Clive village council decided it will look closely at helping another municipality with its grading needs after a debate at the April 26 regular meeting of council.
During Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney’s regular report to council, she reported a proposal to help the Town of Eckville with their grading needs. It was noted Eckville sends its street sweeper to clean Clive’s streets.
During the discussion it was stated Clive’s grader wouldn’t be transported to Eckville, rather the grader would drive the entire way under its own power, the same way Eckville’s street sweeper comes to Clive.
Both Mayor Luci Henry and Coun. Jeremy Whelan voiced concern over this, as the one-way trip to Eckville would be about 100 km (according to Google, the distance is actually about 77 km). Both stated they wouldn’t have a problem with the idea if the grader was transported via trailer.
Coun. Norma Penney stated she is in favour of cooperating with other communities and knows that graders in rural municipalities routinely travel long distances under their own power but stated Eckville should also be billed for the travel time.
Councillors approved the proposal but noted Eckville must pay for transportation costs, and the grader will only go to Eckville as time permits.
Lacombe County’s Manager of Peace Officers Mark Sproule spoke to councillors about bylaw activities in 2020.
Clive contracts Lacombe County to handle its bylaw enforcement.
Sproule stated he believes strongly in the “broken window” theory, that is, if a broken window is not repaired it can be seen as encouragement for vandals to break more windows.
Sproule stated by enforcing bylaws it ensures community standards are upheld and fewer nuisance properties emerge.
Sproule stated the majority of responses peace officers made in Clive were linked to unshovelled sidewalks and uncut grass. He noted peace officers routinely write warnings and only rarely was a ticket actually issued as peace officers want to work with the community to meet the standards set in place by council.
He noted the peace officers continue to cooperate with other agencies to increase public safety.
One positive point to note was that peace officers have seen a steady decline in the amount of speeding within Clive.
Sproule added that peace officers would be happy to work within the community on things like bicycle safety for kids.
Councillors accepted his report for information.
Kenney reported a backup generator for the Public Works shop and fire hall has a seized motor and requires either repair or replacement.
She stated replacing the engine would cost about $9,000, buying a new generator would cost about $10,000 or changing hook-ups to accept a portable generator instead would cost about $1,000.
The CAO stated she was concerned about the situation because the backup generator only had about 40 hours on it.
Coun. Whelan asked if the generator is under warranty. Kenney responded the vendor is no longer in business, so she intends to contact the manufacturer to see what warranty, if any, is still active.
Whelan stated council should wait to make a decision until the warranty is straightened out, and added he was concerned such an expensive piece of equipment failed so quickly.
Kenney stated she would report back at a future meeting.
2021 municipal election
Kenney asked councillors to appoint Mel Ash as the substitute returning officer for the municipal election in the fall of 2021.
Kenney noted this community member volunteered to do it. Councillors approved the request.
Councillors also authorized the returning officer to set a date for an advance vote for those residents who can’t attend the polls on election day.
Sharing the load
Kenney presented a request from Wolf Creek School Division that Clive handle some of their 2021 trustee election.
Kenney noted it’s a way to share some costs and also be a good neighbour.
Mayor Henry noted that for some reason Ponoka County always declines to cooperate with Wolf Creek on elections.
Councillors approved the request.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter