Council Code of Conduct Bylaw

ATCO Electric representatives were on hand at Big Valley’s Jan. 26 council meeting with a detailed presentation regarding the renewal of the municipal franchise agreement due later this year.
Plans to change out Big Valley’s current streetlights were also discussed.
During the presentation, ATCO representatives discussed costs and demonstrated the current bulbs used in Big Valley with the new LED bulbs available, allowing council to compare differences.

Council Code of Conduct Bylaw

The first draft of the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw was presented to council for review.
This bylaw, required by the Municipal Government Act, has been designed to set out clear expectations on the behaviour of council members and provide council with guidance in the conduct of their duties as elected officials.
The bylaw will also offer information to the public regarding the behaviour they can expect from their council and provide a mechanism for responding to alleged breaches of this Code of Conduct.
Council will be reviewing this bylaw in sections over several meetings.

Agreement signed

Big Valley’s municipal planning needs were addressed in a new 3-year agreement signed with Parkland Community Planning Services (PCPS).
Areas addressed in the agreement include long range planning and special planning advisory services, land use bylaws, policies, development permit processing, land development and land use designation.
PCPS is working on the plans for Big Valley’s Tiny Homes Subdivision.  Draft guidelines are expected for review within the next few weeks.

Strategic Plan approved

After review, council approved the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan for the Village of Big Valley as presented.
The planning process involved Steering Committee sessions, a public consultation meeting and stakeholder input to the village office.
Council will monitor and review progress of the plan’s goals on an annual basis.

Grant approved

Council approved the Hivernant Métis Cultural Society’s application for a $500 grant toward their annual Hivernant Rendezvous.
Qualifying for funding under the auspices of Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) this annual three-day family event provides the area with an opportunity to encounter traditional Métis history and culture.