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County of Stettler council passes pair of new bylaws

Stettler County council passed a pair of new bylaws during their Oct. 12 meeting.

The first bylaw presented for council consideration was the Animal Control Bylaw, which had been previously been reviewed in the September meeting.

According to Protective Services manager Clint Sime, the bylaw had been put out for public engagement after the last meeting with no comments received.

The bylaw is seen as an update and expansion on the previous Dog Control Bylaw. While the previous bylaw was limited to dogs, the new bylaw will encompass all animals that can be found in the county, including livestock.

Sime writes in the bylaw description that it “aims to authorize the Protective Services to assist and maintain order for the well-being of the ratepayers and the animals.”

General traffic

A second bylaw passed by council was the General Traffic Bylaw.

The bylaw was also seen by council at the September meeting where it passed first reading.

Also receiving no public comment, the bylaw brought back for council consideration did see a small change.

On Range Road 18-5 north of the intersection at Railway Avenue in Donalda for 400-metres (excluding the portion actually in the village) the speed is reduced to 30 km/h. Starting at 400 metres north of the village, the speed limit increases to 60 km/h for an additional 500 metres before going up to the regular 80 km/h seen on the rest of the county roads.

One item noted by Coun. James Nibourg is that even though school zones remain listed in the bylaw, all such zones have either been, or are in the process of being, changed over to playground zones.

According to the way the bylaw is written, school zones kick in at 8 a.m. on school days whereas playground zones kick in at 8:30 a.m. seven days a week. On days they are active, both run until one hour until after sunset.

The wording for school zones is different than the province, which lists school zones as being in effect from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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