Council Meeting: May 23, 2017

Council Meeting: May 23, 2017

Hope you’ve all been enjoying a nice long weekend. Tomorrow it’s back to work for St. Albert City Council. Here’s a look at what is on the Agenda for this week’s Council meeting:

2017 Q1 Corporate Report: The City of St. Albert Corporate Quarterly Report – First Quarter 2017 provides Council with regular and formal communication from the City Manager about progress during the quarter ending March 31, 2017. Additional attachments related to this matter can be found in the Agenda.

Planning & Development Annual Report: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with an update on development activity and major policy initiatives that took place in 2016.

Lt. Governor Distinguished Young Artists Legacy Program: In accordance with City Council Policy C-CS-10 Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Young Artists Program, this report provides recommendations from a sub-committee of the St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society, for the 2017 intake of applications, for the Lieutenant Governor Distinguished Young Artists Program.

St. Albert Business Incubation Strategy: This report outlines a revised business incubation strategy for the City of St. Albert, last presented to Council on January 25, 2016. This revised strategy focuses on the primacy of creating a collaborative business ecosystem for progressing early-stage businesses in the City through phases of idea generation, incubation, acceleration, and retention. The “Economic Gardening Framework” that is presented for feedback can be found here.

Regional Economic Development Entity Funding: The deadline for municipalities to sign on as a shareholder to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Economic Development entity (EMRED) is May 24, 2017. This report provides an overview of the mandate, purpose and functions of EMRED in order for council to debate the decision of whether the City of St. Albert will become a shareholder.

Provincial Revenue Consultation Advocacy: The attached Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Mayors’ Caucus Request For Decision and draft resolution are presented for Council endorsement in order to direct the AUMA’s advocacy efforts to securing a commitment to and advance details regarding municipal consultations regarding the future of provincial revenue sharing.

Business License Bylaw Amendment – 2nd and 3rd Reading: This report is to request direction from Council to amend Business License Bylaw 43/2000. Bylaws are required to be reviewed regularly to ensure relevancy. Administration is recommending a few minor changes to clarify some of the terminology within the existing Bylaw. Administration is also adding clarity to the status of Farmers’ Market vendors and vendors who are part of a Special Event and recommending an additional prorated fee.

Amendments to Policing Committee Bylaw: Prior to additional readings of the proposed Policing Committee Bylaw, there are a number of proposed amendments as follows:

  • Moved by Councillor Osborne: That Bylaw 28/2017 section 12.1(b) be amended by removing “at least six (6) consecutive months” and replacing it with “at least 12 consecutive months”.
  • Moved by Councillor Russell: That Bylaw 28/2017 be amended by deleting Section 12(e)
  • Moved by Councillor Russell: That Bylaw 28/2017 Section 23 be amended that the publication requirement be 7 days notice.
  • Moved by Councillor Hughes: That Bylaw 28/2017 Section 23 is amended to have the meeting agenda available to the committee members at least five (5) days prior to a meeting, and have it available to public on the same day as it is available to committee members.
  • Moved by Councillor Hughes: That bylaw 28/2017 is amended to include a provision that a review is completed at a minimum of every 24 months of the city council, a sampling of the RCMP, the committee members and the public to determine the effectiveness of the committee and to provide any recommendations to council to improve the committee.

Policing Committee Bylaw – 2nd and 3rd Reading: Council has directed Administration to draft and present a Bylaw for the establishment of a formal Policing Committee. This is a continuation of the original report provided to Council on May 1, 2017 related to the Policing Committee Bylaw.

Information Item – Spontaneous Recreation Opportunities: In May 2016, Council approved the following motion: “That the City of St. Albert develop a policy by the end of Q2 2017, for the use of St. Albert aquatics and other recreational facilities. The intent of the policy is to provide direction to civic organizations and to the general public related to hours and facilities available for organizational use and those times retained for public spontaneous use.” This item brings back an update related to this work.

Council Motions:

Draft a Municipal Planning Commission Bylaw: Councillor Russell has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration bring forward a draft bylaw to establish a Municipal Planning Commission for Council’s consideration.” For reference, Council last month received a review of Municipal Planning Commissions.

Campbell Road Park & Ride Pricing Structure: Councillor MacKay has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration bring back to Council a pricing structure for parking at a future Campbell Park and Ride to ultimately be included in the Master Rates Bylaw.”

Shaw Coverage of St. Albert Council Meetings: Councillor Russell has provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration write letters to the CRTC and the Corus Entertainment and Shaw Communications Group asking for written guarantees that televised proceedings of St. Albert City Council meetings will continue to be provided as part of the conditions governing the provision of cable services within the City of St. Albert.”

That’s all for this week. Please feel free to share your thoughts, questions and comments on any of these matters.

This week’s photo is a Northern Shoveler enjoying a swim at Big Lake. 

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