Town Council Update – September 10, 2018

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Town Council Update – September 10, 2018

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Minutes

The minutes of the August 27, 2018, Regular Meeting of Council were approved. Tap or click the title above to view them.

Presentations

Proclamation: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day

Ahead of Peace River’s first Walk to Remember, Town Council officially proclaimed October 15, 2018 as “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day” in Peace River. The day recognizes the families impacted by stillbirth or miscarriage. The walk will take place on September 15, 2018 beginning at 1pm at the Peace River Museum Archives and Mackenzie Centre. The walk will make its way to Riverfront Park where there will be a bubble release.

Peace River Area Monitoring Program

The Peace River Area Monitoring Program (PRAMP) presented to Council regarding the airshed and the work that PRAMP does. The organization was set up following a 2014 decision by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to limit emissions from the oil industry in the area. PRAMP manages and maintains a network of air monitoring equipment in the region that provides public reporting on air quality.

Council Grants to Groups

The following three presentations were made to Council in support of a Council Grants to Group request. Council will decide on grant allocations during their September 24, 2018 meeting.

Peace River Women’s Shelter Facility Expansion (Grant Request)

Members of the Peace River Women’s Shelter Society presented to Council about their plans to expand the facility. The expansion would add second stage housing to the Peace River Women’s Shelter which would help with clients as they transition out of the shelter.

Ted Talks Grande Prairie (Grant Request)

Ted Talks Grande Prairie is a local licenced version of Ted Talks, they are looking to host a Ted Talk in Peace River including local and international speakers.

Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Week (Grant Request)

With Small Business Week coming up the Chamber of Commerce is requesting funds to bring a speaker to Peace River. The Chamber wants to bring representatives from G7G Railway to speak. The proposed rail route would take Alberta oil to the Pacific through a northwestern route to Valdez Alaska.

Unfinished Business

RCMP Crime Mapping

Council approved a request from the RCMP to include crime mapping data on the Town of Peace River’s website. The map will provide information on property-related crimes in Peace River.

New Business

Attendance at Peace Regional Healthcare Attraction and Retention Committee’s Skills Weekend

Mayor and Council were enabled to attend the upcoming physician skills weekend in Peace River. Over the weekend of September 22 there will be 56 medical students in town to see the area and try their hands at a medical skills competition. The weekend is coordinated by the Peace Regional Healthcare Attraction and Retention Committee, a multi-municipality committee with the goal of increasing healthcare worker retention in the area.

Invitation to World Religions Conference

Mayor and Council were enabled to attend the fifth annual World Religions Conference. This inter-faith dialogue features scholars from Indigenous Spiritual Traditions, Islam, Christianity. More info on the event is available here.

Taxi Pass Program Policy

An updated Taxi Pass Policy was approved by Council. Following a four-month-long review of the program, it was recommended that several changes be made including the value of the tickets. Once the new program is in place one ticket will equal $5. Program users will also be allowed to stack tickets, so two would equal $10, three $15 and so on. For full details on changes please tap or click the title above.

The changes to the taxi pass program come into effect on November 1, 2018.

Invitation to CanWest Open House

Mayor and Council were enabled to attend the CanWest Aviation open house on September 25, 2018. The event takes place from 4pm to 7pm at the CanWest hanger located at the Peace River Regional Airport. CanWest Aviation is the new provider of air ambulance services in the region.

Information

Includes information, news, and letters sent to Council that does not require a formal Request for Decision.

Audio Recording of the Council Meeting