February 11, 2021

Council Highlights February 9, 2021

Presentation from Wildwood UFA – Two representatives from the UFA Wildwood Cardlock Agency presented to county council regarding a proposed upgrade to their service. The Wildwood UFA first began serving the Hamlet in 1961 and is now seeking to build a larger service site in Wildwood. The presenters requested support from Yellowhead County to work with the Provincial Government to reduce red tape restrictions as well as potential municipal variance approval.

Hinton and Edson RCMP Update – Staff Sergeant Chris Murphy (Hinton Detachment) and Staff Sergeant Christian Delisle (Edson Detachment) presented regional crime trends and statistics to council. Going forward, the RCMP’s focus continues to be on general and property crime reduction as well as improving community relations and increasing police visibility. According to the recorded statistics, incidences of crime, in general, are trending downward. Click here to see the stat sheet. Both presenters urged that residents should call 911 to report all suspicious activities encountered.

Edson Revenue Sharing Agreement Extension – County council agreed to enter into a two-year Revenue Sharing Agreement with the Town of Edson. The purpose of this agreement is to maintain further municipal partnerships among regional partners. To see the full agreement and how revenue sharing will be calculated, please visit our CivicWeb Portal.

YCE Centre Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Amendment – Council approved an amended MOU agreement with the town of Edson to clarify accounting services and other duties between the two municipalities. In summary, the Town of Edson will take the lead in cost accounting and cost will be divided 50-50 between town and county. Costs will be vetted by the joint Project Management Committee.

FCSS Advocacy Letters to Regional MLAs, Minister – Council approved sending a Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding advocacy letter to MLAs Martin Long and Shane Getson as well as Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services. The letter is joined by a number of fact sheets from the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta and outlines the value of FCSS programming to the region.

Brule Hall Project Budget Correction – Council moved to approve 2020 funding of $313,905 for the Brule Hall’s design and site preparation from the Facility Replacement Reserve.

Joint Edson West Area Structure Plan – The town and county have put in place joint area structure plans that govern land development near neighbouring boundaries. Edson is proposing an amendment that will bring the plan up to date—this includes land-use changes over time, future land usages to support a proposed Neighbourhood Concept Plan, and updates to the storm management plan within town limits. Council gave first reading to Bylaw 5.21 amending the Joint Edson West Area Structure Plan. The bylaw will be forwarded to a public hearing on March 9.   

Road Plan Closures – An application was submitted by a resident to close all of Road Plan 8021030 and Road Plan 7920331 that lies within the SE 1-56-14-W5M. These road plans were created in 1979 and 1980 to provide for an alternate route around a steep hill along RR 140. Since that time improvements have been made to RR 140 and the alternate route is no longer used by the public. Council passed a resolution to close all of Road Plan 8021030 as well as Road Plan 7920331. These resolutions will be sent to the Minister of Transportation for approval.

The next regular Council Meeting is on February 23 at 9:30 AM, followed by March 9 at 1:00 PM.

The next scheduled Governance and Priorities meeting will be held on February 16 at 9:30 AM.