By Andrea Arnold

Valemount Mayor Owen Torgerson called the May 10, 2022 Regular Council meeting to order. Absent from the meeting was Councillor Hollie Blanchette.

Financial Audit

Representative Micaela Roque from KPMG presented the Auditors report and consolidated Financial statements. Mayor Torgerson was thrilled at the healthy state of the report, and the clean audit.

Possible reservoir surcharge

Councillor Donnie MacLean brought up the reading file item regarding the reservoir. She stated that she had read something about a potential surcharge being applied again this year. The surcharge in this instance refers to the reservoir being filled above full pool level. Mayor Torgerson commented that there have been recommendations from the joint committee Golden/Valemount to ensure there are funding contingencies in place should it happen. He believes it is around $200,000 extra. This was approved by the comptroller water rates.

Accounts Payable

Council received the accounts payable report for March and April 2022.

Bylaw Enforcement

Council received the Bylaw Enforcement Summary for April 2022. In the month of April, 30 new bylaw files were opened. 22 Business License Bylaw, one traffic/parking bylaw and seven zoning bylaw infractions were reported.

Valemount Community Sport Days Association Requests

Council waived the facility use fees for the use of the Sportsplex, John Osadchuk Park and the Community hall in the amount of $725 plus tax, and required that the custodial fees although included in as part of the waived fees request, be covered by the Association in the amount of $300 plus tax 

Temporary Use Permit

Council approved Temporary Use Permit 22-05 for 1155 14th Ave proposing a temporary residential structure for up to two years.


Council moved to adopt both the Village of Valemount Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw No 857, 2022 and the Village of Valemount Tax Rate Bylaw No. 859,2022 as presented.

Council Reports

During Councillor reports, Councillor Pete Pearson requested council approval to attend the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway Association AGM in Edmonton on July 8, 2022. Council approved the request.

In Camera

Council moved to proceed to in-camera for the consideration of five items per Section 90 (1) of the Community Charter to discuss matters related to (a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality, (c) labour relations or other employee relations, (i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, and (k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service, that are in their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public (two items).

The public portion of the meeting was adjourned.