Clive council approves peace officer bylaw tweaks

The Village of Clive council approved tweaking the peace officer bylaw during their regular meeting July 20.

Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney stated councillors read about some wording changes to the bylaw to ensure it clearly stated that peace officers working on behalf of the Village of Clive are authorized to enforce rules such as unsightly premises.

Kenney noted older versions of the bylaw included some different wording that may have been confusing for some people. 

She also noted that the village contracts out its peace officer service to Lacombe County and are very happy with the service.

Reminders  to residents

Kenney stated councillors read a report on some reminders that were sent out to local residents recently. 

One of the main reminders sent out was for landowners to keep their property maintained, especially mowing of grass.

The CAO stated the reminder worked well, as virtually everyone complied. 

However, she stated there have been one or two issues to address, particularly vacant lots. She stated the village continues to work on those issues and may have to go through a more formal process, including a notice to the landowners.

In-person council meetings

Kenney stated Clive council discussed social distancing requirements for public meetings and felt the village office downstairs meeting room should suffice. Hence, council decided to open council meetings to the public again as of the upcoming Aug. 17 meeting.

Kenney stated councillors decided to make the meetings “blended,” which means participants can also continue watching the meetings over the internet via Zoom. The Zoom link will be at the bottom of the meeting agenda available on the village website.

Fire hydrants

Councillors approved some additional work on village fire hydrants, as a contractor is already in town doing some work on them.

Kenney stated a contractor is in Clive repairing two hydrants, and it was decided to discuss raising and lowering some other hydrants along with testing and inspecting others.

She stated it was efficient to get the contractor to do all the work at once rather than travel back again sometime in the future. 

The funding for the work will come from the water operations budget.

Avenue improvements

Kenney stated 47th Ave., which runs along the edge of town near some acreages, tends to get a lot of traffic and is getting to a state where repairs will be needed soon. 

Kenney stated the work doesn’t need to be done immediately but sometime soon.

She said an engineering firm recently had a look at the road and councillors read the letter which listed their options.

It was stated that some culvert work should be done first to allow it to settle before other improvements are done. 

Councillors approved the culvert work which will be scheduled to be done later this fall when the water levels drop a bit, and will be paid for out of the road reserve.

Reserve generator

Back-up generators were recently examined and tested in the village and Kenney stated it looks like the fire hall generator is fine but the one for the water reservoir is almost past its lifespan.

The CAO stated generators such as this one can be expensive, in the $80,000 range. 

Councillors accepted the report for information, noting the generator will probably have to be replaced within the next year or two.

Police funding

Councillors read a report at the meeting stating the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment will be receiving new staff. This is the detachment which provides policing to the Village fo Clive.

Kenney stated councillors have voiced concern about police funding requirements coming from the provincial government and how much extra police coverage the village is actually going to receive for that money.

The CAO noted the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association is advocating on this issue on behalf of its members.

 

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.

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