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For Immediate Release | September 13, 2017

Council Briefs for September 11th

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.

Regional Commuter Report – Presentation of MOU

Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding created by the Joint City Manager’s Regional Commuter Service Task Force for the purpose of establishing a Regional Transit Services Commission and directed Administration to:

  • petition the Government of Alberta for regional collaboration financial assistance as per the mutual effort requirement of the signatories outlined in Section 8.4 of the Memorandum of Understanding; and,
  • facilitate the appointment of two members to the Regional Transit Services Commission Transition Team as the City of St. Albert’s representatives, contingent upon the Government of Alberta committing regional collaboration financial assistance.

This report outlines considerations for establishing a Regional Transit Services Commission, and provides a draft Memorandum of Understanding to guide that establishment. This report also outlines a transition plan and steps leading to the implementation of a regional commuter transit service.

Audit Plan

Council approved the 2017 Audit Plan prepared by KPMG, provided as an attachment to the September 11, 2017 Agenda report titled “Audit Plan.” The Auditors Year End Recommendation and the 2017 Consolidated Annual Financial Statements will be presented to Council on April 16, 2018.

Truth & Reconciliation Initiatives for Municipalities

Council directed Administration to:

  • support all Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report;
  • facilitate a meeting with local Indigenous Elders to seek advice regarding the creation of an Indigenous Relations Advisory Committee and to address the relevant Calls to Action, at the municipal level, of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and to provide advice to Council and Administration on matters of interest to indigenous peoples;
  • prepare a report, following the consultation with local Indigenous Elders and youth members, summarizing the learnings from the meeting and a proposed approach to developing a plan to address the relevant Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission;
  • conduct an Indigenous Cultural Awareness Workshop with Council during 2018; and,
  • consult with local Indigenous Elders to develop an inclusive acknowledgement statement for civic events, ceremonies and functions.

Council Policy C-CS-21 – Municipal Historic Conservation Program Policy

Council approved City Council Policy C-CS-21 - Municipal Historic Conservation Program Policy, provided as an attachment to the September 11, 2017 agenda report entitled “Historical Designation Policy.” Council directed Administration to draft amendments to Schedule O3 of City Council Policy C-FS-01-Financial Reserves to reflect the addition of the Heritage Reserve Fund for the Heritage Conservation Program for consideration of Council as part of the Annual Review of Financial Policies.

Council passed Bylaw 43/2017, a bylaw to establish and define the functions of the Heritage Advisory Committee. Council also supported the following postponed motion: That an annual allocation equivalent to $1 per resident based on the most recent municipal census $65,000 for 2018 be added to the 2018 base budget on an ongoing basis to support the Municipal Historic Conservation Program to be funded from taxes.

Stormwater Revised Rate Model

Council directed Administration to develop a proposal for a stormwater rate system based on an impervious surface factor, complete with an implementation and communication plan by Q2 2018, and that the final proposal include a recommendation and possible alternatives for addressing outlier properties, competitiveness issues that may arise, and include an alternative for a phased implementation in two to five years.

Long Range Financial Capital Plan

Council received the plan for information and directed Administration to uncommit from the Stabilization Reserve $100,000 associated with the fiscal impact analysis.

Financial Reserves Policy

Council supported a motion that the Reserve Policy, Schedule OA1, is amended to remove Library - Stabilization Fund.

Annual Review of Financial Policies

Council amended the following Council Policies by deleting them in their entirety and replacing with the versions provided as attachments to the September 11, 2017 Agenda Report titled “Annual Review of Financial Policies,” as amended:

  • C-FS-01 Financial Reserves;
  • C-FS-02 Investments;
  • C-FS-03 Debt Management;
  • C-FS-04 Cash Management;
  • C-FS-05 Budget and Taxation Guiding Principles;
  • C-FS-11 Operating and Capital Carry Forwards and Closed Projects; and
  • C-FS-16 Municipal Fees and Charges.

Safety Enhancement Program

Council approved that the following Safety Program Enhancement Requests, described in the Safety Enhancement Program Request Forms provided as attachments to the September 5, 2017 agenda report titled, “Safety Enhancement Program,” be funded from the Safety Enhancement Reserve:

  1. Wildland UTV Trailer and Supplies: $14,219.27
  2. Emergency Supplies for Emergency Response Trailer: $37,082.00
  3. Final phase of Clubhouse AED Implementation - AED’s for Lacombe and Willoughby Clubhouses: $4,000
  4. Intelex Incident Reporting App: $12,000
  5. Loader Trained Trainer Program: $14,500
  6. Snow Plow and Attachments Trained Trainer Program: $14,500
  7. Shoring Safety System: $20,000
  8. Confined Space Entry/Fall Arrest Gap Analysis and Code of Practice Compliance: $20,000

Bylaw 36/2017 – Protection of Persons’ & Property Bylaw and Bylaw 37/2017 – Parks Bylaw 2nd & 3rd Readings

Council passed Bylaw 36/2017 – Protection of Person’s & Property Bylaw. This bylaw establishes a new Protection of Person and Property Bylaw (including repealing the old one). Council also passed Bylaw 37/2017 – Parks Bylaw (amendment 2 to the Parks Bylaw 19/65). This bylaw amends the current Parks Bylaw by transferring the prohibition of playing golf from the Protection Bylaw into the Parks Bylaw.

Bylaw 34/2017 – Urban Beekeeping Bylaw

Council passed Bylaw 34/2017 – Urban Beekeeping Bylaw, as amended. The bylaw allows beekeeping in St. Albert and outlines the regulations required to participate.

Information Items

Council received for information a report entitled “Information Items.” This report is to provide Council the recommendation for timing of widening Ray Gibbon Drive along with an update of advocacy performed and next steps.

Council Motion: Public Art Piece – Diversity & Inclusion

Council supported a motion that directs Administration to explore options with the Public Art Committee and appropriate stakeholders regarding the possible commissioning of a public art piece with a theme of diversity and inclusion and report back to Council by Q1 2018.

Council Motion: Oakhill Retaining Wall

Council supported motions to:

  • retain an independent engineering consulting firm (with up to $30,000 from the Stabilization Reserve) to evaluate drainage and any retaining wall structures along Oakhill Place for civic addresses 22 to 34 inclusive and along Oakcrest Terrace from civic addresses 6 to 17 inclusive and to provide a liability assessment resulting from the evaluation; and,
  • enter into negotiations with the residents at these addresses, if appropriate, based on the liability assessment findings, for a contribution from the City to the costs of remedial measures to rectify relevant issues.

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