Garbage bylaw review

Elnora Sign
Written by Terri Huxley

Council reviewed their garbage bylaw during council at their regular meeting virtually on Tues. April 13.

Mayor Leah Nelson found the bylaw was more of a rate bylaw than a garbage one as it mainly addressed fees for the service rather than focus on how garbage should be handled and what restrictions there were to it.

She added that she would like to require everyone to have containers but it was noted a drawback of these plastic containers was wintertime freezing.

The mayor also wanted to have a section included about no loose kitty litter or hazardous goods.

Lastly, the talk of limiting the amount of garbage bags for household waste allowed was discussed.

If the village limited the amount of garbage to one bag per week, administration added that extra tags could be purchased to have more than one bag to be picked up.

A new bylaw will be put together for council to check over before any final decisions are made.

Alberta wastewater response

Council discussed an email correspondence from the Alberta Water Wastewater Municipal Partnership (AWWMP).

An application was sent to the AWWMP to help alleviate expenses for the replacement of the village’s pumphouse.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Sharon Wesgate followed up on the application and answered an inquiry about operational issues at the plant.

It was asked if the pumphouse has been out of compliance with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and how much the flow meters would be to install at the current plant.

Wesgate, at the meeting, shared with council that installing a flow meter would be pointless at this time as there are no home water metres installed to track the flow and see where any leaks could be.

Also, installing it on the old plant would be costly and useless as they hope to replace the entire thing in the near future depending on grants.

The flow meter would be part and parcel with the new upgrades and then water metres would slowly be erected at each residence after that.

Regarding the chlorination issues they have been facing, the village has been working with AEP through their Red Deer branch to help.

Council directed administration to respond to the email with CAO Wesgate’s suggested wording and explanation.

The pump house was built in 1960 made of cinder block which is now deteriorating.

Utility billing amendment

Resident Keith Heide who owns the 534-2nd Avenue home in Elnora has sent in a letter to council on possibly amending the utilities bylaw to reflect a change in their living situation.

Heide noted in the letter that they currently live in British Columbia and have not been able to travel back to look after the home due to the pandemic and restriction on travel.

It was asked if the bylaw could be changed to cater to situations such as this to allow for no charges to be had on the individual home as they are away and unable to use the property as intended.

Council made a motion to contact Heide and ask a few more questions. If there is no response, council will have the water turned off but leave it as full billing.

Library board replacement

The Elnora Library display board has been undergoing a transformation.

A quote clarification was received after questions were raised about the quote.

The top half of the window will be plexiglass while the bottom will be tempered.

In total, for one quote from Bullet Contracting, it came to $1,428.84.

Council passed a motion to proceed with the sign updates for under $2,000.

RCMP quarterly report

Three Hills RCMP sent the village an update of the happenings within the area over the past three months.

Council was impressed with the increase in visual presence around the community, especially at 39 times in March.

Councillors mentioned they would be interested in participating in the license plate anti-theft bolt program.

Council passed a motion to acknowledge the report.

 

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.