Council, board member honoraria and expense reimbursement policy: The policy consolidated several existing bylaws and policies. It was developed by recommendations put forward by the new Council and Board Remuneration Review Committee. The committee reviewed the compensation levels of the reeve, councillors, and board/committee members. The review resulted in a financial impact of $21,000.
The committee looked over existing policies and practices of comparator municipalities to make their decisions. The policy will be reviewed every four years.
STARS: Council decided to defer the decision on the annual operating expense of $200,000 for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) to the next council meeting on Sept. 27.
Wapiti Corridor multi-use plan: Council directed administration to consult the City of Grande Prairie about the unoccupied public lands between Bear Creek and Pipestone Creek and then bring an updated Wapiti Corridor multi-use plan to a future council meeting.
In 2015, the Wapiti Corridor Planning Society (WCPS) voted to amend the plan for only the public lands in the county, with the intent to submit it to the provincial government for approval. Due to their inability to amend the plan, the WCPS reached out to county administration who, at that time, amended the plan. However, the WCPS dissolved in 2019 before it could be adopted.
Odyssey House/Sunrise House donation: Due to the cancellation of the 10th Annual Odyssey House / Sunrise House Golf Tournament, council decided to reallocate county’s sponsorship of $3,000 as a donation split between the two organizations.
Small Business Week: The county will be joining the city in proclaiming Oct. 17 to 23 Small Business Week.
“Small Business Week is our annual celebration of entrepreneurship in our community,” said Larry Gibson, Grande Prairie chamber chair.
“Pioneers and entrepreneurs built the foundation of the county,” said Leanne Beaupre, county reeve. “We are happy to see this long-standing tradition remain strong.
“Their contributions have helped make our region prosperous and resilient.”
New employees: The county added two new employees: Danielle Kusyk in the accounting department and Bobby Hooper in parks and recreation.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News