County gives emergency money to community groups

BEAVERLODGE, ALTA – Emergency Funds: The County of Grande Prairie council approved multiple COVID-19 emergency…

BEAVERLODGE, ALTA – Emergency Funds: The County of Grande Prairie council approved multiple COVID-19 emergency funding requests to community groups to help cover operational costs in 2021.

The Beaverlodge Boys & Girls Camp Society received $5,000, while the Beaverlodge Area Cultural Society and Beaverlodge Senior Citizens group received $2,500 each.

Other organizations that received emergency funding include the Valhalla Recreation Centre ($4,800), the Twilight Club of La Glace ($5,000), North Peace Bracket Racing Association ($5,000), Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society ($5,000), Grande Prairie Society of Irish Dance ($5,000), and the Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture & Heritage ($2,500).

Crosslink County Sportsplex Expansion: Council is contributing up to $10,000 for an architect’s report on expansion possibilities for a soccer-only or multi-user enhanced playing area at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.

The City of Grande Prairie and the Swan City Football Club have also committed up to $10,000 each for the report.

Rural Municipalities of Alberta Update: The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) discussed with council the advocacy opportunities regarding challenges with unpaid property taxes from the oil and gas industry.

The RMA also discussed red tape reduction in the provincial process after a dissolution to improve financial supports from the province.

The county is currently involved in the dissolution of the village of Hythe as it will become part of the county on July 1.

Rural Policing Planning Committee: Council formed the Rural Policing Planning Committee that will plan for the future needs of rural policing in the county.

The committee will oversee the creation of a rural detachment in the hamlet of Clairmont.

Members of the committee will consist of three councillors, members of the administration, and the RCMP.

Northwest Clairmont Area Structure Plan: The Northwest Clairmont Area Structure Plan (ASP) was adopted by council.

The ASP will guide the development and future land use for over 3,300 acres north of Highway 43.

The plan includes a framework for commercial, industrial, and residential purposes and roads.

Evergreen Park Funding: Council approved up to $700,000 in additional funding to cover the management’s payroll from April 1 to Dec. 31 due to revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Evergreen Park representatives provided council with an update on their operations and efforts to generate revenue in the past year.

National Indigenous Peoples Day: June 21 was proclaimed by council as National Indigenous Peoples Day.

National Indigenous Peoples Day will recognize and celebrate First Nations, Inuit, and Metis’ unique heritage and diverse cultures.

New grader and snowplow blades: Council approved the purchase of new snow blades for their graders and snowplows for $297,000.

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