November has been a month of Remembrance, and support for some very worthwhile causes around Lac Ste. Anne County. At the November 8th, regular County Council meeting Council and Staff paused for a moment of silence to remember and reflect on the brave men and women that lost their lives and those who continue to risk their lives for the freedoms that we all share. We Thank you for your service.
Council and Staff also showed support for Family Violence Prevention Month by wearing purple ribbons to bring awareness to the cause. November is a time to increase awareness to create change in our communities. We all have the right to feel safe. It takes all of us working together to support healthy relationships, safer homes, and communities. And finally, Council and Staff raised $524.50 towards the "Movember" cause, which is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health by addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. Funds were raised by purchasing stick-on mustaches that were worn for a group photo held November 23rd, at the regular County Council meeting. Thank you to all those who donated and supported our worthwhile causes this month, it makes me proud to be part of such a strong team of caring individuals.
Earlier this month, Council was able to attend the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Fall Convention in Edmonton. This was an opportunity for both Provincial and Municipal Elected Officials to meet and discuss many of the upcoming changes, proposed legislation and any contentious issues faced by Rural Municipalities within the Province. The biggest issue that many are still awaiting resolution on the new provincial funding formula which will replace the MSI funding for Municipalities.
It has been a month of collaboration and working with many other groups and municipalities. Council continues to work with the Rich Valley Agriculture Society to find a solution to the issue with the ice plant at the arena. In addition to the regular meetings this month, Council also met with Sturgeon County to discuss joint municipal possibilities and Inland Aggregates regarding long-range activities within the municipality. We also continue to work with the Town of Mayerthorpe on the Agriculture Sector Study. With increased calls on Highways 43 and 633, Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services continues to work with Onoway Regional Fire to support our residents in receiving the best possible response times.
We were also fortunate to have a representative from STARS Alberta attend our last meeting to update Council and Administration on the initiatives being taken on by STARS along with the total amount of STARS responses within Lac Ste. Anne County (including all Summer Villages and Towns) for 2018 which was 29. This is a vital service to our residents we are very lucky to have this caliber of care available in our area, so please if you have the opportunity to donate to this worthwhile cause, do.
Alright, on that note, I will conclude with a reminder to all those that can, Council and Staff will be accepting donations from December 1st - December 14th of non-perishable food items, and new unwrapped toys for the West and East end food banks and Santa's Anonymous initiatives. As we enter the final month of 2018, take time to reflect on the good this year has brought and the goals you hope to achieve in 2019!