Village of Clive council approved funds for several Canada Day activities.
The decision was made at the June 8 regular meeting of council.
Contacted June 11, village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney confirmed council discussed allocating funds for July 1 activities.
One of the activities will be the Canada Day scavenger hunt, where 20 Canadian flags are placed around Clive and searchers must find and photograph themselves with at least four of them.
Participants can win one of three $25 prizes.
Also, the village is encouraging residents to “Show Your Colours” where residents can decorate their yards in honour of Canada’s 153rd birthday.
The winners will be announced on Canada Day and prizes are a credit on a resident’s utility bill.
Also, village residents, especially the youngsters, are encouraged to take part in the Canada Day bike ride, which includes a contest for best-decorated bike.
CAO Kenney stated the village was in the process of finding prizes for the bikes.
Kenney stated councillors wanted to do something for Canada Day, but also ensure all activities followed pandemic guidelines.
Councillors examined the regular report of the Director of Emergency Management, which contained the regular teleconference meetings with other municipalities and Alberta Health Services (AHS) discussing COVID-19.
Kenney stated most of the teleconference revolved around re-openings.
In Clive, the skatepark has been re-opened and it seems to be going well as people seem to be following social distancing and other guidelines.
Kenney also submitted her CAO’s report.
She noted the village has submitted a nomination for the Minister’s Award for Municipal Excellence.
The village office reopened to the public June 1, but Kenney pointed out social distancing guidelines are still in effect.
Only one person is allowed in the office at one time.
She stated tax notices were scheduled to be mailed June 15.
Residents have 60 days from their assessment notice to file an appeal.
The CAO gave an update on joint youth planning agreements the village is working on with the school board.
This has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Plans are underway to begin courses again and it’s expected they’ll be finished on schedule.
Other information she shared included a few enforcement notices and the fact the village is currently on the back-up water well as provincial government tests are being conducted on the primary one.
Kenney noted the back-up well might have a bit more mineral taste to it, but the water is perfectly safe.
Two development permits came forward, including a detached garage and an oversize garage.
The oversize one must go to the Municipal Planning Commission.
Kenney also stated Clive’s streets were recently swept.
Councillors approved $3,500 from the sewer operating budget to purchase confined space safety equipment.
Kenney explained the expense hadn’t been budgeted so the reserves were reduced to accommodate this.
The equipment includes a cell phone that can detect different kinds of potentially dangerous gases, playing a key role in keeping staff safe if they’re working alone in a confined area like the sewer access which is so small it only allows one staff member at a time.
The phone is also able to detect if a staff member falls and can’t get up, and then alerts other staff to the situation.
Councillors elected to reduce their meetings during summer months. Kenney confirmed Clive council will meet July 20 and Aug. 17.
Councillors read a memo from AHS regarding council meetings.
AHS was reminding councils many pandemic measures are still in place, such as social distancing, and those measures also apply to council meetings.
Kenney stated Clive councillors may be able to attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference this year, planned for St. Johns, Nfld.
Normally the travel and fees prohibit attendance, but due to the pandemic, the FCM conference is being held virtually.
Kenney stated councillors are waiting to see how much the virtual conference costs to attend.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter