County of Paintearth council highlights from Aug. 18th

The County of Paintearth has been doing some overhauling in the area of Emergency Management

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Advance

In particular, during the Aug. 18th council meeting, a new Emergency Management Bylaw was introduced. As written, the bylaw outlines roles and responsibilities of the County’s emergency management team, establishes an Emergency Management Advisory Committee, defines the duties of the said committee, and outlines command and control of the County’s Municipal Emergency Plan using the provincially mandated Incident Command System.

The bylaw replaces Bylaw 474-96, the previous Emergency Management Bylaw, modernizing it with the requirements of the current Municipal Government Act.

The new bylaw passed all three readings and was proclaimed during the meeting.

In addition to the new Emergency Management Bylaw, the County has conducted a review and update of existing Emergency Management Policies. The policies have been renumbered and reformatted, as well as updated with the new bylaw.

Other highlights of the Aug. 18th meeting:

County bridge

A County-owned bridge located in the southeast of 29-38-14 W4 was damaged last fall by a motor vehicle collision. The south curb girder, bridge rail, and one wing wall need to be replaced.

County engineers estimated the repair cost of the damaged bridge to fall between $40,000-$50,000. Formula Alberta LTD. has offered to repair the bridge while they are in the area, at a significantly reduced cost.

The estimate the company provided to the County is $22,400 for the repairs. Council accepted the quote from Formula Alberta Ltd. to conduct the needed repairs.

Brownfield water system

Council decided at their previous meeting that the Brownfield water distribution system needed to be replaced. Due to the lower cost of the project, council is moving forward with it, accepting an estimate of $9,000 from WSP Engineering Ltd. to engineer the project.

Culverts

Council received two requests to repair culverts in the County. Both culverts were apparently installed by the County for landowners years ago, on private property. Due to the existing culverts being on private property, council has opted to not cover any of the costs related to the repairs.

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