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Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 - 09:00

Please be advised that the Regular Meeting of the Council is scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, in the Council Chambers at the County Office located at 3755- 43 Avenue in Camrose.  

Please feel free to check out the Published Agenda located here


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 - 08:00

Municipal Planning Commission Meeting - in County Council Chambers Meetings typically start at 9:00 AM; check the agenda to confirm the start time.The agenda can be viewed here. Note: Agendas are typically published the Friday before the meeting. This meeting is open to the Public.  Call (780) 678-3070 or email planning@county.camrose.ab.ca for further details.

 

 

**PLEASE READ**    Regarding ANIMAL SAFETY in this cold weather.......

Domestic Animals: We don't recommend keeping any pet outside for long periods of time, but if you are unable to keep your pet inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. The door to the shelter should be positioned away from prevailing winds.

Livestock: can generally tolerate cold temperatures, but wind, rain, or snow will require a greater expenditure of calories. With that in mind, be sure they have a way to get out of the elements, especially the wind. Blankets can help protect horses, but a structural shelter with proper ventilation and dry bedding is the best method of protection for livestock.  It is crucial that your herd consumes enough calories to heat themselves and has access to fresh and unfrozen water. Tank heaters or heated buckets can help keep water at a temperature your animals are more comfortable drinking. Livestock will not consume adequate amounts of water if it is near freezing, and consuming enough water is important to your animals' health and well-being in winter months. ​

 

Under the Animal Protection Act:

Section 2(1) No person shall cause or permit an animal of which the person is the owner or the person in charge to be or to continue be in be in distress.  

Section 2.1 – A person who owns or is in charge of an animal

  1. must ensure that the animal has adequate food and water,
  2. must provide the animal with adequate care when the animal is wounded or ill,
  3. must provide the animal with reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold, and
  4. must provide the animal with adequate shelter, ventilation and space.

******Animal owners in violation of any of the above legislation, can possibly face fines and seizure of their animals. ********

Camrose County Officers urge the public to please contact Law Enforcement if they observe any animals in distress................Camrose County Protective Services........780-672-4449

 

The role of the County Officers in a situation of animal distress would be to enforce the Animal Protection Act, which would include educating the animal owner on their responsibilities to care for their animals in cold weather situations. Unfortunately, the Officers and Camrose County do not have the means or facilities to catch or care for stray cats. The local shelter capacity is very limited as well. Camrose County has a contract with Old MacDonald Kennels to deal with stray dog complaints in the County, but unfortunately this doesn't apply to cats.

Camrose County is pleased with the announcement made in late October on the Assessment Model Review.  Minister Allard has worked with the Rural Municipalities of Alberta to find a fair balance between enhancing oil and gas industry competitiveness and supporting municipal viability.   Short-term measures are now in place, and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) will work with the Government of Alberta in the coming years to determine how best to update the assessment model for the long term.  The new changes result in a decrease of approximately $134,000 in tax revenue in 2021- much better than the proposed model changes of up to 3 million.  Camrose County Council and Administration are actively working on operating budgets that reflect efficiencies and reductions to make up for this loss.

Camrose County would like to express our thanks to Premier Kenney for listening to County concerns, to Minister Allard for so quickly including the rural voice in the Assessment Review discussions, for our local MLA’s Rick Wilson and Jackie Lovely for representing their constituents in the Legislature.  Thank you to the RMA for their tireless work on behalf of all rural municipal residents.

Finally, and most of all, Camrose County Council would like to acknowledge the many, many residents, and business owners of Camrose County that took the time to express concerns about the proposed Assessment Model to their representatives.  Your voice was heard!

Reeve Cindy Trautman

Camrose County

 

To see a full copy of this press release - click here!

RMA Position Paper 

RMA Assessment Model Review Impacts Report

RMA Assessment Model - Final Detailed Information

Template letter for you to use to send to your MLA

What do my County Taxes Pay For?

Camrose County was notified this week of changes proposed by the Province of Alberta to reduce the property tax of oil and gas companies through changes to the assessment model for regulated properties in this sector.


Council and administration are extremely concerned about the serious impacts of this decision because it will mean an increase in property tax, reduction of services, or combination of both to make up for this lost revenue.


While the stated intention of this decision is to increase the competitiveness of oil and gas companies in this hard time, these changes will disproportionately benefit large oil and gas companies and harm smaller local firms.


In addition to this, there are no regulations to ensure that this money from the reduction in taxes will be spent in Alberta to improve the struggling oil and gas sector here. For these reasons there seem to be few benefits to outweigh the added costs that county residents will be faced with. Four possible scenarios are being presented by the technical committee (made up of Industry representatives and government advisors). Based on the information provided to Camrose County from the Province, the impacts to Camrose County from the 4 scenarios indicate a loss of approximately 9% of tax revenue,
which equates to between $2.1 million and $2.9 million in overall lost revenue for Camrose County in the first year, and increasing in subsequent years.


To compensate for the loss of industry assessment and corresponding tax revenue, Camrose County will have to adjust operations in one of the following ways (or a combination of these):
 Increase the residential mill rate between 41% and 56% AND/OR
 Increase the non-residential mill rate (businesses in Camrose County) between 22% – 32% AND/OR
 Cut the County workforce by 24% – 32% (16 to 22 full time positions) and lose the corresponding services.

If this proposed change is passed YOU WILL BE IMPACTED – financially through property taxes, and in a loss of service from Camrose County.  Many services provided by the County would have to be cut, County support of other municipalities and organizations will have to be
decreased or eliminated, and there would certainly be an increase in property taxes for residents and business in the County. With the additional changes to the Police Funding Model, on top of historical unpaid taxes from oil & gas, County residential taxpayers will see significant property tax increases in the coming years.

The Province is proposing these changes to give reductions in property taxes, and education taxes to the oil and gas industry. This loss in municipal revenue has to come from other rate payers (You!) – either through increased taxes or decreased services.

What can you do?


 Please let your MLA know your thoughts on this issue.
o MLA Jackie Lovely Ph# 780-672-0000 camrose@assembly.ab.ca;
o MLA Rick Wilson Ph#780-360-8003 maskwacis.wetaskiwin@assembly.ab.ca)
Your local Councillors will be meeting with MLAs and working with the RMA (Rural Municipalities of
Alberta) to advocate on your behalf as well.
 Please call your local Councillor if you have questions about this or want additional information.
 Take a few minutes and read the RMA position paper on this Assessment change – found at
rmalberta.com under Position Statements.

The final decision on this proposal is expected by mid to late August, so please take action now.

On behalf of Council,

Reeve Cindy Trautman
 

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Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 - 08:30

The Municipal Planning Commission meetings are open to the public and typically occur on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  The agenda is available here the week before the meeting.

Please note that while MPC meetings are open to the public, they are not Public Hearings. The most effective way to submit feedback on a particular proposal is in writing in advance of the meeting to the Planning and Development department, who can then attach it to the public agenda package. MPC members may, at their discretion, ask questions of administration or any affected parties relating to the agenda during the meeting.

 

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 05:00

Please note:  There will be a Special Council Meeting on February 18 at 5:00 PM at City Hall for the IDP Public Hearing. 

2016 Project Updates

Shoulder Pulling:  Working on Range Road 221 A.  Have completed 1.5 miles, have been delayed by rain.

Shoulder Pulling Twp 472:  contractor is beginning this week (August 15th) Closed to local traffic only.

Pelican Point Paving:  Paving complete. 

Armena Paving:  Paving completed.

Project 3-12-15 (Twp Rd 422, from Range Road 225 to Highway 21) was awarded to Petrowest.  Construction started June 23rd.  Construction is complete.  Thank you for your patience during construction as the rain made it rather mucky!

Project 3-11-15 (Twp 434, from Highway 56 to Range Road 184) was awarded to Pidherney's and is scheduled to begin in August.  Construction is beginning at the east end.

     
 
Armena Paving   Pelican Point Paving

 

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Fortis is excited to launch their new Streetlight Repair Map.  With this map you can view streetlights in your area and request a repair online within minutes. 


If you would like help with the map you can watch a video tutorial to assist you.

 

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