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Council Highlights Feb. 28

Photo by Byron Johnson





BRFA DELEGATION: Council had a delegation from Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority Fire Chief Dan Heney, who gave them an overview of 2022 and outlined what the local first responders got up to. Some highlights included the hiring of a new regional deputy and division chief and assistant division chief for EMS, winning the RFP bid to provide the City of Cold lake with 911 call answering, fire dispatching, as well as CPO dispatching and administration services, grand openings of two new fire halls, Station 7 Fort Kent and Station 8 Ardmore, three current members of the BRFA and one retired member were awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal for outstanding contributions to the Province, and lots more. The BRFA responded to a total of 698 fire calls for service in 2022, which was higher than 2021’s calls by 22. EMS was also kept busy in 2022 and they received 3360 calls in 2022. This was a decrease of roughly 350 calls compared to 2021.

LETTER OF SUPPORT: The Town will provide a letter of support to Go East of Edmonton for their Travel Alberta Cooperative Investment Fund grant application. If Go East receives the funds, it will go towards their Go East RTO Regional Tourism Development and Industry Support Initiative.

 BRIEFLY: The Temporary Borrowing Bylaw passed all three readings by Council. The Town is required to pass a Temporary Borrowing Bylaw annually for the purpose of financing operating expenditures, should the need arise. The $2.562-million authorized is well below the $8.2-million that Town is permitted to borrow under the Municipal Government Act. Administration does not anticipate having to borrow any funds.

Council provided second and third reading for the Solid Waste Bylaw. They also repealed Garbage Bylaw No. 963-87 and amended Bylaw No. 1076-94.

A motion was defeated to purchase and install monitors in Council Chambers. Administration will bring back different options for Council at a future meeting.