Council Newswire: March 14

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Town Council regular meeting March 14 2016

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

Curtis Marshall Memorial Skate Park

After years of tireless efforts the members of the Curtis Marshal Memorial Skate Park Committee are nearing completion of the fundraising portion of the project.
The matter came before Council as a request for decision for capital cost sharing from the joint capital fund held between the Town of Peace River and Northern Sunrise County. The fund exists to jointly fund capital projects that are of interest to both municipalities but located within the Town of Peace River.
The request was for an additional $90,000 to pay for the removal of more than 950 square metres of soil. The soil reclamation process was required after an environmental assessment was conducted.
Council heard from the chairperson of the skate park committee and received letters of support, including a letter from Peace River MLA Debbie Jabbour.
Ultimately Council voted in favour of the motion, ensuring the skate park project will be able to move ahead as anticipated.

Peace River votes for airport changes

Following months of discussion between the Town, M.D. of Peace 135, County of Northern Lights, Northern Sunrise County and the Town of Grimshaw, the Town of Peace River council, voted in favour of adopting the proposed Operating Agreement, membership agreement, and the association bylaws.
Once the plan is adopted and signed off on by all the involved municipalities the airport will cease being operated solely by the Town of Peace River and will transition to a regional facility operated by the newly forming Peace River Regional Airport Society.

Fire Services Report

Council had commissioned a report and review on the Peace River Fire Department by an outside organization back in November of 2015. Following an exhaustive study of the department, its impact and operations a report was prepared and was submitted to Council.
Council has voted to adopt the report and will use it as a framework to guide decision making regarding the Fire Department as well the departments strategic plan for the future.