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For Immediate Release | September 06, 2017

Council Briefs for September 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.

Administrative Review FCSS Spring Grant - CIVC

Council approved a 2017 FCSS Spring Grant be awarded to St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre for $3,408 for a project to address Seniors’ Isolation.

Library Land & Detailed Design Funding

Council supported the following motions:

  • That following the 2017 municipal election if Council decides to direct the City Manager to resume land negotiations, that the funding for the purchase of land and the detailed design not be funded using debt but rather funded from the Capital Reserve.
  • That the ballot question numbers of tax increases for the library be updated to reflect reduced amount of tax dollars required to service this new lower debt load.

Whistleblower Protection Policy

Council received as information the “Whistleblower Protection Policy”, which establishes and maintains a system to allow employees to report fraud, to ensure confidentiality where possible and prevent retaliation for reporting.

Gymnastics Funding Model

Council directed Administration to continue to pursue options for the City of St. Albert to seek a new partnership in the provision of gymnastics facilities to the community, potentially including land donation, grants and other synergistic funding and operating opportunities.

Approval of 2018 Fees, Charges & Bylaws

Council passed Bylaw 41/2017, being a bylaw to amend Master Rates Bylaw 1/82. This bylaw adjusts the City’s municipal fees, charges and bylaws, as part of the 2018-2020 Municipal and Utility Budget Process. The adjustments are designed to reflect Council’s policy direction where applicable.

Traffic Bylaw Amendments

Council passed Bylaw 44/2017, being Amendment 12 to Traffic Bylaw 18/2005. These amendments create alignments with Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 and relate to the hours “Election Signs” may be posted, specifically the number of hours following the closure of polling stations.

Council Motion: Medical Exceptions to Garbage Collection

Council supported a motion that the relevant policies and procedures are amended for Council’s approval by the end of Q4 2017, to provide a medical exception to garbage collection maximums, with the requirements, limitations and any other considerations for this exemption.

Public Hearing: Bylaw 33/2017 – Land Use Bylaw Schedule C – Sign Regulations

Council closed the public hearing and passed Bylaw 33/2017. Schedule C – Sign Regulations of the Land Use Bylaw regulates the placement of signs on private property.

Bylaw 34/2017 – Urban Beekeeping Bylaw

Council provided 1st and 2nd reading of an amended version of the Urban Beekeeping Bylaw. Council will provide 3rd reading of the bylaw on September 11, 2017. The bylaw allows beekeeping in St. Albert and outlines the regulations required to participate.

Ballot Questions

Council supported amending Council Motion CM-17-045 by deleting the three questions in their entirety and replacing them with the following:

The City has in its 10 year capital plan three major capital projects: a branch library; an additional surface of ice attached to Servus Place; and more aquatic space attached to Servus Place.

The City is asking for residential input on which, if any, project to proceed with:

  1. Are you in favour of the City proceeding with further planning of a branch library? Yes ____ or No _____
  2. Are you in favour of the City proceeding with further planning of a 6th sheet of ice? Yes ____ or No _____
  3. Are you in favour of the City proceeding with further planning of additional aquatic space? Yes ____ or No _____

The wording of the ballot questions will be included on the ballot for the 2017 municipal general election on October 16, 2017.

Council went in camera to confidentially hold dialogue with the City Manager.

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