MUNICIPAL DISTRICT BONNYVILLE NO. 87
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS June 22, 2022
Keeping you informed of the services, business, and development that affect YOU!
#1 M.D. Sewage Lagoons to be Closed to Outside Haulers – After excessive amounts of sludge caused operational issues in the primary cell at the Ardmore Lagoon, Council made the decision to close all M.D. sewage treatment facilities to outside septic haulers. The facilities will be closed to haulers as of July 31, 2022 and will revert to being dedicated to dealing with sewage from the hamlets where each lagoon system is located — Fort Kent, Therien, and Ardmore.
#2 Municipal Planning Decisions – Council approved a five-foot side yard variance to allow for a covered deck. Council also approved a discretionary use permit to allow for a greenhouse near Glendon. Details on both decisions can be found in the meeting agenda.
#3 Planning and Development Updates – Council approved a Concert License Application for the Summer Rush Music Festival to be held August 12 to 14, just outside of Cold Lake.
Council directed Administration to prepare an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw to increase the allowance of beekeeping within the municipality.
#4 Briefly – Council approved an amendment to Bylaw 1803 — Speed Rate Bylaw. The amendment includes increasing the speed limit on Township Road 473 between Township Roads 642 and 644 from 80 km/h to 90/km. The same adjustment will be made to the speed limit on Rge. Rd. 460 (Gurneyville Road) between the Town of Bonnyville and Kehewin Cree Nation.
Council approved a request from the Riverhurst Community Hall Board for a garbage bin to be placed at the hall. The bin will be locked and will be used for waste from the Riverhurst Hall only.
A delegation from Portage College gave Council an update on what’s happening at the school, including increased enrollment and an expanded course catalogue.
Community Futures Lakeland presented Council with an update covering the organization’s activities over the last year. There was also information on the Beautification Loan Program. The M.D. partners with Community Futures on this program, which provides no-interest loans and grants to M.D. businesses for renovations and façade improvements. Council recently approved a second round of funding for the program. You can find out more at lakeland.albertacf.com.
Council approved to temporarily fund a $499,999 road building project to create access to an Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) weather radar. The M.D. will manage the road construction of a portion of Range Road 412, south of Township Road 624 on behalf of ECCC. Once the project is completed, an invoice will be sent to ECCC to recover the cost of the project.
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