Council Notes - July 15th, 2014
Alberta Forest Products Association. Brock Mulligan of the Alberta Forest Products Association gave a presentation to council outlining some of the history of the forest industry in the region. He also touched on some of the recruitment and communications strategies the industry has put in place, and asked council to keep the forestry industry in mind when it comes to tax rates and lobbying the province on related issues.
Tourism Presentations. Ashley Kalk of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Don Wilson of Tourism Alberta, and Steve Bethge with the Alberta Northern Rockies Tourism Alliance all gave presentations on their respective organizations and the importance of regional marketing. It was also noted the Alberta Northern Rockies Tourism Alliance recently received an $80,000.00 grant from Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation to complete a Destination Management Plan and to hire a Coordinator. The Coordinator will work with the Destination Management Plan Consultant and on the implementation of any strategies coming out of the plan.
Animal Control Bylaw. Bylaw 2140 was given third and final reading. This bylaw proposes significant changes to the “restricted dog” portion of the Animal Control Bylaw. The proposed changes include;
- removing restricted dogs based on breed only and base that classification on behavior.
- References to “vicious dogs” are removed as this now falls in the scope of restricted dogs.
- Amendments to the definition of “running at large” to include Park areas and roads within Mobile Home Parks as public places.
- New reference to the Off Leash Dog Park as an exception to the section on dogs running at large.
- Removes higher fee for “restricted dogs”.
- No dog or cat owner shall allow his/her animal to be within a three metre radius of the outside edge of the spray water park.
Traffic Fine Amendments. Council gave second 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.
Roof Repairs. Council approved an amendment to the 2014 Operational Budget to include Town Office roof repairs estimated at $150,000.00. Since the early spring the Town Office roof has suffered numerous leaks. Upon further inspection it has been determined the roof is in very poor condition and patching is not an option. A quotation for the repairs came in at $120,000.00 and $30,000.00 was estimated for the mechanical and electrical disconnections and reconnections which must be completed by other contractors.
Development Permit. Council approved a development permit for a shop, office, surveillance suite and existing sea can at 229 Rodeo Road. The lot falls under Direct Control and the development is consistent with the Municipal Development Plan, the Urban Fringe Intermunicipal Development Plan and the Edson West Area Structure Plan.
Subdivision Applications. Council has approved two subdivision applications for lots purchased in Hillendale Phase II. Duplexes are scheduled to be built of the lots and this would allow each side of the building to have its own separate land title.
Review of MDP and Land Use Bylaw. Council accepted for information a memorandum describing a steering committee that has been formed to work with the consultants on the review of the Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw. The group will meet five times and is tasked to guide the consultants through the review process and keep Council informed. It was also noted that Council as a whole will have ample opportunity to participate in the review process.
The next Council Meeting is scheduled for August 19th at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of the Edson Civic Building.