Council Notes - September 15th, 2015
1. Public Hearings. A public hearing was held for a bylaw to redistrict a portion of land along Glenwood Drive from Urban Reserve to Business Commercial/Light Industrial. The purpose is to give future land owners the confidence that the land will not be required for residential use. There were no submissions and Council gave the bylaw 2nd reading to allow more time for advertising prior to final reading.
A public hearing was held for a bylaw to redistrict the Rodeo Grounds land from Urban Reserve to Parks and Recreation. This would line the land use district up with the current use of the property and fit within the Intermunicipal Development Plan. No submissions were received and Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of the bylaw.
Another public hearing was held for the redistricting of five lots in Hillendale Phase II from Single Family Residential to Direct Control to allow for Multi Family/Duplex homes to be built. This aligns those lots to be the same use as other lots in that area. No submissions were received and Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of the bylaw.
2. Presentations. The Violence Threat Risk Assessment Committee gave a presentation of Council on the group’s progress to date and plans for the future. The group brings together various social agencies, schools, and other groups during incidents of threat of violence to assist those involved and provide support.
Council also received a presentation from the Arts Centre for Edson Society on the progress they have made over the past year. Questions were raised over the Town plans for facilities and where ACES fits in the plans. Council made it clear that, while the desire is there to move forward with a project, the funds are simply not available at this time. Some major hurdles that remain are borrowing capacity, other mandated infrastructure projects, and the huge impact it would have on the tax base during a down time in the economy. Council indicated more discussions will take place, but any plans would also have to include Yellowhead County support. One of Council’s new strategic priorities is ‘Vibrant and Healthy Community’ and Council recognizes the importance of all of the projects on the table. It is something that Council will continue to explore and plan for, but no timeline can be given at this time.
3. Outdoor Wood or Solid Fuel Burning Appliances. Council has passed second reading of Bylaw No. 2154 to prohibit installation and use of outdoor wood or solid fuel burning appliances (Proposed Bylaw 2154 (Outdoor Burning Appliances Bylaw)). This will be brought back at a future meeting for possible ratification. This does NOT include indoor heating such as fireplaces and wood stoves, only specific outdoor units as described in the bylaw.
4. A.H. Dakin Project. Council has defeated a motion to move forward with contributing to an enlarged gymnasium as a part of the new A.H. Dakin School build at a cost of approximately $2.1 million. Some concerns were raised about moving forward without the support of Yellowhead County, the lack of daytime availability of the gym for the public and not including a walking track. Others felt this is a missed opportunity to partner with the School Division to fill a need. The motion to move forward with the project was defeated.
5. Meeting Cancellation. The Council Meeting scheduled for October 13, 2015 at 1:30pm has been cancelled due to the Thanksgiving long weekend.
6. Tax Sale Date. Five properties have been placed on the Public Auction list as they are in tax arrears. Council has approved a Public Auction date of November 23, 2015 with reserve prices to be set at a later date.
7. Municipal Affairs Internship Program. Council has approved administration to apply for a grant through Municipal Affairs to assist in funding the employment of a municipal intern for a one year term. The Town’s participation in the program will be dependent on the approval of the grant funding.
8. Equipment Disposal. Council has approved the disposal of the following items by public auction in Edmonton.
• AT 151 Cosmo 180 Sander/3pt.
• Ice Resurfacer Attachment
• SE 155 Bear Cat 72825 Wood Chipper
• V 103 1999 Ford F250 ¾ Ton with Tool Box
• Belly Blade and Mounts
• Ford Truck Box
9. Development Info. Council accepted the latest development permit data (Development Permit Values) as information.
The next Council Meeting is scheduled for October 6th at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of the Edson Civic Building.