Happy National Volunteer Week! Thank you to all of you who give your time to help make our community great. Here’s my weekly summary of what’s on the agenda for the coming St. Albert City Council meeting. Please feel free to share your thoughts or ask any questions. Enjoy the weekend!
Auditor’s Year End Communication: This report brings forward any significant matters identified by the Auditors during their audit engagement of the 2015 Financial Statements and other reporting as required by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
2015 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements: The Audited Consolidated Financial Statements are produced yearly as required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). This report documents the City’s 2015 financial position and is an important element of the City’s commitment to transparency and communication.
Council Motion: LRT Alignment Removal from the Transportation Master Plan: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That the LRT alignment and planning from the St. Albert Superstore to the Walmart area is removed from the Transportation Master Plan and further planning for LRT within St. Albert is discontinued.”
Transportation Master Plan: This report seeks final approval of the updated City of St. Albert Transportation Master Plan. The 2015 Transportation Master Plan is an update to the 2008 Transportation Master Plan, and carries forward with the strategic planning framework that focuses on the vision and goals of connecting and moving people, goods and services throughout the city in a safe, efficient and effective manner.
Council Motion: 2016 Tax Reduction: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That an additional $1 million of traffic ticket revenue is added to the 2016 budget and the 2016 tax rate is reduced accordingly; and that all the Q1 savings from the actual costs being less than the budgeted costs for gas, diesel, natural gas and electricity is used to reduce the 2016 tax rate.”
2016 Budget Adjustments: Each year prior to the finalization of the tax levy, Administration reviews whether amendments are required to the approved Operating or Capital Budgets. Amendments can arise due to circumstances that may have changed subsequent to the preparation/approval of the budgets, adjustments to estimates, Council motions, or new requirements of an emergent nature. The proposed budget adjustments have no net affect to the residential/non-residential tax increase of 0.2% that was approved in December 2015. The final tax requirement is $93,266,800.
Council Policy C-P&E-02 Capital Project Management: Council Policy C-P&E-02 Capital Project Management was approved in 2006. The purpose of this Council Policy was to provide governance oversight to the City of St. Albert’s capital project from conception to completion. Administration’s project management practices have evolved since 2006 and the Policy is now dated and not wholly reflective of the governance of the capital project management framework throughout the organization. In addition, numerous new and revised bylaws and policies have been approved by Council since the last revision of Council Policy C-P&E-02 that necessitate updates to the policy. This report requests the final approval of Council for the revision of Council Policy C-P&E-02 Capital Project Management.
Policy Alignment – Community Vision and Pillars of Sustainable: The Community Sustainability Committee made recommendations to Council in relation to the approval and implementation of the Community Vision and Pillars of Sustainability which included aligning existing Council policy to the Community Vision and Pillars of Sustainability. Administration is following up on this recommendation by presenting existing Council policy for both major and minor revision.
Policing Committee: Councillor Russell has provided the following notice of motion: “That City Council establish an RCMP Policing Committee.”
Name for Employment Lands: Mayor Crouse has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration, as per the policy, consult with landowners and the Technical Naming Review Panel (if applicable) and propose to Council by the end of Q-1, 2017 a name and possible name alternatives possible names of the “Park” to replace the name “Employment Lands.”
March 14, 2016 Committee of the Whole Video: Councillor MacKay has provided the following notice of motion: “That the video from the March 14, 2016 SCOW meeting be posted on the cities [sic] website in an un-redacted format.”
Council Policy C-CAO-17 – City of St. Albert Community Brand Amendment: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That City Council Policy C-CAO-17, City of St. Albert Community Brand be amended to include a provision that all branding specific projects must go to an advertised RFP and include a minimum 5 year warranty in bid requirements.
I also wanted to share a few highlights from the past week:
- The St. Albert Lifestyle Expo opened up on Friday and runs through Sunday at Servus Place. Stop by and check out all of the exciting exhibitors, a petting zoo, the Taste of St. Albert and more!
- The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch hosted by the St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre took place on Tuesday. It was a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to some of the individuals who give so much of themselves to support others in our community. Thank you to each of you who helps out in your own way.
- On Tuesday, several members of Council had an opportunity to take a tour of “The Collective,” the new resource centre for youth that will be officially opening in May on St. Thomas Street. The Collective will bring together a range of services for youth and will also feature a community space and several youth-led social enterprises. When their website launches and the official grand opening takes place, I will share more information about this new addition to our community.
- On Thursday, the Healing Garden Steering Garden met and we were joined by a number of survivors of the residential schools that operated here in St. Albert. It’s hard to put into words just what an emotional meeting it was to hear the stories of their experience. From horrific abuse, to separation from family, to not being allowed to speak their language, the stories were truly heartbreaking. Residential schools are a sad part of our history, and the development of our Healing Garden is an important step in moving towards reconciliation. You can learn more about the Healing Garden here. The hope is that the garden will be completed by September.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.