Council Newswire: April 11

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Town Council April 11, 2016 regular meeting

Significant updates from the regular meeting of Peace River Town Council are below. You can view the agenda and all Council items here.

North Peace Navigators

Peace River’s Town Council voted in favour of granting $2500 to the North Peace Navigators in order to help them make the trip to Regina for the Western Canada Regional Finals. [Full details available here]

Operating & Capital Budget Passed

Council voted in favour of the 2016 operating and capital budget. [Full details available here]

Palliative Care Week Declaration

A request to declare the week of May 2-7 as Palliative Care Awareness Week passed.
Palliative care workers provide valuable work in our community. Palliative Care Awareness Week provides an opportunity to thank those who do this work and to celebrate them, it also provides a chance to reflect on the value that palliative care provides communities.

Regional Centenaries

Both Spirit River and the M.D. of Peace No. 135 are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. During Council’s meeting on Monday two separate requests were approved to celebrate and support our regional neighbours.

STARS Hospital Landing Zone

Members of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) attended Council to present regarding landing at the Peace River Airport instead of the Peace River Hospital.
Over the last few years the Peace River Hospital and Health Campus has grown and the development in the area is now posing an issue for STARS who has used the area to land patients for treatment at the Peace River hospital. [View the STARS presentation to council]
Based on Transport Canada regulations the temporary landing pad that STARS had used near the hospital can no longer be used. This is because the regulations define the area as a heliport, as a result the facility needs remediation to be declared a certified heliport. As a result STARS will now land at the Peace River Airport while a solution is worked out.
This is a situation outside the control of the municipality and a solution will require the Town of Peace River, Alberta Health Services (AHS), and STARS to work together to fund raise and find a solution.

Helping Springfield Build a Playground

Peace River Town Council voted Monday in favour of a request to provide ‘in kind’ support to a new playground being built at Springfield Elementary School.
In kind support allows the Town the option of providing help or support in a manner other than a financial grant. In this case our Public Works department will use some of their time, equipment and expertise to help prepare the ground for a new playground. Additional information is available in the request for decision that was submitted to Council.
This new playground will improve our locals schools and provide and additional community playground.