A round-up of select items from Regular Council Meetings. The below items are selected from the July 11, 2018 meeting.
BUDGET PRESENTATION DATES SET
Mountain View County Council approved a series of meeting dates to begin the deliberation process for the 2019 Project and Operational Budget.
Discussions will begin on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Policies and Priorities Committee meeting. The schedule calls for seven meeting dates leading up to April 10, 2019 when the Tax Rate Bylaw will be submitted to Council for approval.
Other important dates within the schedule include December 12, 2018 when the Project and Interim Budget are presented to Council for approval. The project budget is approved before the new year annually to facilitate tendering processes for major projects. The interim budget is approved annually to allow the municipality to continue operating on a day-to-day process until the new budget is approved.
BANKING SERVICES CONTRACT
The County’s banking services contract has been awarded to Scotiabank following a selection process for the five-year contract. Seven proposals were received, and the successful proposal was recommended by the selection committee. The banking services contract was received as information by County Council.
MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS
Mountain View County Council approved the appointments of Michael McNaughton and Gerald Ingeveld to the Municipal Planning Commission. The appointments were made following the recent resignation of two public members, and the newly appointed members will sit for a two-year term.
CRIME PREVENTION INITIATIVE GRANTS
Council approved three Crime Prevention Initiative Grants totaling $7,557.50 at the July 11th regular Council meeting. The successful applications were by Olds Citizens on Patrol Society ($1250), Sundre Citizens on Patrol ($2000), and Olds Rural Crime Watch ($4307.50).
The County is currently advertising for more initiative applications (see page 3 of this pullout).
BRIDGE PROJECTS APPROVED
Two bridge projects will proceed, and another will return on August 22nd for further deliberation after Council approved the expenditure for two of three structures proposed by Operational Services.
A large culvert structure that was washed out on RR 271 just south of Highway 582 has been approved for a replacement cost of $383,000 and will feature a culvert nearly double in size. Another proposed structure replacement further south along the same Range Road will be brought back to Council for further deliberation. This proposed replacement will require a full bridge structure, meaning more of a cost for the County to absorb thus the recommendation by Council for further consideration.
Also approved is a culvert structure along the Wimborne Rd (Twp 334) between Range Roads 283 and 284 that will be retrofitted with a lined twin-culvert structure following Council approval for $550,000 from the Bridge Reserve towards the project.
Work on the two approved projects will begin this summer.