Mountain View County Council (Alberta, Canada) has been granted the CA$13,709,610 project budget for 2022. The budget outlines projects throughout the municipality, including road works and upgrade plans.
The decision was made during the council’s most recent scheduled meeting, held online and in person.
According to a report, the budget provides projects for different departments, with the bulk of the money devoted to operational services; however, there is also funding for chief administrative officer (CAO) services, legislative services, corporate services, as well as planning and development.
Operational services projects include CA$600,000 for the asphalt long patching program, CA$1.68 million on the re-gravel program, CA$1.5 million for the re-chipping program, CA$1.1 million for the base stabilization program, CA$200,000 for the subdivision chip program, CA$300,000. for the stripping of gravel pit program, CA$870,000 for the gravel pit reclamation, and CA$1 million for the Twp. Rd. 322 overlay project.
One CA$25,000 legislative services department project involves improvements to council meetings’ streaming and agenda software.
“Although Zoom has provided the county with a valuable tool to use during the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not have the added functionality that other programs offer, such as agenda creation, efficient remote attendance for participants, or indexing of items for future review,” said CAO Jeff Holmes.
Other projects from the department of legislative affairs include fencing for CA$40,000 of the county’s lands, CA$25,000 on the replacement of photo/video libraries as well as CA$33,000 for the airport and business parks signage, CA$85,000 for the Cremona fire-command vehicle program, and CA$35,000 for Water Valley Hall training area.
Councilors decided not to go ahead with a project totaling CA$53,650, which would have created an area of day-use at a former Campbell pit.
Projects that fall under the CAO Services include CA$15,000 for fired-preparedness in the Bearberry Protection Area.
“This project will include development of a strategic-level wildfire preparedness guide and development of a tactical-level structure plan for the multi-lot subdivisions, rural properties, youth, and – in the Bearberry area.”
Corporate service projects will cost CA$260,600 for hardware and software upgrades.
“The intent of this project is to keep our organizational software and hardware current,” he said. “There will be fluctuations in the yearly purchases based on life cycles of the products purchased and the changing demands of the organization and outside shareholders.”
Another CA$32,000 plan would be to control gate access.
“We will not be replacing any gates,” he said. “We will be increasing security at all four (county) shops by integrating the existing powered gates we have into the door access control system.”
Another departmental project of CA$65,000 could be used for aerial photos of the properties within the county. Various departments will utilize the images.
The entire 2022 budget can be viewed on the website of the county.