Coronation proactively working towards ice plant phaseout

Written by Terri Huxley

Coronation town councillors are allowing administration to apply for the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) in a proactive effort to have the arena’s ice plant machine replaced as it is no longer repairable.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Quinton Flint shared with council that the current ice plant is considered obsolete but also non-environmentally friendly due to the fluid used.

The R22 freon fluid used to cool the system is not being produced or sold, and as such, parts and products for the ice plant will become harder to acquire.

Parts for the ice plant are also being discontinued over the next four years which leads to higher costs of repair and replacement.

If the ice plant were to be replaced, it would be an estimated $800,000 including installation.

The recreation department is currently seeking quotes to provide to council to begin looking at alternative solutions.

Many of the new ice plants available will be based on ammonia or CO2, and currently, under the CCRF grant, CO2 is considered an improvement and a natural refrigerant – making it a more environmentally friendly product that fits within the CCFR grant mandate.

CAO Flint added that it is a much safer product for staff to use as well.

“Currently, grants are not in abundance, but there is an anticipation that more grant funds will become available in the coming year. 

The CCRF would provide up to $800,000 with a quarter match from the municipality equal to $250,000.

Animal Control bylaw

The Animal Control Bylaw has been updated to include a more detailed understanding of the powers of a peace officer.

A letter from Brownlee LLP outlines the next steps in proceeding with the animal control bylaw as well as the lawyer itemized recommendations for each section of the new bylaw.

One major change has been the reclassification of what is considered a dangerous dog. This will be identified by the Declaration of Aggressive Dog.

545 Orders will also be used moving forward to enforce all requirements of the Animal Control Bylaw. This section will be used to enforce the removal or seizing of all animals on private property.

Another change was the number of animals to four cats and four dogs for the allowed amount of animals per property.

Anyone with more than four dogs and/or cats will be grandfathered in but if an animal passes away or is given away the owner is required to not exceed this total.

Council passed third readings, approving all changes made to the bylaw.

Community standards bylaw

As per the wishes of the council, administration received the legal opinion of Brown Lee LLP on the viability of the community standards bylaw.

Brown Lee has provided the municipality with a series of changes to provide clarity and understanding of what is expected when using the bylaw.

The focus is to use the bylaw appropriately and in the right circumstances when warranted.

The other was to ensure that the bylaw was built to have more enforcement powers regarding vehicle removal and yard clean-up. 

However, it was also revamped to provide all residents with a more appropriate timeline for compliance.

The objective was to ensure that any action taken by the municipality was done with merit and proper authority.

This included building a new Municipal Tag for violations and implementing provincial fines.

As a last resort, administration will acquire a 545 Order under section 545 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) to enter and remove items from property to uphold the municipal Community Standards Bylaw.

The Community Standards Bylaw has also been updated to remove some older bylaw requests that do not fit into today’s society, such as spitting in public.

The recommendation by Brown Lee LLP is to keep the Community Standards tailored to specific and significant community needs. It is suggested that the council remove minor bylaw infractions to reduce confusion and unnecessary tags.

Keeping the bylaw update is also utterly important to reflect the current times of the municipality’s wants and needs.

Administration by no means wants to enforce yard clean-up or removal of personal property unless proper actions and court authorization has been granted prior.

Administration hopes to work with all residents to come to a resolution and agreement for compliance.

The hope is that by working with residents, alternative arrangements and solutions can be made to help those who need assistance.

Council chose to bring this bylaw to the next meeting to mull over it some more.

Canadian Animal Task Force 

The Town of Coronation Bylaw Officer has been researching how to mitigate the increasing population of feral cats within town.

Under the cat care program, they would trap feral cats and then neuter or spay the cats caught and notch their ears.

This would help to reduce the population of cats within the municipality significantly.

The animals will need to be housed and cared for while recovering from the surgery and then released or homed if possible which could take a few weeks if not more.

Animals that are too young or in bad health will also need to be taken into care and provided shelter until they can be released. Euthanization will be used as a last resort.

The program was designed to help reduce the influx of cats within a short period within a community.

The hope is to minimize reproduction while not harming any animal.

The program has been successful in a few other municipalities and has helped to reduce the population over time of the non-domestic animals.

Depending on the size and scope of work, the program can run between $5,000 and $8,000.

This would need to be housed in a larger facility such as the ice rink or the curling rink.

The town would need to book in advance for the 2022 year, as the 2021 year has already been filled with programming.

Volunteers and staff will also be needed to help with the program and care of animals.

Council agreed to have administration apply for the grant to help with this population control issue.

Coronation Rodeo Association 

The Coronation Pro Rodeo has asked for support in cleaning up the local rodeo grounds.

The current state of the grounds is in dire need of attention, and as such, the rodeo association is looking for help in any form.

The current ask is for grass cutting and weed eating, the grass has grown beyond their abilities, and they are asking for assistance with our municipal tractor mower.

They hope to have the whole area sprayed within the next two weeks to help mitigate the continual growth of the grass and weeds. This should help to speed up the grass cutting and weed eating.

The other ask is if the town moves forward with their building removal program, would it be possible for the town to haul the old buildings away simultaneously to help clean up the area. They can supply the manpower and have equipment donated to them to do the demolition.

For 2021, their main project is to remove the old concession booth and remove the announcer’s booth.

The announcer’s booth was vandalized over the winter as well as their office, to which both need to be removed; however, their focus for this year’s rodeo will be to remove and replace the announcers booth to host this year’s rodeo.

They have begun looking for sponsors and collecting donations for the new announcer booth replacement.

The hope is to raise enough funds within the next few months to cover most of the costs.

Lastly, if the town would be willing to support the rodeo by helping with advertising, and social media posting.

The rodeo is still awaiting approval for their yearly rodeo from the province but are hopeful they will receive the go-ahead.

CAO Flint added that chuckwagons are also on the radar with some teams already committing to using the ground’s track for practice once the track is cleaned up.

Council agreed to help them in whatever capacity was needed.

 

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

About the author

Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.