Council Meeting: September 5, 2017

Council Meeting: September 5, 2017

Happy Long Weekend! I hope everyone is able to enjoy some time with family and friends this weekend. As a result of the long weekend, our Council meeting will take place on Tuesday instead of Monday. Here’s a look at what is on the proposed Agenda for the meeting:

Administrative Review FCSS Spring Grant – CIVC: Council directed Administration to do a review of the grant application submitted by the Community Information and Volunteer Centre; an FCSS Spring Grant requesting funding to deliver a project to address Seniors’ Isolation. Administration is recommending that the grant be approved.

Library Land & Detailed Design Funding: Councillor Heron has provided the following notice of motion: “That following the 2017 municipal election if Council decides to direct the City Manager to resume land negotiations, that the funding for the purchase of land and the detailed design not be funded using debt but rather funded from the Capital Reserve.

If the above motion passes I further move:

That the ballot question numbers of tax increases for the library be updated to reflect reduced amount of tax dollars required to service this new lower debt load.”

Whistleblower Protection Policy: A proposed whistleblower directive will establish and maintain a system to allow employees to report fraud, to ensure confidentiality where possible and prevent retaliation for reporting.

Ballot Questions: The purpose of this agenda item is to finalize the wording of ballot questions to be included on the ballot for the 2017 municipal general election on October 16, 2017. To update the numbers from the originally passed motion, Administration is proposing the following revision:

Question 1: Community Branch Library (including detailed design and purchase of land)
Do you support the City constructing a Branch Library in the next 4 years?
Estimated construction cost (accuracy +/- 50%): $19.5 million
Estimated annual operating cost (accuracy +/- 10%): $1.259 million
Estimated total tax increase: 3.0%

Question 2: Arena Facility (including detailed design)
Do you support the City constructing a Single Sheet Arena Ice Rink at Servus Place in the next 4 years?
Estimated construction cost (accuracy +/- 50%): $20.5 million
Estimated annual operating cost (accuracy +/- 10%): $279,000
Estimated total tax increase 2.1%

Question 3: Aquatics Facility (including detailed design)
Do you support the City constructing a pool expansion at Servus Place in the next 4 years? Estimated construction cost (accuracy +/- 50%): $13.7 million
Estimated annual operating cost (accuracy +/- 10%): $310,000
Estimated total tax increase: 1.6%

Mayor Crouse has proposed the following amendment to the ballot questions:

“The City has in its 10 year capital plan three major capital projects. A branch library, an additional surface of ice attached to Servus Place and more aquatic space attached to Servus Place (planned to commence in 2016, 2018 and 2022 respectively). These projects are at the preliminary planning stages and the capital costs are still to be determined as well as any ongoing operating cost and associated tax increases.

The City is asking for residential input on which, if any, project to proceed with.

1. Are you in favour of the City proceeding with further planning of a branch library?

Yes _____ or No _____

2. Are you in favour of the City proceeding with further planning of a 6th sheet of ice?

Yes _____ or No _____

3. Are you in favour of the City proceeding with further planning of additional aquatic space?

Yes _____ or No _____

Gymnastics Funding Model: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with a summary of funding options so Council can decide if the City of St. Albert should fund gymnastics facilities and, if so, to what scope.

Bylaw 34/2017 – Urban Beekeeping Bylaw – Time Specific 5:30 p.m.: The purpose of this report is to provide Council with information regarding the proposed Urban Beekeeping Bylaw for beekeeping in the City of St. Albert. In addition, the purpose of this report is to outline the consultation with the public, city departments, and external associations that are knowledgeable about beekeeping.

Approval of 2018 Fees, Charges & Bylaws: Administration is proposing adjustments to the City’s municipal fees, charges and bylaws, as part of the 2018-2020 Municipal and Utility Budget Process. The adjustments are designed to reflect Council’s policy direction where applicable. The budget impact of the recommended adjustments is detailed in the report.

Traffic Bylaw Amendments: This report outlines proposed amendments to Traffic Bylaw 18/2005 that create alignment to amendments proposed to the Land Use Bylaw 9/2005. The proposed amendments relate to the hours “Election Signs” may be posted, specifically the number of hours following the closure of polling stations (changing from 24 to 48 hours).

Bylaw 33/2017 – Land Use Bylaw Schedule C-Sign Regulations: The purpose of this report is to outline proposed amendments to Schedule C and Part 3 (Section 3.12 and 3.14) of Land Use Bylaw 9/2005. These changes include the potential introduction of lawn signs for political expression on an ongoing basis.

Medical Exceptions to Garbage Collection: Councillor Hughes has provided the following notice of motion: “That the relevant policies and procedures are amended for Council’s approval by the end of Q4 2017, to provide a medical exception to garbage collection maximums, with the requirements, limitations and any other considerations for this exemption.”

That’s all for this week. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

2 Comments

  1. The Library extension must not proceed if this results in any tax increase. It’s not wanted and not needed as already determined by a majority of residents.

  2. The plebiscite has been set up such that there is virtually no way that any facility will receive 50% of the electorate voting yes. The Yes, votes will be split among the three alternatives and likely the “no tax increase” votes would apply to all.

    Sure be nice if the City had not screwed up the live feed.

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