County of St. Paul No 19

Council Meeting


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

The regular meeting of the Council of the County of St. Paul No. 19 was called to order by Reeve Steve Upham at 10:05 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the County Office in St. Paul, there being present the following:

Reeve Steve Upham 
Councillor Glen OckermanDivision 1
Councillor Dwight DachDivision 2
Councillor Cliff MartinDivision 3
Councillor Maxine FodnessDivision 4
Councillor Frank SloanDivision 5
Councillor Laurent AmyotteDivision 6
Sheila KitzCAO
Tim MahdiukAssistant CAO
Phyllis CorbiereExecutive Assistant
Leo deMoissacPublic Works Superintendent
Kyle AttanasioDir. Leg. & Comm Services
Bryan BespalkoPublic Works Supervisor
Janice HuserSt. Paul Journal
Jena ColbourneLakeland Connect
  • Resolution #CM20160308.1001

    to approve minutes of the February 9, 2016 Council Meeting as presented.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1002

    to adopt the Bank Reconciliation for the month ending February 29, 2016.


The following additions were made to the agenda:

8.13  Alberta Transportation intersection Improvement proposed for SH 646 and RR 44

8.14  Property Assessment and Taxation Workshop

8.15  Funding Request - Elk Point Curling Club

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1003

    to adopt the agenda for the Regular Meeting of Council for March 8, 2016 with the above noted additions.


Jena Colbourne and Janice Huser with the press and Leo deMoissac, Kyle Attanasio and Bryan Bespalko, staff, left the Council Room at 10:08 a.m.

Jena Colbourne, Janice Huser, Leo deMoissac, Kyle Attanasio and Bryan Bespako entered the Council Room at 10:45 a.m.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1004

    to go in camera as per Sections 17 and 25 of the FOIP Act.

    Time:  10:08 a.m.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1005

    to revert to an open meeting.  Time: 10:45 a.m.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1008

    to give second reading to Bylaw No. 2016-03, Licence Agreement for road allowance located between NE 22-57-10-W4 and NW 23-57-10-W4.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1009

    to give third reading to Bylaw No. 2016-03.


Cam Wietzel, Production Superintendent and Andy Astalos, Bonnyville Superintendent with CNRL were admitted to the Council Room at 10:50 a.m.  Mr. Astalos informed Council that they will be visiting several municipalities requesting a reduction in property tax rates, in an effort to reduce their operating costs.  They informed Council that they have fewer wells in production this year, have already taken steps to reduce their operating costs and view a reduction in property taxes as their next step. 

Following their presentation, the delegation left the Council Room at 11:14 a.m.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1006

    to defer the request for a reduction in the 2016 property taxes to budget deliberations.


Bill Yakimec was admitted to the Council Room at 11:15 a.m. to request that Council waive the $200 development permit fee that he is required to pay for a structure that he built in 2013.  He indicated that he paid the building permit fee, and requested clarification on why he requires a development permit and why the permit has to be advertised when the structure already exists. 


Following his presentation, Mr. Yakimec left the Council Room at 11:27 a.m.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1007

    to table the request to waive the Development Permit fee of $200 until later in the meeting, pending more information.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1034

    to deny the request to waive the $200 development permit fee for an existing structure on Lot 22, Block 2, Plan 7622172 and that administration send a letter explaining that their request was denied based on the County's Land Use Bylaw.


Randall Hines, Shane Murray, Al Joly and Calvin Hartley were admitted to the Council Room at 11:30 a.m. to discuss their concerns with the Ashmont Lagoon Expansion Project. 


The delegation advised that they have the following concerns:

  • the proximity of the lagoon to their property 
  • odor issues from the increased size of the lagoon
  • location of the lagoon in proximity to their property devaluing their property
  • increase in the amount of traffic accessing the lagoon
  • potential health concerns due to the proximity of the lagoon (the delegation handed out information relating to people getting sick when living close to facilities) 
  • possibility that there may be underground issues on their properties - will they be able to drill a water well in the future?
  • future of the subdivision - who would want to buy and property and build there, when it is so close to a lagoon


The delegation then requested that the truck dumping station be moved to the east of the proposed location, that a berm be built north of the lagoon, that trees planted along the berm and that the access road to the lagoon be improved to accommodate increased traffic.   


CAO Sheila Kitz, then read aloud information prepared by the County's engineers, to address the questions that the delegation had previously asked in a letter.


The delegation left the Council Room at 12:15 p.m.

Reeve Upham recessed the meeting at 12:15 p.m. and reconvened the meeting at 1:15 p.m. with all members present.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1010

    to approve Councillor Dwight Dach to attend the 69th Annual Alberta Fire Chief's Association 2016 Conference and Trade Show from May 29 to June 1, 2016 in Calgary.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1011

    to schedule an Annual Meeting as per Item 1, Goal 1 of the 2016 Strategic Plan, for May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashmont Fire Hall.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1012

    Motion to approve the following land leases for renewal for 2016, as per section 61 of the M.G.A.:

    SW 18-56-3-W4Lanni Bristow
    N 1/2 SW 34-58-11-W4Starosielaki Cattle Co.
  • Resolution #CM20160308.1013

    to approve a $1,000 transportation grant for the St. Lina Senior Dew Drop Inn Club.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1014

    to support the St. Paul District 4-H by providing beef on a bun for the annual Show and Sale on June 6, 2016, as per policy Per-12.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1015

    to become a gold sponsor for $2,500 for the Sails, Rails, and Tails 2016 Mega Geocache Event to take place on July 9 in the Lakeland Region. 

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1016

    to approve the St. Paul Airport Operating Agreement for a five year term ending 2021, as per the recommendations of the St. Paul Airport Committee. 

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1017

    to deny the request from the Town of Elk Point to amend the Elk Point/St. Paul Water Commission Business Plan from an 80/20 cost share to a 50/50 cost-share for the Commission's administration fees.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1018

    to approve the Mutual Fire Aid Agreement with Agriculture and Forestry effective March 1, 2016 with amendments to the contact information.  

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1019

    to deny the request to install a locked gate at the entrance to the Sante Hills Subdivision at Lac Sante and refer the request for a community meeting to the local Councillor.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1020

    to approve Councillor Fodness and Public Works Superintendent Leo deMoissac to attend a workshop on March 15 with Alberta Transportation and AAMD&C to discuss the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP). 

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1021

    to give first reading to Bylaw No. 2016-08, Fee Schedule Bylaw.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1022

    to give second reading to Bylaw No. 2016-08.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1023

    to present Bylaw No. 2016-08 at this meeting for third and final reading.

    Carried Unamimously
  • Resolution #CM20160308.1024

    to give Bylaw No. 2016-08 third reading.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1025

    to request a meeting with Alberta Transportation to discuss the intersection improvement being proposed for SH 646 and RR 44.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1026

    to approve Linda Meger and Carolyn Kwiatkowski to attend the Property Assessment and Taxation Workshop on April 25 and 26, 2016 in Edmonton.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1027

    to approve $11,500 for the Elk Point Curling Club to assist with repairs to their ice plant, to be paid from the Elk Point Grant account.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1028

    that administration request a copy of the Financial Statements from the Elk Point Curling Club.





  • Resolution #CM20160308.1029

    to rescind motion CM20150310.1031, approving the purchase of an emergency livestock trailer.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1030

    to submit an application under the Municipal Excellence Awards Program for the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Program with the Town of Elk Point, Town of St. Paul and County of St. Paul.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1031

    to approve Urban Systems to proceed with the 60% design drawings for the Ashmont Lagoon and Waste Water Transfer Station.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1032

    to approve the CAO report as presented.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1033

    to approve the budget to actual as of February 29, 2016.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1035

    to approve the Council Fees for the Month of February, 2016 as circulated.

  • Resolution #CM20160308.1036

    Motion to file the listing of Accounts Payable as circulated:

    BatchCheque DateCheque Nos.Batch Amount
    19212Feb. 10, 201625072 - 25162$599,398.14
    19231Feb. 17, 201625163 - 25225$341,918.10
    19242Feb. 25, 201525226 - 25288$576,704.93

Business on the agenda being concluded, Chairman S. Upham adjourned the meeting.  Time:  2:22 p.m.


These minutes approved this 12th day of April, 2016.



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Reeve                                                       Chief Administrative Officer