Council Notes - February 18th, 2020
Land Use Changes. Council gave first reading to Bylaw 2242, to amend the Land Use Bylaw. The changes include a re-zoning of land north of Highway 16 and west of 73rd Street from Urban Reserve to Business Commercial / Light Industrial. A Public Hearing was also set for March 17th, 2020 at 7pm in Council Chambers. For more details on the proposed bylaw, visit www.edson.ca/bylaws.
Council Remuneration Policy. In a recorded vote, Council has adopted the revised Council Remuneration Policy to establish Council wages at the median (50th percentile) based on the 2018 data collected through a third-party market review. Prior to the adjustments, Council was ranked in the 20th percentile compared with 10 similar sized Alberta municipalities, while the Mayor’s compensation was ranked at 0%.
The policy further mandates market adjustments based on CPI data in years 2, 3 and 4 of a Council Term in order to keep pace with inflation. In the final year of a Council’s Term (beginning with the next Council Term) HR will be mandated to perform an external market survey so wages for the subsequent Council can again be established at the Median.
Current compensation levels
Mayor - $40,200/annum
Council - $24,600/annum
The approved adjustments are being done incrementally between now and 2022 as follows:
- Immediately (2020) – Mayor additional $2,570/year; Councillors additional $1000/year
- 2021 - Mayor additional $2,570/year; Councillors additional $1000/year
- 2020 - Mayor additional $2,560/year; Councillors additional $1000/year
Other amendments to the policy include the removal of the $0.20/km travel reimbursement, which was seldom used and could present tax issues.
The vote was passed 4-3 with Mayor Zahara, Councillor Baier, Councillor Currie, and Councillor Sorensen in favour, and Councillor Bevan, Councillor Chouinard, and Councillor Wilkinson opposed.
Pedestrian Crosswalk Lights. Approval was given to install three pedestrian crosswalk lights, with a cost of $60,000, to be funded from the Public Safety Initiative Reserve. This is planned to be a multi-year project with more locations to be included once the full costs and effectiveness are known.
The current planned locations for 2020:
- 48th Street and Edson Drive
- 16th Avenue & Edson Drive
- 3rd Avenue & 56th Street
Signage. Council has approved a Notice of Decision for a fascia and wall sign at a building at 5014 6th Avenue. The matter was before Council as the lot is currently zoned as Direct Control.
Snow and Ice Control Policy. A new Snow and Ice Control Policy has been approved (O-T-3). The new document combines some previous policies and adjusts to reflect updated practices and priorities. The new policy is now available at www.edson.ca/snow.
Edson Cultural Heritage Organization (ECHO) Funding Request. Council has approved an additional $3,000 in funding for ECHO following a presentation and funding request at the January 28th, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting. ECHO has had the same level of funding ($15,000) for the last 10 years.
DEM Appointment. CAO Mike Derricott has been appointed as the Director of Emergency Management (DEM). The DEM is responsible for preparing and coordinating the Town of Edson Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) and other related plans and programs, as well as activating the MEP as required.
Next meetings - The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for February 25th, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers. The next Council Meeting is scheduled for March 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm
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