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Council Highlights Feb. 27





DELEGATION: Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority (BRFA) Fire Chief Dan Heney gave the 2023 year in review for the local fire department, EMS, and 911. Chief Heney described 2023 as a busy year for the BRFA, including taking over the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the City of Cold Lake, hiring of new staff members in their divisions, renovations started on their new building, and more. Although the number of calls the fire service received were down compared to 2022, Chief Heney noted the amount of time spent on the calls had increased. According to Chief Heney, EMS saw a decrease in calls as well, but this was due to staffing struggles and keeping their third ambulance staffed. There were a substantial increase in calls for 911 services.

FUNDING REQUESTS: Council approved the funding request to 4 Wing Cold Lake for the 2024 Cold Lake Air Show in the amount of $25,000. As this sponsorship is included in the 2024 Interim Operating Budget and due to the amount of the request, Council approval is required to release the funds prior to the finalization of the 2024 Operating Budget which occurs in April.

A Gold Sponsorship in the amount of $2,000 for the Lakeland Lacrosse Association’s Ice Melter Tournament was approved by Council. The tournament will host teams from across the province in divisions ranging from U7 to U15, which is anticipated to bring 1,000 athletes to the area.

A $500 sponsorship was approved for the Premier Cheer Parents Association to attend the Canadian Nationals being held April 12 to 14 this year in Niagara Falls, ON.

A Gold Level Sponsorship for $3,500 was approved for the Golf Ball Sponsorship for the Dragonfly Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This amount was included in the 2024 Interim Operating Budget.

BRIEFLY: First reading was provided to Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 1564-24. A Public Hearing for the bylaw is set for March 2024.

The Asset Retirement Obligation Policy was approved by Council.

Council directed Administration to enter into the Borderlands Emergency Management Mutual Aid Agreement.

A request to refund Subdivision and Appeal Board appeal fees was denied.