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Council Notes - February 1st, 2022

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Council Notes - February 1st, 2022

Community Futures West Yellowhead. General Manager of Community Futures West Yellowhead (CFWY) Nancy Robbins gave a presentation to Council with an overview of the organization and an update on their work during the pandemic.

RCMP Presentation. Staff Sergeant Christian Delisle presented the Edson RCMP 2021 year end report to Council and discussed detachment statistics, priorities, and plans moving forward.  

License Inspector Appointments. The General Manager of Infrastructure and Planning, as well as the Economic Development Officer, have been appointed as License Inspectors to carry out the duties and responsibilities under Bylaw 2030, the Business License Bylaw. These appointments coincide with a transfer of responsibility for Business Licensing from the Community and Protective Services Department to Infrastructure and Planning.

Snow and Ice Policy. Council has approved some minor adjustments to the Snow and Ice Policy. A ‘Snow Event’ will now be defined as snow fall accumulation exceeding 10cm in depth (previously 5cm). Changes were also made to allow the CAO greater flexibility to respond in a timely manner to changing conditions. A more thorough review of the policy is expected in the spring.

Enforcement Services Update. Community Peace Officer (CPO) Sergeant Jim Desautels provided Council with the 2021 year end update for Enforcement Services. Edson CPOs received 1813 calls for service in 2021 compared to 1268 in 2020. Some of the main increases were the addition of moving traffic calls and land use complaints. Sgt Desautels also provided some statistics and planned changes for the photo enforcement program in 2022, including the requirement for brightly coloured wraps for all Automated Traffic Enforcement Vehicles later this year.  

Municipal Election Report. Council accepted a report on the 2021 Municipal Election as information. The report included costs, staff survey results, voter trends, and more. A number of recommendations were also presented, including holding additional advanced votes, enhancing the communications strategy, adding more workers and registration tables, lobbying for a simpler/expanded special ballot process, exploring alternatives to institutional voting stations, and automating the final vote tallying to expedite the results.

Next meetings - The next Committee of the Whole meeting is February 8th, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The next Council meeting is scheduled for February 15th, 2022, at 7:00 pm.

While the Council Chambers remains closed to the public at this time, public and media are able to register for virtual attendance for regular Council and Committee Meetings. Registration links and agenda details are normally available by Monday morning on the Town of Edson website and Facebook Page.

Agenda/Information package HERE

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