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For Immediate Release | April 19, 2017

Council Briefs for April 18th

Council Briefs are provided for the benefit of community members with the intent of giving a short, informal report on what occurred at Council Meetings. For the official record, please review the Adopted Minutes, available on the City website. Webcasts of Council Meetings are available the day following a Council Meeting on the City website.

Auditors Year End Communication

Council accepted the Auditor’s 2016 report, to which brings forward any significant matters identified by the Auditors during their audit engagement of the 2016 Financial Statements and other reporting as required by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. The audit report also brings forward any operation matters identified by the Auditors during the audit engagement, plus management’s response to these items. Council directed Administration to address the audit findings and report back to Council in Q4 2017 to provide an update on any Audit recommendations.

2016 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

Council approved the City’s Consolidated Financial Statements December 31, 2016, and directed Administration to bring to Council by June 12, 2017, the 2016 Annual Report. The Audited Consolidated Financial Statements are produced yearly as required by the Municipal Government Act.

Environment Department - Year in Review

Council received an update on the programs and services provided by the Environment Department in 2016.

Sale of City Owned Employment Lands

Council postponed this matter until September 5, 2017.

Notice of Intent to Annex - Sturgeon County

Council approved the Sturgeon County Annexation (2017) Terms of Reference and $2,647,500 to support the related contract staffing and project deliverables. Council empowered the City Manager to initiate and submit the Intent to Annex to the Municipal Government Board by June 2017. The Terms of Reference outlines the annexation process and serves as an overarching annexation project plan. The funding is split $1,007,500 from the Inter-Municipal Initiatives Budget and $1,640,000 from the Off-Site Levy Recovery Fund.

Public Hearing: Bylaw 13/2017 Riverside Stage 17 Redistricting

Council passed the Bylaw which redistricts a parcel of land within the Riverside neighbourhood from Urban Reserve (UR) to Public Park (P), Public and Private Service (PS), Medium/High Density Residential (R4), and Low Density Residential (R2).

Public Hearing: Bylaw 14/2017 Riverside Stage 19 Redistricting

Council passed the Bylaw which redistricts a parcel of land within the Riverside neighbourhood from Urban Reserve (UR) to Low Density Residential (R1) and Public Park (P).

Public Hearing: Bylaw 17/2017 Land Use Bylaw Text Amendment, Direct Control Mixed Use (DCMU) Land Use District

Council provided first reading of the Bylaw and adjourned public hearing to May 1, 2017. The City initiated the Bylaw to amend the Direct Control Mixed Use (DCMU) District of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) to correct an inadvertent mistake in deletion of text relating areas outside the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan, which establish a minimum of 25% of the total gross floor area outside the downtown be used for commercial (non-residential) purposes; and establish a new maximum height of DCMU buildings outside the downtown as 25 m.

Council Motion: Alberta Environment and RCMP - Investigation into Moose Incident in St. Albert

Council authorized the Mayor to submit a letter on behalf of the City of St. Albert calling for a full investigation from Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General and the RCMP into the killing of the mother moose in St. Albert on March 29, 2017, a copy of all authorized related investigation reports be shared with the City of St. Albert, and that Administration review and make improvements to all related policies and procedures to reflect the investigation outcomes. The RCMP have already reviewed their handling of the incident, and the City Manager has already sent a letter to the Province requesting a review and the results, recommendations and implementation plan be provided to the City – this Provincial review is underway.

Council Motion: Amendment to Bylaw 24/2017 Borrowing Bylaw for Branch Library

Council supported amending Bylaw 24/2017 to change the amount of the borrowing from $25 million to $21.9 million.

Council also confidentially dealt with the Potential Significant Names List, received a Smart Fare Update and held dialogue with the City Manager

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