May 31 County council highlights

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The County of Grande Prairie council approved $425,000 in subsidies to avoid increasing wastewater rates for residential and non-residential properties connected to the Clairmont and County Aquatera systems.

Aquatera proposed a 20 per cent increase in wastewater rates for the county and 15 per cent for the Clairmont system at the May 3 council meeting.

The county has subsidized the wastewater since 2018.

Council gave a second reading to the Northwest Clairmont Area Structure Plan (ASP), a long-term plan for outlining the future land use and development in Clairmont.

Council is looking at a section of land stretching from Highway 2 to one-half mile west of Range Road 63 and from Township Road 724 to one-half mile north of Township Road 730.

The plan will get its final and third reading at a future council meeting. For more information, residents can go to www.countygp.ab.ca/asp.

The County approved the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between the County of Grande Prairie and the Town of Sexsmith.

The IDP will assist in areas of joint interest between the two municipalities with things such as future growth opportunities and coordination of land-use planning, economic development, servicing and transportation need.

Council granted $2000 to the Grande Prairie Intercultural Association for their Taste of Nations event, which is planned for later in 2021 at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.

Additionally, the county granted $1000 to the Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association for the Veterans Memorial Gardens and Interpretive Centre.

Rent relief was given to Food Solutions Corporation, the vendor leasing Five Mile Hall, due to limitations on generating revenue due to the pandemic.

The county is also looking to replace their propane powered ice-surfacer with a new efficient surfacer to use at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.

A grant for funding is being applied to the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre for the new ice-surfacer.

Council gave the first reading for the closure of a portion of 148 Ave in Clairmont. The portion of 148 Ave, located west of Highway 2, was not developed as the road was re-aligned to the south to facilitate access to Highway 2.

Council proclaimed June 7—13 as Seniors Week and June 1—31 as Recreation and Parks Month in the County of Grande Prairie.

The next Regular Council Meeting will take place on June 14, 2021.

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