by Colin Smith
PROPERTY TAX SALE WITHDRAWN
A Morinville property is no longer headed to the auction block for tax arrears.
At its special meeting on Tuesday Council moved to rescind motions approving the tax sale of Tax Roll #169300, Legal Description: Plan 7923020; Block 27; lot 44.
The sale was cancelled because the arrears balance was paid in full as of June 5.
Originally scheduled for April 9, the tax sale had been deferred to June 25 because of the Covid-19 crisis. The reserve bid for the property was $315,000.
HALF MILLION IN GAS TAX FUNDING
The Town of Morinville is getting $565,897 in federal money this year through the Gas Tax Fund.
Morinville’s share of the $244 million allocated to Alberta in 2020 was announced in a letter from Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu received by Council.
The Gas Tax Fund is designed to provide predictable and long-term funding in support of municipal infrastructure that contributes to cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Ordinarily, the funding is allocated twice each year, but the 2020 allocation of $2.2 billion is being provided in a single payment with the aim on helping communities recover as quickly as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic.
GTE funding amounts for all Alberta municipalities and Metis settlements are posted on the provincial government website at open.alberta.ca/pulications/cas-tax-fund-allocations.
TOWN COULD GET CONCRETE ROADS
Morinville could begin asking contractors bidding on road and paving projects to quote for use of concrete as well as asphalt.
Director of Public Works Iain Bushell told Council that when putting out requests for proposals, contractors could be asked for quotes for having the work done in concrete versus asphalt, and that can then be considered in relation to the whole project.
Bushell was responding to a question from Deputy Mayor Sarah Hall, related to a letter to Council from representatives of the concrete and cement industries promoting the use of concrete for road and paving projects.
Hall said she was impressed by some of the images of concrete roundabouts and other infrastructure accompanying the letter, and wondered if its use was feasible from a cost point of view.
Bushell indicated the cost for concrete can be significantly higher, but that might be made up through lower maintenance costs, and it may make sense in high-traffic areas.