MARCH 2020 - Welcome to 2020! Your Council along with our staff have been working hard to maintain and upgrade our busy little Village. We will continue to work on our roads and our ground water drainage. The Tri-Village Regional Sewer Services Commission has completed the new force-main project, just a few deficiencies to clean up. Hooray no more sewer breaks on main street!

Covid-19, has hit the world in a big way, we are following all federal and provincial directives and doing our best to keep you informed. Updates and links to the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Sevices websites are posted on our website at albertabeach.com. We have closed our administration and public works office to the general public, Council has cancelled all non-essential meetings and has requested all community facilities be closed until further notice.

For the last few years we have been asking for your email address to keep you updated on Village issues, this is now more important then ever. Please send us your email address at aboffice@albertabeach.com if you would like to be added to the list. Please note email addresses are kept confidential and only used for important Village messages.

This summer Alberta Beach will turn 100 years old. A committee was formed to organize a celebration, this will all happen August 22-23, 2020. They have been working hard on this and it is going to be a great time, stay tuned for more information.

Shane Getson, our local MLA has been putting together a committee to help with lake levels and the Sturgeon River, if you would like more information or to help, please contact him at lacsteanne.parkland@assembly.ab.ca or call 780-967-0760.

Council has been conducting a Land Use By-Law review and update, just a few items that have been suggested for consideration are allowing smaller houses 400-800 sq ft., adding zoning for communication towers; and whether to allow cannabis cafe's. Of course public participation is a must and a public meeting is required prior to passing any Land Use Bylaw or amendment. We are asking for any comments or suggestions for changes be forwarded to the administration office.

Our municipal office building is in dire need of repairs, the roof should have been replaced at least five years ago. We have set aside funds for the replacement and will use MSI grant funding for any shortfall, hopefully that will happen this year.

I'm sure you've all heard on the news about the Provincial funding cuts and downloads on to municipalities; well, we are not exempt from them. We are looking at huge increases in Provincial Education Taxes around 4% and the new Rural Police Funding Model has hit us hard, plus there has been a reduction in other grant funding and fine revenue. Therefore we are looking at major changes and cost savings in all departments. As we do every year, we go through the expense budget line by line looking for cost savings. We are exploring cost saving measures on garbage pick up (bi-weekly pick up in winter months), recycling pick ups, grass cutting in our parks, boat launch park and the main beach park maintenance, weed pick up from all access's just to name a few.

We would like to hear from you with your concerns and priorities, please email (aboffice@albertabeach.com) or by mail to Box 278, Alberta Beach, AB T0E 0A0 or drop off your comments in the mail slot at the municipal office. We had been planning to hold a public information meeting on May 9th where we had planned to givean update on Village and Council activities as well as to seek input from our ratepayers. However due to the Covid-19 virus this meeting has been postponed.

We expect our capital projects such as road paving, drainage projects and office repairs to continue as planned, the Province has committed MSI funding for the next two years.

As always if you have any questions, comments or concerns for myself or any member of Council please contact our administration office to set up a meeting. Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Alberta Beach Council Chambers which is temporarily located in Unit 5A, 4000 Museum Road. Everyone is welcome to attend, please note if you wish to address Council please contact the administration office to be added to the agenda.

Sincerely

Jim Benedict, Mayor