Council Meeting: September 11, 2017

Council Meeting: September 11, 2017

Hard to believe, but this will be my final blog post providing an overview of the coming week’s Council Meeting agenda. I hope that people have found these posts informative over the years. Hopefully one of our new Council members (or the City) will pick this up in the future. Without further ado, here’s a look at what is on the Agenda for the final meeting of our term:

Regional Commuter Transit Report – Presentation of MOU: This report outlines considerations for establishing a Regional Transit Services Commission, and provides a draft Memorandum of Understanding to guide that establishment. This report also outlines a transition plan and steps leading to the implementation of a regional commuter transit service.

Audit Plan: The purpose of this report is to approve the proposed Audit Plan presented by KPMG.

Truth & Reconciliation Initiatives for Municipalities: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with background information and research regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action Report, to assist in determining an approach and strategy to begin addressing those actions identified in the report that relate to our municipality.

Municipal Historic Conservation Program Policy: To present to Council a Heritage Conservation Policy for approval, which includes a Heritage Conservation Program Outline, funding model and Heritage Advisory Committee Bylaw.

Revised Stormwater Rate Model: This report is a continuation of an ongoing investigation into the development of a new rate setting model for the Stormwater utility. In October, 2016, Administration requested from Council to continue working on this project with the goal of incorporating an imperviousness factor into the stormwater rate calculation. This report outlines those efforts, the related analysis and recommendations for the future of this project.

Long Range Financial Capital Plan: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with an update on the status of the funded projects identified within the “Long Range Financial Capital Plan” and provide an update on the strategy moving forward.

Financial Reserves Policy: Councillor Hughes will be bringing forward one or two motions related to the Library Stabilization Reserve. The first is to eliminate the Library Stabilization Reserve, and should that motion fail, she will be bringing forward the following motion: “That Reserve Policy, Schedule OA1, Section – “Source of Funding” is amended to add at the end of Library – Stabilization Fund, ‘and Council.'” (Note: The motion to eliminate the Library Stabilization Reserve was missed in the Agenda Report, and an updated Agenda Report will be provided to Council on Monday).

Annual Review of Financial Policies: This item brings forward updates to the following financial policies: Financial Reserves, Investments, Debt Management, Cash Management, Budget and Taxation Guiding Principles, Operating and Capital Carry Forwards and Closed Projects, and Municipal Fees and Charges.

Safety Enhancement Program: A number of Safety Program Enhancement Requests are being brought forward for Council approval.

Protection of Person’s & Property Bylaw and Bylaw 37/2017 – Parks Bylaw – 2nd & 3rd Readings: Council has directed Administration to draft and present a new Protection of Person’s and Property Bylaw in accordance with direction from the July 4, 2016 Council meeting. Council also directed Administration to gather feedback from the public and report back to Council prior to the second and third readings. This report and the attached Bylaws are being presented to Council in accordance with that direction.

Bylaw 34/2017 – Urban Beekeeping: This items presents Bylaw 34/2017, Urban Beekeeping Bylaw to Council for consideration of third reading.

Timing for Twinning of Ray Gibbon Drive: Administration is providing recommendations for the timing of widening Ray Gibbon Drive, along with an update of advocacy performed and “next steps” as information to Council.

Council Motions

Public Art Piece – Diversity and Inclusion: I have provided the following notice of motion: “That Administration explore options with the Public Art Committee and appropriate stakeholders regarding the possible commissioning of a public art piece with a theme of diversity and inclusion and report back to Council by Q1 2018.”

Oakhill Retaining Wall: Councillor Heron has provided the following notice of motion: “That the City retain an independent engineering consulting firm to evaluate drainage and any retaining wall structures along Oakhill Place for civic addresses 22 to 34 inclusive and along Oakcrest Terrace from civic addresses 6 to 17 inclusive and to provide a liability assessment resulting from the evaluation.

That the City enter into negotiations with the residents at these addresses, if appropriate based on the liability assessment findings, for a contribution from the City to the costs of remedial measures to rectify relevant issues.”

As always, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on any of these issues. While Monday is our last Council meeting, our term does not officially end until the new Council is sworn in. In the weeks ahead, I will try to take some time to share some thoughts about my term in office, the future of our community and the coming election. In the meantime, let me just say that it has been an honour and a privilege to serve our community.


  1. Thank you for your contributions toward making St.Albert council positive, effective and inclusive despite many challenges.

  2. Thank you so much for all your hard work on Council. You provided calm and intelligent reasoning amidst some difficult and stormy times. Your contributions will be missed. All the best to you and your family.

  3. You have been an outstanding councillor and will be missed. You have shown integrity, diplomacy and intelligence which has been lacking in a few. You sought to make St Albert a better and inclusive community. Here’s hoping the next council will exhibit such traits. All the best.

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