Kneehill County Council nominated their 2019 Calgary Stampede Farm Family Award to the Tim and MaryLou Tainsh Family during their Tues. Nov. 27 meeting.
Calgary Stampede Farm family award is given out each year to recognize those families that ensure the agriculture industry and their respective rural communities continue to thrive.
Farm family units must be active in primary agriculture, have agriculture as the main source of income, be active in community involvement and have members residing on the farm.
Last year, the Hoppins family of Trochu won the award.
Councillor Glen Keiver will attend the Stampede ceremony to represent Kneehill County.
Interim CAO put in place
Council moved to authorize the Reeve and Deputy Reeve to sign an Interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) employment agreement with Peter Tarnawsky, reflecting the Oct. 18, 2018, proposal.
On Wed. Oct. 17, current CAO Al Hoggan provided his resignation to council.
The new CAO will start work beginning Dec. 15.
Huxley ratepayer meeting
Coun. Ken King attended a ratepayer meeting held at the Huxley Hall on Mon. Nov. 26 to give residents a chance to speak with King about issues pertaining to the area.
“The ratepayers that attended the meeting were for the most part quite respectful and we had pretty good conversation so the comment I would make to any of you [councillors] who are contemplating something similar, go for it.
“It was very productive. It gave me an opportunity to meet some people I haven’t met previously to have a conversation and to talk about some of the concerns that people had,” said King.
Topics like garbage fees, sewer and roads were discussed as well as other things that council had gone in hot water over before.
“We touched on some of the more controversial stuff. Things like Horseshoe Canyon, where we are going on fire and stuff like that but nobody was really super upset or anything.”
King plans to continue these meetings with a bit more focus on what to talk about like agriculture, for example, and he encouraged other councillors to do the same with their portion of the county.
Council will also discuss the 2019 Budget at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Dec. 4.
The County is asking ratepayers to comment or send questions via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office.
A dedicated budget page has been created as well at www.kneehillcounty.com.
Prairie Christian Academy donation
Council presented Prairie Christian Academy (PCA) with a cheque for $25,000 in support of their sports court, ball diamond and playground development.
It was determined at a previous council meeting that they would be receiving the funding as part of the annual grant application process.
The academy plans to build this large playground sports area on land around the PCA Elementary School.