At Starland County council’s latest meeting held Wed. Sept. 8, council elected to hire 3D Patchwork Ltd. to take over Division 4’s grading services following one grader operator’s retirement coming next month.
The submission from the contractors includes grading maintenance and snow plowing year round at $125 per hour under a three year term.
The county currently has three grader operators employed underneath the county while two positions are now contracted out including Division 2 and Division 4.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Shirley Bremer shared that utilizing a contractor saves the county from purchasing new grader equipment at $500,000 a piece.
Seed cleaning plant rezoning passed
Council passed first reading to amend the land use bylaw to allow for a zone change from Agricultural to Commercial Industrial to allow for the Starland Seed Cleaning Plant to take root.
The location about to be changed if second and third readings are passed is SW ¼ 17-31-17W4, located north of Delia along Highway 9.
A public hearing will take place Sept. 29.
Small reactor campaign
Council passed a resolution to bring to the Rural Municipal Association (RMA) zone meeting in October.
If seconded there, the resolution will move on to be discussed and voted on at the provincial RMA conference being held later this fall.
The resolution pertains to pushing the province to have a Small Modular Reactors (SMR) campaign to share the positives of these clean energy vessels.
SMRs are nuclear fission reactors, small in size and power output, portable and function as a clean power source.
Given Canada’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 – 50 per cent by 2030, SMRs may provide one feasible solution to meeting this goal.
In August 2020, Alberta signed a memorandum of understanding with Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick to support the advancement and deployment of SMRs which Starland wishes to be among the locations to house these.
Taxes schedule set up
Pine Cliff Energy has now entered into a tax payment schedule which was approved by council at the meeting.
The energy company will pay taxes within the next six months, being done and paid up by March of 2022.
Equal payments begin at the end of September at $112,865.92. The company will give $790,061.43 by the end of March.
Council agreed to have administration purchase 13 microphones for the council chambers after finding the acoustics in the room are not the best, lending to an environment that does not support good audible hearing between council and presenters.
The price point for all 13 comes to $9,679.23 which was approved.
Council will have an opportunity to demonstrate the microphones in action before purchasing takes place.