Cst. Jamie Erickson receives Provincial Award of Excellence


Provincial Award
Kneehill County had a larger than normal amount of delegates speaking at its March 29 Council meeting, including an update from Encana on their activity portfolio for the area.
As well, County Peace Officers Will Scott and Jamie Erickson presented Council with a review of their duties and responsibilities, possible updates from Solicitor General, and the successful and on-going relationship of cooperation between all the local enforcement agencies. Scott felt that Peace Officers being trained in Alberta's Provincial statutes was a great benefit in their partnership with local RCMP. "We've taken ownership of our community and respond in a timely manner to all questions and concerns. If you phone us, you'll hear from us. The local residents know us." He explained the scheduling cooperation between all three County Peace Officers (including Jeff Munro), during times when Jamie is busy with the schools and public awareness programs, and then he had Jamie give a description of some of the student and community programs and clinics he's been involved in, including the Rock Solid bullying program, stranger danger, senior safety, fraud awareness, car seat inspection, and bicycle safety. Will Scott then made a special presentation to Jamie Erickson, for having been named as the recipient of the Provincial Award of Excellence by the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers. "There is one guy in this province for this award," said Will "and he's with us."
Operations gave Council a report on playground equipment that stemmed from a letter from Torrington/Wimborne Playschool Association regarding the need for repairs and upgrades at the Wimborne Public Playground. Council approved a motion for new playgrounds for Swalwell, Wimborne, and Huxley. County will supply the equipment and gravel and are hoping to get some volunteer labor. The 2010 budget for a three-year Parks Plan indicates that Braconnier's will get a gate at its entrance and Keiver's Lake will get some trees planted and power hook-ups for the east side. Swalwell will get some trees, firepits and picnic tables and a water line to the dam.
Road upgrades
The road bans were announced to be in effect at noon on Friday, March 25, with dirt/black dirt trails closed.
Mr. Meding asked for Council's direction regarding the Linden Church Road - RR25-3 which receives dust control but the only maintenance being done is pot hole filling. Meding advised that the road is in bad condition. A motion was granted to rip up the road, re-gravel it and get it back in shape.
Council was advised that Encana was not interested in extending road upgrades past their own 1600 meter responsibility (for RR26-2), even if the County contributes the necessary gravel and culverts for both portions. Councilors discussed the ramifications of a one-mile portion of road being dirt and then suddenly meeting with Encana's portion. "It doesn't seem quite right to have a dirt road only half done and yet (at roughly $250,000 /mile) it is not reasonable to have the County upgrading so many of these dirt roads just for the sake of continuity in these situations." Clr. Wittstock advised, "The north end of this road is quite swampy as well, and it will make it challenging. The biggest problem is the ditch being higher than the road." Council's motion was to approve Encana's request as per policy, up to a maximum of $15,000. It was decided that in the near future Operations should look at this north mile for possible blade grade.
It was announced that after 31 years with Kneehill County, Allan Meding is departing. Interviews would begin shortly for his replacement.
The Phase 4 Sunnyslope Water Service Area tender for distribution line goes out on March 31, 2011 and closes on April 28. The reservoir upgrades tender will be tentatively ready for release on April 14.
A nine-month extension was granted (to expire December 29, 2011) for subdivision application for Badlands Recreation Development Corp.
Council approved a request from the Three Hills Neons Swim Club for a $50 advertising sponsorship.