Council Notes - August 19th, 2014
Shaw Presentation. Laurie Templeton of Shaw gave a presentation to Council on their plans for Shaw Go WiFi. Laurie explained that Shaw would like to install special Wifi access points in various locations around Edson where the public would gather. Some suggested locations include the Kinsmen Spray Park, Talisman Place, and Centennial Park. This would give locals and visitors access to free WiFi when connected and would work for both Shaw customers and those who are with other companies through a special log in process. Council supported the idea and has given direction to administration to work with Shaw on the project. This comes at no cost to the Town of Edson.
Traffic Fine Amendments. Council gave third and final reading to changes to Bylaw 1807 Schedule “A” to update traffic fines. The Town of Edson traffic bylaw penalties have not been changed in 19 years and these increases are meant to bring them in line with other communities.
CN Upgrades. Council has agreed to enter into an agreement with Canadian National Railway Company for improvements to the Wilmore Park CN crossing. The Town of Edson would be responsible for 12.5% of the project cost for a total of $31,387.50. This upgrade includes a new warning system that detects a train’s speed and proximity to the crossing. The hope is the new system will reduce the time warnings signals are activated when the train is stopped nearby.
FCSS Agreement. Authorization has been given for Town Council to enter into a revised Family and Community Support Services Cost Sharing Agreement with Yellowhead County. This is the same deal that was signed in December of 2013 and simply clarifies the funding formula in the agreement. The new Agreement is effective January 1st, 2014 and expires December 31st, 2029.
Policing. Council accepted for information an invoice from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “K” Division in the amount of $620,559.33 (GST Exempt) with respect to municipal policing costs for the period from April 1st to June 30th, 2014. The policing costs are already approved in the 2014 Budget.
Street Work. Council has approved an additional $350,000.00 to do a full road build on 5th Avenue from 42nd to 46th Street and 42nd Street between 4th to 6th Avenues to be funded by grants. Due to the depth of the work being done it was determined doing a complete build of the roads at this time would be beneficial and would save money in the long term.
Electrical Franchise Agreement. Council has given second and third reading to Bylaw 2141 to enter into a new ten year Electrical Franchise Agreement beginning January 1st, 2015. There is also an option to renew for two (2) five year extensions if both parties agree. The agreement begins with a franchise fee percentage of 5%, which is the same percentage that is currently in place. The Town of Edson has the option to increase the percentage annually by providing written notice to FortisAlberta Ltd. The franchise fee cap in the agreement is 20%, which is common for most agreements with municipalities in Alberta.
Underground Electrical Servicing. Council authorization has been given to bury lines and replace streetlight poles in the Central District at a cost of $314,638.50 plus GST. The funds will come from the Electrical Franchise Reserve. The linked map outlines the area where the work will take place.
Kinettes Toy Run. Approval has been given for the 2014 Toy Run Vehicle Convoy to be held on September 20th, 2014. A new route will be used for the Toy Run this year and RCMP approval has already been received.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Study. Council has approved an additional $230,000.00 to be funded from Infrastructure Reserve to complete a Pre-design Study by AECOM for the most feasible and cost effective design for a water treatment plant as required by Alberta Environment.
Offsite Levy. Council has given first reading to Bylaw 2147 which amends Schedule “B” and “C” of the Offsite Levy Bylaw. Each year the Town of Edson reviews the schedules and adjusts it based on current construction costs, projects added or removed from the bylaw and adjustments to the net developable area. A Public Hearing has been set for Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in Council Chambers.
Subdivision. Council has approved the subdivision of a small area from the south east corner of a lot on 1st Avenue and 52nd Street, and the consolidation of this parcel of land to the existing Recycling Depot Lot. The subdivision will tidy up the area and make the lots square. The subdivision is subject to conditions laid out by the Engineering and Planning Committee.
The next Council Meeting is scheduled for September 2nd at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of the Edson Civic Building.