By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter/East Central Alberta Review
CLIVE – Village of Clive council heard that the local school had to cope with a COVID-19 diagnosis that affected several classrooms.
The issue was discussed at the Nov. 9 regular meeting of council.
Mayor Luci Henry mentioned during the COVID-19 update that Clive School had one COVID-19 diagnosis Fri. Nov. 6 that affected kindergarten, Gr. 1, Gr. 2, Gr. 3, Gr. 6 and Gr. 9.
She said it was important to get the message out to limit social gatherings amidst what appears to be the second wave of the pandemic.
Coun. Jeremy Whelan stated he favours a soft approach to educating people rather than heavy-handedness.
Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney stated that since the COVID-19 case affected the school, it was bound to get people’s attention.
Henry also noted the provincial government brought in some restrictions in Calgary, Edmonton and a few other places intended to limit the spread of the pandemic.
Henry said the council recently held a successful strategic planning session to discuss future village projects.
”We’ve put a lot of good work in,” said Henry.
She said the village has a solid list of project options for the public to weigh in on.
Councillors unanimously approved holding an online survey on the village website to give Clive residents a chance to give their opinions on strategic initiatives.
During her regular report, Kenney stated she recently attended the public library budget meeting and the organization is planning a deficit, but that’s not as bad as it sounds. The public library plans to balance its budget with a surplus they have in the bank.
CAO Kenney gave an update on the 2021 municipal election. She stated staff have already begun training for it, and there are some important changes to local elections this time around.
For one thing, the pandemic may still be raging by next October, so municipalities must plan for that.
Also, the nomination period has been extended; nominations for local councils can now be submitted from Jan. 1, 2021 onward.
The CAO reported that enforcement officers had to speak to a few people about trailers parked on the street. There were no further problems.
Also, Kenney said it’s recommended the village consider surveillance cameras for the skatepark to address vandalism issues, specifically graffiti.
Coun. Whelan stated it’s entirely possible the graffiti is the work of out-of-town vandals. Apparently, Clive has a nice skatepark and plenty of people know about it.
Councillors gave input on the Clive Fire Protection & Emergency Response Policy, which the CAO stated applies to fire calls in the county and will also affect the village’s fire protection bylaw.
During discussion councillors debated who should pay for fire call-outs, including false alarms.
Coun. Whelan stated if false alarms are common or a problem, then the alarm owner should pay for the call-out.
Coun. Norma Penney agreed, stating false alarms can create a “cry wolf” problem and if alarm owners forget, then maybe getting a bill for the call-out would help them remember.