For Immediate Release | February 06, 2018
Council Briefs for February 5th
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.
Emergent Item: Council Motion to Schedule a Workshop
Council supported a motion that a Council Workshop be held at 12 p.m. on February 6, 2018 in the Douglas Cardinal Boardroom to collect input from Council Members to be used to develop a draft of the 2018 St. Albert Strategic Plan and that the workshop be closed to the public in accordance with section 23 – Local public body confidence, of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) R.S.A. 2000, C.F-25, as amended.
Emergent Item: Council Motion to Schedule a Workshop
Council supported a motion that a Council Workshop be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on February 7, 2018 in the Douglas Cardinal Boardroom for continuation of Council Orientation and that the workshop be closed to the public in accordance with section 23 – Local public body confidence, of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) R.S.A. 2000, C.F-25, as amended.
Council Motion: Restricted Products
Council supported a motion that Bylaw 43/2000, Consolidated by Bylaw 22/2017, be amended to remove section 14.1 (1) "No Person may, in a single Business location or under a single Business License, display or offer for sale Restricted Products from 3 or more categories thereof” and that Administration draft an amendment to Bylaw 43/2000, Consolidated by Bylaw 22/2017, be amended to remove from the definitions for (j) "Restricted Products" both (iii) "a type of grinder (electric or manual)" and (iv) "a type of digital weigh scale" and “a product that displays a marijuana plant.” The other parts of Section 14.1 remain intact, including regulations on selling restricted products to minors and requirements that restricted products cannot be visible from outside a place of business that offers them for sale.
Council Motion: Public Art Funding
Council supported a motion to postpone until Q2 2018 a motion that the relevant policies be amended to remove the general public art requirement from the utility capital plan and that effective the 2019 budget, $120,000 per year be included as a base for public art in the capital plan to offset the average annual public art contribution from utilities. Administration is currently undertaking a review of its processes in this area, which is expected to be completed by Q2 2018.
Council Motion: Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages
Council supported the following motion:
Given that the City Council of the City of St. Albert concurs with the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Childhood Obesity Foundation and the University of Waterloo Faculty of Applied Health that the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is an important factor in causing obesity, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer and leads to a significant number of preventable deaths each year in Canada;
That the City Council of the City of St. Albert requests the Government of Canada to
rapidly enact an excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages and that Administration draft for Council a resolution for FCM (the Federation of Canadian Municipalities).
Council Motion: Yellow Fish Road Program
Council supported a motion that ongoing annual funding in the amount of $5,000 be provided to Trout Unlimited Canada through a signed annual agreement for delivery of the Yellow Fish Road program in St Albert beginning in 2019. The funding will be provided through reallocation of existing funds in the Utility budget.
Council Motion: Review of Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission Policies
Council supported a motion that City Council advocate to the provincial government for a provincial review of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s policies regarding equitable access to casino revenues by eligible community organizations as well as equitable wait times between casino events and that Administration draft an AUMA (Alberta Urban Municipalities Association) resolution.
Council Motion: Stray Cats
Council rescinded the following motion:
The report shall include the results of a statistically significant survey and an online community input survey on potential changes of adding cats to the bylaw, and that up to $20,000 be funded from the stabilization reserve to cover the costs to complete this.
The motion was originally supported by Council at the November 20, 2017 Council meeting:
"That administration provide an updated report by Q2 2019 to Council on any recommended bylaw amendments with estimated financial impacts related to adding cats to the animal bylaw, including options of both with and without restrictions on private property."
"The report shall include the results of a statistically significant survey and an on-line community input survey on potential changes of adding cats to the bylaw, and that up to $20,000 be funded from the stabilization reserve to cover the costs to complete this."
Note: Administration will still provide an updated report by Q2 2019 to Council; that motion was not rescinded.
Public Hearing: Land Use Residential District Review
Council passed Bylaw 2/2018, being amendment 154 to the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005. The amendments relate to changes in six land use districts. The amendments incorporate housekeeping adjustments and changes in Part 1, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Schedules B and C of the Land Use Bylaw. The amendments also include two new residential land use districts, Section 8.35 - RX (Mixed Residential) Land Use District, and Section 8.36 - RXL (Mixed Residential Lane) Land Use District, and a new Schedule H.
Council went in camera to hold dialogue with the City Manager.
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