Councillor Johnson re-elected as reeve for M.D. of Fairview

Peggy Johnson is councillor for Ward 4 of the M.D. of Fairview. She is also the reeve. M.D. of Fairview

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Council members for the Municipal District of Fairview met for their regular meeting on Oct. 13. The meeting began with their annual organizational meeting and councillors once again elected Councillor Peggy Johnson as reeve for the M.D. of Fairview.

Director of Agriculture and Parks informed council that the warm weather has helped producers to get harvest completed. As of Oct.7, the director had estimated that 90-95 per cent of the harvest was completed.
The weed inspectors have finished up their work for the year and gave their end of season reports to council to review.

Their reports highlighted all the different work they have completed over the season. One of them had made a comment that Toadflax was abundant this year and that the M.D. needs to be more aware of Toadflax and work on getting rid of it. They also added in their report that there were no grasshoppers this year.

“The weed inspectors did discuss the unsightly properties in the hamlets and how they worked with the property owners there to eliminate any of the weeds that are unsightly or noxious where you can’t have them,” said Sandra Fox, CAO for the M.D. of Fairview.

The fencing at the Old Waterhole Cemetery has been taken down and a new one will not be put up at this time. Council will be looking at putting that in the budget for 2021.

The Public Works report reported that they are continuing to work with Alberta transportation regarding costs to repair Range Road 35, which was the government gravel haul road.

At the Little Burnt Coulee road, they have armored the high erosion area with cement pads that the M.D of Fairview had received from local businesses that were removing concrete for the year.

“We’re using that as erosion mitigation at the Little Burnt Coulee road,” said Fox.

A joint council meeting had occurred on Oct 1. with the regional governance study project consultant. The Town of Fairview and M.D. of Fairview councils met with the consultants to review the information that they had gathered during their public engagement and to discuss next steps that they will be doing with the project.

Range Road 51 realignment project the road is complete. The environmental subcontractor is now working on the revegetation tree planting and a contract extension which was granted from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31.

Fox added that they are continuing to work with the associated engineer on the Whitelaw and Bluesky water treatment plant upgrades.

Fox had attended a Municipal Affairs local authorities election act information session. There were some amendments made in July 2020 to that election act.

Next year will have a municipal election on Oct. 18. The nomination period for the amendment to the act now has a nomination period being Jan. 1, 2021 to Sept. 20, 2021.

“We will have our nomination packet ready for any interested candidates to pick up starting on Jan. 1,” said Fox.

The M.D. of Fairview was notified by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency that their applications for 2020 overland flooding, disaster recovery funding was denied.

“We will not get any assistance from the province to help pay for all the costs that we’ve had to incur, due to all the overland flooding damage this spring,” said Fox.

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