CLEARWATER COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
JUNE 16, 2016
LESLIEVILLE ELKS HALL
1.0 Welcome and Introductions
- At 7:00 p.m. President Marianne Cole welcomed all those in attendance and called the meeting to order. All those in attendance introduced themselves.
2.0 Approval of Agenda
2. Dan Warkentin moved that the agenda be adopted as presented Marion Schafer seconded. Carried.
3.0 Adoption of Minutes of the Previous Meeting
3. Minutes of the previous meeting of May 12, 2016 were adopted as recorded. Moved by Jack Leslie. Seconded by Al Gaetz. Carried. Ken Qually noted the generosity of people attending the last meeting that enabled us to purchase the wrap on the Western Star.
4.0 Financial Report
4. Marianne Cole read the financial report. Ken Qually moved that the financial statements be accepted as presented. Merv Pidherney seconded. Carried.
5.0 Business Arising From the Minutes
5.1 Winter Gravel Reply. There is a reply to the letter written by Marianne Cole. Letter is attached to the agenda.
5.2 Wrap on Western Star. There has been a lot of positive feedback from the wrap that was purchased.
5.3 May 24 Presentation to council. Marianne Cole made a presentation to council expressing our concerns with the construction of a new admin building with our rebuttal to the council reasons for going forward with the project.
5.4 May 30th meeting at Dovercourt. The meeting at Dovercourt was very well attended with some people leaving after seeing how many people were there. The overwhelming response was a definite “no” to council’s plans.
6.0 New Business
6.1 Report from Tuesday’s Council meeting. Councillors voted 4-3 for a municipal inspection. There will be a 6 month wait for the inspection and will take 2-4 months to complete. The results will be available in about 12 months from completion. Following the May 30th meeting, the staff report recommended a slowdown in the development and to go ahead with the salt storage. There were 2 delegations for internet access, Pure High Speed and Harewaves. There was a consultant hired for the Fire Services study to study Condor and Leslieville fire stations to determine where the station should be located. There is land that is being offered to be donated for a fire hall east of DTHS by Daryl & Penni Lougheed.
6.2 Last night’s Intermunicipal Development Plan/Joint Development plan meeting in Rocky. There was a meeting held on June 15th. Marianne Cole attended the open house and reported that there was no information available, only a picture of the map of the proposed development. There was no information concerning a feasibility study, town/county responsibilities and revenue projections.
6.3 Need for further action? It was discussed of what our further action should be. It was decided that there should be a letter written to council expressing our support to provide higher quality internet service to county residents by making supernet access available to all by lobbying Alberta government. We have concerns with the timing of future meetings for the county development, how the county will evaluate public support re: plebiscite and keeping ratepayers informed and increasing transparency. We will wait for a response prior to publishing letter or response in the paper. Trish Bingham moved that we write a letter to council outlining our concerns. Doug Smith seconded. Carried.
Dan Warkentin requested a show of hands for and against the municipal review of the county. A show of hands showed overwhelming support for the review by those in attendance.
8.0 Next meeting July 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
9.0 Adjournment. Trish Bingham moved the meeting be adjourned at 9:35 p.m. Larry Titford seconded.