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Council Notes - January 18th, 2022

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Council Notes - January 18th, 2022

Land Use Bylaw Amendment. Council has given first reading of Bylaw 2270, Land Use Bylaw Amendment. This bylaw provides clear direction, certainty, and efficiency when it comes to excavation, stripping, or grading in the Town of Edson. A public hearing will be held February 15th. More details on the proposed bylaw can be found at www.edson.ca/bylaws.

Cemeteries Bylaw. Council has given all three readings to Bylaw 2272, the Cemeteries Bylaw. The changes are meant to better align the bylaw with current operational needs, update definitions, and add disinterment guidelines.

Budget Adjustment. $30,000 was approved to be transferred from the Revenue Sharing Reserve to the 2022 Cemetery Budget for the purpose of columbarium repairs and mitigation of damaged cremains. This follows the discovery of a water penetration issue. Affected families have been notified and consulted on this process.

Edson Eagles Requests. Approval was granted for Administration to adjust the existing facility rental payment terms with the Edson Eagles Jr. A Hockey Club. The new terms require payment a minimum of one month in advance. A request for an exclusive locker room space was denied at this time.

Provincial Budget Consultations. Council has approved a written submission to be sent to the province regarding their budget consultations. This correspondence will include five priorities: infrastructure and stable funding for municipalities, homelessness, downloading services/expenses to the municipal level, policing, and funding for healthcare.

Fire Department Annual Report. Edson Fire Chief Tyler Robinson provided council with an annual report. Of note was an increase in overall calls (10.7%), an increase in drug related medical calls, and an increase in outside fire calls attributed to the vulnerable sector. He also noted that EFD members contributed 22,198 person-hours for training, on-call, and response in 2021, and touched on the success of the Green Light Bylaw.

Personnel Matter. Council approved the terms discussed in camera regarding a personnel matter.

Next meetings - The next Council meeting is scheduled for February 1st, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The next Committee of the Whole meeting is February 8th, 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.

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