By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Advance
The County of Paintearth council has authorized a small increase to their list of fees.
In particular, a tax certificate will now cost $30, up from $25, and a Tax Search (detailed assessment sheet) will now cost $15, up from the previous $10.
County administration recommended the increases to, “Bring our fees more in line with what is being charged by surrounding municipalities,” according to the written request for decision.
Another fee seeing an increase for 2020 is the County’s NSF cheque fee.
During a recent review of the schedule of fees administration became aware that NSF fees were listed in multiple places, and the new fee of $25 will be used to make the fee consistent across the schedule.
The Town of Coronation has requested a letter of support from the County as they apply for the Alberta Community Partnership Grant.
If successful, the funds of the grant would be used to hire an engineering firm to develop a new building for the Coronation Ball Diamonds, which would potentially include the Coronation Golf Clubhouse as well.
“There is no financial cost for us,” said CAO Michael Simpson, “And the town needs an additional partner in order to apply. The commitment is quite low, but it gives them the ability to even compete.”
Coun. Diane Elliot supported the idea, putting out a unanimously voted on motion.
Other highlights of the Jan. 14th County of Paintearth Council meeting;
• Council has authorized County administration to install a ‘Flowpoint Bulk Water System’ into the bulk fill station in Crowfoot Crossing. The system would allow purchasers to buy bulk loads of water using a Personal Identification Number which would then be billed to the customer. The upgrade will be done as part of the 2020 budget.
• The County has completed most of its 2019 Strategic Plan goals and completion of the remainder should be complete within a matter of weeks.
• Council approved a $500 donation to three volleyball players within the County who will be playing at the Alberta U16 Provincials May 2nd and 3rd as per policy.
• The County has begun its land-use Bylaw public engagement sessions, the first being in Brownfield on Jan. 13th. The meetings will continue on Jan. 14th in Coronation, Jan. 15th in Halkirk, and Jan. 16th in Castor.
• Council has passed Bylaw 682-20, the Bylaw Enforcement Bylaw. This Bylaw outlines the powers and the duties of the County’s appointed bylaw officer and outlines a disciplinary procedure, if required.