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Sturgeon County Council briefs

By Morinville News Staff

Upgrader prepayment of taxes deferred

County Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to accept Northwest Redwater Partnership’s (NWR) request to change the prepayment of taxes from June 1 to Dec. 31 of this year… […]

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Sturgeon County

Mayor or reeve debate off the table

By The Morinville News Staff

Sturgeon County – Council lifted the mayor vs. reeve discussion off the table at its Apr. 10 meeting. The motion, originally presented by Councillor Joe Milligan, had been tabled for 30 days in March… […]

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County could spend $30,000 a month on equipment rental

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Sturgeon County – A 2009 decision to not purchase a new crawler has resulted in Sturgeon County having to decide whether or not to spend $30,000 a month to rent one should the existing 23-year-old crawler break down this season. County Council voted 6-1 in favour of authorizing the County’s transportation manager to spend $30,000 a month on rentals in the event the crawler becomes no longer serviceable during road construction this season… […]

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Sturgeon County approves 2012 budget

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – County Council approved its 2012 operating and capital budget in a 4-3 vote Tuesday morning. The $58,068,712 budget represents a projected 6.85 per cent municipal property tax increase for County residents in 2012. It is anticipated that increase will translate to a $98 increase in the municipal tax portion of spring tax bills for the average Sturgeon County home valued at at $420,520… […]

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County hears motion on landowner compensation

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – Council’s light agenda Tuesday was punctuated with the addition of a motion from Councillor Don McGeachy seeking the creation of a Linear Infrastructure Voluntary Enhancement System that would compensate landowners affected by projects like the Heartland Transmission Line… […]

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Letter to the editor: Support for Councillor Shaw

Editor:

In the last year there have been many Albertans who have expressed their concern about revealing their opinion about the recent legislation, Bills 19, 24, 36 and 50. They have feared repercussions, and though these people have agreed that the bills should be repealed, they have felt that they would possibly lose business, a job, or… […]

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County residents could face higher taxes, fewer services

By Stephen Dafoe

Gibbons – A question on taxes during an open house Wednesday night lead to a frank and blunt discussion on what Sturgeon County residents could be facing in the new year – higher taxes and possibly less services.

Sturgeon County Council travelled to the Gibbons Community Hall for the second consecutive night of… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Is Sturgeon County Council dysfunctional?

Watching a councillor squabbling with the mayor over a point of procedure is something that crops up from time to time in any council meeting anywhere in the country. But it seems of late to be the standard operating procedure of Sturgeon County Council, one that causes meetings to drag on longer than they perhaps should and one that (for some councillors) seems to be causing items to get left hanging along with members of Sturgeon County Administration who have to work on material brought to council… […]

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County sends shipping container bylaw back to the well

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – After five months of discussion and tinkering, Sturgeon County moved one step closer to passing its shipping container bylaw Sept. 27, an amendment to the land use bylaw that would restrict or permit the use of shipping containers for storage purposes depending on the land designation… […]

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Let them eat cake…

Sturgeon County Mayor Don Rigney was surprised during Tuesday’s meeting of Sturgeon County Council when a birthday cake was presented to him in honour of his having reached his 60th birthday. The mayor was also presented with a… […]

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County forgives Morinville Seed Cleaning Plant loan payment

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – The Morinville Seed Cleaning Plant’s annual loan payment to Sturgeon County was forgiven Tuesday morning. In a 6-1 vote, County Council approved forgiving the $16,700 loan payment and to directing administration to review the possibility of forgiving the remaining balance of the loan… […]

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Sturgeon County donates $10,000 to Slave Lake relief

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – County Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to donate $10,000 to the Red Cross for the Slave Lake relief efforts. In presenting the request for decision, Sturgeon County Commissioner Chris Micek said the idea had strong support among county staff, many of whom have family in the community… […]