Council Meeting: May 15, 2017

Council Meeting: May 15, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there in our community! I hope that your day is filled with the appreciation and gratitude that you deserve. Our meeting on Monday has some substantial topics on it. Here’s a look at what we will be discussing:

CSAB Recommendations – Community Capital Program Grants: This report brings forward a recommendation from the Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB) for allocation from the 2017 intake of applications for the 2017 Community Capital Grant Program. Specifically, the recommendation is as follows:

  • St. Albert Rugby Football Club: $46,326 for renovations to the Rugby Clubhouse.
  • St. Albert Bicycle Motocross Association: $7,256 for improved drainage and upgrades to the BMX track.

SCW Recommendation: Ray Gibbon Drive Capital Project Reconciliation: Standing Committee of the Whole, based on a recommendation from Administration, is recommending that $6,736,728 currently committed to the Ray Gibbon Drive (RGD) project be uncommitted within the Capital Reserve to be available for future RMR or Growth capital projects in 2018 and beyond. The backgrounder from the Committee meeting with additional detail can be found here.

Amendments to Council Remuneration and Expense Reimbursement Policy: This item seeks Council approval of the amended version of City Council Policy C-CC-03 City Council Remuneration and Expense Reimbursement, which incorporates the recommendations of the Council Remuneration Review Committee as accepted by Council at their January 16, 2017 meeting. Multiple background documents related to this item can be found by clicking on the links within the Agenda for this week’s meeting.

City’s Initiatives for Age Friendly Community Designation: This item provides background information to help Council determine if they wish to pursue age-friendly designation. From the Alberta Seniors’ website: “Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence and have access to the community supports and services they require.”

Requests for Time Extensions: Administration is seeking a time extension on the following items: Capital Fundraising CampaignsZero Waste Process and the Branch Library Land Purchase Confirmation.

2017 Tax Rate Bylaw: This bylaw brings forward the proposed 2017 Tax Rates. The summary of 2017 Tax Levies, Requisitions and Tax Rates can be found within this attachment. The average residential home in St. Albert will see a tax increase of 0.8% in 2017. In doing some review, during the course of our term in office, the average residential home owner has had tax increases of 0.2% (2014), 1.8% (2015), 0.6% (2016) and 0.8% (2017). That’s an average of less than 1% per year.

Smoking Bylaw: This item presents the Smoking Bylaw, as amended in accordance with Council direction, to Council for consideration of third reading.

Amendment to Business License Bylaw 43/2000 Regarding Vehicle for Hire: This report is to outline the proposed amendment to Business Licensing Bylaw 43/2000. This amendment creates “Schedule C – Vehicles for Hire” which provides direction to companies wishing to operate as a Vehicle for Hire business in St. Albert. This work began prior to the province bringing in regulations regarding Transportation Network Companies  (e.g. Uber, Tapp Car) and Council needs to decide whether we wish to bring in our own additional regulations or simply have them regulated by the province.

Postponement of Bylaw 24/2017 – Borrowing Bylaw: Councillor Heron has provided the following notice of motion: “That Second and Third reading of Bylaw 24/2017, being a Borrowing Bylaw to Finance the Construction of the Branch Library be postponed until Quarter four of 2018 and that the funding for the purchase of land and the detailed design as laid out in Project Chart OA-005 be funded from the Capital Reserve.”

Bylaw 24/2017 – Borrowing Bylaw for Branch Library – 2nd and 3rd Reading: Bylaw 24/2017 is a borrowing Bylaw to enable the City of St. Albert to secure funding for the construction of the Branch Library. This project will be funded by a $21.9 million borrowing maximum with the debt being serviced through the Municipal tax base. Whether this motion proceeds will be impacted both by the outcome of the previous item on the Agenda as well as the possibility of a successful petition being presented that would then require that the borrowing bylaw be added as a question during the coming election.

Public Hearing (5 p.m.) – Erin Ridge North: This report presents proposed amendments to the Erin Ridge North Area Structure Plan (ASP) Bylaw 33/2009 and the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005 for the former Lutheran church lands at the corner of St. Albert Trail and Coal Mine Road in Erin Ridge North. There are multiple backgrounders related to this item and they can be found within the Agenda for this week’s meeting.

Council Motions:

Plebiscite on Potential Major Recreational Facilities: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion:

“That the City has 3 separate vote on the questions on the ballot, which are:

Do you support that the city build in next 4 years:
Branch Library, Building cost: $19 million, Annual Operating Cost: $2 million, Total estimated tax increase: 3.4% Yes ____. No _____.

Do you support that the city build in next 4 years:
Single Sheet Arena Ice Rink, Building Cost: $20.5 million, Annual Operating Cost: $500,000, Total estimated tax increase: 1.9%. Yes _____. No _____.

Do you support that the city build in next 4 years:
Aquatics Facility, Building Cost: $24 million, Annual Operating Cost: $1.8 million, Total Estimated Tax Increase: 3.5% Yes _____. No_____.

and, That up to $10,000 is approved from the stabilization fund for staff to provide resident information and education around the plebiscite questions prior to the election. Yes _____. No_____.”

Alberta Resource Recovery Centre MOU: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That St. Albert administration explore options with the Alberta Resource Recovery Centre Ltd. for how the city could benefit from participating in the development, report back the potential benefits and costs to council and present an MOU for council’s consideration by Q3 2017.”

Policing Committee Bylaw – Public Consultation: Mayor Crouse has provided the following notice of motion: “That through newspaper and on-line advertising, Police Committee public consultation be undertaken and the consultation results be provided to Council on July 10, 2017, prior to consideration of 3rd reading.”

That’s all for this week. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and comments on any of these issues or whatever else might happen to be on your mind.

With the improved Spring weather (this weekend notwithstanding), it’s been nice to see the return of many of our birds and wildlife. This week’s photo is a muskrat out enjoying the Sturgeon River. 

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