Year in Review

Key Milestones Fuel County’s Momentum in 2017

The arrival of the new year marks the beginning of a renewed drive within the ranks of County Council, staff and management. Back to regular municipal business following the holiday season, we refocus our efforts on making the County an even better place to live, work and play.

Much has been achieved over the past year. As we kick off the new year, I’d like to provide a look back at some of the more noteworthy achievements of 2016. We made some much-needed changes to firefighting programs and facilities in order to better serve the County and better equip those who work to keep it safe. We completed a new Intermunicipal Development Plan that is designed to facilitate new growth and attract economic development to the region. We have strengthened our communications program in order to better engage ratepayers in a two-way conversation, and we have worked hard to introduce a new FCSS delivery model aimed at better meeting the changing needs of the community.

2016 was a year of positive achievements for the County, but it was not without its setbacks. We were all saddened by the passing of Councillor Dwight Davidson in October. Councillor Davidson will be dearly missed as a friend and colleague, and his many contributions to the County will endure as his legacy. Resourcefulness is one standard by which we measure our efforts at Lac Ste. Anne County. As stewards of County growth and prosperity, we continually look for more efficient and effective ways of doing business. I’d like to personally commend County staff and administration for the vital roles they have played in better steering the County through the ups, downs and economic uncertainties of 2016. Your enthusiasm, your commitment and your tireless efforts form a large part of what makes our region so resilient. We are all aware of the many reasons why Lac Ste. Anne County is such a great place to live. By continuing to pull in the same direction, we can make it even better.

In the words of the great industrialist, Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” I am confident that in working together, we will achieve many successes both large and small to the net benefit of the County.

Mayor Bill Hegy


Download the 2016 Year in Review in PDF format

Municipal Government

Stewarding Lac Ste. Anne County

Lac Ste. Anne County is a governing body in central Alberta, Canada. Its administrative office is located in Sangudo, about an hour west of Edmonton.

Lac Ste. Anne County welcomes you to a uniqueness that only we can offer. I ask you to explore our natural capital; namely our lakes, rivers, campsites, towns and hamlets and visit with our best assets, the residents of the County. Lac Ste. Anne County presents a rural/urban cultural blend with agriculture continuing to be the economic stabilizer of the County. I invite you to explore our website and personally welcome you to Lac Ste. Anne County.

Our Vision: Lac Ste. Anne County is prosperous, progressive and collaborative, building on our strong sense of community and our agricultural roots, and providing a diverse range of opportunities for growth.


Our Mission: Lac Ste. Anne County acts in the best interests of the County as whole to create a positive environment for economic growth, citizen and community engagement, and the provision of services and sustainable infrastructure.


Our Values: Lac Ste. Anne County's decisions are guided by: accountability; transparency; collaboration; trust; respect; integrity; diversity; environmental sustainability; and financial responsibility.


Statistical Profile of Lac Ste. Anne County

Current available Statistical information about Lac Ste. Anne County's population, education, labour, income, building permits, dwellings and major projects can be found at the Regional Dashboard section of the Government of Alberta website. Here are just a few general statistics about the region:

  • Total land area: 3,004.71 sq. km.
  • County roads: 1,263 mi. / 2,033 km.
  • 2016 population: 10,899
  • 2013 population: 10,260
  • 2008 population: 10,260
  • 2006 population: 9,516
  • 2001 population: 8,948
  • 1996 population: 8,737

FOIP

Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy (FOIP)

Lac Ste. Anne County came under the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act on October 1, 1995. The FOIP Act aims to strike a balance between the public's right to know and the individual's right to privacy with regard to records held by the municipality.

The FOIP Act is based on five fundamental principles:

  • To allow a right of access to any person to the records in the custody or control of a public body, subject only to limited and specific exceptions;
  • To control the manner in which a public body may collect personal information from individuals; to control the use that a public body may make of that information; and to control the disclosure by a public body of that information;
  • To allow individuals a right of access to information about themselves which is held by a public body, subject only to limited and specific exceptions;
  • To allow individuals the right to request corrections to information about themselves held by a public body; and
  • To provide for independent review of decisions made by a public body under the legislation.

These principles are the building blocks of the Act, as well as a point of reference for the examination of other provisions. Information is often routinely made available through official publications and websites, or over the phone. Public bodies have policies allowing staff to provide certain categories of information on request, so you often do not need to use the process provided under the FOIP Act to obtain access to the vast majority of information held by public bodies in Alberta.

Before making a FOIP request, it may be helpful to contact the public body concerned for advice on the most appropriate method of obtaining access to the information you need. If other methods do not satisfy your needs, a formal request for access to information under the FOIP Act ("a FOIP request") may be the best way to proceed.

If you would like to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, complete the Request to Access to Information form and return it by mail or fax to the Lac Ste. Anne County FOIP Coordinator, Stacey Wagner.

If you are making a request for general information, the initial fee is $25. Additional fees may be charged for processing costs over $150. There is no fee for a request for personal information unless the cost of producing copies exceeds $10.

The FOIP Act requires public bodies to respond within 30 calendar days of receiving your request. The response will either provide the requested information or explain why the information is not being disclosed. In the case of a request for correction of personal information, the response will either state the correction has been made, or say the record has not been corrected but it has been annotated. The 30-day deadline may be extended if, for example, large volumes of records are involved or if third parties need to be consulted.

If you are not sure if your request falls under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, please do not hesitate to contact the FOIP Coordinator.

There are a number of records that can be released under certain circumstances. Examples include:

Building permit information and related documentation: The records requested would be reviewed to determine whether any of the exceptions to disclosure in the FOIP Act apply, and then all or part of the records would be released based on this review.

Drawings and plans: These documents can be viewed but are copyrighted and cannot be copied unless you have written permission from the company/person that created them. If the drawings are hand drawn and do not have a copyright, the document belongs to the person who created the drawings and their written permission is required. While the County can advise you of the name of the company you need to contact, it is the requestor’s responsibility to obtain the required permission.

Real Property Reports: Can a Real Property Report be released to a prospective purchaser of property, to a new owner, or to anyone else?
• The requested records would be reviewed to determine whether any of the exceptions to disclosure in the FOIP Act would apply and then all or part of the records would be released based upon the application of the Act.
• It is unlikely that the report on a residential property would contain personal information or commercial or technical information under section 16 of the Act.

Assessment Roll information: Assessment summaries for all properties are available on our website. An appointment can be made for inspection of the Assessment Roll at the County Office. Please note that it can be viewed only, and an appointment must be booked.

Tax and utility account information: Only registered owners are privy to their own information. If you are not the registered owner of the subject property, proper authorization is required from the registered landowner(s).

Contact information for landowners (i.e. for service of documents, collection of debt or other legal matters): Lac Ste. Anne County is only permitted to release information for the purpose for which it was collected (i.e. administering tax accounts). The information is not collected for the examples given and, therefore, the County is prohibited from in providing information to requestors by the Act. Under the Act, this information can only be disclosed if another piece of legislation provides for it (e.g. Maintenance Enforcement Act, Income Tax Act).

Release of cemetery records: Under the Act, disclosure of personal information is an unreasonable invasion of privacy if the individual has been deceased for less than 25 years. Although this can be considered on a case by case basis, the County’s practice is not to release personal information until the 25 year requirement is met.

Information regarding a complainant: The County’s practice is to not release the personal information of an individual who files a complaint against another individual unless this information is necessary to resolving the issue (e.g. required at trial). If the name of the complainant is to be released, the individual will be advised before having their name disclosed. Information regarding bylaw infractions: The County is unable to advise whether or not an individual or business has been issued a notice or offence ticket for violation of a bylaw. The County can only confirm that bylaws are enforced when individuals and businesses are found to be in non-compliance. Once a violation ticket or court appearance has been dealt with, interested parties should contact the appropriate courthouse with requests for information.

Contract information: Contract information can be released to the public but may be released in a severed form. Under the Act, information harmful to the business interests of a contractor and/or proprietary information must be protected.

Click on the link below to download a printable PDF version of the request form:

Personal information is managed and protected according to the FOIP Act, and we will retain your information only as long as is required for those original purposes. The length of time we retain information varies depending on the product or service and the nature of the information. This period may extend beyond the end of your relationship with us but only for so long as is legally necessary for us to have sufficient information to respond to any issue that may arise later. When your information is no longer needed for the purposes explained to you, we have procedures to destroy, delete, erase or convert it to an anonymous form.

When you send us an email or ask us to respond to you by email, we learn your exact email address and any information you have included in the email. We use your email address to acknowledge your comments or reply to your questions, and we will store your message and our reply in case we correspond further. We may also use your email address to send you information about other services of Lac Ste. Anne County that we believe may be of interest to you. If you don't want us to contact you with other service information by email, you may tell us so at any time. Remember, email over the Internet is generally unencrypted. As part of an application, Lac Ste. Anne County may request that you transmit confidential information to us over the internet. In these cases we will ensure the transmissions are encrypted. We recommend you use caution when forwarding freeformat email messages to us and that you do not include confidential information (for example, an account number) on those unencrypted messages.

Letters from residents normally include personal information like name, address, phone numbers, and possibly opinions and other personal information. In deciding whether to disclose the personal information of individuals at public council or committee meetings, municipalities need to balance the dual objectives of open government and protection of privacy. Under Section 197 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), meetings of a Council or a Council Committee must be conducted in public, except where there is authority to hold the meetings in the absence of the public. Under Section 198 of the MGA, the public has a right to be present at Council and Committee meetings conducted in public. Given the public nature of Council and Committee meetings, an individual writing to a Councillor or to the Administration of a Municipality may have a reasonable expectation that their correspondence, including their personal information, could be disclosed at a public Council or Committee meeting.

Site Use Policy

Welcome to the Lac Ste. Anne County Website

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about Lac Ste. Anne County ("we" or "the County"). No other use is permitted.

Access to and use of this site is governed by these Terms and Conditions, as well as applicable laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations. By accessing this site, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set forth below.

We reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms and Conditions so that you will be apprised of any changes. Your use of the site following any modification in these Terms and Conditions will signify your assent to and acceptance of the modified Terms and Conditions.

Your use and browsing of the site is at your own risk. While we use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on the site, we make no warranties or representations as to its accuracy or completeness. We assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the site's content.

Neither the County nor any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering the site is liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the site. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the site is provided to you "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

The County assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable, for any damages to, or viruses that may infect your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in the site or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from the site.

You should assume that everything you see or read on the site is copyrighted unless otherwise noted and may not be used without the written permission of the County except as provided in these Terms and Conditions or in the text on the site.

The County neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on the site will not infringe rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with the County. Images of people or places displayed on the site are either the property of, or used with permission by, the County. The use of these images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by these Terms and Conditions or specific permission provided elsewhere on the site. Any unauthorized use of the images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes.

The trademarks, logos, and service marks (collectively the "Trademarks") displayed on the site are registered and unregistered trademarks of the County or others. Nothing contained on the site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademarks displayed on the site without the written permission of the County or such third party that may own the Trademarks displayed on the site. Your misuse of the Trademarks displayed on the site, or any other content on the site, except as provided in these Terms and Conditions, is strictly prohibited. You are also advised that the County will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, which may include the seeking of criminal prosecution.

When you submit or post any content to the site, you represent that you have a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right (including any moral rights) and license to use, license, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, communicate to the public, perform and display the content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, for the full term of any worldwide intellectual property right that may exist in such content. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting any unacceptable content, including, without limitation, unlawful, threatening, libellous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material or any material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. We reserve the right to remove unacceptable content or links posted by you at any time. We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing the County to disclose the identity of anyone posting any unacceptable content.

Although the County may from time to time create new features, or monitor or review postings, transmissions, and the like on the site, the County is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the content of any such locations nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, danger, or inaccuracy contained in any information contained within such locations on the site.

You agree to indemnify and hold each of the County, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, sponsors, successors and assigns harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, due to or arising out of your (i) misuse of the site; (ii) violation of these Terms and Conditions; or (iii) infringement of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.

This site is controlled, operated and administered by the County and its assigns from its offices in Alberta, Canada. We make no representation that the site is appropriate or available for use at other locations outside of Canada, and access to the site from jurisdictions where the site is illegal is prohibited. If you access the site from a location outside of Canada, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws.

 

Reeve and Councillors

Message from Reeve Blakeman

Just a quick drive west of the Province of Alberta's capital city, Lac Ste. Anne County welcomes you to a special mix of rural warmth and urban proximity that only we can offer. I encourage you to explore our abundant natural capital; namely our lakes, rivers, campsites, towns and hamlets and visit with our best assets, the residents of the County.

Lac Ste. Anne County presents a rural/urban cultural blend with agriculture continuing to be the economic stabilizer of the County. I encourage you to explore our website for the information and resources relevant to your interests, and I personally invite you to make the most of our unique and exceptional region.

Joe Blakeman | Reeve, Councillor, Division 5

jblakeman (@) lsac.ca
  (780) 918-1916

  • Municipal Committee (Council)
  • Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • Alberta Beach IDP Committee
  • Beachwave Park Committee
  • Darwell Wastewater Lagoon Commission
  • Lac Ste. Anne County Library Board
  • Lake Isle, Lac Ste. Anne Water Quality Management Society (Alternate)
  • North 43 Lagoon Commission


Your County Councillors

Lac Ste. Anne County Council consists of a Reeve and six Councillors, representing seven municipal divisions. Municipal elections are held every four years on the third Monday in the month of October pursuant to the Municipal Government Act and the Local Authorities Election Act. The last municipal election was held on October 16, 2017.

Public Council meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. Council welcomes all to attend and observe Council meetings. Those who wish to present information to Council are encouraged to review Section (h [Delegations and Appointments]) of Lac Ste. Anne County Bylaw #17-20.

Lorne Olsvik | Councillor, Div. 1

L Olsvik
 lolsvik (@) lsac.ca
 (780) 937-5360
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Municipal Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • East End Bus Committee
  • Hwy 43 East Waste Commission
  • North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance Committee (Alternate)
  • Onoway Inter-Municipal Development Committee
  • WILD Water Commission

 

Nick Gelych | Councillor, Div. 2, Deputy Reeve

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 ngelych (@) lsac.ca
 (780) 903-9393
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Municipal Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Alberta Recreational Lakes Committee
  • East End Bus Committee (Liaison)
  • Community Futures - Yellowhead East
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance Committee
  • Onoway Inter-Municipal Development Committee
  • Onoway Regional Medical Clinic Board of Directors
  • Sturgeon River Watershed Alliance (SRWA)
  • Wage Negotiating Committee

 

 

George Vaughan | Councillor, Div. 3

Vacant
gvaughan (@) lsac.ca
  (780) 967-3469
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Municipal Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Alberta Beach IDP Committee
  • Beachwave Park Committee
  • George Pegg Botanic Garden Society
  • Hwy 43 East Waste Commission
  • Lac La Nonne Enhancement Protection Association / Lac La Nonne Watershed Stewardship Group
  • North 43 Lagoon Commission 


Steve Hoyda | Councillor, Div. 4

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 shoyda (@) lsac.ca
 (780) 674-8080
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Municipal Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • Agricultural Services Board
  • Campground Committee
  • Darwell Wastewater Lagoon Commission
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee (Alternate)
  • Hwy 43 Come Play With Me Early Childhood Coalition (Alternate)
  • Hwy 43 East Waste Commission (Alternate)
  • Lac Ste. Anne Foundation (Alternate)
  • Lake Isle, Lac Ste. Anne Water Quality Management Society
  • Sturgeon River Watershed Alliance (SRWA)

 

Ross Bohnet | Councillor, Div. 6

R Bohnet
 rbohnet (@) lsac.ca
 (780) 786-4290
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Municipal Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • Agricultural Services Board
  • Athabasca Watershed Advisory Group
  • West End Bus Committee
  • Campground Committee
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • Fallen Four Visitor Centre / Mayerthorpe Library Project Committee
  • Lac Ste. Anne County Library Board
  • Lac Ste. Anne Foundation
  • Mayerthorpe Inter-Municipal Development Committee
  • Millar Western Advisory Committee
  • Ste. Anne Emergency Response Centre - Building & Operational Committee
  • Upper Athabasca Watershed Council (Alternate)
  • Whitecourt / LSA Adult Learning

Lloyd Giebelhaus | Councillor, Div. 7

L Giebelhaus
 lgiebelhaus (@) lsac.ca
  (780) 785-2095
Board & Committee Appointments
  • Municipal Committee
  • Municipal Planning Commission (MPC)
  • Enforcement Review Committee
  • Agricultural Services Board
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Athabasca Watershed Advisory Committee
  • West End Bus Committee
  • Campground Committee
  • Fallen Four Visitor Centre / Mayerthorpe Library Project Committee (Alternate)
  • Hwy 43 Come Play With Me Early Childhood Coalition
  • Lac Ste. Anne Foundation (Alternate)
  • Mayerthorpe Inter-Municipal Development Committee
  • Provincial Agricultural Services Board
  • Ste. Anne Emergency Response Centre - Building & Operational Committee
  • Upper Athabasca Watershed Council

 

Bylaws and Policies

Active County Legislation

Browse the tables below to review the most current Lac Ste. Anne County bylaws and policies on record.


Document Library

A Growing Archive of County Forms and Resources

Browse this section to explore a variety of different publications and notices of relevance to County residents and business owners. If you're searching for a County form or resource not found here, please contact Lac Ste. Anne County Administration.


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Agendas & Minutes

Explore County Agenda & Minutes Archives

Lac Ste. Anne County Council typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. All meetings commence at 9:30 am and are open to the public. Meeting agendas are available Here in this section of the website. Minutes of meetings will also be posted here once approved by Council. The Municipal Government Act states that minutes will be taken without note or comment per Section 208(1)(a). The chief Administrative Officer must ensure that all minutes of council meetings are recorded in the English language, without note or comment.

All residents are welcome to attend Council meetings and take part in the County's democratic process. Should you wish to address Council or participate in a discussion item, an appointment must be booked through the Executive Secretary at least 8 working days prior to the meeting.


Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Agendas Minutes
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Municipal Planning Committee Agendas and Minutes

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County Org Chart

Lac Ste. Anne County Org Chart as of October 2016

The following diagram shows the Lac Ste. Anne County organizational chart effective October 1, 2016. Click on the image to expand.

LSAC Org Chart SM 102016

Administration Office Information

The County's New Administrative Home

Lac Ste. Anne County Council acknowledged the need to build a new administration office. Since that time, Council and staff have been touring other municipal offices to learn what's worked and what hasn't. They listened to suggestions during those tours, hired experts to help guide the process, manage the project, and develop a design that meets the County's growing needs.

On September 15, 2015, Council approved funding for the new administration building. Approximately 80% of funding will come from grants. The balance is from money already saved for this project. The estimated construction cost of the building is $8.3 million. The total estimated project cost is $11.7 million.


Project Status Updates

Russell Farmer & Assoicates has been engaged to complete an external review of our process for the New Administration Office (NAO). This review began with the first motion of Council in the fall of 2013, and reviewed all motions and bylaws up to summer 2017.

The review will provide an overview of the process, and will also provide recommendations. Administration will review the recommendations and implement them for future projects. The Governance Process & Practices Report is available for download below in PDF format.

 View the Governance Process & Practices Report

We are fully functional in the new Administrative Office, and we welcome the public to drop by for a tour. This facility is a vast improvement from the three aging offices previously occupied by County staff. It is a safe and healthy workplace and an accessible public facility that ensures adequate room to grow for many years to come. As well, the new Council chambers have been designed with additional public space to observe Council proceedings.

The total budget for the new Administrative Office was set at $11.7M. Budget numbers, when compared to all original invoices, preliminary show the total expenditures at $11.625M. While there remain various items to purchase or build, we will budget for these items accordingly in future years. The intent with the overall budget was to provide for a fully-functioning office, which is what we have achieved. Future projects include sidewalks; pavement from Highway 43; permanent signage adjacent to Highway 43; and related environmental improvements. A budget vs. actual comparison is indicated below.

To date, we have seen minimal cracking (which is typical for a new building), and we continue to work in stride with our contractor and design team to resolve deficiencies and determine remedies for long-term success. During this shakeout period, we thank residents for their patience and understanding as the contractor and design team are given time to finalize.

Project Budget Update: September 13, 2017

Description Budget Committed Forecast Cost at Completion Forecast Variance at Completion
 1  Construction $8,325,463 $8,325,463 $8,325,463 -
 2  Architects $480,000 $533,477 $533,477 $53,477
 3  Geo-Technologists $10,700 $80,813 $80,813 $70,113
 4  Project Management $275,000 $286,260 $286,260 $11,260
 5  Other Consultants $50,000 $22,970 $22,970 $(27,030)
 6  Servicing $859,392 $1,361,322 $1,361,322 $501,930
 7  FF&E & Move $500,000 $210,138 $210,138 $(289,862)
 8  Land $240,000 $241,097 $241,097 $1,097
 9  Contingency $989,108 $586,466 $586,466 $(420,642)
   Total $11,729,663 $11,630,005 $11,630,005 $(99,658)

The project is still working towards a completion of May 31, 2017. However, it was decided that the substantial completion and the final completion inspections will not be done until the floor issue has been resolved. All parties involved are currently working on fixing the issue which may cause some delays on handover. Casman is now setting up commissioning, testing and inspections. With regards to the finishing Casman is working on wrapping up final touches and should be completing all the work toward the end of May. The expected move-in date is mid to late June.

Construction Status

Casman has confirmed that they are aiming to have all the work completed by May 31, 2017 with the exception of the uneven concrete floor issue. At this time the construction activity status is as follows:

  • All major construction materials are on site
  • Interior wall framing is complete
  • Drywall installation complete
  • Mudding and taping is nearly complete (approx. 98%)
  • Painting work is nearly complete including the vault (95%)
  • Millwork has been substantially installed (approx. 98%)
  • Majority of Flooring has been installed i.e. carpet, tiles and polished concrete (approx.98%)
  • Acoustic ceilings grids and tiles are nearly complete (95%)
  • Window and Glass installation is nearly complete (98%)
  • HVAC and the Mechanical equipment is in place (95%)
  • Testing/commissioning/balancing to start week of May 15th
  • Electrical work is in progress – Delayed due to disagreement between Casman and Electrical sub – Light fixtures are currently installed except bee hive lights which have arrived onsite (approx. 80%)
  • County’s contractors for the new Fire Protection system near complete (approx. 96%)
  • County to coordinate AV equipment and installation for the Council Chambers
  • Backup Generator installed. Connection to the building pending
  • Tie-in for the Fire protection system to be determined (extra design work)

Pending Decisions/Issues

Uneven Floors: There are numerous offices where the flooring is uneven. The concrete floor either slopes down towards the exterior of the building or has a hump in the middle of the room. Further investigation revealed that there is water under the slab which has caused the high plastic clay to heave. There are two likely reasons for the water, the site grading not completed or maintained properly in some areas causing the water to flow toward the foundation, or the downspouts are not discharging water further away from the building as should have been designed and constructed based on the geotechnical report. Based on the geotechnical report, the site grading was to slope away from the building which was not the case as observed in some areas and the downspouts were to be at least 3m away from the building which is not how it has been designed. Colliers Project Leaders provided recommendations (May 12) to possibly prevent further water infiltration and relieve the pressure from under the slab. However, it is recommended that cores will be required to determine how much further the sugrade will settle before repairing the floors. County to confirm if they want to proceed with coring.

Fire Protection System: County is currently working with own contractors to have this scope delivered prior to project completion as it is a critical component of occupancy.The county has made good progress on this work and is nearly complete. The tie-in design was not in A&E’s scope and have requested additional fees, however a breakdown has been requested for the fee proposal.

Furniture: The County will procure furniture. The County will coordinate delivery with Casman, once substantial completion is obtained. All the power requirements have been coordinated and Casman is proceeding with the changes.

A/V Systems: County awarded the AV systems and will be coordinating the work.The County A/V company will work with Casman’s electrician to complete this. No further action required.

Schedule Delay: Casman has now indicated a final completion/move-in date of May 31, 2017. However, they are having a disagreement with the second electrical sub that was brought on board. Casman has brought onboard a third contractor and the work is ongoing. Another Lien was filed by Ryfan (2nd contractor) in the amount of $172,000 which will be dealt with by Casman. Casman has indicated that they have a plan to take care of all Liens prior to building occupancy. An update to follow.

Budget

The project is currently on budget and the forecast is positive.

Total Project Budget: $11,729,663 
Total Committed Cost: $10,053,325

Original Construction Value: $7,953,604.81 
Revised Construction Value: $8,507.009.58

Total Contingency Remaining: $739,639
Forecast Cost at Completion: $10,930,023

Approved Change Orders: $553,404.77

Risks

The following are the major risks that are being monitored at this time:

Schedule Delays: Overall the progress on site has been slow. The progress claims justify this slow progress in terms of completion of work per month. The percent completion of some of the items has been slower than what Casman had provided in the schedule. Mitigation: Work with the contractor and architect to resolve any issues in a timely manner and only pursue changes that will not affect the critical path of the schedule.

Design Coordination: Some of the responses from A&E have not been coordinated to include all sub consultant reviews and have caused confusion on site. At this time, it is important to provide clear responses and have resolution on any issues. Mitigation: The frequency of the Site Owners meetings has been increased, to ensure that the issues are being resolved and the work is progressing in order to meet the schedule. In addition, we are increasing the regular communication, and the timing of that communication, to help ensure all responses are clear to all parties involved, in a timely manner. Recent RFIs and queries have seen a same day response and this type of response time will be the plan until project completion.

The contractor is currently working to complete the project such that the County can move-in by May, 2017. Based on the review, the progress on site has been gradual and some of the activities, especially the building envelope, are taking longer than expected. The project is on budget even with the potential delay costs.

Construction Status

Casman has confirmed that they are aiming to have the project substantially completed by February 8, 2017 and a final completion and County move-in date by end of May, 2017. At this time the construction activity status is as follows:

  • Mechanical systems are 95% complete and flushing has begun on the system. Permanent heat to be up and running by mid March.
  • Boarding is complete.
  • Mudding and Taping is complete.
  • Tiling is complete is WCs, vinyl flooring install has begun and carpet tile installation will begin when permanent heat is on in the building.
  • Painting is 85% complete with some areas being held off on finals so it does not sustain damage.
  • Metal cladding and roofing system is 100% complete including gooseneck.
  • Sprinkler system is complete. Fire system still requires hookup of the fire panel, delivery and installation of the fire pump system, and verification inspection.
  • Barrier Free lift is installed, AEDARCA Inspection pending connection of power and dedicated phone line.
  • Vault has been delivered and installed.
  • Electrical scope is moving forward and all sub‐trades have been secured to complete this work.

Budget

The project is currently on budget and the forecast is positive.

Total Project Budget: $11,729,663 
Total Committed Cost: $10,036,078

Original Construction Value: $7,953,604.81 
Revised Construction Value: $8,383,623.86

Total Contingency Remaining: $756,887
Forecast Cost at Completion: $10,912,776

Approved Change Orders: $430,019.05

Risks

The following are the major risks that are being monitored at this time:

Schedule Delays: Overall the progress on site has been slow. The progress claims justify this slow progress in terms of completion of work per month. The percent completion of some of the items has been slower than what Casman had provided in the schedule. Mitigation: Work with the contractor and architect to resolve any issues in a timely manner and only pursue changes that will not affect the critical path of the schedule.

Design Coordination: Some of the responses from A&E have not been coordinated to include all subconsultant reviews and have caused confusion on site. At this time, it is important to provide clear responses and have resolution on any issues. Mitigation: Weekly site visits by Colliers Project Leaders to ensure that the issues are being resolved and the work is progressing in order to meet the schedule. In addition, we are increasing communication, and the timing of that communication, to help ensure all responses are clear to all parties involved, in a timely manner.

The contractor is currently working to complete the project such that the County can move-in on March 7, 2017. Based on the review, the progress on site has been gradual and some of the activities, especially the building envelope, are taking longer than expected. The project is on budget even with the potential delay costs.

Construction Status

Casman has confirmed that they are aiming to have the project substantially completed by February 8, 2017 and a final completion and County move-in date of March 7, 2017. At this time the construction activity status is as follows:

  • All major construction materials are on site
  • Interior wall framing is nearly complete (approx. 98%)
  • Drywall installation in progress (approx. 60%)
  • Primer coat in some of offices has been complete (25%)
  • Roofing and exterior cladding on going (80%)
  • Window installation is nearly complete (95%)
  • Plumbing rough-ins are in progress (75%)
  • Mechanical work is underway (approx. 55%)
  • HVAC and the Mechanical equipment is in place
  • Electrical work is in progress
  • County’s contractors have completed the pond for the new Fire System
  • Fire pump is on order
  • County awarded the fiber work which should commence shortly
  • County to coordinate AV equipment and installation for the Council Chambers

Pending Decisions/Issues

Fire Protection System: Casman provided pricing for this work, however, the pricing was unreasonable. The County will be completing this work by hiring their own contractor. This work is critical as it is required for occupancy. A plan is in place which will ensure that the system is in place when the building is complete.

Furniture: The County will procure furniture and provide confirmation. All the power requirements have been coordinated and Casman is proceeding with the changes.

Delay Claim: Casman provided a monthly pricing for the delay to the project. Colliers had provided a recommendation in September but is reviewing the back-up provided by Casman.

A/V Systems: County to coordinate the Council Chambers AV Equipment as the RFQ pricing came in over the budget. Casman is claiming that the AV is holding up the boarding in the council chambers. Colliers Project Leaders and the County have verbally told Casman to proceed during the December 13, 2016 Owners meeting, however, Casman seems reluctant to proceed until additional confirmation has been provided from the County. A delay on this should not be acceptable.

Risks

The following are the major risks that are being monitored at this time:

Schedule Delays: Overall the progress on site has been slow. The progress claims justify this slow progress in terms of completion of work per month. The percent completion of some of the items has been slower than what Casman had provided in the schedule. Mitigation: Work with the contractor and architect to resolve any issues in a timely manner and only pursue changes that will not affect the critical path of the schedule.

Design Coordination: Some of the responses from A&E have not been coordinated to include all subconsultant reviews and have caused confusion on site. At this time, it is important to provide clear responses and have resolution on any issues. Mitigation: Weekly site visits by Colliers Project Leaders to ensure that the issues are being resolved and the work is progressing in order to meet the schedule. In addition, we are increasing communication, and the timing of that communication, to help ensure all responses are clear to all parties involved, in a timely manner.

The project is currently progressing as per the revised schedule and tracking to be on budget. Casman's revised schedule shows a completion date on February 24, 2017, however, they are making efforts to complete the work as soon as possible.

Construction Status

Although Casman's revised schedule indicates a February 24, 2017 completion, many of the activities shown are being completed ahead of the currently indicated timelines. At this time, the construction activity status is as follows:

  • All major construction materials are on site
  • Interior wall framing is near complete (approx. 95%)
  • Drywall installation in progress (approx. 25%)
  • Roofing and exterior cladding underway (slow progress)
  • Window trim installation in progress
  • Plumbing runs in progress
  • Main ductwork is near complete (approx. 75%)
  • Electrical cabling in progress
  • County coordinated the installation of the waterline to the building
  • Electrical transformer completed
  • County awarded the fiber work and should commence shortly
  • AV equipment for the Council Room being finalized and an RFP has been issued

Project Budget Update: October 16, 2016

Description Budget Committed Forecast Cost at Completion Forecast Variance at Completion
 1  Construction $8,325,463 $8,130,462 $8,325,462 $0
 2  A&E Architects $480,000 $453,450 $453,450 -$26,550
 3  P. Machriboda $10,700 $10,700 $10,700 $0
 4  Colliers Project Leaders $275,000 $246,880 $246,880 -$28,120
 5  Misc. Consultants $50,000 $52,684 $90,184 $40,184
 6  Servicing $859,392 $365,744 $965,744 $106,352
 7  FF&E & Move $500,000 $0 $500,000 $0
 8  Land $240,000 $240,000 $240,000 $0
 9  Contingency $989,108 $341,774 $498,311 -$490,797
   Total $11,729,663 $9,841,695 $11,330,731 -$398,931


Administration Building FAQ

feasibility study in 2005 identified a number of physical problems with the existing building, including safety issues. Administration is presently spread throughout three buildings in Sangudo, with documents stored in each location, as well as off-site in C-cans.

The consultant in 2005 showed that renovating would be more expensive than building. We are restricted to two stories because of fire servicing capabilities, and there isn’t room to grow outwards from the present location.

A number of possible locations were considered within the service boundaries, but either they weren’t big enough, or the land was unsuitable for construction.

It will be south of Highway 43, east of Range Road 65, 1 mile east of the entrance to Sangudo, with easy access from Highway 43.

We reviewed all available land, but found that everything in our inventory was unsuitable in some way (e.g. size, access, land type, location, etc.). The selected site met all our criteria.

The County moved into the new Administrative Office in mid July, 2017, and is now fully operational at this location.

Except for public works staff and equipment, yes. Public works will continue to be strategically located throughout the county in order to provide effective service when necessary.

The County owns a combined District 1 (Onoway) and District 2 (Alberta Beach) Fire Station. The same location has office space to provide office services for the east end of the County. Administration is currently developing a plan for service. It is the old Ste. Anne Gas Co-op building.

The estimated construction cost of the building itself is $8.3 million for a 25,000 sq. ft. building, with a 2,500 sq. ft. mezzanine. The estimated project cost of $11.7 million includes everything to make it ready to move in, including (but not limited to):

  • Building
  • Land
  • Design
  • Landscaping
  • Parking Lot
  • Furniture
  • Project Management
  • Servicing
  • Contingency

More detailed information is included in the Needs Assessment.

Council and staff toured a number of other municipal buildings built in the past ten years, and most of the other municipalities mentioned the need to plan for growth. Many of them found it necessary to expand sooner than expected. Our 25,000 sq. ft. building will be large enough to accommodate office staff for many years. The 2,500 sq. ft. mezzanine level will provide additional storage space.

Phase two is designed into the plans, but won’t be implemented until required.

During the tours, we noted pros and cons of the other buildings. We eliminated a lot of the extras from the original design, but had good reasons for keeping other design elements. For example, flat roofs are more costly to maintain than sloped roofs. Natural light to offices means improved productivity, reduced absenteeism and better employee health.

The County will recover part of the cost of the land through a 10-year lease allowing for continued farming of the land not needed. After that time, the land could continue as farmland, be developed or sold.

The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grant helps support local infrastructure priorities and build strong, safe and resilient communities. Municipal Affairs has confirmed we’re approved to borrow up to $15.1 million from future grants.

Council didn’t budget to use the entire grant money allotted to the County each year. We will reserve 40% MSI money for necessary capital projects, and allow borrowing for long-term assets (i.e. bridges, towers, roads).

County Q&A

Answers to Recurring Public Questions

The County endeavors to deliver current, accurate and transparent information to ratepayers via this website as well as social media channels, print publications and personal interactions. On occasion, common questions about County initiatives and practices arise. These items are curated and answered below.

To assist ratepayers in finding the information and resources they need, contextual links to other areas of the County website are included where relevant.

It is important the County’s brand evolve in order to resonate with changing demographics, and to better align with the progressive organization Lac Ste. Anne County is striving to be. Our brand impacts everything from our ability to communicate with residents and foster a positive public image, to maintaining a competitive edge and establishing Lac Ste. Anne County as a professional and forward-thinking business entity. The previous County logo went virtually unchanged following the twentieth anniversary in 1990.

The budget for rebranding was set as part of the 2016 operating budget at $50,000 (Account County Logo Redesign). The new logo was developed by the County’s communications firm Rdeca Group within the scope of its contract at no additional cost. Most bran touchpoints such as letterhead, envelopes and business collateral will continue with the old logo until stocks are exhausted and then be replenished with the new logo stock, which will not result in any ongoing increase in costs. Unused budget from this project will be carried forward for future costs of rebranding.

Lac Ste. Anne County is responsible for more than 200 bridge structures. These bridges are inspected on a five-year rotation by the County’s qualified engineering firm. Each year, the County reviews the bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction plan based on revised priorities from these inspections, as well as the annual report from a qualified engineering firm. This review is then incorporated into the County’s long-term capital planning.

During the 2016 budget planning process, Council considered a four-year $3.3 million dollar plan that addressed the rehabilitation or reconstruction of high-priority bridges. The 2016 portion of this plan was approved in the 2016 capital budget for a one-year investment of $1.6 million. The budgeted bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction projects are funded using provincial grants. Long-range planning in this area proposes that approximately $500,000 be allocated annually from provincial grants for ongoing bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction requirements.

The Province of Alberta recently announced the reinstatement of the municipal bridge funding program – unfunded since 2013. The program makes approximately $21 million available on a competitive application process for all of Alberta’s municipalities. The County is in the process of preparing applications for the February 2017 submission date.

Individual bridge inspections reports can be requested from the County. The 2015 annual summary report from the County’s qualified engineering firm on the status of bridges can be found Here.

Communication towers are required to attract Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide internet access in rural areas. The communication tower program is designed to increase coverage and bring Internet service to the many areas of the County that still have no service. As more towers are built, coverage and service quality will improve for many residents. All County owned towers are open access and marketed to all providers.

Revenue generated by all tenants on these towers is directed to the operating costs of the communication towers. The majority of capital investment in communications towers is being funded from provincial grant programs.

The Economic Development Advisory Committee, a committee formed of local business experts from across the County, and the Economic Development department, use a multi-faceted approach to economic development. Individuals interested in participating on the Economic Development Advisory Committee can find information on how to apply Here.

The WILD water pipeline is part of the Provincial Water for Life Strategy and the truck fill station, in partnership with the WILD Water Commission and the Province, provides access to clean drinking water as a pay per use service to the Lac Ste. Anne County community. This project will significantly benefit many County residents that currently truck potable water. The borrowing bylaw was advertised in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Government Act for a project budgeted by a municipality to be funded using a debenture (municipal debt funding).

The facility purchased to host a fire station and administration facility is currently undergoing renovations. The budget for the project is $1,650,000.00. To date the budget is 39.3% expended. The renovations are being completed using both municipal forces and local contractors. The expansion is in the process of being awarded. The project is being managed using County project management resources and all safety and building inspections being completed in accordance with Alberta Safety Codes.

At the November 10th, 2016 meeting of Council, Administration made the following resolution: “that County Council direct Administration to proceed with a plan and costs to demolish the County Administration Office located at 4928 Langston Street, Sangudo, Alberta.”

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Lac Ste. Anne County Council consists of a Reeve and six Councillors, representing seven municipal divisions. Connect with them here.

About the County

Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 13, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton. The County's administrative office is located at 56521 Range Road 65. Its namesake comes from its largest body of water, Lac Ste. Anne.

Contact Information

  Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
 lsac (@) lsac.ca
 1-866-880-5722
 (780) 785-3411
 (780) 785-2359