Count Council Highlights July 12

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South Peace Centennial Museum Association emergency funds: The South Peace Centennial Museum Association will be receiving $5,887 from Community Assistance Grant.

The museum had an emergency funds request to cover their utility costs for the first six months of 2021, when the museum was closed due to the pandemic.

Reconciliation workshop: The County of Grande Prairie councillors will have the opportunity to attend a workshop on Canada’s History and the Municipal Role in Reconciliation on July 23.

The workshop hopes to provide municipal officials with a greater understanding on how to support reconciliation in their communities.

Hythe bylaws rescinded: The Village of Hythe became a hamlet of the county on July 1.

Council gave all three reading to replace the Village of Hythe’s bylaws with the county’s own bylaws.

New scoreboard: The county Sportsplex will receive a new scoreboard for the ball diamonds.

Council approved $2,000 toward the installation of a new Nevco scoreboard.

Funds are coming from the 2021 Parks and Recreation operating budget, contingent on a scoreboard ownership agreement between the County and the County Brewers team.

The county also approved the request for 30 hours of use at the Sportsplex ball diamonds for the 2021 season at no charge to offset the team’s lost revenue during the pandemic.

No virtual council meetings: County council directed the administration to amend the procedural bylaw allowing councillors limited virtual participation.

Once in-person attendance and capacity restrictions are removed in council chambers live-streamed meetings will end.

Rio Grande rebounds: The Rio Grande Sports & Community Association removed their request for a one-time COVID-19 emergency fund after a successful rodeo event on the July long weekend.

Former Hythe employees welcomed to county: Five employees from the former village were added to the county staff.

Melody Tollefsrud will join the county’s public works as a utility operator with technical services.

Community Services welcomed Chelsea de Ruiter as a Community Services Support worker who will split her permanent full-time role between FCSS at the library in Hythe and to support various projects at the Community Services Building.

Logan Moon, Seth Schaffer and Kerek Clease will join the Parks and recreation department as seasonal groundskeepers for summer employment.

Clairmont landfill work: The MCL Group will be working on the Clairmont Landfill expansion, which includes cell 4 and leachate pond development.

The cost of the landfill expansion will be $2,670,204.69 with funds coming from Clairmont Landfill reserves.

Rail safety week: Council declared Sept. 20-26 Rail Safety Week.

The decision came after a request from CN Rail to help reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and damage caused by incidents involving trains.

The county will support ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of rail safety by running a joint public information campaign with CN Rail during Rail Safety Week.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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