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Paintearth Economic Partnership Society approaches council for project ideas

Paintearth Economic Partnership Society (PEPS) is looking for potential projects to undertake.

During the County of Paintearth meeting held on Aug. 16, county councillors were each asked to submit three or four potential projects to the (PEPS) board for consideration.

One of the major items brought forward for discussion during the meeting was name recognition for the County of Paintearth.

“No one knows where we are from,” said Coun. Diane Elliot.

“We need to work getting us on the map.”

Reeve Stan Schulmeister jokingly suggested a “major crime” would put the county on the map before agreeing that name recognition is a good project to focus on.

Coun. George Glazier brought forward a suggestion of PEPS developing a business and attraction plan for the county and communities within it.

“I’d like to see some headway on that,” said Glazier.

Schulmeister gave council instructions to give some thought and consideration for other possible projects for the next council meeting and to pass any suggestions on to chief administrative officer Michael Simpson.

Sports funding

With the Stettler Storm heading to the Western Canada Baseball Championships, two of the local players have applied to the County of Paintearth for funding under Recreation and Culture Policy.

The policy awards teams competing at provincial, national, or international levels a maximum of $500 or individuals $50. The maximum amount given out per year is under the policy is $5,000.

Kaleb Bozek and Boston Slemp, both from Castor, are playing for the Stettler Storm this season, and have both qualified for the individual award.

In separate motions, council awarded both youth the $50 for their trip to Westerns.

Battle River Watershed Alliance

The County of Paintearth has agreed to continue supporting the Battle River Watershed Alliance.

The organization, which offers watershed programs, workshops and education programs across the Battle River watershed charges the County of Paintearth $0.50 per capita to be a member. The funds go towards supporting the programs in the local area.

Based on a recent census population of 1,990 and just over 80 per cent of the county being in the watershed, the total cost to remain a member was $811.92.

Records destruction

Council has approved the destruction of a variety of records per the Records Retention Policy.

According to to the listing of the items to be destroyed, a good portion of the documents are from 2012, though some items listed go as far back as the 1970s.

Municipalities are required to keep varying documents for differing lengths of time, but the average is seven to 10 years. After that, they may be destroyed in a suitable manner.

The only documents that can not be destroyed are the council meeting minutes, which need to be kept indefinitely.

Financially, the cost to destroy the records based on the 2021 on-site destruction is around $550.

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