Council Meeting: August 21, 2017

Council Meeting: August 21, 2017

After a lovely summer break, Council resumes on Monday for the final four meetings of our term. Here’s a look at what is on the proposed Agenda for Monday’s meeting: 

Appointment of Auditors: This item provides Council with the results of the invitation to tender for external audit services and provides a recommendation for the appointment of KPMG as the City’s auditor.

Presentation of 2018 Fees & Charges:  Administration is proposing adjustments to the City’s municipal fees, charges and bylaws, as part of the 2018-2020 Municipal Budget Process. The adjustments are designed to reflect Council’s policy direction where applicable. The budget impact of the recommended adjustments is detailed within the report. Of note, at the request of Council, Administration has brought forward recommendations for the introduction of two new products:

  • A senior/student local monthly transit pass
  • A low-income monthly commuter pass (to be known as the All-Aboard program)

Employment Lands Appraisal: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with an updated appraisal of the City-owned portion of the Lakeview Business District and the size, number of parcels and locations of land (within the City-owned lands) for future municipal needs.

Application for Federation of Canadian Municipalities Asset Management Grant: The purpose of this report is to meet a requirement of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipal Asset Management Grant Program, by having Council support an application for grant funding through a Council resolution. This grant funding opportunity will allow the City to apply for a maximum of $50,000 towards an asset management program.

Amendment to Previously Approved Motion – FTE Approval: This report presents, for Council consideration, a proposed amendment to a previously approved motion to correct an error. An oversight was made in the amount of funding required for this position for 2018. In the previous agenda report to Council the pro-rated amount of 75% of funding was utilized rather than 100% of the year funding that is required to fund the FTE for the entire year. The funding required in 2018 for this position is $112,000, not $87,000 as was stated in the previous agenda report.

Bylaw 38/2017 Council Code of Conduct: This item proposes second and third readings of the new Council Code of Conduct Bylaw. As part of the proposed bylaw, an Office of the Integrity Commissioner would be created and there are additional recommendations related to the creation of that office.

Bylaw 23/2017 – Transit Bylaw: This report presents, for Council consideration, minor amendments to Bylaw 23/2017, Transit Bylaw to address concerns raised by Council regarding the previous wording in section 15, Conduct of Passengers and Schedule A. Pending approval of those amendments, Council could then proceed with consideration of third reading of the bylaw.

Bylaw 33/2017 – Land Use Bylaw Schedule C- Sign Regulations: The purpose of the report is to outline proposed amendments to Schedule C and Part 3 (Section 3.12 and 3.14) of Land Use Bylaw 9/2005, and to provide proposed regulations for the introduction of residential lawn signs, as per Council direction. There will also be an amendment from Councillor MacKay debated prior to the second and third readings of the Land Use Bylaw.

Arts & Heritage Foundation Partnership Agreement Renewal: An update has been provided on the status of the negotiations, and the renewal of the Partnership Agreement between the City of St. Albert and the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert. The City of St. Albert and the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert have completed negotiations regarding the renewal of the Partnership Agreement to continue to provide heritage and visual arts services on behalf of the City. The Partnership Agreement has been reviewed and ratified by the Arts and Heritage Board of Directors on July 27, 2017, and was officially signed by the City Manager on August 1, 2017. The term of the new agreement is a ten-year term, effective from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2028.

Council Motions

Homeland Foundation’s Proposed St. Albert Project: Councillor Brodhead has provided the following notice of motion: “That the Mayor, on behalf of Council, write the Minister of Seniors and Housing, stating our community’s support for the Homeland Foundation’s proposed St. Albert project for a seniors lodge, seniors continuing care and seniors affordable housing.”

Idling Bylaw: Councillor Russell has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration create an amendment to the existing Bylaw governing limits on idling to delete any reference to exemptions re: temperature.”

That’s all for this week’s Agenda. On a sad note, I want to express my condolences to the family of former Councillor and MLA Len Bracko who passed away this weekend. I had the pleasure of meeting with Len on a number of occasions and his passion for our community was always evident. He gave so much to this community and he will be greatly missed.

 

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