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Notes from Aug. 11 40-Mile County meeting

Posted on August 16, 2016 by Jamie Rieger

By Jamie Rieger

Manure on county road

Coun. Gerald Reimer informed council that liquid manure had been spilled for approximately one-quarter mile onto a county road in his district last week. Reimer had been called by a ratepayer about the spill and investigated the situation on the Burdett road.

“It was leaking onto the roadway and it reeked,” said Reimer, adding that it was a company hired to remove the manure from a private property that caused the leak.

Reeve Bryne Lengyel said that the Natural Resources Conservation Board would need to be contacted.

“We need to go out and take a look at this road,” said Lengyel. “It’s going to be on everybody’s nickel to clean up after one guy.”

While the manure spill on the roadway is an issue for the NRCB, council also agreed that it was also a safety issue.

Enforcement officer, Stewart Payne contacted the NRCB and reported back to council, saying the NRCB had already been contacted and were on-site on Thursday.

Council agreed that a policy for manure hauling on county roads was necessary.

Municipal enforcement officer’s report

Stewart Payne, municipal enforcement officer spent time over the August long weekend patrolling 40 Mile Park. Payne dealt with issues including liquor on the beach, clean-up at a party site, and minors driving golf carts.

Utility report

County public works staff continue to address issues with the Burdett lagoon and are seeing improvements in the water colour, but not yet in the chemical component.

Protective services coordinator report

There were eight calls in July, including three for fire, three for medical first responders, and two motor vehicle collisions.

A representative from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry met in Foremost to discuss their mutual aid agreement, as well as the process for receiving resources and billing.

County fire chief, Dustin McGarry has met with his counterparts in Cypress County to discuss opportunities for joint training and grants. The two municipalities have jointly applied for a grant for training purposes.

Medical first responder supplies, including blood glucose monitors, pulse oximeters, and blood pressure cuffs and monitors and needing to be replaced in multiple county rescue trucks.

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