Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all have enjoyed a weekend of food, family, friends and cheering on the Oilers! With today being a holiday for most, our Council meeting will take place on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m.. Here’s a look at what is on the proposed Agenda:
Auditor’s Year End Communication: This report brings forward any significant matters identified by the Auditor’s during their audit engagement of the 2016 Financial Statements and other reporting as required by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. This report also brings forward any operational matters identified by the Auditors during the audit engagement, plus management’s response to these items. The Auditor’s Communication can be found here.
2016 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 2016 financial position and is an important element of the City’s commitment to transparency and communication.
Environment Department – Year in Review: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with an update on the programs and services provided by the Environment Department in 2016 in accordance with the City Council Policies “Environmental Sustainability” (C-EUS-01) and Strategic Framework (C-CG-06).
Sale of City Owned Employment Lands: Councillor Russell previously provided the following notice of motion: “That the City place the so called “Employment Lands” on the market with a well known commercial real estate company that will be required to provide the City with a market evaluation with their listing proposal.”
Notice of Intent to Annex – Sturgeon County: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with information regarding the process of annexation, to propose an overarching annexation project plan, to request funding to ensure the successful administration and delivery of the annexation process, and to direct Administration to initiate the annexation through the submission of the Intent to Annex.
Public Hearings (5 p.m.)
Bylaw 13/2017 Riverside Stage 17 Redistricting: The purpose of the report is to outline the proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005, Schedule A to redistrict a parcel of land within the Riverside neighbourhood from Urban Reserve (UR) to Public Park (P), Public and Private Service (PS), Medium/High Density Residential (R4), and Low Density Residential (R2) as shown on attachment entitled Land Use Bylaw Amendment Map. The subject site is located south of Meadowview Drive (future name: Rankin Drive).
Bylaw 14/2017 Riverside Stage 19 Redistricting: The purpose of the report is to outline the proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005, Schedule A to redistrict a parcel of land within the Riverside neighbourhood from Urban Reserve (UR) to Low Density Residential (R1) and Public Park (P) as shown on the attachment entitled Land Use Bylaw Amendment Map. The subject site is located south of Meadowview Drive (Future Name: Rankin Drive).
Bylaw 17/2017 Land Use Bylaw Text Amendment, Direct Control Mixed Use (DCMU) Land Use District: The purpose of this report is to bring forward City initiated amendments to the Direct Control Mixed Use (DCMU) District of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB). On April 4, 2016, Council approved text amendments to the Direct Control Mixed Use (DCMU) District as part of a set of amendments for the former Grandin Mall site. While reviewing the DCMU District as part of an application for another location in the City, Administration noticed that sections of text had been inadvertently removed during the April 4, 2016 text amendment. These changes impacted regulations specific to areas outside the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan. Administration is bringing forward the following changes to address the missing regulations:
- Establish a minimum of 25% of the total gross floor area outside the downtown be used for commercial (non-residential) purposes; and
- Establish the maximum height of DCMU buildings outside the downtown as 25m.
Alberta Environment and RCMP – Investigation into Moose Incident in St. Albert: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That the Mayor submit a letter on behalf of the City of St. Albert calling for a full investigation from Alberta Environment and the RCMP into the killing of the mother moose in St. Albert on March 29, 2017, a copy of all related investigation reports is shared with the City of St. Albert, and that administration review and make improvements to all relevant policies and procedures to reflect the investigation outcomes.”
Amendment to Bylaw 24/2017 Borrowing Bylaw for Branch Library: Mayor Crouse has provided the following notice of motion: “That Bylaw 24/2017 be amended to change the amount of the borrowing from 25 million dollars to 17.5 million dollars.”
Finally, I posted the following update to my Facebook Page last weekend and thought I would share it here for anyone who may have missed it:
“As our Council term comes closer to its end, I have been asked quite frequently what my plans are with respect to this Fall’s election. After a great deal of personal reflection and discussion with my family, I have made the decision that I will not be seeking re-election.
It has been an honour to represent St. Albert over the past three and a half years and I will always be thankful for having been given the opportunity to serve. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey.
To begin with, I want to thank my colleagues on City Council. While we may not always agree, I know that each of us took on this challenge because we care about this community and its future. Thank you for your service to the community, for sharing your perspective and for taking the time to listen to mine.
I also want to thank our Administration. We are fortunate to have such dedicated staff working for our community and it has been a pleasure getting to work with you. While you don’t always get the thanks that you deserve, know that your efforts do not go unnoticed and that on a daily basis, you continue to make St. Albert the best place to live in Canada.
I want to thank the residents of St. Albert for giving me this opportunity. I hope that I have served you well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and offering me your support over the course of my term in office.
Most importantly, I must thank my family. The past three and a half years have been an adventure and I wouldn’t have survived it without them. I could not have done this without the support of my wife and children and I look forward to having some more time to spend with them moving forward.
Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to meet with several individuals who are considering running for Council. While making the decision not to run again is a tough one, it has been made easier knowing that there are good people willing to step up to serve their community. For anyone considering running for Council, know that I am happy to sit down and share my perspective with you.
Thank you all for your support and I hope that I have served you well.
(This week’s photo is an osprey that I managed to capture flying overhead while out for a walk this weekend near Big Lake).