M.D. of Opportunity Council notebook

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Council’s March 13 meeting was unusual in that five of the 11 members attended remotely, via teleconferencing technology. The meeting was held at council chambers in Wabasca.

CAO Chad Tullis kicked things off by letting council know all the meetings with government ministers that had been set up at the RMA conference in Edmonton, March 18 – 20. Also one request that was denied – that being from Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver. Confirmed meetings were with the Ministers of Forestry and Parks, Health, Transportation and Economic Corridors, Public Safety and Education. A meeting with RCMP K Division had also been confirmed.

No change for Calling Lake SOLE

Council voted to keep the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) for calling lake in place for the time being. If there was any discussion on it, it didn’t make it into the minutes. Nor was there any written report on the matter in council’s agenda package.

In a related item, council approved a motion to spend an unbudgeted amount of $248,200 on security patrols for Calling Lake. This goes until the end of the calendar year.

The M.D. received quotes on the work from three agencies. Council chose Tri-West Security, which was not the lowest bidder. No reason for the choice was given in the minutes, and the report in council’s agenda package did not include a recommendation.

Signing up to VoyentAlert

Council voted in favour of a recommendation to approve the annual fee for the M.D. to become members of a notification system called VoyentAlert! It allows the M.D. to send updates to residents’ communication devices. People who join up will get alerted to emergencies, or other advisories the M.D. chooses to send out.

The annual cost to the M.D. is $3,200.

Bylaw amendment re group homes

After nobody spoke up at a public hearing, council gave second and third readings to an amendment of the land-use bylaw (LUB), bringing it into effect.

The amendment was to add a new residential district to the LUB. It’s called R1E and its purpose is to allow group homes as a discretionary use.

Council meeting in Red Earth rescheduled

Council voted to meet on March 26 in Red Earth Creek, instead of March 27. The purpose was to accommodate meetings with Bigstone Cree Nation, on the 27th and 28th.

Change of direction on clinic

After an in camera session, during which council discussed the Keyanow Medical Clinic, council approved the following motion:

“….that administration cease direction on a request for proposal process for the clinic and to enter into a contract with Dr. Riyaan Hassen.”

Council followed that up by authorizing M.D. admin to award the contract for the clinic to Dr. Hassen for a 10-year term.

Hassen’s existing contract as clinic manager was up in June, and council’s original direction was to seek new proposals. But after some negotiation, council changed its mind on that, CAO Tullis tells The Leader. So the contract gets renewed, “with some amendments.”

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