Ponoka County council discussed landowner property rights at their Aug. 16 regular meeting.
Chief administrative officer Charlie Cutforth had received correspondence from Rose Vander Ploeg, asking the county to consider including a provision to provide protection for all property rights for owners of land within the county in its statutory documents.
This could be included in the county’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP).
Cutforth noted that Lacombe County has specific right to farm provisions in their MDP and suggested that administration investigate other municipalities’ practices and report back to council.
Ploeg requested that property rights be attached to land titles, as a general statement supporting individual property rights within Ponoka County.
Council voted to pursue the concept of ensuring property rights for landowners within Ponoka County.
Council reviewed the resolution seconded by Clearwater County for ensuring that volunteer firefighters were compensated as medical first responders in the absence of paramedics or emergency medical technicians.
Clearwater had suggested minor text amendments. Council voted the resolution, as amended, be presented to the fall district Rural Municipalities meeting.
Gull Lake Cemetery
The Gull Lake Cemetery Association requested a contribution from the county for assistance purchasing a columbarium. The estimated cost for purchase and installation of the columbarium was $22,840.
Council tabled the request until they had more information.
Ponoka Ag Events Centre
The manager and secretary/treasurer at the Ponoka Ag Events Centre (PAECS) are retiring at the end of November. They had started the process to hire a general manager, an event coordinator and a secretary/treasurer.
Leveling of the Berg property was to start again in the near future. PAECS had leased 10-acres to an oilfield company to use as a temporary staging area.
Coun. Nancy Hartford noted that the Rimbey Family and Community Support Services had been extremely busy with events due to its 40th Anniversary. They had hired an office manager and a volunteer program coordinator.