Lacombe County closes its emergency coordination centre launched during COVID-19

A detailed report on Lacombe County’s activities and strategies about the global COVID-19 pandemic was received for information during council’s regular meeting June 10. Lacombe County’s Emergency Coordination Centre officially closed June 10 as the county moves into its relaunch plan.

The county office and shop will open to the public as soon as all safety measures are in place.

Other council briefs:

Council endorsed the 2019 Community Profile for Lacombe County and the Lacombe County Business Development Guide. The 2019 Community Profile for Lacombe County, which was produced externally and provides an in-depth look at Lacombe County demographics, industries and other statistics. The Lacombe County Business Development Guideleverages information in the community profile to provide Lacombe County specific details on development and industries in the area, as well as information on the County’s various development opportunities and amenities (commercial, industrial, residential and recreational).

Council agreed to proceed with the July 9 public hearing for Bylaw Nos. 1318/20 and 1319/20 using Zoom as an option to allow public participation.

Council denied Enhance Energy’s request for waiver and deferral of well drilling equipment taxes, property taxes and approach pavement requirements.

Lacombe County agreed to provide funding of $5,576 for the Town of Eckville Public Library floor and storage project.This contribution will be funded from the county’s Recreation Capital Assistance Reserve.

Council directed the county manager to amend Lacombe County Policy F(1) Fire Protection and Emergency Response, to provide for the invoicing of residents for fire department responses to motor vehicle collisions using Alberta Transportation rates and to structure fires using separate rates. The amended policy will be presented for consideration at a future Council meeting.

The Public Engagement and Communications Action Plan for Lacombe County was approved by Council. The County Manager was directed to begin implementing action items, with large budget items being presented for council approval when ready to proceed. The Public Engagement and Communications Action Plan will be presented to council in a year for the and any feedback received from the public on these initiatives.

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