There was a good turnout of ratepayers for Wheatland County’s annual general meeting on March 13.
The meeting featured council member introductions, discussions about the stewardship awards, a presentation on the Voyent Alert system, and Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Canada.
Participants also listened to a brief presentation on the budget, and local projects.
The floor was opened to questions from the public, and there was a chance for public to mingle with the councillors, after the formal meeting.
There were about 24 people in attendance in addition to county staff, and council.
Reeve Amber Link said, “I am grateful for the turnout this evening and I really appreciate the engagement that we had, and the questions and conversations that happened tonight.”
“Our staff have done an excellent job. We have a lot of work that each of our departments are working on. They have done a good job of sharing that and communicating that tonight. I really appreciate that,” she said.
During the question period, members of the public asked about the county’s road plan.
Staff spoke of some of the county’s innovative projects like plastic bale twine recycling, and grain bag recycling. A total of 631 bags were collected in 2018.
There was a brief discussion on the draft budget document. The process of how the budget is approved was also explained. The draft budget document is available for viewing on the county’s website.
Staff from Wheatland Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) was recognized and there were introductions of the county administration and their departments.
There was also a question raised about rural crime in the county and a discussion about the Rural Crime Watch group.
A member of the group thanked the Reeve for attending the meetings. They also mentioned it would be good to have a younger demographic attend the meetings.
There was a final discussion about Wheatland County’s position in relation to the Calgary Metropolitan Regional Board, and a letter that was sent out to ratepayers who live within their boundary.
There are 1,275 people in the county who live within the CMRB’s area.
A question was asked if the board will have an impact on the county’s budget.
The meeting revealed that a lot of staff and councillor time has been dedicated to meetings for the CMRB. Right now there is no financial cost attached to Wheatland County in regard to the board. Municipal Affairs has been providing funding.