Funding Approved for Fire Vehicle
Mountain View County Council approved the purchase of the replacement Carstairs Fire command vehicle with a 50 percent contribution from the County, in the amount of $20,545 to be funded from the general fire reserve.
The command vehicle was damaged in a motor vehicle collision while responding to a call on the QE II Highway on March 11th. Insurance covered more than half of the cost of the command vehicle with the County and the Town of Carstairs each funding half of the remaining portion.
County to Create Borrowing Bylaw for Seniors Housing Loan
Mountain View County Council directed administration to create two bylaws in order to borrow funds to facilitate a $3 million loan to Mountain View Senior Housing Authority (MVSH).
Administration will bring to the September 4th Council meeting a proposed bylaw for first reading to enter into a loan agreement with Mountain View Seniors Housing Authority (MVSH), and a bylaw for first reading to borrow from the Alberta Capital Finance Authority (ACFA).
Borrowing bylaws go through a public process including an advertisement period (newspaper or electronic), followed by a 15-day petition period. Depending on the outcome of the petition period (receipt of a valid petition or not) Council can give then proceed to second and third reading.
The bylaw is then considered valid 30 days after it has been passed by Council.
More information will be available on the exact process for these proposed bylaws following the September 4th Council meeting.
Draft Communications Strategic Plan Reviewed
Council reviewed the first draft of the proposed Strategic Communications Plan and directed administration to bring back the plan to the September 11th regular Council meeting with amendments further clarifying the County’s commitment to two-way communication with its residents and other stakeholders.
The draft plan is the overarching document that will detail Council’s priorities for communications, including external, inter-governmental, and internal communications. Once Council approves its Strategic Plan, an action plan to execute Council’s communications priorities will be developed and utilized to guide County communication activities.
Councillors expressed appreciation for the input residents provided in an online survey regarding how best to reach them with County news and information, and how it helps in formulating the Strategic Plan. Councillors wanted to strengthen the wording within the plan to illustrate their intent that hearing from residents and other stakeholders is just as important as the County providing messaging to the community.