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Council Notes - April 2, 2024

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Council Notes - April 2, 2024

Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. Council has authorized Administration to submit an application to become a designated host community under the Rural Renewal Stream (RRS) of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. The RRS program nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta, providing they have skills to fill job shortages or are planning to buy or start a business in the province. They must also be able to provide for their families. Council also authorized Mayor Zahara to execute an endorsement letter, which if a requirement for the Town’s application to the program. The Town of Edson was previously an approved host community in the RRS program, before temporarily suspending participation in October to review program concerns, which have been addressed through administrative changes..

Economic Development Strategy. Council has referred the Town of Edson Economic Strategy to be brought to a future Committee of the Whole for further discussion.

18th Avenue Rehabilitation Project Funding. Council approved an additional $100,000, to be funded from the Energy Reserve, to cover higher than expected energy-related costs with the 18th Avenue Rehabilitation Project. The purpose of this project is to replace the old existing infrastructure along 18th Avenue, directly west of 48th Street. This includes the watermain, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, roadworks, sidewalk, curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, streetlights, and other associated work. More project details can be found on our website at www.edson.ca/construction. 

Airport Funding Advocacy. Council has endorsed the Town of Edson in joining advocacy efforts for increased regional community airport funding. Edson will join other municipalities from across the province looking to increase awareness and support available for general aviation and economic diversification in Alberta. 

Next meetings – A Special Town Council Meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2024, at 7:00 pm, in Council Chambers for the Public Hearing of proposed draft Land Use Bylaw #2296. A Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2024, at 7:00 pm, in Council Chambers. 

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