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County of Stettler RV tags to remain waived in 2022

Fees for temporary RV tags will remain waived in Stettler County in 2022.

Council made the decision during the bylaw portion of their April 13 meeting.

During the meeting, council reviewed two bylaws; the first was Bylaw 1677-22, a Land Use Bylaw amendment.

The proposed amendment would allow for the creation of data processing centres as discretionary uses on agricultural, commercial or industrial lands within the county.

Coun. Paul McKay moved first reading of the bylaw, which was carried, and with that done a public hearing for the proposed amendment, which must be held before the next two readings can be passed according to the Municipal Government Act, will be held during the May 11 council meeting.

The second bylaw reviewed by council during the April 13 meeting was Bylaw 1678-22, the county’s Fee Bylaw.

Under the Municipal Government Act, a fee bylaw must be reviewed annually and sets costs for goods and services provided by the municipality.

Temporary RV tags are part of this bylaw. Tags were brought in to regulate use the of RVs in the county that would be in region for under three weeks.

Residents are currently able to use a self-service portal to generate permits, however the platform is unable to accept payment.

When the permit fees were initially introduced, they were $25 but immediately waived until the end of 2021.

With 2021 now passed, on review, administration is now unsure if the $25 is sufficient to cover staff costs to generate the permits instead of the self-service portal.

“I would like to see us debate a more targeted approach on RV permitting,” said Coun. Justin Stevens.

“It’s more a rural issue. I’d like to see a more targeted approach. I don’t want to drive up costs for staff.”

Council approved all three readings of the Fee Bylaw, opting to waive the $25 dollar RV permit fees while the matter is more thoroughly investigated.

Stettler and District Ambulance negotiation

During the chief administrative officer report Coun. Stevens brought up the Stettler ambulance contract negotiations with Alberta Health Services (AHS).

According to Stevens, the contract the service is currently operating under is a decade old, and AHS was planning on extending the contract a further two years.

“After considerable effort, we have them at the negotiating table,” said Stevens.

Unfortunately, according to chief administrative officer Yvette Cassidy, that is where the good news ends.

“They offered us less than we are doing now, and we are going in the hole now,” said Cassidy.

“If we throw in the towel, AHS will come out here.”

Coun. Stulberg believes that AHS taking over the service would not be a positive for the community.

“Local autonomy is much better,” said Stulberg.

Stevens agreed.

“There is outcry from rural areas relying on AHS ambulances,” said Stevens.

The negotiations are ongoing and no agreement has yet been reached between the service or AHS.

After the ambulance discussion and the review of the rest of Cassidy’s report, Steven’s motioned to accept it for information, which was carried.