M.D. of Smoky River notebook

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Heritage playground supported

Council agreed to write a letter of support for La Societe des amis de l’ecole Heritage and its efforts to build a new certified playground for children aged 3-5 years.
Society president Christine Aubin wrote council March 19 with the request and told them the playground is intended for the community and the preschool program.
After raising money through various fundraisers and casino proceeds, she added the society is prepared to submit several grant applications including $20,000 to the Community Facility Enhancement Program, $5,000 to Farm Credit Canada [FCC] Agri-Spirit Fund, and $10,000 to the Community Initiatives Program. Each required a letter of support from the local government.
“If our applications are successful, the society will purchase the park equipment, prepare the school grounds for expected installation in the fall of 2021, wrote Aubin.

Council appoints SDAB members

At its meeting April 14, the M.D. of Smoky River appointed members to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
The current SDAB members include Councillor Luc Levesque, Avis Gagne, Denis Boisvert, Dave Gervais and Lynn Skrepnek as clerk.
The members from 2010-20 were Councillor Donald Dumont, Gagne, Boisvert, Gerry Noel and Skrepnek as clerk.

Weed and pest inspectors appointed

As it does each year, council appointed its weed and pest inspectors for the coming summer season.
People appointed were Svitlana Ksendzuk, David Skinner, Raymond Rey and Mitchell Visser as inspectors under Section 7 of the Weed Control Act and Section 10 of the Agricultural Pests Act for 2021.

Council writes off small tax roll

Council wrote off $826.75 in taxes when it was deemed uncollectable.
The property is owned by the Government of Alberta and cannot be taxed. Formerly, the government provided a tax-in-lieu grant, but that is no longer the case.
The property is an old gravel pit, a 40-acre property near the intersection of Highway 2A and Highway 747.

Council gets money back from MOST

The M.D. will be getting back $209,847 from the Municipal Operating Support Transfer [MOST] grant.
Administration compiled a list where claims could be made. They included:

  • general COVID expenses;
  • hand sanitizer, PPE, additional cleaning supplies, etc. for all departments;
  • electronics upgrade;
  • Upgrade to videoconferencing system that was made necessary by the increase in virtual meetings and conferences;
  • purchase of a washing machine for fire department to clean bunker gear;
  • outdoor heaters on the chalet porch for skiers to warm up while following COVID restrictions at the ski hill;
  • filtered water dispenser.
  • uncollected taxes.

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