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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Vol. 43, No. 2

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Viking Council discusses solar Viking RCMP charge farm, BMS incorporation at suspects for property late December meeting crimes at rural residence Patricia Harcourt Editor

Viking CAO Don McLeod informed council Dec. 16 that the company Dandelion Renewables had "just finished installing all the piles at the solar farm…The next step is to install the racking once it arrives." After that, in about two weeks, "it won't take long to install once it gets here." McLeod said the hope is to have the solar energy system, which is to be used to lower energy costs for town infrastructure, operational by the end of February. McLeod also reported on the possibility of contracting the county's community peace officer to enforce bylaws within the Town of Viking, and the Villages of Ryley and Holden. Beaver County's CPO Rick Ells met with the CAOs of the three urban municipalities to try and work out an arrangement. "Mr. Ells feels that there is a workable solution for the three urbans and for the county. CPO Ells will present a plan to CAO Beck with Beaver County to move forward if they feel it is feasible," said McLeod. The issue was also discussed at the intermunicipal committee meeting along with other

topics such as an Alberta Community Partnership Program (ACP) grant for a drainage project, and various economic development prospects that the town and county may work on together." Regarding the ACP grant, McLeod explained that "this program will allow the town to get funding for the storm water study and engineering costs to replace the 50 Avenue culvert and the drainage canal out to Lake Thomas. "Beaver County has agreed to partner with the town to apply for the grant," he said, which has a $200,000 ceiling and does not cover construction costs. In other news, McLeod and Mayor Jason Ritchie attended a municipally controlled corporation (MCC) meeting Dec. 5. McLeod reported to council that Beaver County Reeve Jim Kallal had stepped down as the MCC chair, to be replaced by Mayor Dueck of Tofield and Mayor Ritchie as the new vice-chair. The MCC committee is working towards the incorporation of Beaver Municipal Solutions (BMS), the local regional landfill near Ryley. "A decision was made to have the MCC Business Plan approved at the next council meetings of each municipali-

ty," stated McLeod in his report. "By approving the Business Plan the public hearing dates can be scheduled for January of 2020. "The county continues to raise questions. Also, the USA and Limited Partnership agreements should be agreed to in principle." Later in the meeting, council passed several motions regarding the incorporation, including the acceptance of the BMS business plan, the memorandum of understanding, limited partnership agreement, unanimous shareholders agreement, and municipal members charter. A motion was passed that Viking Council accepts the holding of a joint public hearing to take place along with the county. McLeod also reported that culvert installation on 50 Street has been delayed to February or March 2020. "When ATCO installed the new gas main to feed the town, the ATCO contractor went over the existing culvert instead of following the proper and usual protocol of boring underneath," McLeod stated. "This has necessitated…utilizing two smaller culverts to cross the main gas line rather than just replacing the existing single culvert.

Viking RCMP On Monday, January 3, at approximately 3:15 a.m. Viking RCMP received a call regarding a break and enter in progress at a rural residence. The homeowner reported that two males were visible outside the property, and had broken into a sea can and shed on the property. The males were also engaged in the theft of fuel on the property as well. Viking RCMP intercepted a vehicle shortly after it left the property. The driver originally failed to stop for police, but both males were arrested when the vehicle stopped at a property within the Town of Viking limits. Wayne Scott, 22, of Viking, is charged with: • S. 348(1)(a) CC- Break and Enter • S. 334(b) CC- Theft under $5,000 • S. 177 CC- Trespass at Night • S. 733.1(1) CC- Fail to Comply with a Probation Order Ethan Sterling, 18, of Viking, is charged with: • S. 348(1)(a) CC- Break and Enter • S. 334(b) CC- Theft under $5,000 • S. 320.17 CC- Flight from peace officer • S. 177 CC- Trespass at Night • S. 52(1)(a) TSA- Operate motor vehicle without registration • S. 54(1)(a) TSA- Drive uninsured motor vehicle on highway • S. 51(a) TSA- Operate motor vehicle without holding subsisting operator's licence Both males have been released from custody pending court dates in January and February 2020 in Vegreville Provincial Court. "ATCO has offered to lower the gas line but that could take up to a year and would be at the town's cost." At the meeting, McLeod said: "We want to get it replaced as soon as possible," adding the culverts would be "upsized so they are big enough to handle the flow" and have a direct connection "so there is no gap between the

pipes." Councillor Judy Acres informed council that $1,230 was raised at a sale of Christmas trees done for the Walking Trail Society's project in Viking to establish wellness walking trails. The event was held over two Saturdays with 41 trees sold at the venue site's rural property of Vern and Jan Hafso. "It was really exhilarat-

ing," said Acres, noting there were "so many families" that came out to get a Christmas tree. Council also discussed starting up a teleconferencing ability so any councillor not able to attend a meeting could still participate. Councillor Clint Nearing said he "has a concern," while Mayor Jason Ritchie said this See COUNCIL P11

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Viking RCMP crime stats reported to council Patricia Harcourt Editor

Viking RCMP reported no homicides in 2019, consistent with the lack of homicides in the five year crime statistics provided by Cpl. Brad Mouland, detachment commander, at Viking Council Dec. 16. Under Criminal Code offences, crimes against persons rose 16 per cent, property crime was up one per cent, and other types of property crime increased by 57 per cent. There was a 12 per cent increase in total Criminal Code offences when compared the prior year. And in property crimes, there was a three per cent increase (one more) break and enters; an 11 per cent decrease in motor vehicle thefts (one fewer); and a 16 per cent decrease in thefts under $5,000 (six fewer). Mouland pointed out that when the numbers are so low the percentages up or down come out looking quite high when comparing to the previous year. "Viking is quite a bit the same from year to year," he said. "We may have a small spike (in an offence category) once in awhile." In the report to Viking Council last month, no robberies were reported in 2019, although one each took place in 2015 and 2018. However, police reported three sexual assaults last year, compared to one such assault in 2018.

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Other sexual offences dropped to zero for 2019, with four in 2015, two in 2016, and one each the next two years. There have been a consistent number of straight out assaults in the statistics, starting with 14 in 2014, dropping to 7 in 2015, then going up to 11 each for 2016 and 2017. Assaults went up to 16, however, in both 2018 and 2019. 2019 saw five cases of criminal harassment, as did the prior year. There were eight such cases in 2017, and four in 2016. There were 13 cases of uttering threats in 2019, with 7 in 2018, and 10 in 2017. 2016 had 14 such cases. There was a 50 per cent change in the number of break and enter cases between 2014 and 2019. Numbers rose from 20 in 2014 to 35 in 2015 and 51 (the highest) in 2016 before dropping to 37, 29, and 30 in the last three years. Motor vehicle thefts were at the high point in 2017 at 26 before dropping to eight last year. Thefts over $5,000 rose from one in 2018 to

three in 2019. Possession of stolen goods reached a five year high of 24 in 2017 before dropping to 16 each in the final two years. Cases of fraud rose from 21 in 2018 to 26 in 2019. There were three arson cases in 2018 and none last year. Mischief to property was 28 last year compared to 25 in 2018 and 34 in 2017. There were four cases of having offensive weapons last year, compared to five each in 2018 and 2017. Drug possession cases have dropped from a high of 14 in 2017 to five and four in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Drug trafficking cases were two last year, with one each in the two previous years. Cases under the Liquor Act went from 14 three years ago to 11 in 2018 and five in 2019. Cases under the Mental Health Act are on the rise from nine in 2017, to 15 in 2018, and 20 in 2019. Provincial Traffic offences tripled from 246 in 2016, to 895 in 2018 and 806 last year. Criminal Code traffic cases were highest at 26 in 2016, before dropping to 15 and 20 in 2018 and 2019.




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Holden bylaw increases sewer rates - budget adds in policing costs Patricia Harcourt Editor Village of Holden Council passed a bylaw which raises 2020 sewer rates 10 per cent by Jan. 1. The garbage rates in the bylaw have not been changed from previous rates. For households and churches, the sewer rate will be $19.14 monthly. Garbage rates remain at $9.75. The yearly sewer and garbage rate for this category is $346.68. Businesses and community facilities will pay $24.20 monthly for

sewer and $13 for garbage, totalling a yearly rate of $446.40. Northview Manor's new monthly sewer rate will be $30.64 with the garbage rate remaining at $28.40, totalling $588.48. The new monthly rate for sewer in the school and seniors lodge will be $142.78. Garbage remains at $18.40 per month. The total will be $1,934.16 for 2020. With small and rural communities now obliged to pay part of the costs for policing based on a new police funding model, Holden

will be phasing in its share of payments over a five year period. In 2020, a 10 per cent share of the costs will be $6,010; That amount goes up to 15 per cent, or $9,021 in 2021. The next year, the cost is 20 per cent or $12,020. For the next two years, 2023 and 2024, the small and rural municipalities will pay 30 per cent or $18,043 per year. The total increase in rural police funding over five years will be $286 million which will be put into frontline policing funds for an

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Word on the Street: multiple break-ins in Bruce, Kinsella During the early morning hours on December 23, police were on routine patrol and noted a vehicle stunting in Viking. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver of the vehicle displayed signs of impairment. He was arrested and taken back to the Viking Detachment where he provided samples of his breath that showed his blood alcohol level was well over two times the legal limit. A Viking man has been charged with Sec. 320.14(1)(a) and Sec. 320.14(1)(b) under the Criminal Code as well as Sec. 51(c) and Sec. 115(2)(f) under the Traffic Safety Act. He will be appearing in Vegreville Provincial Court in February. Later that day, police received a complaint of a break and enter that had occurred sometime over the past three weeks at an abandoned property west of Bruce. Thieves entered the house and stole two pieces of furniture that had been stored there. Police have no suspects at this time. On December 24, police received a request to check on the wellbeing of an individual who had not been seen for a couple of days. Police were able to confirm the individual had been hospitalized and the complainant was updated. That afternoon, police were advised of a two vehicle collision on 50 Street in Viking. The vehicles were angle parked across the street from each other when one backed into the other. There were no injuries. On December 26, police received a complaint of a break and enter at a residence in Viking that had occurred a couple of days prior.  Police attended but could not find any sign of forced entry or any evidence to support further investigation. That afternoon, police received a complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 14. The vehicle in question was located and stopped, however, police determined the driver was not impaired.  The complainant was updated. That evening, police received complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 26. Police intercepted the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was found to be sober but was suspended from operating a motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed and the driver has been charged with Sec.94(2) under the Traffic Safety Act. On December 27, a citizen reported she had received phone calls from someone stating her computer had a virus and they needed remote access to

fix it. The complainant provided her debit card information to the caller and found her account was accessed and a sum of money was withdrawn.  She then contacted her bank who closed her accounts to prevent further issues.  Police would like to remind the public to never provide personal or banking information to unknown persons over the phone. That same day, another citizen reported they had been texting with an individual regarding the sale of a pet. The complainant then received what he thought was a certified cheque from the person claiming to want to purchase the pet. The cheque was made out for a larger sum than the agreed upon price and the complainant was instructed to deposit the cheque and then refund the difference to the buyer by depositing it into a bank account in Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, the citizen followed the instructions and became a victim of fraud. On December 31, police received a complaint of an attempted theft of fuel in Kinsella.  The complainant advised there were tracks around his ground level fuel tank and the caps had been removed but the thieves had been unsuccessful in stealing any fuel. Two days later, the thieves returned and stole the whole tank. This matter is still under investigation. That same morning, police received a complaint of a break and enter at a rural residence near Bruce.  Thieves broke into a garage on the property and stole numerous tools.  This matter is still under investigation. That afternoon, police received a complaint of a break and enter at an abandoned property west of Bruce.  Thieves entered the property and stole an enclosed trailer.  The trailer was recovered in Edmonton the next day.  This matter is still under investigation. During the early morning hours on January 3, police received a complaint of a break and enter in progress. See related article for details. That afternoon, police were advised that thieves had returned to the abandoned property west of Bruce and had now stolen an older Toyota Camry that had been stored there.  The investigation is continuing. Also that day, two citizens from Viking attended the detachment to report their residences had been bro-

ken into sometime between December 31 and January 1. Both properties had items stolen from them. Police are following up on these matters. That evening, police received a complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 14.  A patrol was made and the vehicle in question was located and stopped. Police determined the driver was not impaired and the complainant was updated. On January 4, police came upon a suspicious vehicle on a rural road and initiated a traffic stop.  The driver showed signs of impairment and was issued a roadside demand. He blew a “Caution� on the screening device and was issued a three-day driving suspension. His vehicle was seized and towed. That night, police received a request to check on the wellbeing of a hitchhiker on Highway 36 just north of Viking. Members attended and spoke with the hitchhiker, who was dressed appropriately for the weather and was waiting for his sister to pick him up.  The complainant was updated. Early on January 5, police received a complaint of four horses on Highway 36 just north of Viking. Police attended and found the horses were no longer on the road but had moved into a field. Attempts were made to locate the owner. That afternoon, police received a complaint of a vehicle entering an intersection in Viking when it was unsafe to do so.  Police are following up with the registered owner of the vehicle in question. Later that day while conducting traffic patrols, police stopped a vehicle near Kinsella and found the driver to be suspended. The vehicle was towed and the driver was charged accordingly. Viking RCMP





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IRMA NEWS By Marjorie Lawson We extend sympathy to the Hill family after the passing of Ted Hill at the age of 94 on December 18. He is survived by his wife Doreen, four children, and 10 grandchildren. A service to honour his life

will be held on January 18 from the Irma School. Al and Ruth Jamison spent Christmas in Toronto with Brooke and Keith. About 60 members of the MacKay family got together on Christmas Eve. Christopher and Shayna MacKay travelled to Arizona for the holidays and Greg and Jackie Mackay spent a few days in Mexico. We offer condolences to Roxanne Dunbar and family after the passing of her mother Phyllis Bischke in Wainwright on December 17. Sunny, mild weather was welcomed over the holiday season.

Hopefully it will continue into the New Year. There will be a by-election on January 28 to fill a vacancy on village council. The candidates vying for your vote are Diane Boudreau, Mervin Firkus, and Robert Parkins. Sharon Lutheran Church is hosting a turkey dinner at the school on January 12. Proceeds from the meal will go to support the church's mission trip to Mexico in February. Patricia (Coffin) Andrukow of Viking passed away on December 27. Pat grew up in Irma and graduated from high school here.


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NW 32-42-13 W4 SW 17-42-13 W4 SE 17-42-13 W4 excepting thereout all mines and minerals FEATURES of this property: - Land is located in Flagstaff County and contains 430 cultivated acres (more or less) The sale of the land is to the terms and conditions hereinafter mentioned: • Seller makes no warranties or representations about the property's size/ measurement, condition or environmental status. • Buyer is responsible for all costs associated with registration of Transfer. • Tender price shall be excluding G,S.T. • Tenders in writing will be received by the lawyer noted below up to but not after 12:00 o'clock noon on March 13, 2020. Tenders should be forwarded to Andreassen Borth Law Office, Killam, Alberta in a sealed envelope marked "Dammann Tender." A certified cheque payable to Andreassen Borth equal to 5% of the purchase price must accompany the tender. • The balance of the purchase price to be paid by solicitor's trust cheque or certified funds on or before April 13, 2020 ("Closing Date"). • No adjustment for 2020 property taxes to be paid in full by any successful tenderer. • Owner reserves the right to remove the old tractor, fuel tanks, large black rock, and all shed contents within 90 days after closing date of any sale. • Mineral rights, if any, are not included in the sale. • $15,637.50 (+/-) total annual surface lease revenue. No adjustment for any surface lease payments received prior to closing date. Any successful tenderer will receive all surface lease payments made after closing date without adjustment. • The tender may be for any one or more of the parcels listed above. • The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. The Seller may reject any or all tenders. • If successful tenderer does not complete the purchase after acceptance of that tender, their deposit shall be forfeited. For further particulars please contact Lawrence at 780-672-6311 or at 1-808-922-1414 (January 8 - March 13). Andreassen Borth Barristers & Solicitors 5014 50 Street, P.O. Box 727, Killam, AB T0B 2L0, 780-385-3670

FARMLAND FOR LEASE Tenders for lease of crop lands listed below are invited:

Legal Descriptions: SE 15-46-12 W4, cultivated land only - approximately 60 acres SE 11-46-13 W4, cultivated land only - approximately 124 acres NE/NW 14-46-13 W4, cultivated land only - approximately 204 acres NW/SW 17-46-12 W4, cultivated land only - approximately 280 acres NE 18-46-12 W4, cultivated land only - approximately 125 acres NE 20-46-12 W4, cultivated land only - approximately 130 acres SW 20-46-12 W4, cultivated land only - approximately 130 acres Acreage has been determined by GPS done by AFSC Yard site and buildings located on NW 14-46-13 W4 are not included. Lands are unfenced and pasture or hay land is not included. Terms: 1. Tenders to Lease must: a) Be in writing; b) Be for cash rental and tenders should be calculated as dollars per acre using the above acreage amounts; c) Be for a 3 year term commencing April 01, 2020 and ending March 31, 2023 with payments due in full April 01 during every year of the lease term. Any Lessee of the land will be required to enter into an Owners written lease agreement which include the additional following terms: Continuation of zero till farming practices, no removal of straw from the leased lands, no canola grown in 2 consecutive years, no subletting without prior agreement from owner. Right of First Refusal is not in the agreement; d) Include the GST number of the tenderer, and have the GST added to the rental price; e) Provide sealed bid including contact information to be mailed to Gary and John Lentz Box 7 Viking, AB T0B 4N0 by January 31, 2020 2. A decision will be made regarding acceptances of tenders no later than February 07, 2020. 3. Any tender may be for anyone or more than one of the parcels listed above. 4. The owners have the right to accept or reject any tenders. The highest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. For further information, including prior crop rotation, please contact Gary at 780-385-0924, or John at 780-385-1176

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Beaver Reeve and Deputy Reeve still seek incorporation answers - Claystone Waste business plan accepted in principle Patricia Harcourt Beaver County passed a motion 4-1 by Councillor Kevin Smook to accept the municipally controlled corporation's business plan in principle. Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec was the only opposing vote. Both Hrabec and Reeve Jim Kallal still had concerns regarding the move of Beaver Municipal Solutions to an incorporated entity. Hrabec requested a recorded vote, stating the plan was still not clear enough. "Everything else looks pretty good but I've got many residents in my area that think it's not specific enough." "This is in principle, it's not final closure on it," said Kallal, who later said: "I think this has to go back to be cleaned up." Kallal said the makeup of the board for the new entity that will be called Claystone Waste Ltd. "needs to be discussed" with the steering committee facilitator. Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec wanted to know when the agreements with BMS would end, and if existing contracts with other municipalities that can't be ended would mean Claystone would still operate as a partner with BMS. Other municipalities belonging to BMS include the Villages of Ryley and Holden, and Towns of Tofield and Viking, which have all agreed to the business plan in principle to allow for public hearings. However, the county still has lingering questions on process and how the incorporation would roll out. Councillor Kevin Smook said the agreements were drafted by a lawyer, "so I'm pretty happy with it…I don't see the issue, he knows what he's doing." But Kallal said the "rub with council and the municipally controlled corporation" is the lawyer telling them, "if we're not in agreement we shouldn't proceed…Don't do it if you're not comfortable with it and the county isn't comfortable.

"Until all the documents are changed, once that is done, it will take minutes to sign them," he said, adding he didn't want a motion on the floor at the meeting Dec. 18. "I never once said we should sign these documents today," replied Smook, agreeing council should "wait until the documents are cleaned up" adding he was "not ramming them down anybody's throats." "This county is not trying to stall this MCC contract," said Kallal, but he wanted it done correctly, "so we can take it to a public hearing and be able to defend it." With that, CAO Bob Beck suggested sitting down with the other owner municipalities. "Perhaps the other municipalities disagree with what the county is saying." Beck also said the members must substantially agree with the incorporation business plan, "otherwise it looks bad at the public hearing." "I can't see why this is that time sensitive until council can get together and talk about it further," said Kallal, noting there is "a certain discomfort with myself, the past (MCC) chair." Kallal had resigned as the chair in December, with Tofield Mayor Deb Dueck going from vicechair to the chair's position. Viking Mayor Jason Ritchie moved to vice-chair, and Hrabec became the county's representative on the MCC steering committee. But Beck made a reassuring statement to council about the transition. "The first day (it goes into effect), Claystone Limited Partnership would take over all operations for the most part," he said. "The (current) BMS commission has to stay on for various reasons. "Claystone Waste corporation will be the general partner that does all the work for everyone," said Beck, and would "run the commission for the commission on paper only. "It's just a shell company that they keep alive to address some of the issues of employees and some contracts. But Claystone Waste would do 99 per cent of what the commission does today," he said.

Beck suggested flagging the sections the county has not felt have been addressed, looking them over at county council's Jan. 8 meeting, and then forward these to the MCC for its meeting Jan. 9. "I think that's a brilliant idea," said Smook. Reeve Kallal called for the five councillors to be unanimous in any decisions made on this issue. "Everyone of us should be confident that this is moving forward right," he said. However, Smook disagreed, stating this was not necessary. "We're a democracy," he said, allowing for differing opinions in the voting even if a motion passes. Earlier in the meeting Beck told council that the other member municipalities had all accepted the MCC business plan in principle, which had been amended Nov. 7 to address county concerns. Although some councillors still had concerns, he had recommended also accepting the business plan in principal "so it can go to public hearing." Hrabec replied: "It needs to be very specific to exclude out of province waste and doesn't (now)," he said, calling the statement to "support customer divergence" too ambiguous. However, Smook disagreed pointing to another statement that waste would come from Alberta. "The first paragraph says 'not bringing waste from other provinces,'" he said, noting the statement Hrabec refers to deals with business opportunities. But Hrabec said he has received three different interpretations from as many people about this. Both Councillors Dale Pederson and Barry Bruce said the questions remaining could be cleared up once a public hearing has taken place. "We can present it at the public hearing and approve it in principle," said Pederson. "I agree, it's a little bit vague but it can be cleaned up a little bit later," said Bruce.

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Beaver County raises mill rate slightly to pay for rural policing funds expected by province Patricia Harcourt Beaver County's interim budget found funds to cover $1.2 million in uncollected taxes, but had to raise the mill rate slightly for new rural policing costs downloaded by the province. Beaver Municipal Solutions dividend funds takes care of the 12 per cent of taxes uncollected by year end. But this is the first time such funds are being used for operating expenses, which goes against the county's policy as funding that is not guaranteed. The switch was necessary to balance the budget due to the revenue losses the county has experienced of late, by way of uncollected taxes and the drop in linear assessment. But rural policing costs required a mill rate increase of 0.852 per cent in order to cover the revenue gap in the $12.368 million 2020 tax levy. "The tax levy requirement is almost $1 million less than last year, but other costs are now also involved," said Assistant CAO Margaret Jones. "I want the policing costs listed as a line item on our tax notices because this is a new one," said Councillor Kevin Smook (Division 1). Smook reminded council that Viking RCMP Commander Cpl. Brad Mouland stated at the same Dec. 16 meeting that the increased rural policing fund likely won't mean an increase in staff for local detachments. "I think this is important so people clearly understand this is what we're paying for," Smook said. Reeve Jim Kallal (Division 2) concurred, stating that "the ratepayers are absolutely disgusted at what they have to pay (for the new rural policing fund) compared to what they are not getting (out of it)." Jones replied that there could not be a separate line item. "It has to be included in the mill rate because it's under municipal services," she said. "If you don't have boots on the ground you can't sell the funding increase," said Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec (Division 3) on the lack of extra staff for Tofield and Viking detachments. "If you don't have an extra officer in the county (from the rural policing fund), it ain't going to work. I don't mind paying for the extra policing but at the end of the day I

want to see extra boots on the ground," sad Hrabec. "You have to get a tangible asset for something you're being charged." The county also had to make some hard expenditure decisions such as discontinuing the dust control program for 2020. It was agreed to not enter into a contract for calcium supply and allow residents to seek private dust control once the product is approved by administration. Council passed the 2020 interim budget with total expenditures of $24,096,524 and a tax levy of $12,368,503 requiring a mill rate increase of 0.852 per cent. This was done with the knowledge that the interim budget can be adjusted before the mill rates are set and approved in April. Reeve Kallal expressed concern over increases in non residential and commercial. "The rest is okay," he said, noting "the levy is minimal." But he felt giving tax breaks to multi national companies having a tough time paying their taxes seems unfair to the local non residential and commercial owners who will get a tax increase. "If you put it down," said Smook, referring to the levy for commercial and non residential, "other categories have to go up." Jones admitted that different mill rates allow a break to be given to different categories. But, "if you give them a break it's on the backs of someone else," she said. "So it's a tough spot to be in." A needed five-year financial plan would likely mean more mill rate increases, she said, over the period. "You can continue to look over the impact in the next few months," said Jones, before finalizing the budget in April. Kallal said the interim budget was "something to work on, nothing's written in stone, we're just planting seeds now." Jones agreed that, "you're not stuck with the decisions made (today)…It's your budget but you will want to talk about priorities over the next five months. "This is a long-term problem (needing) a five-year plan." Ed Bujnowicz, financial officer, explained: "Priority based budgeting will bring forward ideas to strategically approach" the longterm issues.























































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Local detachments not expected to get extra officers Patricia Harcourt Beaver County, or many other rural or smaller municipalities, is not expected to get an extra officer in their two RCMP detachments despite paying in for more rural police starting this year. This was the discussion that ensued during a report to council by Viking detachment's commander Cpl. Brad Mouland. When asked if the new police fund would mean more "boots on the ground" for local rural policing needs, Mouland replied in the negative, although he was not "100 per cent sure." With 300 more officers promised from the new funding model, they will likely go first to detachments that are short on staffing, the ones that are "really struggling" would likely get the officers first, he said. Councillor Kevin Smook didn't think that many new officers could be trained in places like Regina RCMP Training Depot in the short amount of time needed to provide them to detachments. "That's a tall order if they haven't got the training going on," he said. Reeve Jim Kallal and Deputy Reeve Gene Hrabec also felt that the ratepayers would not appreciate the county having to pay more for rural policing and not receive some benefit. The county is raising its mill rate by less than one per cent to cover these new costs that must be paid to the province. The UCP government

instituted the rural policing model as one of its campaign promises in the provincial election. The idea was considered positive by people living in rural areas who are dealing with increased property and other crimes in the last few years. At that time, however, it was not known that rural and smaller municipalities would be expected to help pay for it. Mouland's other big news was that Viking and Killam detachments are now teaming up to answer calls in both detachment areas. Mouland said this saves money by keeping down the amount of on call officers must do and reducing burnout. "It's been a little rough on the members for some time," he said. "So far it's been working well," he said of the teaming up effort. Smook was also concerned about Viking officers having to travel as far south as Galahad or Alliance within Killam's detachment area. "It's probably rare they would have to go to (places like) Amisk," answered Mouland. Staffing was another area of interest, as Mouland said he will be moving on "at some point," although he has an open ended departure date. The commanders of both detachments in Beaver County will be changing in the future. Tofield's commander Sgt. John Powell had also informed council at a presentation before Christmas that he was leaving for another posting. Mouland said he is waiting for his house to sell, and when that happens

will be moving on to a posting in Lloydminster. His position won't be filled until that happens, he said. If there is a gap the Killam commander will fill in for both positions, he said, until one comes on stream. Mouland gave council the statistics for 2014 to 2019 for Viking detachment, calling person and property crimes more of an issue now although there are not "huge fluctuations. "There is nothing in these numbers that concerns us at all," he said. Reeve Jim Kallal pointed out the statistics show a 57 per cent increase in criminal code crime over 2018 which he found troubling. This referred to a jump from 35 in 2018 to 55 in 2019, or 20 more in a single year, in the "total other criminal code" category. He also asked why Tofield and Viking are no longer coordinating their detachments as had been announced a year ago to help out Viking. Mouland called that strategy "dead in the water," saying it was discontinued because there was "no coordination" taking place. The Killam detachment has since taken on the teaming up duties with Viking, which he said was working well so far. He also announced that a citizens's public meeting is expected to be held in the New Year "where citizens can come to discuss prime issues." Mouland said he wants the meeting held in Bruce this time around.


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PRESS RELEASE On December 18, 2019, Beaver County Council approved its 2020 Interim Budget. The interim budget was an extremely challenging one to prepare. Council was faced with the difficult task of balancing community needs and the very real financial challenges faced by our residents, with the County’s assessment base limitations, tax collection shortfalls, and Provincial Government grant reductions and legislative changes. A municipality’s assessment base is the foundation for determining the amount of taxes a municipality can raise to provide municipal services. Since 2017, the County’s assessment base has been steadily declining, with no recovery in sight for at least the next 5 years. To compound the issue, the County’s oil and gas industry have been negatively impacted by the significant drop in commodity prices, and are finding it difficult to pay their taxes. At December 31, 2019, the County estimates that uncollectible taxes over the past few years exceed $3.9 million. These conditions make it challenging to raise the taxes necessary to fund County operations, road construction, and other special projects. Taxes also help support our urban neighbours as we work together to offer recreation and library programs, fire protection, and other regional services to our residents. Besides the tax base, the County relies on grants from the Provincial Government to assist with capital and infrastructure improvements. When the Provincial Government tabled the Provincial budget in late October, the County learned that, like all Alberta municipalities, it will receive a gradual reduction in funding over the next three years for a total of over $500,000 in reduced grants by 2022. A new funding program will be announced for 2023 however no details are known about eligibility or funding allocations. The Provincial Government also subsequently introduced the rural RCMP cost-sharing initiative to which all municipalities are expected to contribute, beginning in 2020. The County is fortunate to be a member of the regional waste management services commission (Beaver Municipal Solutions) and receive grants for County initiatives. This funding is not guaranteed from year to year and until the year 2020, Council has strategically directed the funds to projects which enhance our rural capacity and quality of life, and in support of regional initiatives or local community organizations. With the fiscal challenges in the 2020 budget, Council has made the difficult decision to use grant dollars to fund operating expenses. Council recognizes the risks in this decision, however feels that its main priority is to keep tax increases to a minimum in these tough economic times we all share. The 2020 Interim Budget, with expenditures of $24 million, will for the most part, provide similar services and initiatives as in previous years, and Council and staff will continue to work hard to deliver programs to the standard our residents have come to expect. A 0.852% increase in the mill rate is anticipated at this time. More details and highlights of the 2020 Interim Budget may be accessed on the County’s website at This Interim Budget is simply that – a budget that will enable operations to continue until Council can approve a final budget with all relevant information available – information such as our assessment base which reflects new Provincial legislative regulations, as well as confirmation of Provincial funding. Looking ahead, Council is committed to a priority-based budgeting approach to allocating the County’s limited resources. Council has approved a new vision, a set of goals, and corresponding results on which to base a 10-year Strategic Plan. The Plan has been approved by Council and is available for review on the County’s website at Over the next few months, Council will review its services and programs with an eye for both efficiency and effectiveness, while keeping in mind the uniqueness of our region and the needs of our residents. Transparency and accountability are important to Council in this process and we will be seeking input from our residents, ratepayers, and other stakeholders.

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The Village of Holden and Beaver County wish to repeal the existing Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) and adopt a new IDP to address future land use and development, provision of transportation systems, coordination of intermunicipal programs, dnvironmental matters, and other matters related to the physical, social, or economic development adjacent to the common boundary between the two municipalities.

The Town of Viking and Beaver County wish to repeal the existing Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) and adopt a new IDP to address future land use and development, provision of transportation systems, coordination of intermunicipal programs, environmental matters, and other matters related to the physical, social, or economic development adjacent to the common boundary between the two municipalities. The IDP area is the land within the County and adjacent to the Town as shown below:

The IDP area is the land within the County and adjacent to the Village as shown below:

The Councils of the Town of Viking and Beaver County have scheduled a joint public hearing to consider arguments for and against the proposed bylaws to adopt the new IDP. The public hearing will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020, at 5:30 pm, in the Viking Carena Complex (Louis Sutter Boardroom). You are invited to attend the public hearing to express your views. A copy of the proposed bylaws and IDP are available at the Town of Viking Office and the Beaver County Service Centre in Ryley during regular business hours or on-line at or If you wish to speak at the public hearing, please register in advance by contacting the Town of Viking Office, attention Don McLeod, CAO, at 780-336-3466 or at Written submissions may be provided to Viking and Beaver County Councils during the public hearing, however it is requested that a copy of the written submission be delivered to Don McLeod, CAO, at the Town Office or by e-mail on or before 4:00 pm, January 13, 2020.

The Councils of the Village of Holden and Beaver County have scheduled a joint public hearing to consider arguments for and against the proposed bylaws to adopt the new IDP. The public hearing will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020, at 7:00 pm, in the Village of Holden Office. You are invited to attend the public hearing to express your views. A copy of the proposed bylaws and IDP are available at the Village of Holden Office and the Beaver County Service Centre in Ryley during regular business hours or on-line at or If you wish to speak at the public hearing, please register in advance by contacting the Village of Holden Office, attention Sherry Garbe, CAO, at 780-688-3928 or at Written submissions may be provided to Holden and Beaver County Councils during the public hearing, however it is requested that a copy of the written submission be delivered to Sherry Garbe, CAO, at the Village Office or by e-mail on or before 4:00 pm, January 13, 2020. If you submit comments regarding the bylaw in writing, the information you provide may be made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Sherry Garbe, Chief Administrative Officer Village of Holden Box 357 4810 50 Street Holden, AB T0B 2C0

Bob Beck, Chief Administrative Officer Beaver County Box 140 5120 50 Street Ryley, AB T0B 4A0

If you submit comments regarding the bylaw in writing, the information you provide may be made public, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Don McLeod, Chief Administrative Officer Town of Viking Box 369 5120 45 Street Viking, AB T0B 4N0

Bob Beck, Chief Administrative Officer Beaver County Box 140 5120 50 Street Ryley, AB T0B 4A0

Tax Deadline

Beaver County Tax Deadline Please note that an additional penalty of 6% will be added to any outstanding taxes on January 16, 2020. Please ensure that all tax payments are made on or before January 15, 2020. Mailed payments must be sent to: Beaver County, Box 140, Ryley, AB, T0B 4A0 Inquiries can be made by phoning (780) 663-3730. Please ensure that the postmark is on or before January 15, 2020.

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vote to be taken on Saturday. 75 Years Ago January, 1945 Sports The Viking boys’ team scraped up a hockey team and went down to Irma and played the Irma High School team a very close game of hockey. Due to the snowy weather, the ice wasn't what it could be, and as it was Viking's first game it sure made it tough. The Irma boys came out

100 Years Ago January 1920 Mass Meeting Hon. A.G. McKay, M.L.A., Minister of Municipalities and Public Health will address a mass public meeting in the Luthern Church. His address will deal with matters pertaining to his Departments as Minister of Municipal Affairs, and in particular the Hospital Question as it affects our distinct in connection with the

on top with a score of 3-2. 50 Years Ago January, 1970 New Treasury Branch Now Open The official ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the opening of the new Provincial Treasury Branch building in Viking was attended by a very large number of town and district people. This memorable event marked the final achievement of a long term project.

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OBITUARY Brodee and Merrick. She was predeceased by her husband George and daughter Carol. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Holy Heart of Mary, Roman Catholic Church, Viking, Alberta with Reverend Father Luan Vu as celebrant. Donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Viking Health Foundation, Box 60, Viking, Alberta, T0B 4N0.



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Vialta Lodge year end report Marjorie Hanson Another year has ended and we are all one year older than at this time last year. There have been a number of changes in the resident roll call. Several of our friends have gone to their final resting place - Eileen McIntosh, Garfield Scott, Don Place, Art Jackson, Bill Black, and Gordon Barker. A few have moved to different facilities, often to be closer to family members. We are sorry to hear of Jean Klontz passing. She was only a resident in the lodge for a short time. Deepest sympathy to the family. We were happy throughout the year to

welcome as new residents: Olga and Lawrence Hurum, Jordie Hjelsvold, Ted Shannon, Doris Marko, Orville Van Dewark, Addie Labreche, Jean Klontz, Arnold Johnson, Martha Pasay, Jeff Watt, Frances Starzko, Mavis Loudon, Laura and Bruce Bridgeman, Eleanor Collier, and Lillian Fitzmaurice. We have appreciated the kitchen staff for the good food and service; the housekeeping staff for keeping us so lean and tidy; Lindsay Sullivan for arranging the entertainment and activities that we enjoy; the night staff for watching over us, for laundry and for all the other things they do; the Home Care and physio-

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therapy people for their gentle and reliable services; the pastors and churches for helping to keep us faithful to our Lord. None of this would be available without the good management skills of Wanda and Barb, the maintenance crew, and the regulations and involvement of the Beaver Foundation. We look forward to another year of care and friendship, trusting that the Year 2020 will be rewarding to all of you. The Stork Report: Muriel Otto - Jan. 9; Martha Pasay - Jan. 10; Joyce Naslund - Jan. 17; Margaret Congdon Jan. 23; Doug Morken Jan. 26; and Laura Bridgeman - Jan. 30.

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Alberta RCMP remind Albertans to plan their own getaways, not a criminal’s It’s the time of year for planning vacations to escape the winter. While you’re away, making sure your property is secure is just as important as remembering to bring your luggage. In January 2019 there were over 430 break and enters to residences in Alberta RCMP jurisdiction and from JanuaryNovember 2019 there were over 4,850. Crime Prevention

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ticipate on-line. Acres agreed that the teleconferencing should not be done all the time. CAO McLeod reminded council that councillors could not miss three consecutive meetings without approval according to policy. "You forfeit your position if you miss four (consecutive meetings)." Council gave first reading to Bylaw 2019686, the Viking/Beaver Inter-municipal Development Plan (IDP) bylaw. There was already an IDP in place but the new plan addresses coordination of inter municipal programs, environmental matters, and other mat-

ters related to physical, social or economic development adjacent to a common boundary. A joint public hearing will be scheduled so the public can give input prior to second and third readings being done by both jurisdictions. Viking also passed a motion, on the recommendation of councillor Judy Acres, that council reject the idea of approving a Northern Lights Library Program levy increase of 1.5 per cent. Acres represents the town on the NLLS board. The increase may still happen as other municipalities also have a say with a majority prevailing.

Continued from Front type of teleconferencing has been done at BMS meetings. Nearing added that he wished to discuss the matter in-session for privacy concerns. Councillor Laurel Weisgerber didn't speak against the idea but didn't think it should happen on a regular basis. Councillor Acres said this way of participating long distance must be done on the honour system. "I won't be able to attend the next meeting," she said, adding she wanted to be able to par-

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