October 27, 2020

Council Highlights for October 27, 2020

Deputy Mayor Elected – Wade Williams was voted by Council to represent Yellowhead County as the Deputy-Mayor for one term ending on October 26, 2021.

RCMP Quarterly Updates – Representatives from the Hinton, Edson, and Evansburg RCMP detachments gave updates on recent crime statistics, emergency preparedness, and policing priorities for their areas. They stated the importance of residents to diligently report suspicious persons and vehicles and crimes as this will show trends that help local RCMP to focus on problem areas. A newly introduced Alberta RCMP online reporting service allows users to report non-emergency crimes under $5,000.

Voting Stations Bylaw – Voting Station Bylaw 19.20 will allow for more than one voting station per division in the upcoming Yellowhead County municipal election on October 18, 2021. This bylaw will allow for more voting location options for residents living in rural areas.

County Road Allowance Request – Council denied a property owner’s request to permit him to work within a road allowance located on the north end of RR171, adjacent to his property.

Culvert Replacement – Council approved administration to proceed with the design, permitting and tendering to replace a culvert on the Elk River Road. The culvert, which is approximately 3.2 metres in diameter and 35 metres long and is on a road used primarily by the oil and gas industry, was one of five sites damaged earlier this year by a severe weather event. The replacement of the culvert is estimated at $700,000.

ARB Training for Council – Additional members of Council will receive training that will make them eligible to sit on the Assessment Review Board (ARB). The board’s purpose is to review complaints or appeals against the assessed value of their property. The board is comprised of two members of the public and one member of Council.

County Library Board Appointments – Sheena Melin and Debbie Ceelen were appointed as members-at-large to the Yellowhead County Library Board from November 1, 2020, to October 31, 2023. The Yellowhead County Library Board (mandated by the Alberta Libraries Act) creates bylaws and policies that shape the services provided by the local libraries in Yellowhead County.