Clearwater County Council Meeting Notes
by Helge Nome
Delegations make attendance at County Council meetings interesting for observers.
was the case on December 13 when three people from the Cartier Creek
subdivision along the Red Deer River south west of Sundre brought their
concerns over encroachments by neighbours onto Municipal Reserve land
adjacent to the subdivision to the attention of Council.
Jo and Glenn
Allen and Stephen Kenny, using a photo and map presentation format
showed how several river front lot owners have placed permanent
structures between their properties and the river bank, effectively
preventing the public from walking along the bank. The group appealed to
Council to take decisive action on this issue.
and Bob Haagsma from the Clearwater Broadband Foundation, which is now a
registered not for profit Society, presented a case for municipal
support for their project which seeks to provide affordable broadband
internet service to all residents in Clearwater County. Council was told
that some 200 memberships at $20 each had been sold to local people in
the last few days indicating a latent demand for this service.
Council decided to direct staff to work with the Clearwater Broadband Foundation to initiate a broadband project in 2017.
County now has an interim Fire Chief who was presented to Council. He
is Jesse Kurtz, a retired Deputy Fire Chief with many years of service
from Southern Alberta, who has now taken on the duties of Cammie Laird
who resigned from her post a short while ago.
Pembina Timberlands Forest Resources Manager for Weyerhaeuser gave an
update on company activities in the area. He noted that a new approach
will be used in consulting with the general public, moving away from
standing committees towards individuals.
Council accepted as
information a closeout report on the planned new administration building
and operations facility north of Rocky. Preliminary earth work has now
been completed and further work will depend on Council approval for the
next stage. Meanwhile, decisions in regards to the use, or otherwise, of
services, like water and sewer, etc. from the Town of Rocky Mountain
House, will have to be made.
A discussion on West Country
Management took place where concerns were aired over the possibility of a
Provincial Park being created, replacing the current PLUZ
Land Use Zone) designations, potentially causing problems for people who
make their living in the west country and so possibly limiting County
revenues as well.
For a number of years, the Sundre Fire Dept.
has been the first responder to calls from the James River area of
Clearwater County. Based on a recommendation from Clearwater Fire and
Rescue, this responsibility was transferred to the Caroline Fire Station