Council discussed a motion to re-instate the use of credit cards as an acceptable method of payment for county taxes at their first regular meeting of the new term on Wed., Nov. 8, but no motion was brought forward.
According to Councillor Dave Grover, ratepayers have expressed concerns of hardship and/or inconvenience by not being able to use their credit cards to pay their property taxes.
During deliberations, administration revealed that previous year’s fees for the use of credit cards to make property tax payments have cost the county in excess of $50,000 per annum.
ASB Provincial Conference
Council considered transportation options for attending the Agricultural Services Board Provincial Conference, hosted in Grande Prairie on Jan. 15-19, 2018 and motioned to charter a bus.
If each councillor drove his or her own vehicle to Grande Prairie, roughly 700 kilometres one-way, the cost to the county would come to approximately $750 each.
Flying out of Edmonton was estimated at $350 per councillor while chartering a bus would cost an estimated $250 each.
Rural Crime Prevention Committee
Council voted to establish a Rural Crime Prevention Committee.
The committee’s main objective will be to act as a liaison between the county council, residents, community groups and the RCMP in order to share information.
The committee hopes to inform and collect information from rural residents, advise the RCMP of issues within the community, make and implement recommendations on community policing proposals and work with other jurisdictions in the region regarding crime prevention initiatives.
The committee will consist of seven members at large, one from each ward if possible, two county councillors, a member of the RCMP and a member from Alberta Fish and Wildlife.
Councillors Cheri Neitz and Wayne Nixon will sit on the committee.
Steel Wheel Stampede
A delegation from the Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede committee came to council to solicit support for their annual stampede.
With the tenth anniversary fast approaching, the committee emphasized how important the stampede has become to the community.
The 2018 event is slated to include the rodeo, parade, market, antique tractor rodeo, junior steer and heifer show, a farm and ranch show, a midway and much more.
Council voted in favour of a bronze ($500) sponsorship for the 2018 Steel Wheel Stampede.