Battle River Watershed Alliance funding request

Written by Daniel Gonzalez

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Micheal Simpson received a municipal funding request from the Battle River Watershed Alliances (BRWA) co-chairs, Alan Corbett and Ryley Andersen, to help with their services.

The correspondence requested the County of Paintearth to make a financial commitment of $0.50 per capita to the BRWA.

Funding received from the municipalities is used to support watershed programs and will continue to help BRWA staff continue to expand in-person educational activities.

An invoice of $811.92 was enclosed for the 1,990 residents in the county with 81.6 per cent of the population located in the Battle River Watershed.

Council moved to approve the request at their regular Aug. 16 council meeting.

Recreation funding

Funding applications for baseball teams competing in national events have been approved by council.

Two applications by Kaleb Bozek and Boston Slemp of Castor were submitted to council for consideration.

Both applicants are players on the Stettler U15 AA Tier 1 Baseball team competing in the Western Canada Baseball Championship. The national competition took place from Aug 19 to 21.

Council moved to approve $50 per application under the Recreation and Community Service grants.

An application for funding for 2022/2023 for the U20 Curling Tour by Team Dunkle in Castor was denied by council because it does not fall within the parameters of the County’s Policy AD 018 Recreation & Community Service Grants.

Castor support request

Correspondence was received from Christopher Roblee, CAO for the Town of Castor, to CAO Simpson regarding support for maintenance of the Castor Airport.

CAO Robblee requested crack fill and labour support for the airport runway maintenance for 2022.

Alberta Health Services has closed the hospital helipad and airport services due to farmers spraying crops, which allows for the town to do maintenance on the airport.

The town requested this support as they are responsible for snow removal services during the winter months.

Council moved to approve the request using funds from the county budget.

Flags to be raised

A request from Orysia Boychuk, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, was sent to council.

With Ukraine’s Independence Day on Aug. 24 and Ukrainian Heritage Day on Sept. 7, Boychuk requested municipalities in Alberta to lift a Ukrainian flag, display a banner or light up significant structures with blue and yellow lights on those two dates.

Boychuk believes this will display Alberta’s solidarity with Ukraine, newly arrived refugees and those assisting Ukrainian Nationals.

Council moved to approve the request and will raise flags on both dates.

About the author

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez is a multimedia reporter from Calgary, Alberta. He has experience reporting news from the streets of Calgary and even serving on the Institute of Investigative Journalism. He also has experience working in the nonprofit sector with the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

Daniel has graduated from Mount Royal University with a degree in Journalism in 2021. He hopes to learn more about Alberta and continues to hone his skills in the media industry.