City Council Meeting Highlights for May 12, 2014




Public Hearings

Bylaw 300.86 – (Redistricting part of NW 32-40-26 W4)

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 300.85, a bylaw to amend Land Use Bylaw 300 by redistricting part of NW 32-40-26 W4 in the Trinity Crossing Development from Future Designation (FD) to Residential Smaller Lot Single Detached Dwelling Lots (R1c) and Public and Institutional (P). None came forward in favour of or opposition to Bylaw 300.86. Subsequently, Council approved Bylaw 300.86 after giving it second and third readings.

Bylaw 394 – (Road Closure)

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 394, for the closure of Road Plan 992, an unused road located north and east of Lot 5, Block 53, Plan 992 6696. The Road Plan is located off of 63 Street and is located in Michener Park. None came forward in favour of or opposition to Bylaw 394. Subsequently, Council approved Bylaw 394 after giving it second and third readings.

Presentations

Kinsmen Aquatic & Recreation Centre - Barnett Arena/Curling Rink Project Update
Darryl Langille from Stantec Consulting presented Council with the Arena Concept Design, highlighting and reviewing the designs in the site plan, the first and second floor areas, arena locker rooms, project cost considerations, the additional land required and building code compliance issues faced by the project.

Planning and Development Services

Bylaw 300.85 (Rezoning CR to C2)
Council passed Bylaw 300.85 after giving it third (final) reading.
The City had submitted an application for the rezoning of Lot 5, Block 53, Plan 992 6696, Part of Lot 4, Block 53, Plan 972 4290 and Road Plan 992 6696. This rezoning will help facilitate commercial development.

Bylaw 300.87 (Rezoning FD to R4)
Council gave first reading to Bylaw 300.87, a bylaw to re-designate part of land described as SW 20-40-26 W4 from Future Designation (FD) to Medium Density Residential (R4) to help facilitate the future development of Mackenzie Ranch Phase 4. Council also directed Administration to hold a public hearing at City Hall on Monday June 9, 2014, at 6:30 pm to consider Bylaw 300.87.

Financial Services

Bylaw 395 (Tax Rate Bylaw)
Council passed a resolution to accept Bylaw 395 – the City’s annual property tax bylaw – after giving it three readings. Based on Council’s approval of the 2014 Operating Budget amendments, the 2014 Municipal Property Tax increase will remain at 2.7 percent. Tax notices will be mailed by the end of the month, with June 30, 2014, as the deadline to pay without incurring penalties.

2014 Capital Budget Adjustments
Council approved the 2014 Capital Budget amendments as presented.

Annual Budget Process
Council passed a resolution to adopt the guidelines for citizen submissions regarding the 2015 budget as presented for a trial period of one year, and continue with hosting a budget open house.

Economic Development and Community Services

Community Economic Development Plan
Council directed Administration to implement a new organizational model similar to the Olds Institute structure in support of the Community Economic Development (CED) Plan. The development of the CED Plan will take place over the next several weeks and will involve the following:

·         May 26: Council will select from those actions they feel are of the highest benefit, feasible and best align with both the Council Strategic Plan and Municipal Sustainability Plan. These actions will provide the foundations for the CED plan.
·         June 9: Plan presented to Council for final approval.

Council and Legislative Services

2014-2017 Strategic Plan
Council passed a resolution to adopt the 2014-2017 City of Lacombe Strategic Plan. This document is a culmination of planning workshops and consulting support, and is a reflection of the priorities supported by the Council elected in to office in October 2013. The adoption of this strategic plan will provide direction in fulfilling the City’s mandate to deliver local government programs and services, and enable Administration to prepare business plans, statutory and non-statutory plans that align with and support the strategic priorities of Council.

Coffee with Council Report
Council accepted as information resident feedback and Administrative follow up from the 2014 Spring Coffee with Council session.


Protective Services

Automated Traffic Enforcement Annual Review Report
Council passed a resolution to continue the automated traffic enforcement program for the City of Lacombe for a further six months, and then review the program to effectively measure the impact it is having on driving habits within the city.

Recreation, Parks and Culture Services

Kinsmen Aquatic & Barnett Arena/Curling Rink Project
Council agreed to proceed with the sports and leisure facility project as presented in principle, and directed Administration to develop a proposed funding model for Council’s review.

Infrastructure Services and Public Works

Garbage Truck Selection RFP
Council passed a resolution to award the 2014 garbage truck RFP to Haul-All for $295,681.

Tractor/Mower Replacement RFP
Council passed a resolution to award the 2014 tractor c/w triple flail mower RFP to Cubex for $92,029 + GST.

Reports
Council reports were received as information.


Council went In-Camera to discuss a land matter.

Council returned to Open Meeting.


Commercial Lot Development
Council directed Administration to close the Michener Park off-leash dog park due to construction until further notice.


*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on May 26, 2014, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on June 2, 2014, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on June 9, 2014 at 5 p.m.

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