Sunday, November 10, 2019

CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 11, 2019
ARBUTUS COMMUNITY HALL
1.0 Welcome

At 7:30 p.m. President Marianne Cole called the meeting to order.

2.0 Approval of Agenda
Items 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 were updated. Dan Warkentin moved that the agenda be approved with updates and additions. Laverne Ahlstrom seconded. Carried.
3.0 Minutes of the previous meeting
Marianne Cole read the minutes of our last meeting from April 16, 2019. Marlene Brattberg moved that minutes be adopted as recorded. Ken Qually seconded. Carried.
4.0 Financial Report
Pat Butler read the financial statements for May 2019. Pat Butler moved that the financial statements be accepted as presented. Al Gaetz seconded. Carried.
5.0 Business Arising From The Minutes

5.1 Letter to the AER - was sent to three individuals on May 21, 2019 ( Mrs. Sheila O’Brien, Chairman of the Board, AER, Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy and Mr. Gordon Lambert, President & CEO of AER) with concerns of the operation and control of the AER and fracking. It was noted that Jason Nixon is overseeing the AER under his portfolio.

5.2 Prices of Grazon – the prices haven’t been looked into. The County has a sheet published with their prices.


5.3 Tax Rate info – council voted for a 0% tax increase in municipal taxes for this year but there is an increase in taxes due to the increase in the school tax.



6.0 New Business
6.1 County council meeting highlights
· Presentation by Mountain Rose Woman’s Shelter – new shelter should be completed by August. They would like representation from County council on their working group.
· North Saskatchewan River Park Update – a grant has been received and work will begin soon on a covered grandstand.
· Grant Funding for Community Halls Policy – council approved a policy that will see annual allocations based on hall capacity.
· Tax Rate Discussion – there may be a 5.41% increase for residential and farm and a 13.8% increase for business.
· Audited Financial Statements – county is in a favorable financial position. Revenue has increased 13.14% with expenses only increasing by 3.59% over 2017.

6.2 Friends of Corridor School
Fundraising has been postponed due to no clear answers from the provincial government. Until that is received, there is no clear target for fundraising.
6.3 Name Update

Alberta Clearwater Association has changed its name to Alberta Freshwater Alliance Society.

6.4 Memorial for Roy??

It was discussed and decided to contact friends to donate to a cause or charity in his name. Robert Brattberg made a motion to donate $100.00 to charity of their choice. Pat Butler seconded. Carried.

6.5 Clearwater Broadband Foundation
This foundation was established in 2016 to improve broadband in the county. They have a P3 partnership that is a combination of public and private. There is a fiber optic network that is up and running as a pilot project. Discussion took place about whether the county should be involved in providing internet service. An informal vote was taken and was overwhelming against the county being involved.


6.6 County Concerns
There were concerns that the county didn’t change the fire signs to a ban, but it was only a restriction, not a ban. There is a concern with a county vehicle being seen in Red Deer on a “shopping trip”. This will be looked into. The county has a number that can be contacted 24 hours with concerns.
** Marianne Cole read a thank you note from Coral Ahlstrom
7.0 Future Meeting: Tuesday September 17th @ 7:30 p.m.

8.0 Adjournment - Ken Qually moved for adjournment @ 9:09 p.m.
CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 16, 2019
ARBUTUS COMMUNITY HALL
1.0 Welcome

At 7:25 p.m. President Marianne Cole called the meeting to order.

2.0 Approval of Agenda
Pat Butler moved that the agenda be approved. with additions. Dan Warkentin seconded. Carried.
3.0 Minutes of the previous meeting
Marianne Cole read the minutes of our last meeting from March 12, 2019. Ken Qually moved that minutes be adopted as recorded. Helge Nome seconded. Carried.
4.0 Financial Report
Pat Butler read the financial statements for March 2019. Pat Butler moved that the financial statements be accepted as presented. Dan Warkentin seconded. Carried.
5.0 Business Arising From The Minutes

5.1 Letter to council re: Compensation and AER concerns, School Board rep and to AER

AER Concerns – We received a reply from Reeve Jim Duncan in response to a letter written to him on March 14, 2019 addressing our concerns with using fresh water for fracking. In his letter, he noted that water is under provincial jurisdiction and council has not addressed this issue.
School Board Rep – There has not been a reply as of yet to our request for a school board rep to attend one of our meetings to update us on the new schools.
Councillor Cammie Laird replied to our e-mail for further information that was previously sent in January.
Letter to AER – A letter was sent to the AER by e-mail and it was answered by e-mail. Marianne will draft a letter to the AER after the election that will address the minister.

5.2 Concerns with chemical purchases/ rebates. Marianne will cost compare the cost of chemicals from the county to UFA and Co-op. Rebates are set by the chemical companies.


6.0 New Business
6.1 County council meeting highlights
· Rec vehicle storage, sewage dump. There are concerns with traffic from neighbors. Rezoning was passed. Applicants now have to apply for a development permit.
· There is an application from the Plumbing Shoppe to rezone a portion of land
· First readings on the Caroline – Clearwater ICF
· Collection of Business Information discussion and business licenses
· Support of the Corridor school enhancement projects – council will match funds raised for the new schools
· Presentation from Bellatrix – concerns with getting their product to market
· Town of RMH lagoon – improvements have been made. Unknown future costs.
· Request from CCTA for councillor compensation for meeting attendance – request was denied.
· Open mic time was discussed and livestreaming should be up and running by this fall.
6.2 Tax dollars owed to the County by oil/gas industry related companies
Front page of the Western Producer reports that there is over $81 million in property taxes that has gone unpaid in Alberta. $1.9 million is owed to the County from oil and gas companies. Names are being withheld. Are taxpayers on the hook for this deficit? Audited financial statements will be released the end of April.
6.3 Corridor School Survey

There is a survey being conducted for residents wanting ‘extras’ for new school, size of gymn, stage etc. Fundraising, how much and for what? Hard copies are available at the County office. Available online?

6.4 Up-coming council meeting/ financial statements/ tax rates

Agenda coming out soon.

7.0 Future Meetings Tuesday May 21 and Tuesday June 18, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
8.0 Adjournment – Dan Warkentin moved for adjournment @ 8:45 p.m.
CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 12, 2019
ARBUTUS COMMUNITY HALL
1.0 Welcome

1. At 7:30 p.m. President Marianne Cole called the meeting to order. All those in attendance introduced themselves.

2.0 Approval of Agenda
2. February meeting was cancelled due to weather so agenda items from February have been combined with items for March. Items 6.6 and 6.7 were added. Dan Warkentin moved that the agenda be approved with additions. Pat Butler seconded. Carried.
3.0 Minutes of the previous meeting
3. Marianne Cole read the minutes of our last regular meeting from October 11, 2018. Marlene Brattberg moved that minutes be adopted as recorded. Al Gaetz seconded. Carried.
4.0 Financial Report
4. Pat Butler read the financial statements for the previous year and Jan/Feb of 2019. Pat Butler moved that the financial statements be accepted as presented. Al Gaetz seconded. Carried.
5.0 Business Arising From The Minutes

5.1 Letter to council re: Bighorn

Marianne Cole wrote a letter to council January 29, 2019 expressing our concerns with the Bighorn Park proposed by the Alberta government and the concern we have with council not expressing their opposition to this plan. A reply was received January 31, 2019 from Reeve Jim Duncan stating that they were waiting for their next meeting to have a motion to be passed. On February 12, 2019 council issued an excellent letter to Minister Shannon Phillips stating their opposition to the park.



5.2 Future Guest Speaker: Jason Nixon – His office was contacted and they suggested waiting until more details about the upcoming election were made.

5.3 Letter re: CPO’s – Marianne Cole sent an e-mail to councillor Cammie Laird on January 9, 2019 stating our concerns with an officer living outside the county and parking the CPO vehicle at an insecure site, cost for parking, potential vandalism and driving county vehicles. Councilor Cammie Laird was in attendance at the meeting and stated that there had been a policy change as of January 1, 2019 and that vehicles would need to be picked up at the closest secure county building.


5.4 Appointment of Auditor for our 2018/2019 return – Laverne Ahlstrom made a motion to appoint Sharon Rubeling for auditor. Dan Warkentin seconded. Carried.

6.0 New Business
6.1 Update on Bighorn Proposal – the Bighorn Park has been put on hold for now pending the outcome of the election.

6.2 County Council Highlights:

· Partnership with Wild Rose School Division – council passed a resolution indicating it’s support for the Leslieville school enhancement project and will match funds raised by the community.
· The county has released its strategy for economic development that include: Prepare for business, Prepare for people growth, Promote opportunities and Foster a Culture of Growth.
· Clearwater County Regional Wastewater System Briefing – there have been issues with the effluent from the lagoon and upgrades are needed. The county is responsible for contributing money for upgrades. The county will continue to evaluate past and current studies.
Helge Nome made a motion that we write a letter to the school division inviting school trustees to our CCTA meetings to discuss school changes. Lawrence Stewart seconded. Carried.
Ken Qually made a motion to write a letter to council for two reps from council attend CCTA meetings and that time should be compensated. More are welcome to attend, but only two will be compensated. Pat Butler seconded. Carried.

6.3 Change in Meeting Date

The second Tuesday conflicts with some other meetings. Discussion took place about which day would be best. Helge Nome made a motion to hold meetings the third Tuesday of the month starting April 16th. Dennis Anderson seconded. Carried.


6.4 Rebate on Chemical Purchases - There has been some confusion about the rebate on chemical purchases purchased from the county. The rebate program amount is set by the chemical company.
6.5 Report on area “Water Activities”, fracking, earthquakes – A new association is being formed “Alberta Clearwater Association” . They gave a presentation at Red Deer College. There was a statistic read that 3 to 8 million gallons of water are used per frack. Ken Qually made a motion to write a letter to the AER board voicing our concerns with the use of fresh water and fracking. Helge Nome seconded. Carried with 1 opposed. He also encouraged members to contact council to address our concerns as well.

6.6 Council Spending Priorities – The question was asked if council had to take the lowest bid for items put out for tender. Discussion took place about how residents should have input on how the money is being spent, with better roads being an important priority.

6.7 CPO Parking @ James River – this item was addressed in agenda item 5.3.

7.0 Future Meetings – Tuesday April 16 and May 21st at 7:30 at Arbutus Hall.
8.0 Pat Butler moved to adjourn at 9:40 PM
CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

MEETING MINUTES

JANUARY 8, 2019

ARBUTUS COMMUNITY HALL
1.0 Welcome

1. At 7:35 p.m. President Marianne Cole called the meeting to order. All those in attendance introduced themselves.

2.0 Approval of Agenda
2. Ron Hallahan moved that we approve the agenda as presented. Jim Pearson seconded. Carried.
3.0 Minutes of the previous Annual Meeting
3. Marianne Cole read 2017 Annual Meeting minutes that were held November 9, 2017. Pat Butler noted an error with the nomination of the auditor. Nomination should have read: Pat Butler nominated Sharon Rubeling for auditor. Marion Schafer seconded. Marlene Brattberg moved that minutes be approved with correction. Ken Qually seconded. Carried.
4.0 Financial Report
4. Pat Butler read the financial statements of October – December 2018. Pat Butler moved that the financial statements be accepted as presented. Ron Hallahan seconded. Carried.
5.0 Election of Officers
5.1 Election of Officers- all members in the following positions agreed to let their names stand. There were no other nominations from the floor.

· President –Marianne Cole. Pat Butler moved nominations cease. Seconded by Ron Hallahan. Carried.

· Vice President – Dan Warkentin. Ron Hallahan moved nominations cease. Doug Smith seconded. Carried.

· Secretary – Susan Durand. Marlene Brattberg moved nominations cease. Pat Butler seconded. Carried.

· Treasurer – Pat Butler. Ken Qually moved nominations cease. Ron Hallahan seconded. Carried.

· Board Members – Al Gaetz, Larry Titford, Jim Foesier, Helge Nome and Sharon Rubeling. Pat Butler moved nominations cease. Marlene Brattberg seconded. Carried.

6.0 New Business
6.1 Bighorn Wildland Park Issue
· Update – There are 2 distinct sides of the park issue. Council had asked to meet with Minister Shannon Phillips but had been declined. Meetings have been respectful. Councilor Theresa Laing has written a letter explaining council’s current position. Marianne Cole had written a letter to Minister Phillips voicing our concerns on May 4, 2018 which discussed our concerns with the economic impact, the human investment and the lack of transparency and public engagement. A reply has been received. Marianne also read some highlights of a letter received outlining the effects of the Castle Wildland Provincial Park that has had on that area. A report from Jessica Reilly, a senior Fisheries biologist suggests that most of the stream crossings have no fish passage or erosion concerns. The Clearwater Trails Initiative group conducted a survey of West Country users May- Sept 2017 with the majority indicating Camping, OHV use and Fishing as their activities.

· Further Action – Discussion took place about the park issue and various suggestions were: The problem is a lack of enforcement, creating a petition, town hall meetings or petition by councilors and personally invite councilors to next meeting. Helge Nome made a motion to write a letter voicing our concerns to council urging them to take a position and represent the taxpayers. Laverne Ahlstrom seconded. Carried.

6.2 Guest Speaker??? Jason Kenney???
The next guest speaker was discussed and attendees indicated by popular vote to invite Jason Nixon to speak about the Bighorn issue and Orphan Wells. A date and time TBA.
6.3 Highlights of County Council Meeting January 8, 2019
· Presentation by FCSS – Andrea Vassallo outlined their various programs and their funding model.
· Presentation by Wildrose School Division – Representatives gave an update on the plans for the Corridor Schools Capital Plan.
· Presentation by Monica Ahlstrom and Kyle Wadden from Ahlstrom Air – there are concerns with the proposed Bighorn Wildland Park and how it could potentially affect their business. (More In Camera)
· Presentation by Missing Link Internet – Missing Link made a presentation about their efforts to improve broadband service. (More In Camera)
6.4 Marianne Cole read a letter from Giant Truck & Car Wash explaining their increase in prices due to the increase in water and sewer by the town. She also read a letter from the town of Slave Lake that emphasized the need to work together and not to protect the interests of a few.
7.0 Open Forum
7.1 Leslieville/ Condor Firehall – There has been property purchased south of Condor. Combination fire hall/ public works building at Condor estimated at $4 million. Renovation of building at Leslieville estimated at $2 million.
Helge Nome suggested we include compliments to council for listening to resident concerns and wishes on this matter in the above mentioned letter to council on the Bighorn Wildland Park issue.
7.2 A member voiced several concerns. Should the county be spending money on broadband when it is rumored that Bell in bring in internet? Peace Officers within the county leaving a county vehicle unattended by James River. Oil & Gas legal battles from a wellsite dating back to 2007.

8.0 Next meetings February 12, 2019 and March 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm. There will be a separate meeting for Jason Nixon. TBA.

9.0 Adjournment. Motion to adjourn was made by Ron Schultz @ 9:51 p.m.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
March 08, 2018
ARBUTUS COMMUNITY HALL

1.0 Welcome and introductions

1. At 7:30 p.m. President Marianne Cole welcomed all those in attendance. Those in attendance introduced themselves.


2.0 Approval of Agenda
2. Item 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7 and 6.8 were added to the agenda. Ken Qually moved that we approve the agenda with the additions. Trish Bingham seconded. Carried.

3.0 Minutes of the last meeting
3. Marianne Cole read the minutes of the last meeting held Februay 08, 2018. Dan Warkentin moved that the minutes be approved as presented. Lawrence Stewart seconded. Carried. There is an update on the Elk’s fundraiser – It is now at nearly $70,000.

4.0 Financial Report

4. Pat Butler read the financial report. Pat Butler moved that the financial report by accepted as presented. Marlene Brattberg seconded. Carried.


5.0 Business arising from the minutes
5.1 Karl Zajes, speaker for April 12 – Karl will be our guest speaker on April 12 and will be speaking about orphan wells, oil leases ets.
5.2 Bighorn Wilderness Park Update – petition letters available – Lack of information is frustrating for residents. Marianne spoke to a rep of Y2Y with few answers. Y2Y will not meet a group due to “safety concerns”. We support our county stance on this issue. It was decided that Marianne will draft a letter to the province voicing our concerns with the park and Y2Y and foreign money support and highlight county initiatives.




6.0 New Business
6.1 County Council highlights ---February 27, 2018.
o Eckville Arena Request – the Eckville Arena Operating Association requested financial assistance with repairs to the arena. The request was denied.
o Council Compensation Committee Appointments – Members-at-large are Darryl Park, Lynn Webster and Dickson Wood with past council reps Ken Qually and Dick Wymenga. They will review councillor and board member compensation for the next three years.
o Leslieville/Condor Fire Halls – Town hall meetings at the fire halls scheduled for April 3 and 4th with tours at 6:30 and meeting at 7:00pm.
o Clearwater County Broadband Policy – Council approved a Broadband Policy which outlines the County’s goals and action in providing better broadband/internet service to our area.
o Village of Caroline Sr. Independent Living Initiative – Mayor John Rimmer of Caroline attended the meeting to outline the need for, and possible action on developing increased senior housing for the southern portion of the county. Council directed Administration to draft a letter of support for this initiative. A member noted that there has been a suggestion to turn an abandoned hotel in Caroline into senior housing but there are concerns that this would be an expensive remodel due to regulations.

6.2 Potential wind farm info- maybe get a guest speaker on this – there are reports of a potential windfarm being built NW of Leslieville. Marianne Cole left a message with the county but no reply as of yet. Windfarms are under the jurisdiction of Alberta Utilities Guidelines according to Municipal Affairs.

6.3 Council Meeting Agenda for March 13, 2018 – one of the items on the agenda is a public hearing for an application to change zoned industrial land to agricultural.


6.4 There is a Rural Crime Watch tradeshow from 11-3 in the Subway Room at the Christianson Centre on Saturday March 10th.


6.5 Jayden Evans update – there was 5 minute appearance for the accused of the Elk’s Hall arson. He reserved his plea. March 19th @ 10:00 is his next appearance. There was discussion regarding victim impact statements.

6.6 Broadband Survey & info – Dan Warkentin brought forward a concern that item G2 on the Clearwater County Council Agenda contained no data to support answers and there were incomplete answers with data not being used from the survey.


6.7 Medical Marijuana – the County’s medical marijuana policy is that it will not be considered farming and must be located in an industrial area. There are concerns being raised by some with Facebook posts and a webpage “Clearwater Farming”.


6.8 Lacombe Council recorded vote procedure – Lacombe County have implemented a policy that all council votes must be recorded for the public to promote transparency. Ken Qually made a motion that Marianne Cole draft a letter to our council to consider this policy. Doug Smith seconded. Carried.



7.0 Open Forum
7.1 There is a Grassroots Alberta Conference in Medicine Hat called “Roadmap to Change” for anyone wishing to attend on March 9th, 2018.

8.0 Next meetings: April 12, 2018 @ 7:30pm; May 10, 2018 @ 7:30pm.

9.0 Ken Qually moved for adjournment @ 9:20 p.m.
CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
February 08, 2018
ARBUTUS COMMUNITY HALL

1.0 Welcome and introductions

1. At 7:30 p.m. President Marianne Cole welcomed all those in attendance. Those in attendance introduced themselves.


2.0 Approval of Agenda
2. Item 6.5 was added to the agenda. Ken Qually moved that we approve the agenda with the addition. Dan Warkentin seconded. Carried.

3.0 Minutes of the last meeting
3. Marianne Cole read the minutes of the last meeting held January 11, 2018. Al Gaetz moved that the minutes be approved as presented. Doug Smith seconded. Carried.

4.0 Financial Report

4. Pat Butler read the financial report. Pat Butler moved that the financial report by accepted as presented. Marlene Brattberg seconded. Carried.


5.0 Business arising from the minutes
5.1 Elks Hall Fund Raiser/Donation – The Elks’ fundraiser was a success with standing room only with a silent and live auction. Over 50,000 was raised.
5.2 Karl Zajes as guest speaker – Karl was unable to attend the meeting due to the weather. It was decided to invite him to speak at our April meeting. Marlene Brattberg moved that we give him an honorarium of $200. Ken Qually seconded. Carried.




6.0 New Business
6.1 West Country/Bighorn Wilderness Park – There was a meeting held at the Dovercourt Hall on February 07, 2018 that was very well attended. There is a letter available online to send to Shannon Phillips opposing the park. According to a survey by the Clearwater Trails Initiative, 65% of users of the West Country would be in favor of a fee for random recreational activities.

6.2 Use of County vehicles for driving to/from work – Marianne Cole did an estimated cost of county vehicle usage based on 8 vehicles, and the yearly cost is $50,420.00. It is unknown how many county vehicles are being driven to and from work.

6.3 Medical Marijuana Facilities/Land Use Bylaw – There is a bylaw amendment on the County agenda for February 13, 2018. The County has developed a special land use provision for Medical Marijuana Production Facilities.


6.4 January 23 council meeting highlights/Agenda for February 13

o Recommendations from the January 15th Agenda & Priorities Meeting : Broadband Policy Framework- Council directed administration to prepare a Terms of Reference for council. The project will involve public engagements through articles and community hall meetings. CPO program- a motion to hire a 5th CPO was defeated. Leslieville/Condor Fire Halls- members want to maintain two stations. The public will be engaged before any decisions are made.

o Presentation by Sgt. Jason Penner, Acting Detachment Commander, RCMP – There are some staff changes at the department, a crime analyst/investigator should be on staff by May. “Coffee with a Cop” will be held at McDonalds from 10-11AM once a month. * There is a program for seniors for information about fraud and scams called the Wise Owl Program. For more information contact Tom Clark *

o Presentation by Cole Thomson, Community Area Lead, TransCanada NOVA Transmission Ltd. – Mr. Thomson outlined their plans for two large scale projects in Clearwater County, one near Nordegg and one near Caroline.

o Presentation by Jessica Reilly, Senior Fisheries Biologist, Alberta Environment and Parks – Ms. Reilly outline her research on the decline of some trout numbers and the need for fixing some culverts/road crossings.

o Council Board & Committee Remuneration Policy – A committee will be established to review remuneration which will be made up of no more than 5 public members. Interested parties may apply.


6.5 Procedural Bylaw – There was a concern by a member that the County website is not reflecting changes to a bylaw that was changed in January. Also, special meetings can be called with 24 hours notice, is there a way to inform residents of this as well as on social media?

6.6 Membership/ Cards – 2018 Memberships are available as well as new membership cards. Memberships are $10.



7.0 Open Forum
7.1 Laverne Ahlstrom informed us that the cost for the rent of the Arbutus Hall will be $50 per meeting.
7.2 Lawrence Stewart had high praise for the job that the graders are doing and the excellent experience he had in our hospitals.

8.0 Next meetings: March 8, 2018 @ 7:30pm; April 12, 2018 @ 7:30pm.

9.0 Ken Qually moved for adjournment @ 9:15 p.m.

Monday, February 12, 2018

CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
January 11, 2018
ARBUTUS COMMUNITY HALL
1.0 Welcome and introductions

1. At 7:28 p.m. President Marianne Cole welcomed all those in attendance. Those in attendance introduced themselves.

2.0 Approval of Agenda
2. Item 7.1 was added. Ken Qually moved that we approve the agenda with the addition. Larry Titford seconded. Carried.
3.0 Minutes of the last meeting
3. Marianne Cole read the minutes of the last meeting held October 12, 2017. Dennis Ross moved that the minutes be approved as presented. Dan Warkentin seconded. Carried.
4.0 Financial Report

4. Pat Butler read the financial report. Pat Butler moved that the financial report by accepted as presented. Ron Hallahan seconded. Carried.

5.0 Business arising from the minutes
5.1 Agenda – The agenda for council meetings is now coming out Wednesdays. Previous concerns with no response to letters and phone calls should be addressed in a new Code of Conduct.
5.2 Broadband Survey – Marianne Cole outlined the results of the broadband survey which indicated that there is a need for better internet in the county with concerns about potential costs.



6.0 New Business
6.1 County Council Highlights – Key highlights of the January 9, 2018 meeting were:
o Presentation by Kelly and Andrea Spongberg - The Spongbergs are requesting cost sharing for the road improvements that they have made.
o Presentation re: hosting the 2019 Alberta Masters Games – Council passed a motion to provide $75,000 of funding for the games.
o Presentation by Stephan Bull, Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Alberta – Mr Bull made a presentation on issues related to improved broadband service in Alberta.
o The County’s own Broadband Policy Framework – A draft of the possible policy framework was presented but will be discussed further at council’s Agenda and Priorities meeting on Monday.

6.2 Future meeting location and time – There is no price on holding meetings at the Arbutus hall at this time. Robert Brattberg moved that future meetings be held at Arbutus hall pending further information. Marlene Brattberg seconded. Carried. Larry Titford moved that meeting times continue at 7:30 pm. Doug Smith seconded. Carried.
6.3 Support of Leslieville Elks’ Hall fundraiser, Saturday February 3, 2018. – Trish Bingham moved to donate $250.00 to the fundraiser. Robert Brattberg seconded. Carried.

6.4 Future guest speaker?? Karl Zajes, Warburg Surface Rights Group?? – Sharon Rubeling moved that we invite Karl Zajes to our February or March meeting depending on when he is available. Pat Butler seconded. Carried.

6.5 Guest Speaker-----Reeve John Vandermeer

Reeve John Vandermeer was our guest speaker and covered a number of topics that council will have to make decisions on in the upcoming term. Some of the topics covered were:
o Leslieville and Condor firehalls – previous council was pushing for a centralized hall. Community engagement is needed for the fire halls.
o Road Paving – 2018 is looking like a good time to pave some roads as there are lower asphalt prices this year
o Broadband – There is $10 million allocated for a demonstration project. The county is looking to provide the internet highway ( infrastructure) and have other companies provide the service.
o Taxes – Over 90% of the tax revenue in the county is from oil and gas companies. We need to have a more diversified revenue stream.
John fielded various questions and comments from those in attendance.

7.0 Open Forum
7.1 Park in the West Country.- It was decided to table this item until we can gather more information.

8.0 Next meetings: February 8, 2018 @ 7:30pm; March 8, 2018 @ 7:30pm.
9.0 Dan Warkentin moved for adjournment @ 9:55 p.m.