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For Immediate Release | July 11, 2018

Council Briefs for July 9th

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.

Governance, Priorities, and Finance Committee Recommendation – Council Policy C-CG-13 – Council Training Workshops

Council approved Council Policy - C-CG-13 - Council Training Workshops, provided as an Attachment to the July 9, 2018 Agenda Report, as amended.

The policy prescribes the use and standards pertaining to Council Training Workshops. An amendment was included that the City Manager provide public notice of workshops.

Governance, Priorities, and Finance Committee Recommendations – Council Policy C-PE-01 Public Consultation Requirement for Planning & Development Processes/C-CAO-20 Public Participation Alignment

Council approved the following recommendations:

  • That Council approve City Council Policy C-CAO-20 Public Participation Policy, as amended and provided as an attachment to the July 9, 2018 agenda report entitled “C-PE-01 Public Consultation Requirement for Planning and Development Process/C-CAO-20 Public Participation Alignment”
  • That Council rescind City Council Policy C-PE-01 Public Consultation Requirement for Planning and Development Process, provided as an attachment to the July 9, 2018 agenda report entitled “CPE-01 Public Consultation Requirement for Planning and Development Process/C-CAO-20 Public Participation Alignment”

The approval of these recommendations updates all related policies to ensure they align with the City’s new Public Participation Policy, which was approved in March 2017.

Appointments to Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework – Recreation Committee with Sturgeon County

Council approved that Councillor MacKay, Councillor Joly and Councillor Watkins be appointed to the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework - Recreation Committee with Sturgeon County.

BLESS Options

Council approved that Administration proceed with Option 4, as outlined in the Agenda Report entitled “BLESS Options”, for the repair of the BLESS Platform and $342,000 be funded from the Capital Funding Reserve.

Option 4 is as follows:

  • Repair the entire structure including installation of helical piles to strengthen the foundation and provide 10 more years of life, estimated cost $342,900, estimated completion date of February 2020. Completion date may change depending on environmental regulations and permitting.

Bylaw 12/2018 Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 – Cannabis (3rd Reading)

Council approved the following recommendation:

  • That Bylaw 12/2018, Section 5(a) is amended by deleting 5(a) in its entirety and replacing it with the following:
    • “Section 10.6, Direct Control Mixed Use (DCMU) Land Use District, be amended by:
      • inserting after “(4)(c) business support service”, “(4)(d) cannabis retail store”; and
      • deleting “(5)(e) cannabis retail store”.”

Council then passed Bylaw 12/2018, as amended.

The Land Use Bylaw regulates where cannabis retail stores can locate in St. Albert.

Seven Music Fest Funding

Council approved the following recommendation:

  • That Council approve a funding source change in the amount of $10,000 to Seven Music Fest from the Stabilization reserve in lieu of the Community Significant Event Stimulus Fund.

On July 3, 2018, Council approved additional one-time funding to Seven Music Fest in the amount of up to $50,000 with funding being provided from their future allocation in the Community Significant Stimulus Fund, and that Seven Music Fest enter into an agreement with the City to require them to spend the funds for the purposes of covering costs without overhead or management fees for the running the 2018 Festival. Council stipulated the funds cannot be used to pay the salaries of those running the Festival, and require any unused funds to be returned to the City. No further funds from the Community Significant Stimulus Fund will be provided after 2018. A report providing the full cost accounting on how the funds were spent must be provided to the City by July 31, 2018.

Council Motion: Amendments to Policy C-EUS-02-Environmental Initiatives Grant Program

Councillor Joly withdrew the proposed motion.

Council Motion – Amendments to Policy C-CS-06 – Community Capital Program Grant

Councillor Joly withdrew the proposed motion.

Council Motion – Amendments to Policy C-CS-02 – Community Events Grant Program

Councillor Joly withdrew the proposed motion.

Council Motion – Amendments to Policy C-CS-01 – Games Legacy Award Program

Council supported the following motions:

  • That Administration bring back recommendations, including feedback from the CSAB, for amendments to Policy C-CS-01 - Games Legacy Award Program by October 31, 2018 to increase the maximum funding awarded for all categories, considering no increases have occurred since 2012, and that future maximum funding is increased annually based on recommendations of Administration.
  • That Administration bring back recommendations, including feedback from the CSAB, for amendments to Policy C-CS-01 - Games Legacy Award Program by October 31, 2018 to update the name of the grant to reflect that it is a grant, and that it is available for both amateur sport and art endeavours.

This Games Legacy Grant Program encourages St. Albert non-profit groups to provide developmental opportunities in amateur sport or the arts through programs or projects that are beyond the groups or individuals regular training, development or instruction.

Council Motion – Amendments to Policy C-CS-22 – Outside Agency Grant Program

Councillor Joly withdrew the proposed motion.

Council Motion – Swimming Pool/Ice Arena Complex

Council supported the following motions:

That the City issue a public non binding expressions for interest for interested parties to provide:

  • a swimming pool complex, with an 8 lane 25 meter or 50 meter pool with a portion of the pool being suitable for deep-water fitness classes, children’s area, hot tub, sauna, and other potential amenities, or
  • an ice arena complex, with single or twin arenas and other potential amenities, or
  • a combined facility with the aquatics and arena amenities specified above and other potential amenities, and
  • conceptual drawings of the proposed amenity(ies), and
  • a preliminary cost estimate of the proposed amenity(ies), excluding land and site servicing costs, and if applicable
  • proposed alternative capital financing strategies (contractual arrangement between the City of St. Albert and private and/or not-for-profit partner(s) to deliver infrastructure and/or some or all related services through proper allocation of resources, risks, rewards and responsibilities), and/or if applicable, land and servicing potential opportunities.
  • Optional non binding expression for interest to deliver infrastructure only for the swimming pool complex and/or the ice arena complex, as described above, and located in Servus Place, will be accepted.

Submission of non binding expression for interest is required by October 15, 2018, and Administration’s recommendations, following evaluation of the non binding expressions for interest will be presented to Council no later than November 14, 2018.


Council went in camera to discuss two land matters, and hold dialogue with the City Manager, as well as themselves.

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