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.

Rural electoral boundaries must be revisited

Leduc County urges the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission to revisit proposed provincial electoral divisions to reflect rural municipal boundaries.

The Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission’s preliminary report divides Leduc County into seven provincial electoral divisions, up from the current two (Leduc-Beaumont and Drayton Valley-Devon).

Leduc County residents must be adequately represented in Alberta’s legislature. With very little consideration for rural boundaries, the proposed provincial electoral divisions provide inadequate representation to rural municipalities and their residents; it is not practical for Leduc County and its residents to be represented by seven MLAs.

Mayor John Whaley

Leduc County proposes splitting the municipality into two provincial electoral divisions; these would be separated by Range Road 243/244 to divide the higher urban populations of the Town of Beaumont and City of Leduc.

Leduc County requests that the commission reflect Leduc County’s municipal boundaries in its proposal, as well as consider the geographic size of electoral divisions, which directly impacts a constituent’s ability to connect to his or her member of legislative assembly.

As proposed, portions of Leduc County would be grouped with municipalities outside the Edmonton metropolitan region, which would negatively impact regional collaboration initiatives.

We believe in and support regional collaboration in the Edmonton metropolitan region. Fracturing the provincial electoral divisions of member municipalities would weaken the ability to effectively collaborate.

Mayor John Whaley

In addition, Leduc County is requesting that the lands included in the recent Annexation Agreement be accurately reflected, with divisions adjusted accordingly.

View the letter Mayor John Whaley sent to the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission on June 29

Edmonton, Leduc County and City of Leduc partner to help EIA reach economic potential

Today, the City of Edmonton, Leduc County, the City of Leduc and the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) each signed the Inter-Jurisdiction Cooperation Accord to form a new partnership aimed at helping the EIA reach its full potential as a key economic driver bringing benefits to the entire Edmonton metropolitan region and all of Alberta.

In 2014, the EIA’s economic impact was valued at $2.2 billion, and that number continues to grow as the airport develops new passenger and cargo air service, as well as increases the number of commercial developments on its property.

“This partnership provides an unprecedented collaborative opportunity to innovate and advance the region and EIA as a competitive global investment destination. We can achieve more together than would otherwise be possible,” says Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “Our capacity to negotiate and manage shared investment and shared benefits is vital to ensuring our collective prosperity as a successful Edmonton metropolitan region.”

“We are proud of the collaborative spirit we’ve fostered both through the annexation process and the signing of this Accord,” says Leduc County Mayor John Whaley. “Regional collaboration is our greatest strength and is critical for the success of regional assets such as EIA. This partnership seeks to build on EIA’s position within the region’s economic and social fabric.”

“As EIA expands, it’s clear that its growth and prosperity are interconnected with growth and prosperity in the Edmonton metropolitan region,” says Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “This partnership adopts the true spirit of regional collaboration and is a crucial component to our overall competitiveness, whether at home or abroad – it’s about attracting jobs and investment to the entire region.”

“EIA is an integral part of the region’s economy. We benefit from an excellent long-term relationship with all surrounding municipalities, something that has helped support an impressive track record of sustained passenger growth over the long-term, seven consecutive years of cargo growth and more than $750 million in commercial investment by EIA and our private industry partners,” says Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “As a not-for-profit entity that is mandated to drive economic growth for our region, we are committed to creating jobs, generating economic development and building relationships that will benefit all parties for many years to come. It is essential for us to work with partners who recognize and appreciate what EIA needs in order to achieve this regional mandate and provide the best travel experience for our passengers.”

The Inter-Jurisdiction Cooperation Accord prioritizes EIA as a key regional and provincial economic engine, and seeks to ensure decisions made about service provision, transportation linkages, infrastructure and land use planning are undertaken in a way that maximizes the airport’s role. The accord recognizes the essential role that EIA plays and sets even higher goals for cooperation – on costs and benefits – as it continues attracting more flights to more places and driving huge economic benefit for the Edmonton metropolitan region.

This Accord, which includes EIA as a full partner, creates a new model of inter-jurisdiction collaboration that starts from a premise of shared costs for shared benefits, recognizing that all parties benefit from EIA’s success. By prioritizing this success, the parties will not only contribute to the economic prosperity of the Edmonton metropolitan region but will also have the potential to set a new standard for such collaborations in the future.

This media release was jointly prepared with the City of Edmonton, City of Leduc and Edmonton International Airport.