MUNICIPAL DISTRICT BONNYVILLE NO. 87
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS January 10, 2023
Keeping you informed of the services, business, and development that affect YOU!
Detailed information on each topic below can be found here.
#1 Notice of Motion – Councillor Don Slipchuk presented a Notice of Motion to re-designate industrial-use lands in or adjacent to current area structure plans to Direct Control Districts. This will allow for expedited decisions for developments and will maximize the efficiency of the development process for applicants. The Notice of Motion also directed Administration to bring back a process and list of the lands to be re-designated to a future meeting, no later than February 28, 2023. A discussion on the notice will be held at the next Regular Meeting of Council on January 24, 2023.
#2 Updates to the Seniors’ Transportation Policy – Council approved several amendments to Policy No. 1.005 Seniors’ Transportation Grant Policy. This grant is administered by Bonnyville & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). The amendments, as requested by the FCSS board, are as follows:
- Reduction of mileage reimbursement rate to 20 cents/km
- Reduction of the maximum reimbursement value in a calendar year to $400
- Reduction of maximum reimbursement value for those who qualify for the Canada Pension Guaranteed Income Supplement to $1,000 per calendar year
- Claims must now be submitted within 30 days of the travel date
The M.D. funds the grant program to a maximum of $40,000 annually.
#3 Briefly – Council heard a delegation from the City of Cold Lake Library Board. The presentation included a wrap up of 2022 and the library’s 2023 budget.
Council held a Public Hearing for Bylaw No. 1830 Public Notification Bylaw, which will establish methods of communicating information to residents, largely through digital means. The bylaw will come back to the January 24 meeting for a decision on Second and Third Reading.
Council gave Second and Third Reading to adopt the amended Aurora Borealis Estates Area Structure Plan (ASP), which is located near the M.D. of Bonnyville Regional Airport.
Council gave Second and Third Readings for Roadway Licensing Bylaw Nos. 1814, 1815, and 1816.
Council gave Second and Third Reading to Bylaw No. 1828 Amending Procedural Bylaw. The amendments to the Procedural Bylaw include adding a clause and template for Notice of Motions and allowing for all active amendments to be consolidated into one document to ensure clarity.
Council gave First Reading to Bylaw No. 1831 Repealing Bylaw which would see several bylaws repealed. A thorough review of all M.D. bylaws found several which should have been repealed. The bylaws range from the employment of a former Chief Administrative Officer and a bylaw regarding matters of civil defense (now covered by Bylaw No. 1809 the Emergency Management Bylaw) to bylaws for committees or boards which no longer exist and those covering fee structures which are now governed by the Master Rates Bylaw.
Council approved a request from the Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs to commit $175,000 and half of the Centennial Centre facility costs pending the approval of the hockey club’s bid to host either the 2024 or 2025 National Jr. A Championships.
#4 Council Invitation — Reeve Barry Kalinski and Councillor Josh Crick will attend the 2023 Cold Lake Women of Influence Awards March 3.
Recordings of the Council meetings can be found on the M.D.’s YouTube Channel. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.