Council Meeting: March 2, 2015

Council Meeting: March 2, 2015

Well, I’m not sure if I’m going to be in my Council colleagues’ good graces this week as the Agenda Package for Monday’s meeting includes the 864 page “Safe Journeys to School” report. Nevertheless, here is my abridged version of what is on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

Safe Journeys to School Consultant’s Final ReportAfter more than a year of work, I am happy to see the Safe Journeys to School report returning to Council. The goal of the Safe Journeys project, of which I was pleased to serve as Chair, were as follows:

  • Gather information and feedback through public consultations at all 26 St. Albert schools, towards identifying enhancements that will mitigate student traffic safety risks.
  • Identify the most effective engineering, education, enforcement and encouragement strategies to enhance student travel safety among all schools.
  • Develop recommendations and specific action plans to enhance student and school traffic safety at each of the 26 existing schools and 2 new school sites.

The report brings back an extensive set of recommendations from both a City-wide perspective as well as a customized plan for each school. I would encourage you to take a look at the report and share any thoughts you have. Now that the report has been completed, the next step will be to begin look at how the recommendations can be implemented.

I can’t begin to express how thankful I am for everyone who has contributed to this project, from our Steering Committee, to our Project Team to everyone who provided their input, I am grateful for your contribution.

Annual Public Tax SaleMunicipalities have a tax recovery process in place to collect taxes on properties that are delinquently in arrears. Sections 410-422 of the Municipal Government Act outline the process whereby the municipality can attempt to collect these tax arrears. Any property that is in arrears for two or more taxation years is eligible to become part of the tax arrears list. A tax sale via “public auction” is the method that a municipality has at its last disposal to recover taxes in arrears.

Cultivating GreenTape (Development Process Review)This report is a result of a Continuous Improvement project that was created to examine the Development Processes and Practices used in St. Albert as compared to other communities in the region. A significant component of the project involved a comprehensive survey of the development industry to determine their experiences and impressions of working with the City of St. Albert. This report expresses the findings of this survey and then recommends that an Action Plan be developed to address the issues raised in the survey.

Council Motions:

Amendment to Policy C-CG-02 – Democracy ToolsCouncillor MacKay has provided the following notice of motion: “That Council amend Policy C-CG-02 to include a priority that the City work towards experimenting and implementing direct democracy tools that facilitate residents to be able to vote and make decisions.”

Campus of CareCouncillor Brodhead has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration research appropriate sites, of between 3 and 4 hectares, to locate a senior’s affordable “campus of care’ that would provide independent living and lodge accommodations as wells as SL3 and SL4 continuing care facilities. Additionally, that Administration provide options to Council for acquiring such a site with the full report to return to Council by the end of Q1 2016.”

50+ Club Building Status UpdateMayor Crouse has provided the following notice of motion: “That the City Manager provide to Council by April 20, 2015 an update on the 50+ Club building project status complete with scope, cost and schedule including an updated cost estimate based on the approved project charter.”

The agenda also proposes that Council discuss an RCMP matter and the CAO Performance Evaluation in camera. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this week’s agenda.

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