National Research Canada (NRC) reached out to the Town of Coronation asking about possibly installing a common garden in partnership with the town.
Currently, NRC is scouting out a suitable location for the installation of willow trees which they have asked the town to locate and assist in getting the land secured, and disked and sprayed for the planting in 2022.
If the town could provide support acquiring the equipment and getting the land prepared to be fallow, it would help to ensure the research location gets underway for the 2022 tree planting season.
National Research Canada would do the planting so there would be no cost for this.
Administration was unsure of any exact costs other than some money towards work hours and equipment use but anticipates roughly $2,000 when all is said and done.
Council agreed to move forward with the project.
The plan is to plant in the spring of 2022 and by three-years time the NRC will have a good indication of what can survive and thrive in prairie soil such as that in Coronation.
The NRC also asked administration to enquire about having a second research plot at the landfill tailored to leaching prevention.
By mixing willow tree soil with solid waste and salt, it is said to be a way of utilizing a natural solution of breaking down solid waste.
Large city centres like Edmonton have adopted this method already.
Ideally, they would like to prepare the ground and leave it fallow for one year.
Community initiative meeting
On Feb. 16, administration and recreation participated in a Community Initiative meeting.
This meeting was to discuss the need to provide the community with more small-scale programming and provide various activities during the COVID-19 restrictions that are available to everyone.
The group discussed programming for the age groups of under 14, under 18 and adult programming.
The main discussion revolved around finding youth in the community with activities that they feel to be fun and engaging.
For most of the board, the challenge was the age discrepancy and the unknown of what the youth are into.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Quinton Flint said the meeting ran almost twice as long as it should have but for a positive reason as the conversation was encouraging and engrossing.
“It was a really good meeting. We had gone through quite a lot,” he said.
Options like pursuing flag football, soapbox races by closing down a quiet street to do so, pickleball, how to build and operate drones, frisbee golf, street hockey and more aside from regular sports.
Snowshoeing is already available thanks to the school who has loaned them for usage.
“The whole idea and premise of the conversation was how do we apply something to the municipality as soon as possible, give the kids something to do. But not just the kids, but the younger kids and the adults and it can’t be family orientated.
Everyone at the meeting agreed a student ambassador was key to get to the youth’s level and advocate and make others aware of these types of activities.
Flint asked if the council would be in favour of hiring a summer student three-hours a week or whatever they decide to get ideas from students themselves ‘instead of us trying to guess.’
Council agreed to supply $2,000 for some of these activities and to have administration research further into them.
Administration received a quote from Smith Read to repair the 1988 3-ton truck after a number of issues have arisen.
Currently, this is the only quote received as the town does not have any local heavy-duty mechanics available.
The quote came in at $3,697.76 to replace some kingpins, the transmission and clutch to pass inspection and become road safe again.
Body repairs from rust sustained over the years has not been quoted.
This particular unit has been the topic of conversation a few times as it has aged.
Administration is moving towards a fleet replacement program but added that they have found a few used options, the problem was that the price range for what they require is $100,000.
Council passed a motion to fix the truck at the quoted price to make it road-worthy.
Coronation website grant
Battle River Economic Opportunities Committee (BREOC) awarded the Town of Coronation $20,000 to build a new community website tailored to business enhancement, business retention, business access to information and red tape reduction.
The community enhancement and communication tools for both business and community organizations will be built into the website as a portal so that businesses within the region can access information quickly, acting as an online chamber of commerce.
CAO Flint referred to the website as “the Facebook website for our town.”
The website also provides potential industrial and entrepreneur businesses with access to towns in the formation, such as land locations and the annual tax estimates, along with all tax incentives for easy access.
CAO Flint has been in touch with NAIT to see if any development program students could be hired to make this which the grant would cover cost as well.
Council accepted this as information.
Battle River-Crowfoot MP Damien Kurek has requested municipalities make a motion in support of pressuring the Federal Government to have the 988 Suicide and Prevention Hotline be fully implemented and functionally established to assist those in trying times.
Council agreed to pass the motion to support this endeavour.