Paul Archery Association is looking for funding to help cover the costs of equipment, targets and barn rental fees.


In 2009 Council provided a $2,000 grant from MSI funding.










The following lists of Accounts Payable for the Month of October, 2011 are being presented to Council:

Batch Cheque Nos. Batch Amount
15559 13232-13288 $250,684.62
15579 13289-13395 $624,978.30


Budget to actual for the month ending October 31, 2011 will be presented to Council for review.