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April 16th Council Meeting to be Held Electronically

Due to COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of the public, elected officials and Town staff, Sedgewick Town Council will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, April 16th, electronically via Zoom beginning at 6 p.m.

Alberta Municipal Affairs has given municipalities flexibility under the Meeting Procedures (COVID-19 Suppression) Regulation to hold Council meetings electronically during the COVID-19 outbreak in order to comply with social distancing requirements outlined by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The Council meeting package for April 16th is posted online at https://sedgewick.civicweb.net/Portal/

Members of the public are welcome to listen in to the meeting by phone. Citizens who wish to access the meeting must first register by phoning the Town office at 780-384-3504 prior to 4:30pm on April 16th. Once they are registered, citizens will be provided with a toll free number to access the meeting.

Covid 19 Measures

Although the Sedgewick Town Office is open for business, we will be locking our front door as of Wednesday March 24th and not allowing access to further our effort towards social distancing and keeping our staff safe. Residents who require assistance may still call us at (780) 384-3504 or email reception@sedgewick.ca

Payments may be made by mail, through our mail slot in the front door, by e-transfer (email), or through your bank as an electronic fund transfer. Receipts will be mailed out upon request.

March 12th, 2020 Council Highlights

Council discussed the following issues at their March 12th regular meeting:

BYLAW 569 – TAX AND ASSESSMENT ELECTRONIC MEANS BYLAW

Council gave second and third reading of Bylaw 569.  This bylaw allows taxpayers to opt-in to receiving tax and assessment documents through secure email.  Property owners who wish to opt-in should contact Town office and complete a form.

BYLAW 570 – INTERMUNICIPAL ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARDS BYLAW

Council gave all three readings to and approved Bylaw 570.  This bylaw establishes a joint assessment review board with neighboring municipalities and updated the previous version by removing all references to the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP).  The future status of FIP is unknown at the moment.

INTERMUNICIPAL ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD – MEMBER

APPOINTMENT

John Lunty was appointed to the Intermunicipal Assessment Review Board for a term of 3 years.  The purpose of this board is to hear property assessment complaints

FLAGSTAFF REGIONAL EMERGENCY SERVICES SOCIETY – DRAFT

MASTER AGREEMENT AND BYLAWS

Council reviewed draft documents for the operations of the Flagstaff Regional Emergency Services Society and deferred making comment until their April regular meeting so that they would be able to have a more in-depth review.

MAIN STREET – PARKING LINES

Council requested that engineers be consulted regarding making the parking stalls on Main Street wider and more angled.

Town Unveils New Mobile App

The Town of Sedgewick has released their new mobile app which will help keep residents and visitors in touch with the what’s happening in the busy community. The app can be downloaded from the Apple app store for those with ipads and iphones or from Google Play for those using the Android operating system.

The app features quick access to events around town through a calendar module, a directory where users can browse contact information for Sedgewick businesses and emergency numbers, FAQs, notifications and a complaint form. Access to the Town’s website, facebook and twitter pages is also provided through the app.

The custom developed app is an introductory version and more features may be added over time.

Town of Sedgewick Ready to Supply Fast Internet

The Town of Sedgewick installed a 96′ tower last week which will give the municipality the ability to provide internet service to its residents and local businesses. The Town is purchasing bandwith from Bell Axia and is expecting to make full connection in the coming days which will allow those within Sedgewick and the rural outskirts to recieve speeds of up to 50mbps. The Town also has plans to provide residents of the Village of Lougheed with the service as well in the near future.

The endeavor is a partnership between the Town and Nutec Electrotel out of Camrose. Whereas Nutec will look after the installs and service maintenance, the Town is responsible for the billing. 3 packages are available to serve a variety of needs. Those interested in signing up for the service can find out more about it here.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

BYLAW #569 – TAX AND ASSESSMENT ELECTRONIC MEANS BYLAW

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of Sedgewick will hold a Public Meeting before the second reading of Bylaw 569, the Tax and Assessment Electronic Means Bylaw.

The purpose of Bylaw 569 is to allow for the process of sending assessment, tax and other notices, documents and information and corresponding regulations under Parts 9, 10 and 11 of the Municipal Government Act by electronic means for individuals who choose to opt in.

The Council of the Town of Sedgewick has given first reading to Bylaw 569 and will hold a public hearing as follows:

Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Council Chambers, Town Office 4818 – 47 Street Sedgewick, AB

Anyone wishing to forward a written submission or make a presentation regarding proposed Bylaw 569 should, in writing, notify the following before March 6th, 2020 at 2:00 PM:


Jim Fedyk, Chief Administrative Officer
Box 129, Sedgewick, AB T0B 4C0
Phone (780) 384-3504
Email: cao@sedgewick.ca


Anyone wishing to speak in support or opposition of the issue may do so at the hearing.


A copy of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at the Town of Sedgewick office in Sedgewick, AB during regular business hours (Mon. to Fri. 8:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4:30pm).

February 20th, 2020 Council Highlights

Council discussed the following issues at their regular meeting on February 20th, 2020:

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Expressions of Interest Being Accepted for Bamford Concert

The Town of Sedgewick invites interested Community Groups to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the following support positions at the April 18, 2020 concert to be held at the Wild Rose Co-op Recreation Centre. Supporting groups receive transfer payments from the Town of Sedgewick as a gesture of appreciation for their service.

Click here for more info.

Click on the following link to access an EOI form

EOIs are to be submitted by March 20th, 2020 as follows:
▪ Emailed to sedgewickrec@gmail.com
EOI forms are available by emailing sedgewickrec@gmail.com.

A separate EOI form must be submitted for each job.
Submissions after the deadline could be rejected. For more information on these opportunities please call (780) 384-3751

ARB and SDAB Members Sought

The Town of Sedgewick belongs to a joint Assessment Review Board and Subdivision and Development Appeal Board with neighbouring municipalities. We are currently seeking new board members.

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Sedgewick Arena Re-opened for Public Use

The hockey arena at the Wild Rose Co-op Recreation Centre in Sedgewick was officially re-opened to the public after Town Council passed a resolution to do so at a special meeting held on January 29th, 2020.

The rink was suddenly closed on December 9th when information was brought to Council showing a large amount of corrosion on the structure’s purlins which run in a north-south direction in the facility.  After bringing in three engineers to look at the issue, Council decided on a solution that commenced on January 7th and took less than 3 weeks to complete.  Forty-two galvanized purlins have been added to the roof structure reducing the purlin spacing from 5 feet to 2.5 feet which also brings the snow load capacity up to current standards.  A permanent fix of replacing the roof which is at the end of its life cycle and adding sufficient ventilation are being planned for a future off-season.  Thickness reviews of the purlins that were not reinforced will be ongoing. 

With the facility resuming operations, the 6th Annual Bergie Tourney will proceed as scheduled beginning on February 1st.  The arena will also play host to the Atom ‘A’ Provincial Championships in March and Gord Bamford’s #REDNECK Musicfest in April.