Residential taxpayers in the Village of Clive will probably not see a tax increase this year, after the council passed their tax rate bylaw during the regular meeting May 25.
Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney stated councillors approved Bylaw #542-20 2020 Property Tax Bylaw and noted the average home assessment in Clive went down by 2.7 per cent while the combined tax rate went up by 3.2 per cent.
Kenney noted the combined result is the average homeowner rate is flat, resulting in a roughly $15 increase.
The 2020 Village of Clive combined residential mill rate is 11.585 while the municipal mill rate is 8.956.
Property owner C. Arndt spoke directly to council about a culvert issue affecting his property.
Kenney stated the culvert in question is fairly long and was put in many years ago.
Over time some erosion has occurred and it appears to require maintenance.
Councillors directed Kenney to investigate it and report back on what needs to be done and how much it will cost.
Kenney noted the culvert doesn’t affect any roads.
Kenney stated the public hearing for the revised Municipal Development Plan (MDP) was held.
Revisions were based around updating the plan so it jives with provincial government changes.
No one appeared in person to support or oppose the revisions and the only written comments came in from ATCO, concerned about possible developments near their right of way.
Kenney stated area structure plans will address those concerns.
Councillors passed second and third reading of the revised MDP.
Kenney confirmed the village office has re-opened to the public as of June 1.
She noted however only one member of each household can be allowed into the office at a time due to social distancing guidelines.
A plexiglass screen will also be installed.
The public will also be screened when they enter to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The village will continue with online strategies for things like council meetings for now.
Kenney also confirmed all village parks except for the campground have now been re-opened.
It became clear as other communities re-opened amenities, Clive would have to re-open too to prevent people from travelling.
The CAO noted closure of some facilities such as the skatepark were difficult to enforce.
She added that users of parks are still expected to follow all pandemic guidelines such as social distancing.
The emergency management report centered mostly on weekly teleconference calls of nearby municipalities to keep each other updated on COVID-19 developments.
The emergency management report noted plans to re-open many amenities were major topics.
It was noted a complaint had been received that a business wasn’t following coronavirus guidelines.
Kenney stated this is under investigation.
It was also clear that some municipalities were re-opening certain amenities, while other municipalities weren’t.
The general impression, regardless of details, is that things are slowly re-opening.
Kenney stated re-opening is important to keep citizens from travelling. If amenities in one community are re-opened, it’s thought people will spend more time travelling than they should under pandemic guidelines.
Councillors accepted the emergency management report for information.
Kenney noted she took part in a conference call with other municipalities and the provincial government May 20 where each reiterated their goal of keeping citizens safe and following pandemic guidelines.
Municipalities also voiced their desire for earlier consultation when the province is making pandemic decisions, especially when major announcements are made.
The municipalities are also awaiting notice of the provincial government’s post-pandemic stimulus funding.
Around the village, Kenney noted spring has arrived and with it come complaints about cats and dogs.
Public Works has finished street sweeping while grass mowing has begun. The hanging flower baskets will be placed soon.
Village staff recently viewed an online presentation regarding crime prevention through environmental design.
It included 10 suggestions to make your property less appealing to criminals.
Kenney noted the village website will likely host a summary of this information soon.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter