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4 F e b r u a r y 1 5 ' 1 8 H A N N A / C o r o n a t i o n / S t e t t l e r , A b . E C A r e v i e w Negotiating outdated lease Cont’d from Pg 1 Seven municipalities are on the Hwy 12/21 commission including Lacombe and Camrose County, Villages of Alix, Clive, Edberg, Ferintosh and the Town of Bashaw. The cost of the line between Bashaw and Mirror was shared by the federal government ($3.5 million), the provincial government ($2.8 million) and the Hwy 12/21 commission ($700,000). Arena repairs The town continues to negotiate with the Bashaw Curling Club about the club’s outdated lease agreement to help clarify who pays for what when it comes to the rink’s aging equipment. “Recently the town had to repair the ice plant,” CAO Fuller told council in her report Feb. 1. The repairs cost $4,900. The current agreement between the town and the curling club was created in 1983 and CAO Fuller said it is “vague regarding what expenses the curling club is to assist with.” Capital projects reviewed Council reviewed its extensive list of capital projects for the next three years. The big ticket item is the $1.1 million upgrades to the water lines on the north end of 54 Ave., which includes replacing the water mains and repaving 54 Ave. and expected to be done the 2018-19 budget year. Lagoon upgrades slated for the 2016 budget year will continue. Preliminary engineering is completed and the town is applying for (or applied) for funding from the province. The total cost of the project is expected to be about $654,000. Paving projects for 2018 include reconstruction and extension paving at 52 St. and 50 Ave. at a cost of about $163,000. The town will apply for a grant to help fund the expected $45,000 cost of creating a Municipal Development Plan and update its Land Use Bylaw, which the province is now requiring of all municipalities and given them two years to complete. Council will also complete the first phase of servicing industrial lots at a cost of about $1.8 million. Surveillance cameras will be installed at the public works shop, the arena, curling rink, RV dump and water treatment plant, which will cost about $14,000. Capital budget Cont’d from Pg 1 Town of Stettler Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Greg Switenky said Stettler’s running track is a first class facility with the best sub-surface in Western Canada. “It’s still solid.” Council accepted Clearview Public Schools’ Trustee Greg Hayden’s presentation as information and will continue discussions with them on the project. Council gave final approval to its five-year capital budget and 2018’s $6.1 million capital budget. It includes: $220,000 for pavement and sidewalk replacement projects; $1.6 million for 51 Ave utility replacement project; $590,000 for lagoon upgrades; $250,000 for maintaining town pathways; $200,000 for a pathway expansion along Hwy 12 near Canadian Tire including a bridge; $290,000 for hall upgrades; $100,000 for fire department equipment; $15,000 for arts and culture projects; and $496,000 from County of Stettler for recreation. A g r i c u l t u r e Meet our Agriculture Services Team Our team approach allows us to connect you to the right people who understand the business of farming so we can help you make the best financial decisions for your business. Scott McKenzie Relationship Manager Stettler, Coronation and surrounding communities 403-742-3464 ext. 305 scott.mckenzie@td.com 4902 50 Street, Stettler Erin Logan Account Manager Hanna to Oyen and surrounding communities 403-664-3601 ext. 305 erin.logan@td.com 118 Main Street, Oyen LRX 215E LRX 215E LRX 215E NGDB 59E NGDB 59E NGDB 59E Garry Belisle Relationship Manager Red Deer to Three Hills and surrounding communities 403-357-1880 garry.belisle@td.com 63 Clearview Marketway, Red Deer Darren Anderson Relationship Manager Provost to Lloydminster and surrounding communities 780-871-5885 ext. 305 darren.anderson@td.com 7405 - 44th Street, Lloydminster Red Angus LRX 20E Red Angus LRX 20E NGDB NGDB 72E 72E NGDB 72E ® The TD logo and other trade-marks are the property of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. M05336 (0415) 2018 Robb Hoegl_Poster.indd 1 2018-01-12 1:41 PM 2018 Robb Hoegl_Poster.indd 1 2018-01-12 1:41 PM 2018 Robb Hoegl_Poster.indd 1 2018-01-12 1:41 PM

A G r i c u L t u r e E C A r e v i e w H A N N A / C o r o N A t i o n / S t e t t l e r , A b F e b r u a r y 1 5 ' 1 8 5 County of Paintearth resident Terry Vockeroth spoke up during the question and answer period at the Farmer’s Advocate meeting on Feb. 5 at the Castor Community Hall regarding contracts for renewable energy wind and solar farms. Michele Del Colle, an Energy Utility and Policy Specialist with the Farmer’s Advovate Office, confirming that there are no standard contracts stating, “it’s shocking how they vary from one to another”. Over 110 interested parties were in attendance. Know what you are signing for wind and solar contracts J. Webster ECA Review A Farmer’s Advocate meeting provided information on wind and solar projects and an opportunity for questions by the 112 attendees on Mon. Feb. 5 at the Castor Community Hall. Energy Utility and Policy Specialist with the Farmer’s Advocate Office (FAO), Michele Del Colle clarified many points for landowners, including once a contract is signed, “there is no backing out”. She then went on to explain the role of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)which has final say on any wind and solar projects. The role of the Farmer’s Advocate in protecting farmers, and working on getting “gaps” that have been identified through legislation. In the three-hour meeting, Del Colle set out recommendations for landowners who were being approached for signing contracts for wind and solar farms. • Don’t sign anything until you’ve had a lawyer who has wind and solar contract experience, review the contract. The Law Society of Alberta can help you by providing three names of lawyers with that experience and the lawyer must provide you with a 1/2 hour consultation at no cost before making a decision if that is the lawyer you wish to hire. • The agent coming around asking you to sign the contract is NOT working for you. He is ONLY working for the developer and does not belong to any organizations such as the Land Agents Licensing Act, and therefore is not accountable to the Standard of Conduct under the Act. The Standard of Conduct requires land agents to act professionally, negotiate in good faith and follow all laws and statutes. • Contracts: There are no standard contracts which can be from 20 pages to 60 pages. “It’s shocking how they vary from one to another,” said Del Colle. • Reclamation & Decommissioning must be negotiated in the contract before signing because these generators have a lifespan averaging 20 years. Negotiate maintenance, fencing, access roads, weed control, as once signed none of that can be readdressed unless, as a landowner, you take it to civil court. • Liability and Indemnity clauses need to be addressed in the contracts. Municipal District Of Provost No. 52 INFORMATION SESSION FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 10 am – 3 pm at Cadogan Hall (dinner served) TOPICS COVERED: – Clubroot – Ag Spraying – Crop Market Update – Research on Crop and Forage Projects Speakers: Keith Gabert – Canola Council of Canada Tom Wolf – Agrimetrix Dianne Westerlund – Chinook Applied Research Association Neil Blue – Provincial Crop Market Analyst Pre-registration is appreciated to gather numbers for dinner – E-mail Ag. Fieldman, Brian Carter @ bcarter@mdprovost.ca or text 780-753-0184 EVERYONE WELCOME Wind farm in Palm Springs, CA went weeks without generating power during a very calm December, 2017. ECA Review/J. Webster • Confidentiality Clauses: Companies like to pit neighbour against neighbour. Del Colle encouraged attendees to “see if you can negotiate around it. “Everything your neighbour is getting, so should you.” Landowner, John Forrest agreed stating at the meeting that he had interest in their area, but he had told the company to call a coffee shop meeting with all neighbours affected. He never heard back from anyone. • Watch out for ‘opt out’ and termination clauses that may preclude you from other companies coming in. Should the company not follow through with the project, you want to maintain the ability to negotiate with other companies. Turn to Negotiating, Pg 7 CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP Action Applicators Ltd. Action Applicators custom spraying is pleased to announce some exciting new changes. Gerené Cole of Brownfield will be assuming the role of owner/ operator. His farming and agriculture background provides Action Applicators with the knowledge and understanding to deliver top notch service to their customers. With spring just around the corner now is a great time to make arrangements for your spraying needs. Call Gerené Cole at 403-575-1007 Sil Em For a catalog or more details call SilverSmith Farms / Mappin Simmentals Red & Black Angus 2 Year Old Bulls Available Sale Thurs., March 15, 2018 Bowslope Shipping, Brooks, AB Darrel & Wendy Ashbacher email: dwashbacher@gmail.com (403) 884-2181 Halkirk, AB Maureen & Eric 403-579-2175 or 403-321-0501 Email: Silversmithcattle@ yahoo.com Byemoor, AB View Catalog online Feb. 1 mappinsimmentals.com

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