Clive council hears report on COVID-19 expense relief

Village of Clive council heard some positive information about a program intended to relieve some expenses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The report was given at the Oct. 13 regular meeting of council.

Chief Administrative Officer Carla Kenney provided councillors with a report about the Municipal Operating support transfer, from which the village is eligible for $70,000. 

Kenney stated there are guidelines for how the village can use the funding, but after speaking to government staff she stated the grant is fairly flexible. 

It’s intended to cover expenses incurred by the pandemic or to offset reductions in revenue from the pandemic.

She also noted that the grant could be used if the village is paying somebody outside due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

During discussion, councillors heard that there will be some community consultation about how this funding should be used.

CAO Kenney noted in her report to councillors two public works staff were off work as they showed symptoms which could be COVID-19. 

The CAO stated the diagnosis wasn’t definite but the village was being very cautious anyway.

She noted daily checks were being completed.

Backyard fires

Kenney stated in her regular report to council that the fire chief had to speak to a local resident about a fire in a backyard. Apparently, the fire wasn’t being conducted in a safe manner.

The CAO stated the fire chief was able to show the resident the problem and everything was fine afterwards.

Sidewalk finishing

CAO Kenney provided councillors with a report on sidewalk finishing which was completed this past summer with the help of a seasonal staff member.

Kenney showed councillors a colour-coded map of the village and rankings based on a sidewalk’s condition. 

She stated the village was looking at tripping hazards and cracks in the concrete, anything really that could pose a hazard for someone using the sidewalk, including weeds and grass.

Coun. Jeremy Whelan pointed out a concern he had about a sidewalk on 52nd Ave, which he stated was noticeably heaved. Kenney stated she made a note of it.

During discussion, the CAO noted how quickly the new sidewalks appeared to age. After only a couple of years they appeared 20 years old.

The CAO stated the report will be useful for asset management purposes, keeping in mind which sidewalks need work and which don’t. 

“Sidewalks are expensive,” she added.

Police funding model

Councillors filled out a survey sent by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association regarding the provincial government’s new police funding model. 

Councillors were asked to grade certain priorities and give their impression of current police and community relations, among other things.

During discussion, several councillors noted that Clive taxpayers are paying more for police service, and hence should be getting more police service.

They acknowledged that a representative of the Blackfalds RCMP detachment comes out to speak to council once a year. 

They also stated RCMP reports could be more in-depth and more frequent so councillors get a better idea of what issues the village is facing.

Emergency management bylaw

Councillors passed first and second reading of the village’s emergency management bylaw, which CAO Kenney stated had been updated to reflect certain provincial government changes which came into effect in January 2020.

Kenney stated an advantage of being part of the regional emergency management group means the group’s staff helped assemble the bylaw. 

She noted staff tried to keep the new bylaw as simple as possible and also looked at other nearby municipalities and their bylaws.

One detail council discussed was the emergency advisory committee, and the fact that at least one other community has their entire council as the advisory committee. 

Clive councillors felt this wasn’t necessary for their village.

Councillors passed first and second reading of the new bylaw, which will now be publicly advertised for the public to comment. It will be considered for third reading at a future meeting.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

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.