Council Notes - August 13th, 2019
Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework. Council gave first reading to Bylaw 2234 - Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICP). The bylaw was developed in conjunction with Yellowhead County and highlights areas that the municipalities are working together on, sets up an ICP committee, and outlines dispute resolution measures. This type of framework is mandated by the Province under the changes to the Municipal Government Act.
Land Use Bylaw. First reading was given to Bylaw 2235, which would remove the requirement for Personal Service Establishments to be required to ‘form a part of a hotel or motel’ in the Highway Commercial District. This change to the Land Use Bylaw would help reduce restrictions for development along the highway.
Multi-Use Facility Survey Results. Rob Parks from RC Strategies presented the results of the Multi-Use Facility Survey to Council.
Council Meeting Time Change. Council approved a change in start time for Council and Committee of the Whole meetings. Starting in September, all Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings will start at 7:00 pm. Council meetings will continue to be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month and Committee meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
AUMA Standing Committee. Council has supported Mayor Zahara putting his name forward to sit on the Alberta Urban Municipal Association Safe and Healthy Communities Committee and to claim the meeting rates related to attendance at the rates outlines in Council’s Remuneration Policy. This committee focusses on issues relating to health and safety, social programs, culture and recreation, and welcome and inclusive communities.
Strategic Priorities. Council has approved some changes to their Strategic Priorities Document. Along with some content adjustments, the document has been redesigned and some benchmarks have been added. The new document will be available online at www.edson.ca/council.
Funding Request. A motion to approve a funding request for $50,000 to the Edson Friendship Centre has been defeated. The one-time funding request was made to support a staff member to assist with the homeless issues and clients, as well as to support the needle exchange program while they awaited word on other funding opportunities. A subsequent motion to fund $25,000 and to review for the 2020 budget was also defeated.
63rd Street Connector. Council has approved $60,000 from the Recreation and Culture capital reserve to go towards the 63rd Street connector trail project. Construction is anticipated to start in September.
National Tree Day. Council has directed Administration to look into the idea of planting several trees at the Hillendale playground on National tree Day, September 25th, 2019.
Quarterly Report. The 2019 June Quarterly Report was accepted as presented.
Wop May Day. Council has proclaimed Sunday, September, 1st, 2019 as Wop May Day. More information on the Celebrations and events relating to this day can be found online at https://gallowaystationmuseum.com/wop-may-days-aug-31-to-sept-1-2019/, or by contacting the Galloway Station Museum.
Bulk Waste Water Sales. Council has approved the Town of Edson to enter into a bulk waste water sales agreement as discussed in the closed session.
Next meetings - The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for August 20th , 2019 at 5:00 pm. The next Council Meeting is scheduled for September 3rd, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers.
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