Council Newswire: May 24

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Town Council May 24, 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.

Grants to Groups

Each year Council helps support community groups in our community by donating funds or resources to help them put on the events and services that make Peace River the place that it is.

This meeting several requests came forward, including the Aboriginal Interagency Committee seeking support for the Pow-Wow in June, Council voted to award them $3000, as they have done in previous years. Additionally the the Peace River Ag Society received $3500 towards their events and programming this year. This will help a number of groups that work with this organization. Finally the ski hill successfully requested $3000 to assist with needed chairlift repairs.

Taking Action on Shadow Populations

A shadow population refers to people who live in an area, utilize services but declare their residence elsewhere. This skews population numbers and makes it difficult for municipalities to access funding based on population. This is an issue that affects Peace River and many other northern communities.

After a request for support was received from Fox Creek regarding this issue, Peace River has agreed to submit a resolution to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) for review. This resolution would help the AUMA to lobby for better support for communities accommodating shadow populations.

Increasing Transparency

Council recordings dating back to September 2014 are now available online at¬†. In the future recordings from Council meetings will be uploaded the same night as council. Additionally a ‘live blog’ feature has been added which allows residents to follow along with council updates live on our website or Twitter.

To view the cached live blog from May 24 scroll to the end of this post.

Museum Fees Waived

This July and August the Peace River Museum and Archives will play host to a significant part of Canada’s History, the Witness Blanket. Its a piece of art and a living testimony to the lives affected by residential schools, it will be on display in Peace River over the summer. To¬†enable and encourage people to visit this important exhibit council has waived the admission fee at the Museum for July and August.

Automated Waste Collection Coming

After listening to resident concerns over the last year, and following conversations with Green For Life (GFL – waste collection contractor) Council voted to move ahead with a transition plan to move to automated waste collection.
This will mean that residents will be issued a standard issue trash bin, which will be lifted and dumped into the truck by a hydraulic arm. Waste collection rates will not go up, the bins will be provided to the town by GFL at no additional cost. However, there may be some changes to pick-up locations and times. More details to come.

Peace Pride

Representatives from Council will attend the 2016 LGBTQIA Pride Parade on June 11. The parade itself will take place beginning at noon at Centennial Parking lot  heading to Riverfront Park for a BBQ. There will be other activities including a meet and greet, and free movie at Rivercity Cinema.

Extending Fire Services

Council voted in favour of extending the fire services contract shared between then Town of Peace River and the MD of Peace until December 2016. Without the extention, the current mutal service agreement would have expired in June.