Hythe infrastructure funds: County council will be applying for funds from the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) for $250,000 to help with the costs accrued from the dissolution of the Village of Hythe into the county, and an additional $950,000 for infrastructure expenses.
Part of the Village of Hythe’s 10-year capital plan included $988,559 in roadway improvements and $570,726 in sanitary improvements in 2021.
The funding that council has applied for will go back into Hythe’s infrastructure, said Leanne Beaupre, county reeve.
“These are items that were already identified in the infrastructure study that we did to find where Hythe was as far as their deficit position before becoming part of the County of Grande Prairie.”
“We were led to believe that there was transition money to help, about $1.2 million, that the County of Grande Prairie would be eligible for. We didn’t realize we had to apply for it, we thought it was something that in the event of dissolution would become available to us, but it is something they have to apply for.”
Council donations to Beaverlodge area: Council approved to donate 10 loads of gravel to the South Peace Centennial Museum.
The museum will use the gravel for the base of a miniature train and station display that they are constructing.
The county has now contributed 15 loads of gravel for the project and construction has begun.
Council also approved $150 to Beaverlodge Senior Citizens Association’s pancake breakfast of the asked $300.
The association said they had not applied to the Town of Beaverlodge for funds.
“Because it’s not in the County of Grande Prairie, we want to make sure that as good neighbours, that Beaverlodge also participated in the sponsorship of the breakfast as well,” said Beaupre.
Due to the pandemic, the association has not been open for 17 months and hopes to open on Sept. 1.
The association will have the pancake breakfast on Sept. 4, open to residents of Beaverlodge and district.
The county has also provided funding to the Beaverlodge Senior’s Citizens Association in 2021 with $2,500 for COVID-19 emergency funding and in 2020 with $3,500 in operating assistance.
Highway 40 West FireSmart Project: Council approved $9,696 in funding for the Highway 40 West FireSmart project.
Funds for the project will come from the County’s FireSmart reserve, which had a balance of $87,963 before the approval.
The project plans to educate and engage with residents, businesses, and stakeholders south of the city, focusing on vegetation management to prevent and lower the risk of wildfires in the County.
The county has held a series of public engagement and education sessions on the project earlier in the year.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News