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For Immediate Release | April 29, 2019

Council Briefs for April 23rd

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.

The meeting started at 1 p.m. and immediately went into a closed session to discuss the Chief Administrative Officer performance evaluation, an update on progress toward a new Municipal Development Plan, a Land Matter, and appointments to fill vacancies on the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). Council also held a private dialogue with the Chief Administrative Officer.

The public portion of the Council meeting began at 3 p.m.

Arising from the closed session discussion of appointments to the SDAB, council passed the following motions:

  • That Rachelle Trovato and Sandy Clark be appointed to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board for a term ending December 31, 2021.
  • That $3,500 be allocated on a one-time basis for 2019 to cover the cost of provincially mandated training for the new members, funded from the Stabilization fund.

Council then moved on to the items on the previously approved Agenda:

Policing Committee 2018 Annual Report, 2019 Workplan and 2019/2020 Policing Priorities

Council received for information the Policing Committee 2018 Annual Report, 2019 Workplan and the 2019/2020 RCMP Policing Priorities, presented by Dr. Kris Wells, Chair of the St. Albert Policing Committee. The presentation provided an opportunity for the Policing Committee to provide Council with information as it relates to their activities.

Auditor’s Year End Communication

Council received for information the 2018 City of St. Albert – Audit Findings Report, provided as an attachment to the April 23, 2019 agenda report titled “Auditors Year End Communication”. The report was presented by John Stelter, CPA, CA, Partner KPMG and brings forward any significant matters identified by the Auditors during their audit engagement of the 2018 Financial Statements and other reporting as required by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. This report also brings forward any operation matters identified by the Auditors during the audit engagement.

Council also approved the recommendation that Administration provide a status update on management’s responses to the audit recommendations as outlined in this report, at the October 15, 2019 Governance, Priorities and Finance Committee Meeting.

2018 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

Council approved the following recommendations:

  • That the “City of St. Albert Consolidated Financial Statements December 31, 2018 and the 2018 Financial Statement, Discussion and Analysis (FSD&A)”, provided as an attachment to the April 23, 2019 agenda report titled “2018 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements” be approved.
  • That Administration bring to Council by June 17, 2019, the 2018 Annual Report that includes the City of St. Albert Consolidated Financial Statements December 31, 2018 and 2018 FSD&A.

The Audited Consolidated Financial Statements are produced yearly as required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). This report documents the City’s 2018 financial position and is an important element of the City’s commitment to transparency and communication.

CSAC Recommendations: “Recurring” Community Events Grant

Council approved award of the following St. Albert Recurring Community Event grants for the years 2019 and 2020:

  • St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre: $2,800 for the Volunteer Fair
  • K-40 Club of St. Albert: $6,500 for the Rodeo Parade
  • Outloud Foundation for LGBTQ Community Supports and Services: $5,000 for the St. Albert Pride Festival
  • Society of Friends for the St. Albert Botanic Park: $3,850 for their Summer Events

Services & Service Levels Inventory

Council approved the following recommendations:

  • That Schedule 1 “Services and Service Levels Inventory” provided as an attachment to the April 23, 2019 Agenda Report entitled “Services and Service Levels Inventory” be approved.
  • That Council Policy C-FS-05 Budget and Taxation Guiding Principles be amended by deleting in its entirety Schedule 1 “Service and Service Levels Inventory” and replacing it with Schedule 1 “Services and Service Levels Inventory” provided as an attachment to the April 23, 2019 Agenda Report entitled “Services and Service Levels Inventory”.

The Services and Service Levels Inventory outlines the day-to-day services provided to community and stakeholders, together with the associated service levels. The Inventory is used as a reference for the “Alignment to Levels of Service Delivery” and is the most up to date reflection of services and associated service levels delivered to community.

AUMA Resolution – Advertisement & Promotion of Vaping Products

Council approved the following recommendations:

  • That Council endorse the resolution entitled, “Advertisement and Promotion of Vaping Products to Youth” provided as an attachment to the April 23, 2019 agenda report entitled AUMA Resolution - Advertisement and Promotion of Vaping Products and refer it to the 2019 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Convention for consideration.
  • That Council appoint Councillor Hansen as the Resolution Champion for the “Advertisement and Promotion of Vaping Products” for the 2019 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Convention.

Emergent Capital Replacement – Arden Theatre

Council approved that funding to a maximum of $83,500 be approved to be taken from the Arden Theatre Lifecycle Replacement Reserve to replace the Arden Theatre’s existing primary and backup lighting control consoles.

PH-Bylaw 17/2019 – Riel Road Closure Bylaw (2nd & 3rd Reading), Bylaw 14/2019 – Area Structure Plan Amendment – South Riel (2nd & 3rd Reading), Bylaw 15/2019 – Land Use Bylaw Text Amendment – South Riel (2nd & 3rd Reading), Bylaw 16/2019 – Land Use Bylaw Amendment – Redistricting in South Riel (2nd & 3rd Reading)

  • Council closed the public hearing for Bylaw 17/2019, Bylaw 14/2019, Bylaw 15/2019, and Bylaw 16/2019.
  • Council provided 2nd and 3rd reading, passing Bylaw 17/2019 – Riel Road Closure.
  • Council provided 2nd and 3rd reading, passing Bylaw 14/2019 – Area Structure Plan Amendment.
  • Council approved a recommendation that Bylaw 15/2019, Section 8.38(10)(a)(viii)(B), be amended by removing 1000 sq. m. and substituting in 500 sq. m. Council then provided 2nd and 3rd reading, passing Bylaw 15/2019 as amended – Land Use Bylaw Text Amendment – South Riel.
  • Council approved a recommendation that Bylaw 16/2019 be amended by revising the map to remove all reference to redistricting the area south of the public utility lot. Council then provided 2nd and 3rd reading, passing Bylaw 16/2019 as amended.

Council also approved a recommendation to authorize the Chief Administrative Officer to dispose of the closed roadway as per the City Council Policy C-ED-03, subject to Bylaw 17/2019, Bylaw 14/2019, Bylaw 15/2019, and Bylaw 16/2019 being passed.

Bylaw 12/2019 LUB Amendment – Permanent Supportive Housing (2nd & 3rd Reading)

  • Council closed the public hearing on Bylaw 12/2019.
  • Council approved a recommendation that Bylaw 12/2019 be amended by adding a new section 5 as follows: “5. Part 8, Section 8.17(c) is deleted in its entirety.” Council then provided 2nd and 3rd reading, passing Bylaw 12/2019 as amended.

The approval of this land use bylaw amendment addresses supportive housing in the City, eliminates the mandatory 300 metre separation distance between group homes and introduces a new land use category intended to provide for a segment of the population that is currently not provided for in the Land Use Bylaw.

Cemetery Infrastructure Assessment

Council received for information the April 23, 2019 Agenda Report titled “Cemetery Infrastructure Assessment”. The report identifies enhancements to the physical appearance and functionality of the St. Albert Cemetery that have recently been made or are planned for the near future.

Council Motion: Servus Place Walking Track Only Memberships

Council supported a motion that a walking track only membership be offered at Servus Place to individuals on a monthly and annual basis.

Council Motion: Servus Place & Fountain Park Free Memberships

Council postponed this item to a date to be set by Agenda Committee.

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