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For Immediate Release | June 27, 2018

Council Briefs for June 25th

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.

Withdrawal from Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association

Council approved a recommendation to withdraw their membership to the Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association.

In 2017, Concerto Network changed their name to Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association. Council has annually appointed a member to serve on the Board.

Memorandum of Understanding – Active Communities

Council supported a motion that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) be executed with Active Communities by a mutually agreed date with Administration that will serve to support the concept of a Sport and Wellness Campus. Further, that the MOU contain therein a statement that the City of St. Albert has interest in providing up to $20 million towards the project, conditional on $10 million in federal funding and $10 million in provincial government funding being secured for the project and further that the project is contingent upon a value for money assessment by an outside consultant to a maximum of $10,000 from the Stabilization Fund and that the facility is built on land within the City of St. Albert.

Facility Development Collaborations

Council approved the following recommendations:

  • That Administration continue to advance the existing MOU process with the St. Albert Soccer Association and the City of Edmonton with a lens on any evolving regional opportunities and provide an update back to Council by January 30, 2019.
  • That the current lease agreement with the Community Village/Food Bank be amended to extend the date of the current term to 2034, and to include first right of refusal for future lease negotiations.
  • That the Community Village/Food Bank be provided the funding transferred to the capital reserve as per PM113-2017 for the years 2017 and 2018 in the form of a capital grant to be used for building renovations.
  • That no further funding beyond the 2018 allocation be placed into the Community
  • Village/Food Bank building reserve fund.
  • That capital project charters POLI-003 Beaudry Place Policing Renovations Warehouse Space and POLI-004 Beaudry Place Policing Renovations be removed and replaced with a new capital charter that identifies an alternative building accommodation plan and updated costs for future policing human resource needs to be considered for funding through the Council approved capital budget prioritization process.

These recommendations provide Council with strategic short and mid-term options to address the recent requests of stakeholders, as well as recent questions put forward to the electorate. Research included collaborations with user groups, service providers, adjacent municipalities, and City staff. Council has been involved in determining the criteria and prioritizing the six focus areas where presentations and requests for support have been presented to Council for consideration. The six focus areas included Indoor Full-Size Field, Additional Indoor Ice, Additional Aquatic Facilities, Food Bank, Library Services, and Gymnastics Facilities.

RCMP – Request for Policing Increase

Council approved a recommendation that in accordance with Article 5 of the Municipal Police Service Agreement, the Mayor be authorized to formally request the Federal Government to increase the RCMP authorized complement of the St. Albert RCMP Detachment by one (1) additional member for a total of seventy (70) members.

To put forward the formal request to the Federal Government to increase the RCMP complement assigned to St. Albert, a formal resolution of Council is required. While Administration is seeking to increase the complement ask to a total of 70, this is being done as a strategy to work towards obtaining the actual number of RCMP members that we desire to provide policing service to the community, this being 64 for 2018.

Approval of 10 Year Municipal RMR Plan

Council approved the following recommendations:

  • That the 10 Year Municipal RMR Capital Plan, provided as an attachment to the June 25, 2018 agenda report titled “Approval of 10 Year Municipal RMR Plan”, be approved.
  • That the following postponed motion be approved: PM-02-2019 - “That the 2019 RMR Municipal Capital Budget of 34 capital RMR projects be funded in the amount of $28,302,600.”

Capital projects that have been identified as RMR are critical to sustain current service levels, required as part of detailed lifecycle plans, and are essential for rehabilitation of existing equipment and infrastructure.

Electrical Franchise Fees

Council approved the following recommendations:

  • That the City of St. Albert introduce an electrical franchise fee on the 1st of each year as follows:
    • 2019 - 5%
    • 2020 - 2.5%
    • 2021 - 2.5%
  • These fees are cumulative/incremental and will reach the final intended fee of 10% in January 2021.
  • That notice be provided to Fortis Alberta no later than October 1, 2018 of the City’s intent to introduce a franchise fee of 5% effective January 1, 2019.
  • That Administration execute and complete all required documentation and advertising requirements to enable consideration of approval by the Alberta Utilities Commission.
  • That any required bylaw amendments are brought forth to Council at an appropriate time to enable the implementation of a franchise fee for January 1, 2019.
  • That City Council Policy C-FS-05 Budget and Taxation Guiding Principles, be amended by substituting the proposed City Council Policy C-FS-05 Budget and Taxation Guiding Principles (Amendments Incorporated), as shown in the Attachment to the June 25, 2018 agenda report entitled "Electrical Franchise Fees".

Implementation of an electrical franchise fee in St. Albert at a value of 10% will provide the municipality with an alternate revenue source which will help to offset property tax increases now and in the future. 

Time Extension Request – Amendments to Bylaw 27/2018 – Idle Free Bylaw and Bylaw 29/2018 – Amendments to Noise Bylaw

Council approved a deadline extension from June 25, 2018 to September 10, 2018 for Amendments to Bylaw 27/2018 - Idle Free Bylaw and Bylaw 29/2018 - Amendments to Noise Bylaw.

Business Licence and Tobacco Retail Licensing Bylaws – Cannabis (1st, 2nd and 3rd reading)

Council passed Bylaw 33/2018, being Amendment 19 to the Business Licence Bylaw 43/2000, as well as Bylaw 34/2018, being Amendment 1 to the Tobacco Retail Licensing Bylaw.

The Business Licence and Tobacco Licensing Bylaws regulate business activity within the City of St. Albert. The approval of the cannabis-related amendments will support the City’s implementation of the impending legalization of cannabis in Canada.

Bylaw 30/2018 – Cannabis Consumption Bylaw and Bylaw 31/2018 Amendments to Smoking Bylaw 1/2004 re: Cannabis (1st, 2nd and 3rd reading)

Council postponed consideration of 9.2 Bylaw 30/2018 – Cannabis Consumption Bylaw and Bylaw 31/2018 Amendment to Smoking Bylaw to a date set by Agenda Committee prior to September 30.

The Cannabis Consumption Bylaw addresses where cannabis can and can not be consumed in public, as well as minor amendments that update the Smoking Bylaw. The approval of the cannabis-related amendments will support the City’s implementation of the impending legalization of cannabis in Canada.

Bylaw 12/2018 Amendment to Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 – Cannabis (2nd and 3rd reading)

Council closed the public hearing for Bylaw 12/2018 and provided 2nd reading. The Land Use Bylaw will regulate where cannabis retail stores can locate in St. Albert. The cannabis-related amendments to the Land Use Bylaw will support the City’s implementation of the impending legalization of cannabis in Canada. Council will consider the Bylaw for 3rd reading on July 9, 2018.

City Manager Delegation – Federal Grant agreement

  • Council approved that the City Manager be authorized to execute a federal grant funding agreement with Transport Canada with an amount not to exceed $500,000 for the “Railroad Safety Enhancement” project.
  • Council also approved that on August 22, 2018, administration bring back amendments to Council Policy C-CAO-01 City Manager Delegation that allows for the City Manager to execute and sign grant/rebate agreements of any value for Council approved projects.

As per current policy C-CAO-01 City Manager Delegations, Council must approve all revenue contracts in excess of $100,000.

Draft MOU for Gymnastics and Campbell Road Park and Ride

Council received for information the following items determined by the City Manager to be of “high interest”, and therefore provided in a public forum:

  • Campbell Road Park & Ride Pricing Structure - This report provides an update on the Campbell Road Park & Ride Pricing Structure.
  • Draft MOU with Gymnastics - This report provides outcomes of joint discussions with gymnastics providers in St. Albert of potentially developing a joint Memorandum of Understanding for gymnastics planning in the community.

Council went in camera to hold dialogue with the City Manager, as well as themselves.

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