Council Meeting: January 23, 2017

Council Meeting: January 23, 2017

Here’s my weekly look at what is on the proposed agenda for┬áthe coming week’s meeting. It’s worth noting that at last week’s meeting Council approved a recommendation that would see the start time for Council meetings moved back to a later time beginning in November 2017 (the start of the next Council’s term). An exact time will be determined in the months to come. For now, meetings will continue at their regular Monday 2 p.m. start time.

Corporate Land Strategy: Draft Policy & Strategic Framework: The purpose of the report is to present Council the draft Corporate Land Management Policy for review and feedback from members of Council. The draft policy can be found here.

Sole Source Award Library Elevator Replacement: This report is intended to inform Council of the plan to complete the replacement of the last of three elevators within St Albert Place. This Sole Source award will ensure that the third elevator will be a proprietary match to the two main elevators to provide common functionality for operations staff, facility staff and public users.

Policy C-CAO-15 – Program and Service Review: The purpose of the report is to present to Council for approval Council Policy C-CAO-15 Program and Service Review that has been updated with comments received from Council Members. Approval of this policy will ensure that programs and services meet the community’s needs and expectations as set by Council. The policy sets direction and a systematic approach for service and service levels reviews.

Budget Guiding Principles Policy Amendments: This item brings forward changes that would mean that a Budget Business Case submitted by a member of Council is no longer considered to be automatically funded in the Budget process. Starting for the 2018 budget year, all business cases and project charters, whether Administration or Council Member initiated will be subject to the same prioritization criteria relative to a funding recommendation.

Bylaw 25/2016 – Internal Auditor and Internal Audit Committee Bylaw: The purpose of this report is to present the Internal Auditor and Internal Audit Committee Bylaw, as amended in accordance with Council feedback, to Council for further consideration.

Public Hearing (5 p.m.): Bylaw 1/2017 – 11 Mill Drive Application for Redistricting: Administration has received an application to amend the Land Use Bylaw to change the districting of 11 Mill Drive, from Low Density Residential (R1) to Direct Control (DC) to accommodate a professional office use within the existing structure. This report addresses both the Redistricting application and the Development Permit application. There are a number of attachments related to this item, all of which can be found here.

Council Motions

Pecuniary Interest Matter: Councillor MacKay has provided the following notice of motion: “I move that the City of St. Albert provide full cooperation to both sides in the Nolan Crouse pecuniary interest matter.”

Insurance Coverage for Pecuniary Interest: Councillor MacKay has provided the following notice of motion: “I move that Council directs the insurance company providing coverage to cease coverage for any pecuniary interest matter and have these items funded by the individuals involved. Furthermore section 179 and the repayment provisions outlined in the MGA be approved and form part of any future code of conduct policy.”

Major Capital Projects Plebiscite: Councillor Russell has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration prepare a plebiscite for the next civic election to enable voters to vote on major capital projects contemplated for 2018/19/20.”

Employment Lands Appraisal: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration provide Council the land size, probable locations, and municipal assignments of land required for future municipal needs on the city-owned portion of the Employment Lands and that up to $xxxx is approved for City to contract an appraisal of each of the City-owned parcels in the Employment Lands, after the municipal needs assigned land is removed.”

Council will also discuss a Land Matter in camera as well as our regular Council/City Manager dialogue. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this week’s Agenda. Have a great week!


  1. Why not include the idea of a second library in the plebiscite? Give the people who have to pay for this a say!

  2. Council ran two public surveys in large part because they only like surveys that support their views. Council has already approved the new Library building.

    Why not have future councillors take a position on the Swimming Pool and Skating Rink (s) and we can vote accordingly. As Bob Russell noted, the council would not be bound by any survey.

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