South Peace News
Council adopts $3.3 million budget
A budget of just over $3.35 million was approved by the Town of Falher at its regular meeting April 14.
Council adopted an operating budget of $3,351,487 for 2020. It’s an increase of 2.51 percent from 2019, CAO Adele Parker says.
“It doesn’t mean everyone’s property taxes will go up by 2.51 percent,” Parker says.
“It will depend on the mill rate.”
She says the budget includes a 2.6 per cent increase for employees to cover the cost of living allowance.
“We haven’t planned any cuts to services,” Parker says.
Levy up for local library
Property owners will pay a little more to support the Falher Library/Bibliotheque Dentinger.
Council raised the per capita rate to $14 in 2020 from the rate of $13.25 in 2019.
The rate will rise to $14.80 on 2021 and 2022.
Pool will close for season
The Falher Regional Swimming Pool will be closed for the 2020 season.
Council decided to not open or operate the pool by Ecole Routhier School. It is closed by health orders of the provincial government during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pool is usually open from May to the end of August.
Richardson Pioneer Spray Park may also not open for the summer season as scheduled.
The spray park was scheduled to open May 29, CAO Adele Parker says.
“It will remain closed until further notice from the provincial government,” she adds.
All recreation facilities and pools are closed under health orders of the provincial and federal governments.
Setbacks set for cannabis stores
Council finalized setbacks for locating cannabis retail stores in Falher.
After a quiet public hearing, council adopted land-use bylaw 20-03.
“No objections were received for the bylaw,” CAO Adele Parker says.
The town responded to a request from a potential owner, she says.
“We received an application to amend the land-use bylaw for cannabis retail stores,” Parker says.
“That’s what the bylaw amended dealt with.”
A cannabis retail store shall not be located within 100 metres of a public or private school, a provincial healthcare facility, a park or playground, a campground or recreational vehicle park, an arena, a public swimming pool or a cannabis retail store.
Falher pulls out of broadband
Falher has pulled out a broadband Internet project originally planned with Big Lakes County east in the High Prairie area.
Council consented to write a letter to Big Lakes to indicate Falher is not interested.
“The scope has change and we are longer part of it,” Parker says.
Municipalities in the Smoky River region and Slave Lake were part of the original plan about three years ago, before Big Lakes scaled back the project in 2019 to include only the county and Town of High Prairie.