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Sturgeon County Council Recap | February 9, 2021

Here are the highlights from the February 9, 2021, Sturgeon County Council Meeting:

Council received a presentation from a local developer on three separate matters: an appeal of weed control charges for a subdivision; a request for refund of tax penalties; and an appeal of utility (water) feesCouncil directed Administration to bring the matter back to the February 23, 2021, Council Meeting with recommendations on addressing the three requests.

A Public Hearing was held for Bylaw 1417/20 regarding an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw for closure of a portion of Riverbend Road. Council will consider the information received as part of the public hearing when the bylaw comes back for Second and Third Reading.

After considering information shared during the January 12, 2021, Council Meeting, Council refused a request to cancel property tax penalties for Tax Roll 190042.

Council approved Administration entering into an agreement with Roshan Water Solutions Inc. for the County to participate in the VeloCensTM Field Test Program. The VeloCensTM technology allows for rapid pathogen testing in water which can help provide an improved understanding of water quality safety in both drinking water systems and surface / groundwater applications.

Council gave First Reading to Bylaw 1530/21 - Debenture for Broadband Infrastructure, which would permit the County to borrow up to $7.3 million to cover the cost of Phase 1 of the County’s Broadband Strategy. More information on the project is available at sturgeoncounty.ca/internet

Council gave First Reading to Bylaw 1532/21 – Debenture for Pine Sands Subdivision Road Rehabilitation, which would permit the County to borrow $2.79 million to cover the construction costs for the Pine Sands subdivision. The project includes road rehabilitation as well as roadway widening and drainage improvements.

Sturgeon County has adopted two new policies to ensure purchasing and disposal practices are consistent, efficient, fair and transparent. This includes a new Procurement Policy, which sets out the County’s standards for procurement of goods and services, and a new Disposal of Surplus Assets and Goods Policy, which outlines the process for disposing of unused or obsolete items.

Sturgeon County will be moving forward with taking title to four of seven properties that were not sold during the 2019 and 2020 property tax sales. The remaining three properties are being referred to legal counsel for further review before the County proceeds with acquisition.

Council has approved funding of $40,000 to STARS, $2,500 to the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association, and $2,500 to the Edmonton Humane Society. These grants were approved in the 2021 Budget.

Council passed Bylaw 1534/21 – Election Signage Bylaw to provide clarity on when signs can be erected for municipal, provincial, and federal elections. With nominations now open for the 2021 municipal election, candidates are not permitted to post election signs until after Nomination Day. More information on the 2021 election can be found at www.sturgeoncounty.ca/election.

Council received information from Administration with respect to a proposed motion put forward by Deputy Mayor Toms regarding operational grants for community associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The motion will come before Council for decision at the February 23, 2021, Council Meeting.

Council approved additional resources to implement Sturgeon County’s 2021 Capital and Operating Budget for a total cost of $685,000 in 2021, to be funded by the General Operating Reserve.

Next Council Meeting

The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on February 23, 2021.

Find future agendas and past meeting minutes.

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