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County approves hire of Parent Link

Early Childhood Coordinator

by Mikaela Kuefler the first five years. Also, the more connected and to the healthy development of children 0-5 years of
engaged parents are, the better parents they will be, age for early childhood learning and development,
Yellowhead County Council voted to approve the making them happier. The happier parents are the family support, parent education programs and
hiring of an Early Childhood Coordinator in a happier the children will be," said Robinson. services, information and referral, and
permanent part-time position for the Parent Link "This involves the parent. We know there's a developmental screening.
Centre on May 9 after receiving notice from the number of parents who don't know how. Educating The coordinator will design and leverage existing
province that PLC funds could not be used to parents in paramount," said Councilor Priestly- programs. "We don't want them to be in
support registration based preschools any longer. Wright. competition with anything. The coordinator will
The coordinator would be focussing on the The provincial funding totals $45,029 and is get to know and work with those programs to
community in the County, primarily west of the made available through grants from Children's compliment what they're already doing. Our
Hwy (Mackay Rd) to Anderson Rd. Services. It is intended to provide services relating intention is to tailor it to the community's needs,"
"There will be some programming in Wildwood said Robinson.
and Evansburg but the funding won't be strong,"
said FCSS Supervisor Wendy Robinson. Rezoning request for 9 hole golf course
"The province said we can't use it for preschools
because this is supposed to be a universal service.
Registration based preschools include a fee. There by Mikaela Kuefler expected to generate a low traffic volume for
really should be no fee. There's also more to early five months a year. The development traffic will
childhood development than playschools. The motion to rezone a property south of Hwy use the low volume Range Road 195 A to access
Preschools are great and we support them at FCSS 16 near Millers Lake (PT SE 06-53- 19-W5) from Hwy 16. In the 20 years horizon scenario, no
but the province has a broader scope in mind for Rural District (RD) to Recreational Use (RU) improvements will be required to the existing
PLC programming," said Robinson. District for a proposed golf course on the property intersection or rail crossing to accommodate this
Since 2006, the County's FCSS received funding had its first reading on May 9 by Yellowhead additional traffic on the road.
which has increased to an amount of $40,029 Council. CN had no further comments or objections
annually for PLC services from the North Central The property is 152.74 acres and is owned by regarding the crossing at 145.51 Edson sub.
Region through a partnership agreement. They Erich Ploentzke. It has been developed with a Yellowhead County Infrastructure Services
also receive $5,000 per year from the Edmonton private nine hole golf course. Presently, Ploentzke commented that it exclusively deals with the
and Area Region. wishes to re-district this property for recreational highway access and the CN crossing. The existing
"PLC's are meant to improve lives of children use to accommodate a public nine hole golf local road connections are low standard but do not
and parents. Kids are more successful and adjusted course. meet the six meter minimum width requirement.
when involved with PLC. Families can be Alberta Transportation has commented that they The County has not received comments from
improved overall," said Director of Community need a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) to assess Alberta Transportation regarding the TIA but it is
Services Chris Read. the impacts on the intersection and to identify any anticipated that their comments will come in the
The consensus is that the first five years of a required improvements. In addition, they stated near future.
child's life is the mort important. "The more that access to the subject parcel may be more “I'm in favor of people developing on their
opportunities you can give them in the first five circuitous when Hwy 16 is made into a freeway. property as long as they don't affect the general
years, the more successful they will be as they The TIA was submitted in March 2017 and it public,” said Councilor Shawn Berry.
grow up. You save a lot of money if you invest in was concluded that the proposed golf course is A Public Hearing will be held on June 13.
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