County of St. Paul No 19

Council Meeting


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

The 499th meeting of the Council of the County of St. Paul No. 19 was called to order by Reeve Steve Upham at 10:08 a.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the County Office in St. Paul, there being present the following:


Reeve Steve Upham  
Councillor Glen Ockerman Division 1
Councillor Dwight Dach Division 2
Councillor Cliff Martin Division 3
Councillor Maxine Fodness Division 4
Councillor Frank Sloan Division 5
Councillor Alphonse Corbiere Division 6
Sheila Kitz CAO
Tim Mahdiuk Assistant CAO
Phyllis Corbiere Executive Assistant
Leo deMoissac Public Works Superintendent
Janice Huser St. Paul Journal


  • Resolution #CM20111108.1001

    to approve minutes of the October 11, 2011 Council Meeting with the following correction:

    Reeve Upham recessed the meeting for lunch at 12:00 p.m, and reconvened the meeting at 1:17 p.m. with all members present  except Councillor Ockerman.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1002

    to approve the minutes of the Organizational Meeting held October 24, 2011 as presented.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1003

    to adopt the Bank Reconciliation for the month of October, 2011.


The following additions/deletions were made to the agenda:

3.2  October 24, 2011 Organizational Meeting Minutes

New Business

8.28  Date for CAO Evaluation

8.29  Request for Funding - St. Paul Archery Association

8.30  Wellness Centre


10.1  Joint Municipal Health & Safety Committee Minutes

10.2  FCSA Region 7 - Councillor M. Fodness

10.3  HUB Seminar-Attracting Foreign Direct Investment to Eastern Alberta - Councillor M. Fodness

10.4  Northern Lights - Councillor D. Dach

10.5  CAO Report

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1004

    to accept the agenda with the above noted additions.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1005

    to give second reading to Bylaw No. 1584, Licence Agreement for the undeveloped road allowance situated between SW 14 & NW 11-59-10-W4.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1006

    to give third reading to Bylaw No. 1584.


Krystle Fedoretz, Planning and Development, entered the meeting at 10:20 a.m. to discuss the proposed restrictive covenant to be registered against the lots in the new subdivision in the Hamlet of Mallaig which are still owned by the County of St. Paul.  Council decided to remove the word "chain link" from item 2e and insert a new statement after item 2e that Chain Link Fence is acceptable.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1007

    that the Planning and Development Department register the restrictive covenant with the above noted amendments, against the lots in the Mallaig subdivision that are owned by the County of St. Paul.


Council resumed discussion on the request from the Blue Bird Beach Association at Laurier Lake, to complete the walkway that was on the original Plan 8221194 of the subdivision, but was not developed.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1008

    to table the request to complete the walkway at Bluebird Beach, Plan 8221194, to the Planning Retreat which will be held December 5 & 6, 2011.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1009

    to deny the request from the St. Paul Child Care Society for funding to assist with renovations to the Daycare/Dayhome building as the part of the building that will be renovated will be rented out for a private day care operation and Council felt that daycares are provincially funded.


Bryan Bespalko, Bylaw Enforcement Officer, entered the Council Room.


Desiree Mandel was admitted to the Council Room at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the cleanup notice she was issued and to suggest changes to the Land Use Bylaw to accommodate the chickens she raises in her back yard and to suggest changes to the Dog Bylaw.


Mrs. Mandel informed Council that she was not aware of the Land Use Bylaw which does not allow for chickens in her backyard.  Mrs. Mandel home schools her children and she uses the chickens to educate her children about food production and to teach them about responsibility by  taking care of them.  The chickens are in an enclosed pen with a run.


She was also unaware of the County's Dog Bylaw until she received a letter from the Bylaw Enforcement Officer.  She informed Council of other towns that allow more than 2 dogs per residence through a permitting system.  She has three house dogs and one outdoor dog. 


Mrs. Mandel presented Council with proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw and Dog Control Bylaw.  She has numerous signatures of people who support an amendment to the Dog Bylaw which would allow more than 2 dogs per residence.


Following her presentation to Council, the delegation left the meeting.


Council discussed the repercussions of amending the bylaw to increase the number of dogs allowed on a property and enforcement of the proposed amendment.  Council also discussed the consequences of allowing the chickens to remain in the hamlet.  Following the discussion, Bryan Bespalko left the Council Room.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1011

    to allow Mrs. Mandel to keep her three chickens and four dogs on her lot in the hamlet of Ashmont on a temporary basis, as the Land Use Bylaw is currently under review.


Linda Boone, Town of St. Paul FCSS Director and Dolu Ashani, Outreach Advocate were admitted to the Council Room to give a presentation on the outreach program including the services they provide and what they hope to achieve with the program.  They will set up a meeting with Council at a later date.

Reeve Upham recessed the meeting at 12:02 p.m. and reconvened the meeting at 1:13 p.m. with all members present.

Matt Brassard with Urban Systems was admitted to the Council Room at 2:00 p.m. to present Council with their Final Report on the Preliminary Work for the Ashmont/Lottie Lake water line and treatment plant project.  They also presented the Work Project for the next stage of work which is the Detailed Design and Construction Services.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1040

    that Council reviews and approves the Work Program - Detailed Design and Construction Services for the Ashmont/Lottie Lake project as presented by Urban Systems.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1039

    that Council accepts the Final Report for the preliminary work for the Ashmont/Lottie Lake Project.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1041

    that Council approves the Lagoon Study and evaluation of direct discharge for the Ashmont/Lottie Lake project.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1010

    to approve Sheila Kitz and any Councillors who are available to attend the Driving Economic Development and Diversification Workshop on November 17, 2011 in Lac La Biche.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1012

    to authorize Dennis Bergheim and Jeremy Robinson to attend the AAAF Inservice Training from December 5-9, 2011 in Edmonton.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1013

    to approve a $10,000 grant for the Town of St. Paul to help offset operating expenses for the Action Bus.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1014

    to ratify the $500 grant for the Mallaig School Cross Country Team as per policy ADM-51.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1015

    to give first reading to Bylaw No. 1586, which is a Bylaw to establish the Subdivision Authority for the County of St. Paul.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1016

    to give second reading to Bylaw No. 1586.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1017

    to present Bylaw No. 1586 at this meeting for third and final reading.

    Carried Unamimously
  • Resolution #CM20111108.1018

    to give third reading to Bylaw No. 1586.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1019

    to appoint Krystle Fedoretz and Dennis Bergheim as the Subdivision Authorities for the County of St. Paul effective November 8, 2011.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1020

    that Council approve the Vision Statement, Core Values, and Guiding Principles as presented in the Urban Systems Report with the amendment to remove the word "our" in the vision statement.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1021

    to cancel the property taxes in the amount of $1,765.77 on SE 5-56-9-W4 as per section 347 of the M.G.A., as there is no recourse to collect them.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1022

    to increase the gravel pit fees from $1.50 to $2.50 per cubic yard effective October 1, 2011.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1023

    to approve the three year Sand and Gravel Agreement with Arthur and Carol Gibbs for the SW 36-62-11-W4 effective October 19, 2011.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1024

    to approve the following easements to purchase the property required to correctly register an existing road: 


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


  • Resolution #CM20111108.1025

    to defer discussions on the paving patches in the Hamlets of Ashmont and Mallaig to the Planning Retreat on December 5 & 6, 2011.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1026

    to approve the request from Mallaig Minor Hockey to pay the benefits for the caretaker for the Mallaig arena, who is a seasonal County employee, in an effort to retain him on a permanent basis between the two positions.


Council discussed the need to install a dumping station in the Hamlet of Mallaig which will cost approximately $14,000, including the dirt work and gravel.  The adjacent landowners will have to be notified, therefore the project will not proceed this year, due to weather constraints.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1027

    to refer discussions on a dumping station in the Hamlet of Mallaig to the Planning Retreat on December 5 & 6, 2011.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1028

    to give first reading to Bylaw No. 1587, which is a bylaw to rezone the S 1/2 NE 1-58-9-W4 from Agricultural to Country Residential 1.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1029

    to give first reading to Bylaw No. 1585, which is a Bylaw to rezone Lot 1, Plan 0021514 from Urban Expansion to Country Residential 2.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1030

    to approve the installation of one approach for the SW 30-60-9-W4, as the County is using the current approach for the 8 acre parcel to access the subdivision where the new fire hall will be built.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1032

    to waive the setback requirements from the north and south property lines and from the west property line along Scott Drive for the lease on Lot 28ER, Block 2, Plan 8023220 to provide the lessee adequate room for parking and camping on the property.  The 25 foot setback from the property line adjacent to the water body will remain in effect. 

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1031

    to provide the developers of Sante Estates with a one-year extension on their development agreement so they can have Ocean's and Fisheries out again in the summer of 2012 to determine if the lake is up enough to support the proposed boat launch site.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1033

    to provide a $500 donation for the Elk Point Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Christmas Extravaganza.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1034

    that the County of St. Paul participate in a Regional Coyote Reduction Program with neighbouring municipalities in an attempt to alleviate predation of farm livestock and lessen the effect of coyotes encroaching on residences.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1035

    to ratify the sponsorship for one team at $160 for the Annual Mallaig Farmer's Spiel which was held from November 3-5, 2011.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1036

    to cancel the November Public Works Meeting as the items will be discussed at the Strategic Planning Session on December 5 & 6.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1037

    to schedule the monthly Council meetings for the second Tuesday of each month starting at 10:00 a.m., as per section 193 of the MGA.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1038

    to schedule the monthly Public Works Meetings for the fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 10:00 a.m., as per section 193 of the M.G.A.


As per Policy Per-30, 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.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1049

    to go in camera to discuss land issues.

    Time:  3:37 p.m.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1050

    to revert to an open meeting.

    Time:  4:42 p.m.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1042

    to set the date for the CAO Evaluation for December 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. as per section 205.1 of the M.G.A.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1043

    to table the request for funding from the St. Paul Archery Association for more information on how much funding they require, what they will be using it for and if they need it for the 2011 budget.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1044

    to table discussions on the wellness centre to the in camera discussions.








The following reports were presented orally to Council:

10.1  Joint Municipal Health & Safety Minutes - attached to Agenda Package

10.2  CFSA Region 7 - Councillor Fodness

10.3  HUB - Councillor Fodness

10.4  Northern Lights - Councillor Dach

The following report was read aloud to Council:

10.5  CAO Report

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1045

    to file the CAO Report as presented.





  • Resolution #CM20111108.1046

    to approve the Council fees for the month ending October 31, 2011 as circulated.


The following lists of Accounts Payable were circulated to Council for review:

Batch Cheque Nos. Cheque Date Batch Amount
15559 13232-13288 Oct. 5, 2011 $360,684.62
15579 13289-13395 Oct. 17, 2011 $624,978.30


  • Resolution #CM20111108.1047

    to file the lists of Accounts Payable as information.

  • Resolution #CM20111108.1048

    to file the budget to actual for the period ending October 31, 2011 as information.


Business on the agenda being concluded, Chairman S. Upham adjourned the meeting.  Time:  4:43 p.m.


These minutes approved this 13th day of December, 2011. 


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Reeve                                                 Chief Administrative Officer