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ECA Review 2021-04-15

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ECA Review 2021-04-15

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RR72 ptEast Central R AlbertaEVIEW60 ptR48 ptR36 ptYour favourite source for news and entertainment inEast R30 ptCentral Alberta, reaching 90 communities weeklyRR24 pt18 ptTargetingEastCentralAlbertaTundra swans leave their resting place south of Three Hills on Sun. April 11, en route from California to their Alaskan summer home.Photo courtesy of Three Hills nature photographer, Gordon DalgettyCLIVE COUNCILFire protection bylaw passedStu SalkeldLocal Journalism Initiative reporterECA ReviewClive village council approvedsecond and third reading of theirupdated fire protection bylaw at theregular council meeting on March 22.Councillors previously approvedfirst reading of the revised Bylaw#546-21, then publicly advertised it forcomment from residents.There were no comments submitted.During initial discussions councillorscommented on requirements forresidential fire pits, specifically theINDEXKneehill council ......................... 2RCMP ..................................... 2, 5Stettler county council ................ 3Stettler town council .................. 3Youngstown council ............... 4, 5Real Estate/Homes ..................... 4Letters ........................................ 6Paintearth council .................. 7, 9Forestburg council ...................... 8Classifieds/Careers ................... 10Obituaries .......................... 11, 12Agriculture .......................... 8 - 12detail that fire pits must have a metalgrate covering.As was mentioned in the discussion,if such a requirement was in thebylaw, all residents, including councillors,would be expected to follow therequirement, and if it wasn’t followed,violation would be occurring.Healthy outcomesDuring her regular report tocouncil, Chief Administrator Officer(CAO) Carla Kenney noted she andMayor Luci Henry recently attended ameeting on March 9 for the Bashaw &District Support Services to discussEditorial:Pleasingno onePage 6Wainwright:PipesanddrumPage 7the Bashaw Regional Health Initiative(Bashaw Community Wellness).Kenney stated in her report thegroup came about due to noticeableneed (crime stats, food bank, schoolproblems) and it was recognized thatthe different agencies (RCMP, School,Health, FCSS) were disconnected.Getting involvedThe CAO reported on a course villagestaff took on getting the publicinvolved.“Maximizing Public ParticipationInnovative Practices for CollectingPublic Input” was offered March 17. Turn to Use, Pg 3Thursday, April 15, 2021 Volume 110 No. 15www.ECAreview.comALIXOperatingbudgetapproved,no rateincreaseStu SalkeldLocal Journalism Initiative reporterECA ReviewAlix village council approved their2021 operating budget plus the propertytax bylaw and seemed happythere would be no mill rate increasethis year.The decisions were made at theApril 7 regular meeting of council.The 2021 operating budget was presentedto councillors by ChiefAdministrative Officer (CAO) MichelleWhite, including changes that reflectcouncil decisions in the strategic plan.She stated a part of the administrationexpenses was reduced.“Admin-Professional Fees has beendropped to ,000,” stated White.“Prior years the budget for this linewas ,000. This ,000 reduction isdue to the recently established generalreserve which can be used for unforeseenprofessional services such aslegal counsel.”Further, White noted the purchaseof a new mower for the village willimpact actual tax revenue.Councillors unanimously approvedthe 2021 operating budget.Property tax bylawThe CAO presented the proposed2021 property tax bylaw, noting it tooka bit longer to prepare because the provincialgovernment changed therequisition amounts for things likeeducation after village staff alreadycompleted the draft. Turn to Getting, Pg 2Spray Foam*Barns *Shops *Quonsets*Pole Sheds*New Construction *HousesWayne’sInsulating403.550.7472

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