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Inspirational Olympic skier to speak in Wildwood

submitted by Connie Gatzke have the use of either leg and skied with some come to Wildwood to speak at our TOPS Open
form of apparatus, and blind competitors who House on Thursday, October 6.
With the summer Para Olympics in Rio it is skied with a seeing guide. It is my hope that people in Wildwood and
really quite timely that the people of Wildwood His presentation was peppered with video clips surrounding area will mark that date on their
and area can actually meet a local winter that informed and amused. His positive calendar. We understand that Kirk will be at
Olympian. personality radiated on stage and while Wildwood School earlier in the afternoon of the
In May members of the Wildwood TOPS mingling with the members later. He placed his same day. Kirk's message was very powerful and
chapter attended their yearly conference in Jasper. skies and helmets and suits on display. Basically could be applied to an Olympian and to ordinary
The motivational speaker was Kirk Schornstein, a overlooking his disabled right arm he shared people with less lofty goals. Please make an effort
member with the Canadian Para Alpine World some of his beliefs that allowed him to be an to attend.
Cup Ski Team, a dynamic young man from Olympic competitor.
Spruce Grove. Like all Olympians he has a rigorous training Yellowhead County
Kirk's message was informative, inspiring, and schedule and is often away from home to access
for some of us, unforgettable. He told us about suitable training facilities. So we are very lucky Community
the levels of Alpine skiing: competitors who could that this busy, energetic young man who will be
stand on both or one leg, competitors who did not home in Spruce Grove for a short time, will Recreation Grants
Next Grant Deadline is September 30
County approves joint purchase of Assistance Grant
Community Hall/Outdoor Amenity Capital

• Registered non-profit groups will be eligible to
plow-sweeper for Edson Airport apply for funding assistance with capital projects
which could include renovations, repairs, furniture
purchases, equipment purchases, new facility, new
Mikaela Kuefler council to support the purchase as described. outdoor amenity, etc.
Councilor Fred Priestley-Wright asked if there Recreation Program & Event Grant
During the Yellowhead County Council meeting was any other equipment that would have to be • Registered non-profit groups will be eligible to
on September 13 council discussed the approval replaced in the near future. The only thing being apply for funding up to $2000 for programs and
of an unbudgeted capital expenditure for the looked at was a pickup truck that may need events that provide cultural, fitness, sport and/or
Edson Airport. replacing in a year or two stated Ramme. other recreational opportunities to the community
The Town and County are 50/50 partners in the Councilor Jack Williams asked, "Wouldn't it be Arts & Recreation Initiatives Fund
operation and maintenance of the facility. advantageous to have this equipment on a • Registered non-profit groups will be eligible to
Chief Administrative Officer Jack Ramme said lifecycle so we can budget for it?" Ramme apply for funding for new initiatives in recreation
that he had recently taken a tour of the Edson answered, "I agree. With their new operations and culture facilities, programs and services that
Airport and was given an overview of the state of manager they are trying to look ahead. On a go will have ongoing benefits to the community
repair of the current maintenance equipment in forward basis I think you will see they will have a The next application deadline is September 30,
use. "The equipment is very old and parts have plan put in place." 2016.
become difficult to find. It is the joint opinion of Mayor Gerald Soroka asked how many hours Applications can be found at
both administrations that this equipment should were on the machine as it is a demo unit. Ramme or picked up at the
be replaced as soon as possible." stated there was about 500 hours. "Typically this County offices in Edson or Wildwood. For more
The proposed machine, a Schmidt Compact Jet machine is in the million dollar range," said information contact Crystal McNernie at 780-723-
Sweeper is a plow, sweeper, and blower Ramme. The typical lifespan of this type of 4800.
combination. As a demo machine the price of machine would exceed
$504,162.00 was well below the list price of a 7,500 hours council
new machine. County's share would be heard.
$252,081.00. The motion to move
"This is a non-budgeted item and should it be ahead with the purchase
approved it will need to come from our general was carried.
capital reserve fund," said Ramme. -with files from Dana
Council Dawn Mitchell made the motion asking McArthur

County proceeds with

Marlboro lagoon

Yellowhead County will proceed Bylaw 15.16 Road Closure –
with the detailed design and tender Council passed Bylaw 15.16 that
preparation of a new lagoon for closed a portion of a road plan west
Marlboro. The estimated cost of the of Edson so it can be consolidated
lagoon construction is $2,163,000 with an adjoining property. The
($1,622,250 Province and $540,750 landowner will be required to pay
Yellowhead County). Detailed the assessed value of the land
design and tender preparation will be (approximately $1,068.14). No
completed in 2016 and construction concerns from were brought forward
to start in 2017. during the Public Hearing for this
9 Mile Hill Re-Grading Tender bylaw.
– Council awarded the contract for Peers ASP Steering Committee –
grade lowering of Nine-Mile Hill on Three County residents were chosen
the Wolf Lake Road to Morgan from the submitted applications to
Construction & Environmental Ltd. sit on the Peers Area Structure Plan
at a total tender price of Steering Committee. The role of the
$2,760,037.70. This will allow the Steering Committee is to help
project to proceed in 2016. facilitate discussions with the public
Bylaw 07.16 – Council passed and to make recommendations
Bylaw 7.16 that closes a portion of regarding the Statutory Plan which
road adjacent to Highway 16 near will help guide and inform any
Jasper Park gates and consolidate it future growth and development in
with the adjacent properties. The the Peers area.
landowner will be responsible to pay The next Council Meetings is
$6,500.00 (the assessed value of September 27, 2016. The next
land) and any surveying costs. No Committee of the Whole Council
concerns from were brought forward Meeting is September 19, 2016. All
during the Public Hearing for this meetings start at 9:30 a.m. in the
bylaw. Council Chambers.
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