New infrastructure funding for county

A new bridge over Big Knife Creek almost completed about 14 miles north of Gadsby on Secondary Highway 852 has received $645,100 in funding from Alberta Transportation.

A new bridge over Big Knife Creek almost completed about 14 miles north of Gadsby on Secondary Highway 852 has received $645,100 in funding from Alberta Transportation.

“My colleague Jack Hayden (Minister of Infrastructureand Drumheller-Stettler MLA) and I are very supportive of your request for funding,” Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette said in a letter to the county, received at the regular council meeting on Nov. 10 .

About $100,000 for the project was contributed by the county, said Tim Fox, chief administrative officer for the county.

Road Dedication and Subdivision Registration Policy Amended

Council has reviewed and amended the road dedication and subdivision registration policy to ensure the survey process is more practical, relevant and efficient.

This policy will establish the following terms for subdivision registration and road dedication:

• The county will require road widening by road plan (separate from the survey plan for the parcel) along each half mile of road frontage for all subdivision applications;

• The land for the road widening shall be dedicated by the landowner to the county without compensation;

• The county will pay a standard amount of $1,000 per half mile of road frontage towards the survey and registration costs of the road plan. This amount was obtained by averaging the estimated cost of a typical road plan survey as provided by three surveyors.

Based on 50 subdivision applications per year, the county budget must include $50,000 for this purpose;

• The road dedication width shall be 4.9415 metres (16.213 feet) in order to widen all existing 66 feet road allowances to exactly 30 metres; and

• All subdivisions in the county must be subject to plan of subdivision (as opposed to descriptive plan).

Staff recognized for dedication to safety

Safe and injury-free staff of the County of Stettler will receive special gifts for being committed to a safe workplace.

County council approved a safety committee recommendation to purchase jackets estimated at $10,000 to recognize employees for their commitment to health and safety.

Much of the costs of the jackets will be funded from significant rebates the county has received from the Workers’ Compensation Board for a low rate of reported injuries.

Each jacket will feature an embroidered “Safety First” emblem on the sleeve and the county logo on the chest.

Jackets will be presented during the annual staff Christmas luncheon in December.

-No cost-of-living increase

Council approved a staff recommendation to give a 0 per cent cost-of-living increase to all staff effective Jan. 1, 2010.