The County endeavors to deliver current, accurate and transparent information to ratepayers via this website as well as social media channels, print publications and personal interactions. On occasion, common questions about County initiatives and practices arise. These items are curated and answered below.
To assist ratepayers in finding the information and resources they need, contextual links to other areas of the County website are included where relevant.
It is important the County’s brand evolve in order to resonate with changing demographics, and to better align with the progressive organization Lac Ste. Anne County is striving to be. Our brand impacts everything from our ability to communicate with residents and foster a positive public image, to maintaining a competitive edge and establishing Lac Ste. Anne County as a professional and forward-thinking business entity. The previous County logo went virtually unchanged following the twentieth anniversary in 1990.
The budget for rebranding was set as part of the 2016 operating budget at $50,000 (Account County Logo Redesign). The new logo was developed by the County’s communications firm Rdeca Group within the scope of its contract at no additional cost. Most bran touchpoints such as letterhead, envelopes and business collateral will continue with the old logo until stocks are exhausted and then be replenished with the new logo stock, which will not result in any ongoing increase in costs. Unused budget from this project will be carried forward for future costs of rebranding.
Lac Ste. Anne County is responsible for more than 200 bridge structures. These bridges are inspected on a five-year rotation by the County’s qualified engineering firm. Each year, the County reviews the bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction plan based on revised priorities from these inspections, as well as the annual report from a qualified engineering firm. This review is then incorporated into the County’s long-term capital planning.
During the 2016 budget planning process, Council considered a four-year $3.3 million dollar plan that addressed the rehabilitation or reconstruction of high-priority bridges. The 2016 portion of this plan was approved in the 2016 capital budget for a one-year investment of $1.6 million. The budgeted bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction projects are funded using provincial grants. Long-range planning in this area proposes that approximately $500,000 be allocated annually from provincial grants for ongoing bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction requirements.
The Province of Alberta recently announced the reinstatement of the municipal bridge funding program – unfunded since 2013. The program makes approximately $21 million available on a competitive application process for all of Alberta’s municipalities. The County is in the process of preparing applications for the February 2017 submission date.
Individual bridge inspections reports can be requested from the County. The 2015 annual summary report from the County’s qualified engineering firm on the status of bridges can be found Here.
Communication towers are required to attract Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide internet access in rural areas. The communication tower program is designed to increase coverage and bring Internet service to the many areas of the County that still have no service. As more towers are built, coverage and service quality will improve for many residents. All County owned towers are open access and marketed to all providers.
Revenue generated by all tenants on these towers is directed to the operating costs of the communication towers. The majority of capital investment in communications towers is being funded from provincial grant programs.
The Economic Development Advisory Committee, a committee formed of local business experts from across the County, and the Economic Development department, use a multi-faceted approach to economic development. Individuals interested in participating on the Economic Development Advisory Committee can find information on how to apply Here.
The WILD water pipeline is part of the Provincial Water for Life Strategy and the truck fill station, in partnership with the WILD Water Commission and the Province, provides access to clean drinking water as a pay per use service to the Lac Ste. Anne County community. This project will significantly benefit many County residents that currently truck potable water. The borrowing bylaw was advertised in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Government Act for a project budgeted by a municipality to be funded using a debenture (municipal debt funding).
The facility purchased to host a fire station and administration facility is currently undergoing renovations. The budget for the project is $1,650,000.00. To date the budget is 39.3% expended. The renovations are being completed using both municipal forces and local contractors. The expansion is in the process of being awarded. The project is being managed using County project management resources and all safety and building inspections being completed in accordance with Alberta Safety Codes.
At the November 10th, 2016 meeting of Council, Administration made the following resolution: “that County Council direct Administration to proceed with a plan and costs to demolish the County Administration Office located at 4928 Langston Street, Sangudo, Alberta.”