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For Immediate Release | November 28, 2018

Council Briefs for November 26th

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.

GPFC Recommendation: Policy C-CC-03 Council Remuneration & Expense Policy Re:

Council approved a recommendation that in order to fully compensate Council Members due to the removal of the 1/3 tax exemption for Municipal leaders:

  • The Mayor's base salary be increased by $19,500 to $131,920
  • Councillor's base salary be increased by $5,400 to $51,390 effective January 1, 2019 and;
  • That the 2019 budget be increased by $51,900.

GPFC Recommendation: Amendments to C-CS-01 Games Legacy Policy

Council approved the amended version of Council Policy C-CS-01 Games Legacy Award Program provided as an attachment to the November 26, 2018 agenda report entitled “GPFC Recommendation: Amendments to C-CS-01 Games Legacy Policy.”

GPFC Recommendation: Community Recognition Policy

Council approved the amended version of Council Policy C-CS-03 Community Recognition Program provided as an attachment to the November 26, 2018 agenda report entitled “GPFC Recommendation “Community Recognition Policy.”

Civic Agency Appointments

Council approved that members of the public be appointed to the City of St. Albert civic agencies; and, that previously appointed and newly appointed Assessment Review Board members be assigned to specific Local and Composite Assessment Review Boards for terms effective January 1, 2019 as specified in the attachments "Public Appointments to St. Albert Civic Agencies" and "Assignment of Assessment Review Board Members to Specific Boards" to the “Civic Agency Appointments” agenda report dated November 26, 2018.

Environmental Initiatives Grants Recommendations

Council approved the following Environmental Initiatives Grants in the total amount of $26,295.96.

  • Big Lake Environment Support Society for Migratory Bird Day at Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park: $1,280.00
  • Big Lake Environment Support Society to update, print and market the bird and plant guides to Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park: $4,000.00
  • St. Albert Botanic Park to construct raised beds and drip irrigation system as a teaching station for Park’s raised garden bed classes: $2,515.96
  • St. Albert Nature School to expand the school’s program and develop and promote nature-based education materials: $8,500.00
  • St. Albert Tool Library Society to complete phase 2 of the project which focuses on marketing and improving inventory and services (Fix It Café) of the Tool Library: $5,000.00
  • WILDNorth to expand wildlife rehabilitation and rescue care programs to St. Albert: $5,000.00

Residential Permit Parking

Council approved the as amended City Council Policy C-TS-03 Residential Permit Parking, provided as an attachment to the November 26, 2018 agenda report entitled Residential Parking Permit Program.

Council added and approved the following motions:

That the Michener, Desevigny and Dunfield permit parking program pilot areas are grandfathered into the new process and can follow the standard process should they wish to exit the program.

That implementation of Evergreen Estates permit parking be effective by the end of Q2 2019 subject to the results of community engagement consistent with the policy requirements.

That in section 7(b) the words ‘a resident’ will be deleted and replaced with the words ‘at least 60% of the residents.’

That policy C-TS-03 is amended to add a section 4 (d) that allows an option that if 60% of all candidate roadway homes respond in favour of the permit parking program, the minimum survey response rate is not required.

Council approved the Postponed Motion: PM-19-017. That the 2019 budget be amended to add $8,000 for program support related to the Residential Permit Parking program and; That administration incorporates the budget amendment for consideration within the 2019 Municipal Operating Budget on December 17, 2018.

Budget Amendment – Railroad Safety Enhancement Grant

Council approved a recommendation to increase the budget for 415102 Rail Safety Enhancement by $202,400 to recognize newly secured grant funding of $500,000 and, that the excess Pay As You Go (PAYG) funding of $297,600 be uncommitted from this project and made available for future Council initiatives.

Budget Amendment-Synergy Building

Council approved the following recommendations:

That the 2018 Operating Budget for the Synergy Building located at 110 Carleton Drive, as detailed in the attachment titled “2018-2019 Operating Budgets for Synergy Building”, be approved.

That the following Postponed Motion be approved: PM-19-018.

That the 2019 Operating Budget for the Synergy Building, as detailed in the attachment titled “2018- 2019 Operating Budgets for Synergy Building”, be approved.

That administration incorporates the budget amendment for consideration within the 2019 Municipal Operating Budget on December 17, 2018

Information Items:

Council received for information the Corporate Quarterly Report - This report is to provide Council with updates on major projects related to Council approved Policy C-CG-02 City of St. Albert Strategic Plan.

Public Art Committee:

Council accepted the motion that administration bring forward for consideration at the GPFC meeting in 2019 where the processes and responsibilities of all committees of Council are being considered, a Bylaw to create a new Council Committee to be called the Public Art Committee, together with any required consequential amendments to or repeal of Council Policy C-CS-04 the Public Art Policy, in order to accomplish the following:

Create a Public Art Committee appointed by resolution of Council, consisting of five to nine members who reside in St. Albert including one Council member and at least four Committee members having experience or expertise as one of the following: visual artist, art educator or administrator, art historian or curator, conservator, architect, landscape architect, or design professional.

Clarifying the role of Administration as a resource to and in an advisory capacity to the Committee.

To revise the existing Policy to be in keeping with current practices and consistent with the intent of the remaining clauses identified in the Notice of Motion.

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