Collaboration the way forward for Edmonton, Beaumont, Leduc County

Yesterday, the City of Edmonton, Town of Beaumont and Leduc County formally committed to collaborating on joint planning, through the signing of the Intermunicipal Planning Framework Agreement.

The new framework agreement creates an opportunity to excel our region through collaborative planning that will ensure our communities are serving our current and future residents. This allows the Town of Beaumont to better plan for the future while continuing to build a sustainable community.

Town of Beaumont Mayor John Stewart

The framework is a significant achievement for the city, the town and the county in demonstrating that a collaborative outcome can be reached in spite of its complexity. An effective Edmonton metropolitan region is about our capacity to negotiate and manage shared investment and shared benefits. Working together for the greater good and supporting the health of our whole region is vital to ensuring our collective prosperity as a successful Edmonton metropolitan region.

City of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson

We each have strengths as individual municipalities, but are stronger when we work together. This framework is a commitment to one another and our residents to jointly plan for the benefit of the region. Leduc County believes in collaboration and is excited to partner with the Town of Beaumont and City of Edmonton on this framework agreement.

Leduc County Mayor Tanni Doblanko

The agreement was approved by all three municipalities Tuesday, and is a commitment to joint planning and an acknowledgement of the interconnected and interdependent relationships. The agreement strengthens the relationship and confirms the agreement to uphold collaboration and bring an enhanced level of value to residents and taxpayers.

The approval of the agreement will see the City of Edmonton remove the nine quarter sections in the Town of Beaumont from the city’s annexation application and the Town of Beaumont will support the city’s amended annexation application at the Municipal Government Board.

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This media release was written in coordination with the City of Edmonton and Town of Beaumont

Leduc County’s response to coal panel recommendations

A series of recommendations to the Government of Alberta surrounding the phase out of coal-fired electricity generation, released Friday, provide a starting point to support affected municipalities.

The phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation in the western portion of Leduc County will adversely impact the county as a whole and, more importantly, the families who depend on the industry for their livelihood.

The Government of Alberta has a responsibility to support affected municipalities like Leduc County; we welcome the panel’s recommendations regarding the role of the provincial government in working with communities as the transition from coal continues. We are committed to furthering discussions with the Government of Alberta to mitigate the impacts of the phase out, and ensure we can continue to sustain our rural population in a post-coal economy.

Mayor Tanni Doblanko

Leduc County is home to the Genesee Generating Station, which has a projected end-of-life date of 2029. The county received more than $6 million in municipal taxes from Capital Power and Altalink in 2016 for this station, representing roughly 13 per cent of the county’s municipal tax base.

The county will soon submit its application for the Coal Community Transition Fund. It is expected the funding awarded will be an important first step in helping to mitigate the impacts of the federal and provincial government’s transition from coal-fired electricity generation on Leduc County.

Response to worker supports

Five of the 35 recommendations released Friday are aimed at supporting communities, with the remainder focused on supporting workers and First Nations.

The Genesee Generating Station directly and indirectly employs an estimated 450 people. Phase out of coal-fired electricity generation is expected to impact 75 households in Leduc County through loss of employment.

We are encouraged by the work undertaken by the provincial government to support workers amidst the coal-fired electricity generation phase-out, and believe the Coal Workforce Transition Fund will assist them in seeking new opportunities.

Mayor Tanni Doblanko

Related information

Leduc County’s response to coal-fired electricity generation phase-out (Sept. 25, 2017)

Leduc County council appoints mayor

At its organizational meeting held this morning, Leduc County council unanimously appointed Division 5 Councillor Tanni Doblanko to act as Leduc County mayor for a one-year term.

It is my honour to serve as Leduc County mayor and lead this council over the next year. This is a role that I take great pride in, and I know my fellow councillors feel the same about representing their divisions. I have great confidence in our collective council that we will continue to represent our ratepayers and advocate for their best interests.

Tanni Doblanko, mayor

Doblanko was nominated by Division 1 Councillor Rick Smith to serve her first term as mayor; this was the sole nomination and was carried unanimously. Doblanko was re-elected for her second term as division 5 councillor on Oct. 16, 2017.

A mayor is appointed from amongst council each year at the organizational meeting to serve a one-year term. The deputy mayor position is determined on an eight-month rotational basis; the deputy mayor schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 24, 2017 to June 30, 2018: division one councillor Rick Smith
  • July 1, 2018 to Feb. 28, 2019: division two councillor Kelly-Lynn Lewis
  • March 1, 2019 to Oct. 31, 2019: division three councillor Kelly Vandenberghe
  • Nov. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020: division four councillor Larry Wanchuk
  • July 1, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2021: division six councillor Glenn Belozer
  • March 1, 2021 to October 2021: division seven councillor Ray Scobie

Leduc County releases official election results

 

Results from the Oct. 16 municipal election are now official. The candidates elected to serve a four-year term on Leduc County council are as follows:

  • Division 1: Rick Smith (acclaimed)
  • Division 2: Kelly-Lynn Lewis
  • Division 3: Kelly Vandenberghe
  • Division 4: Larry Wanchuk
  • Division 5: Tanni Doblanko
  • Division 6: Glenn Belozer
  • Division 7: Raymond Scobie

Elected officials will be sworn in at Leduc County’s organizational meeting scheduled for Oct. 24 at 9 a.m.  At this meeting, council will also appoint a mayor to serve a one-year term. This meeting is open to the public.

View full results from the 2017 municipal election on Oct. 16, 2017.

Leduc County releases unofficial election results

Leduc County residents in six of the seven electoral districts cast their ballots today as part of the 2017 municipal election.

All polling stations have reported their vote counts to the returning officer and the following individuals have each been elected to serve a four-year term on Leduc County council:

  • Kelly-Lynn Lewis was elected to represent division 2 with 45.7 per cent of the divisions’ votes; she received 349 votes of 763.
  • Kelly Vandenberghe was elected to represent division 3 with 50.5 per cent of the divisions’ votes; he received 243 votes of 481.
  • Larry Wanchuk was elected to represent division 4 with 54.2 per cent of the divisions’ votes; he received 208 votes of 384.
  • Tanni Doblanko was re-elected to represent division 5 with 63.1 per cent of the divisions’ votes; she received 291 votes of 461.
  • Glenn Belozer was re-elected to represent division 6 with 59.2 per cent of the divisions’ votes; he received 267 votes of 451.
  • Raymond Scobie was elected to represent division 7 with 69.6 per cent of the divisions’ votes; he received 286 votes of 411.

Rick Smith (incumbent) was acclaimed on Sept. 18 to represent division 1.

Unofficial results indicate a jump in voter turnout with 2,951 of the 8,357, or 35.3 per cent, of eligible voters in divisions two through seven casting a ballot. This is up from 33.7-per-cent voter turnout in the last municipal election in 2013.

We are pleased to see voter turnout on the rise in Leduc County, and are hopeful residents will continue to demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in local affairs well into the future.

Gale Miller, returning officer

Results from the election will become official at noon on Oct. 20.

Elected officials will be sworn in at Leduc County’s organizational meeting scheduled for Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. At this meeting, council will appoint a mayor to serve a one-year term.

Fire Prevention Week: Planning two ways out could save your life

In a fire, seconds can mean the difference between residents in our community escaping safely or having their lives end in tragedy.

This Fire Prevention Week, running from Oct. 8 to 14, Leduc County is supporting the National Fire Protection Association’s message encouraging residents to plan two escape routes from their home to be used in the event of a fire.

It is critical that home escape planning is done proactively, because in a typical house fire, residents may have as little as one-to-two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

Leduc County Fire Services encourages residents to develop and practice a home escape plan, to help ensure all members of the family know how to respond when a fire alarm sounds. Practising various escape routes will help ensure families make it to safety.

David Brooks, deputy fire chief of operations and support services

A home escape plan is a map of the home, showing all doors and windows, with at least two escape routes from each room with a clear path to an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the home.

To ensure all occupants are alerted to a fire, homeowners are reminded to ensure a working smoke alarm is located on every level of the home and in every bedroom.

NFPA and Leduc County Fire Services offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practising a home escape plan:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year; conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside; never go back inside a burning building.

To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org.

Calmar District Fire Station now under construction

Construction kicked off this week for the new $3.5-million fire station to serve the Calmar Fire District for the next 40-plus years.

The Calmar District Fire Station will be a vital asset to citizens in and around the Calmar Fire District today and well into the future. We look forward to the enhancements this will bring to our fire service and our communities.

Mayor John Whaley

The hall, expected to open in the second quarter of 2018, will feature five double-depth bays — roughly double the size of the current station — and will be home to firefighters and apparatus responding in the Calmar Fire District and beyond.

The Calmar Fire District is the most centralized district in Leduc County, making it the ideal location to house specialized equipment which respond across the county. This will benefit all residents and businesses throughout Leduc County and the communities it services.

Fire Chief Darrell Fleming, Leduc County Fire Services

The mobile command/communications unit, which acts as a command centre for response, and the incident support unit, which provides supplies and relief to firefighters as they respond to emergencies, will be relocated to the Calmar District Fire Station from the Nisku District Fire Station.

Leduc County will continue to rent the existing fire station from the Town of Calmar until the new fire station is fully operational. Leduc County will also maintain an agreement with Alberta Health Services to ensure an ambulance remains in the community on a part-time basis, responding from the new fire station.

Leduc County began managing and operating fire and disaster services in the Calmar Fire District — which includes all property east of Range Road 275 and west of Range Road 262, including the Town of Calmar — on Jan. 1, 2017.

Leduc County also manages and operates the fire service in the Nisku, New Sarepta and Thorsby fire districts and has mutual-aid partnerships in place with the other districts in the county.

Leduc County announces election candidates

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After an acclamation in division one, a total of 13 Leduc County residents in six different divisions will have their names included on the ballots in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 16.

We are pleased to see residents from each of the seven electoral divisions putting their names forward to help shape the future of Leduc County over the next four years.

Gale Miller, returning officer

Candidates were required to submit their nomination papers today between 10 a.m. and noon, signalling their intent to seek election on Oct. 16.

Candidates for the 2017 election are as follows:

Division 1

  • Rick Smith — Acclaimed

Division 2

  • Jeff Berreth
  • Kelly-Lynn Lewis
  • Clay Stumph (incumbent)

Division 3

  • Mary-Ann McDonald
  • Kelly Vandenberghe

Division 4

  • Larry Wanchuk
  • Jocelyn Whaley

Division 5

  • Tanni Doblanko (incumbent)
  • Betty Glassman

Division 6

  • Glenn Belozer (incumbent)
  • Shawna Dennis

Division 7

  • Russell Barager
  • Raymond Scobie

Charges down this Labour Day long weekend

Leduc County peace officers rounded out their summer long-weekend patrols issuing fewer charges this Labour Day weekend compared to last year.

Over the four-day period from Sept. 1 to 4, peace officers issued a total of 93 charges and 42 warnings for speeding, liquor violations, intersection safety infractions and failing to produce required documents, among others.

Charges were down compared to the same holiday weekend in 2016, in which 137 charges and 23 warnings were issued.

We are pleased to see fewer charges this year; however, it is concerning that we continue to find some motorists travelling at excessive speeds and endangering the lives of others. No matter where you are heading, there is no justification for excessive speeding.

Clarence Nelson, director of Enforcement Services

One motorist, with two small children in car seats, was found to be travelling 151 kilometres per hour in a 100-kilometre-per hour zone on Highway 770 on Sunday afternoon. Later that afternoon, a driver was found travelling 40 kilometres over the posted 50-kilometre-per-hour speed limit on Highway 622 near St. Francis. A third excessive speeder was found to be travelling 98 kilometres per hour in a 60-kilometre-per-hour zone on Highway 625 on Monday evening.

In addition to excessive speeding, peace officers also located and charged three suspended drivers. In one case, the investigation was turned over to RCMP after the driver was found in possession of a stolen licence plate. Additionally, three charges were laid for trespassing on private property on Township Road 511 near Range Road 30.

Proactive patrols conducted on Heritage Day long weekend

While communities across Leduc County celebrated Alberta’s heritage this weekend, Leduc County peace officers conducted proactive patrols to keep residents and visitors safe.

Over the four-day period from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7, peace officers travelled a total of 2,745 kilometres and issued 50 charges and 18 warnings for speeding, liquor violations, improper passing, failing to stop at stop signs, and other infractions.

As Leduc County residents and visitors celebrated the Heritage Day long weekend, our experienced and dedicated peace officers continued to patrol roadways in the area to ensure that motorists could get where they were going safely.

Clarence Nelson, Director of Enforcement Services

Three motorists were charged with speeding at more than 30 kilometres per hour above the posted speed limit, including one driver with a child in the vehicle who was caught passing another motorist at 109 kilometres per hour in a 50-kilometre-per-hour zone on Highway 622.

The second motorist was travelling 95 kilometres per hour in a 60-kilometre-per-hour zone on Highway 625 in Nisku, and another was travelling 126 kilometres per hour in a 90-kilometres-per-hour zone on Range Road 263.

As part of its proactive operations, Leduc County peace officers also conducted a boat patrol at Wizard Lake on Sunday, Aug. 6 which resulted in eight boat checks and three charges under the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Act.

In 2016, peace officers issued 75 charges and 34 warnings over the same four-day period.