Kneehill County Council Minutes - February 7, 2012

MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 7, 2012 REGULAR MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF KNEEHILL COUNTY AT THE KNEEHILL COUNTY OFFICE, 232 MAIN STREET, THREE HILLS, ALBERTA.
PRESENT: Div. 5 - Bob Long, Reeve; Div. 1 - Brian Holsworth, Deputy Reeve; Councillors Div. 3 - Jerry Wittstock, Div. 4 - Glen Keiver, Div. 6 - Ken Hoppins, Div. 7 - Bobby Painter.
ADMINISTRATION PRESENT: CAO Kevin Miner; Assistant CAO - Laurie Watt; Recording Secretary Barbara Long.
ABSENT: Carol Calhoun - Div. 2.
Reeve Long called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.
Adoption of Agenda - Under New Business: Torrington Fire Department Radios; Committee Reports - WildRose Community Futures, Agricultural Service Board Convention.
Clr. Wittstock moved approval of the agenda as amended. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved approval of the January 24, 2012 Council Meeting minutes. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved approval of the attendance of any Councillor wishing to attend the Reynolds Mirth Richards Farmer Law Seminar being held in Airdrie on March 9, 2012. CARRIED
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council authorize the attendance of Bowen Clausen, Assistant Agricultural Fieldman and Clr. Painter at the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance presentation to Mountain View County Council on February 15th, 2012. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council approve the Spring 2012 Kneehill County Ratepayer Newsletter as amended. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved approval of draft Policy 3-6-1, with the inclusion of Council attendance at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Conference. CARRIED
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference & Social Events
Clr. Holsworth moved to table this agenda item until later in the meeting. CARRIED
Pete McRae, Director of Operations and Brandy Hay Evans, Operations Executive Assistant, entered the meeting at 9:00 a.m.
Debi Moon, reporter for The Capital, entered the meeting at 9:01 a.m.
Pete McRae presented the Operations Report comprised of Transportation (Roads), Water and Miscellaneous updates. The following item was discussed:
* Orkney Viewpoint - the clean-up of the Orkney Viewpoint has been completed and "No Dumping" signs will be installed.
* Gravel - New gravel stockpile site has been obtained at the S.W. 18-34-23-W4.
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council receive the Operations Summary Report. CARRIED
Pete McRae and Brandy Hay Evans left the meeting at 9:15 a.m.
The meeting recessed from 9:15 a.m. until 9:25 a.m.
FCM Conference & Social Events
Clr. Hoppins moved this agenda item be lifted from the table. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council direct Administration to amend Policy 3-6 as recommended and bring to a future Council meeting for consideration. CARRIED
Canadian Badlands 2nd Annual Tourism Development Conference Sponsorship Request
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council receive as information. CARRIED
Clr. Holsworth moved that Council approve the February 2012 Community Grants to Non Profit Organizations funding allocations as per the recommendations of the Community Grants Committee. CARRIED
Torrington Fire Department Radios Request
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council authorize the purchase of radios for the Torrington Fire Department, with the cost not to exceed $2,600.00 and funding to come from the 2012 Strategic Planning Budget. CARRIED
Reeve Long moved that Council receive the Churchill Water Service Area Survey results as information. CARRIED
Council and Administration staff left Council Chambers to view the exterior of the Administration building at 9:53 a.m. and returned at 10:03 a.m.
Council provided direction to Administration regarding the exterior building renovations.
Council and Committee Reports
Badlands Ambulance Services Society - Clr. Holsworth reviewed the minutes of the January 25th meeting, noting that the contract extension received from Alberta Health Services has been signed. The Board is still working on dates to negotiate a new contract. Next meeting scheduled for February 16th at 9:00 a.m.
Kneehill Medical Clinic - written report by Clr. Calhoun on the January 25th meeting Kevin Miner, CAO and herself had attended.
Una Edwards Erickson entered the meeting at 10:15 a.m.
Doctor Recruitment & Retention Committee - written report by Reeve Long on the January 25th meeting. Next meeting scheduled for February 22nd, 2012.
Marigold Library - written report on the January 28th meeting by Clr. Keiver.
BoomTown Trail - written report by Clr. Keiver on the January 23rd, 2012 Board meeting.
Community Futures Wild Rose - verbal report by Clr. Holsworth on the restructuring of Community Futures. Decision made to try and unite with groups having the same interests. Lorie Penner, Regional Coordinator, East Central & Airdrie, Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta will be contacted regarding allotment of funding.
Agricultural Service Board (ASB) Conference - written report by Clr. Hoppins on the ASB Conference held January 31st to February 3rd, 2012.
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive the Council and Committee Reports as presented. CARRIED
Kneehill Area Wellness Centre Society - Una Edwards
Una Edwards, Chair of the Kneehill Area Wellness Centre Society, provided Council with an overview of the Kneehill Area Wellness Centre program within Kneehill County and in particular within the hamlet of Torrington. Currently there are Wellness Centres in Acme, Carbon, Linden and Torrington providing a variety of services addressing the specific needs of the individual communities. The program operates with the assistance of 44 volunteers with the services being used 3,012 times.
It is the policy of the Board that no project or new program is started unless the funding is in place. Ongoing sustainable funding for operational expenses is difficult. Two requests were made of Council: to have a Council representative or all of Council attend the March 10th AGM and be part of the ribbon cutting for the new Torrington Library location and to consider annual support for the Torrington Wellness Centre.
Council thanked Una Edwards for the excellent presentation and for the provision of Wellness Centres within Kneehill County.
Una Edwards and Debi Moon left the meeting at 10:45 a.m.
The meeting recessed from 10:45 until 10:50 a.m.
Clr. Hoppins moved that Council approve sponsorship, in the amount of $1,200 to the Kneehill Area Wellness Centre program.
Clr. Holsworth moved a friendly amendment be made to Motion 69/12, to reflect sponsorship in the amount of $1,500 per year for a period of 3 years.
A vote was taken on the amendment. CARRIED
A vote was taken on the amended motion. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council authorize the attendance of Clr. Keiver and Reeve Long at the March 10th, 2012 Kneehill Area Wellness Centre Society Annual General Meeting. CARRIED
Clr. Keiver moved that Council receive the Correspondence Report as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Wittstock moved that Council receive the Business Pending reports as presented. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved that Council receive the Business Summary report as presented.
Clr. Hoppins moved the meeting go in camera at 11:09 a.m. CARRIED
Reeve Long moved the meeting back in regular session at 12:00 p.m. CARRIED
The meeting recessed from 12:02 p.m. until 1:10 p.m.
Clr. Hoppins moved the meeting go in camera at 1:10 p.m. CARRIED
Clr. Painter moved the meeting back in regular session at 1:23 p.m. CARRIED
The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.