Big Valley Council meets with area youth

Council discussed the results of their first Youth Forum at their regular Feb. 22 meeting.
The whole council and administration met with students of Big Valley School earlier in the day to discuss what youth would like to see in the village.
Meeting with students from grade three to six, council went over a previously sent questionnaire to get first hand input regarding what the youth like and dislike about village amenities and what they thought was needed to improve Big Valley.
Wishes ranged from down-to-earth desires for improved playground and sports facilities to dreams of shopping malls and rock concerts.
Council was very impressed with the information brought forward by the students and are optimistic about opportunities to incorporate the input received into the community.
Another meeting will be set up between council and class representatives from the older grades to make sure input comes from all age groups.

Bylaw enforcement
Council discussed bylaw enforcement procedures for the village.
Up for debate was whether an additional notification step was needed for bylaw enforcement letters to residents and whether letters should be delivered in person by village staff instead of through the mail.
At the end of the discussion, no resolution to change the current process for enforcing bylaws was made.
This means that if a bylaw complaint is received at the office and found to be valid, a letter is sent giving the resident or property owner two weeks to fix the problem, appeal the letter to Council or call the office and set up a plan of action which could include extending the timeline or completing the work in stages.
If at the end of two weeks none of these steps have been taken, the village may proceed to remedy the situation with expenses for this step to be invoiced to the property owner.
If expenses are not paid within 90 days, the cost would then transfer to the property tax account in accordance with Municipal Bylaw 802.

Website rebuild
Council has agreed to move ahead with the Village of Big Valley website overhaul this year.
In 2017, funds were set aside to update the website after reports were received that the current format was not user friendly on hand held devices.
At the time, a quote of approximately $650 was received for the re-build.
The update was delayed after learning that several changes in the new Municipal Government Act (MGA) would affect the required content of a municipality’s website.
Though most of the changes were passed in October 2017, there are regulations pending outlining the details of the new requirements.
Nevertheless, CAO Michelle White informed council that enough information regarding the changes coming into effect are known and recommended that council proceed with the website re-build.
White further recommended getting an updated quote before proceeding.
The updated website would increase communication and transparency to residents.

Linda Stillinger
ECA Review

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