I hope everyone had a great summer, and is ready to settle into their fall routines. For Council, it’s business as usual in the summer months, with meetings, tours, and other work.
Some of that work has been to continue to lobby the provincial government for Disaster Relief Program (DRP) funding for the victims of last summer’s tornado. In this issue, you can see the actions we’ve taken, and the provincial response, including the Minister’s latest response, denying our appeal for funding and declining to meet with Council or residents. We’re very disappointed that there are no dollars forthcoming for your affected residents.
In June, we gave a tour of the County to the executive of Rural Municipalities Alberta (formerly the AAMDC), showing off the Brazeau Dam and enjoying lunch in Cynthia. The executive was impressed by what Brazeau County has to offer.
This fall should see a number of projects in our aggressive paving program completed, including projects on the Ring Road, RR 53 (Greenwood Lake Road), RR 65, RR 82, and TWP 502 (Whitby Hall Road). Our new direction on the roads program means we focus on the priorities, and try to initiate them as soon as possible.
This summer we also continued with our dust control program, and tested a new dust control product from a local supplier on one mile in each division. Early results seem promising, and we are committed to making sure we are using the right product for our roads.
Summer also means a huge amount of work in our parks, along our fence lines, and in our ditches, by summer students. You can read all about the students and why they love the work in the great Brazeau County outdoors.
Thank you to all those who came to our Second Quarter Update meeting at Funnell Hall. Your feedback is always important to Council. Please keep an eye out for notices about the organizational meeting October 16th and the budget meetings beginning in the middle of November.
Now that summer vacations are over and kids are back to school, there will be more traffic on our roads. Please be careful and safe. Have a great fall season!
Reeve, Brazeau County