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Hussar withdraws from Wheatland Regional Corporation board

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Residents of Rosebud and Redland were connected to the Wheatland Regional Corporation (WRC) waterline as part of the third phase of construction in December 2020, and the Village of Hussar was slated to be connected in Phase 4.
However, Hussar council discussed the decision not to proceed with Phase 4 of construction during their regular council meeting on Thursday, February 11; council also discussed withdrawing from the WRC board.
“We currently operate on well water, and we do not foresee needing regional water, so council made the decision to be removed from the corporation and the board altogether and remain on our well water,” said Kate Brandt, Chief Administrative Officer for the village.
As Hussar is not tied in to the waterline there has been no financial impact for the village to withdraw to the corporation, aside from per diem charges for council to attend WRC board meetings according to CAO Brandt.
A decision regarding the village’s shares in the corporation had not been made at the time of publication, though CAO Brandt notes she anticipates they will be “split equally between the remaining members.”
Wheatland County presented WRC with a utility costing model in December 2020, and WRC was asked to return to council following the board’s annual budget meeting.
Several budget scenarios were discussed during the WRC budget meeting.
However, Wheatland County gave WRC a 90 day notice to terminate the interservice agreement.

Drumheller man sentenced for dangerous driving causing death

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A Drumheller man has been sentenced to 27 months in jail after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death after he reportedly blacked out behind the wheel near Sunridge Mall in 2017.
James Beagrie pleaded guilty in Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary on Monday, September 28, 2020. He was charged with criminal negligence causing death but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of dangerous driving causing death. He was sentenced on Thursday, February 25.
Anjna Sharma, 48, was walking near Sunridge Mall on May 23, 2017, when the truck driven by Beagrie lost control striking her and dragging her a short distance.
In an agreed statement of facts, the court heard that Beagrie had a history of blacking out, caused by a benign brain tumour.
The tumour was first discovered in 2013, and Baegrie has been seeing a neurologist annually to monitor it. In February 2017, Beagrie was involved in a single-vehicle collision in Drumheller. Following the crash, a CT scan determined the tumour had grown and on March 17, he reported to his doctor he had experienced three or four bouts of losing consciousness at work. Alberta Transportation at this time was sending letters requiring Beagrie to have his family doctor complete questions regarding his health and in a follow-up letter in April, provided a May 10 deadline for the survey.
A week prior to the deadline, Baegrie visited his doctor and was advised not to drive. He was subsequently sent a letter advising him his drivers’ license would be suspended on June 6. On May 23, Sharma was killed when Baegrie lost consciousness behind the wheel and hit Sharma.

Along with his 27 month sentence, he has been banned from driving for seven and half years following his release.

Kneehill County supports proposed seniors facility

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A new senior facility to serve residents of Kneehill County has been an ongoing discussion between the Town of Trochu, Trochu Housing Corporation (THC), and Kneehill County, and council voted whether to support backing the town and THC borrowing $20 million to build the facility during the Tuesday, February 9 regular council meeting.

The new facility, which would replace the ageing St. Mary’s Health Care Centre, was first brought before Kneehill County council as a request by THC to help borrow $25 million required to build the capital project; Kneehill County council requested the town and THC return to a future meeting with additional information and a business plan.

“This is a shovel-ready project that both federal and provincial governments are looking at enhancing senior’s care,” Councillor Wade Christie said during the meeting. He added, “If we don’t take this opportunity on a shovel-ready project, someone else will, and I believe the grant money will be available if we get our ducks in a row.”

The project is estimated to cost $32 million and would provide residents of Kneehill County with long-term care and Designated Supportive Living (DSL) 4 and 4D, the highest levels of support including dementia.

A portion of the project would be funded through grant funding, life-lease sales, and capital financing; however, a remaining amount would require the town to borrow funds.

The Town of Trochu is unable to obtain these funds on its own and has requested Kneehill County to support them in securing these funds.

Council had concerns regarding the risk to Kneehill County if they supported the project. However, Trochu Mayor Barry Kletke and THC representative Sam Smalldon ensured there would be “no money going to the county or from the county.”

Following a question and discussion period, Councillor Kenneth King motioned to support backing THC and the Town of Trochu--with several conditions included. One of the conditions is the pre-sale of 90 per cent of life-lease units prior to starting construction, with financial backing from the county available for three years once all intermunicipal agreements have been signed.

The motion was carried with a vote of six in favour and one opposed.


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