Town examining water supply to determine steps for addressing growth

During their regular meeting May 27, Sylvan Lake councillors:

During their regular meeting May 27, Sylvan Lake councillors:

• heard in the chief administrative officer’s report that a study of the present status of town water supply capacity has begun. “Our engineers are reviewing the current pumping and licensing statistics, anticipated new development growth and possible indications from the recently conducted aquifer report by Golder Associates,” stated the report. “It is intended to develop a position which will be presented to Alberta Environment and Sylvan Lake Regional Water Commission detailing the next steps necessary to obtain additional sustainable supply for increasing demand in the region.”

• were provided with an overview of the 2013 traffic analysis which includes a traffic study and safety plan. The plan includes an enforcement calendar which indicates which areas of town, intersections, school zones and roads will be targeted for various traffic offences or monthly safety themes.

• approved the terms of reference for the Sylvan Lake Tourism Strategy Steering Committee and appointed Joel Johannson, Catherine Bais, Graham Parsons, Vicki Kurz, Joanne Gaudet and Betty Osmond to the committee. Dale Plante will serve as the council representative on the committee.

The project is to be completed by October.

Kurz, the town’s economic development officer, indicated the committee is not to develop policy but is to guide her since she’s new to town. She explained public meetings facilitated by consultants are being used to develop the strategy.

A May 10 session attracted 20 people and about 30 were scheduled for a half day meeting May 28.

• unanimously approved a corporate communications strategy for the town developed by consultant Downy Norris and Associates. The strategy addressed both communications with staff and with residents and visitors.

Recommendations will be used to develop actions to address various sections of the report over a two-three year phase-in.

• proclaimed Seniors Week in Sylvan Lake as June 3-9.

• cancelled their August 12 council meeting so they will only meet once in August — on the 26th. Councillors normally cancel one meeting in December and another during the summer.