Council Meeting Highlights for November 23, 2015


Lacombe Fire Training Strategies
Fire Chief Ed vanDelden and Deputy Fire Chief Drayton Bussiere presented the proposed Fire Training Strategy to Council for information, and discussed changes in the department’s accreditation that mandate compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certification standards.
The regulatory requirements include compliance with Occupational Health and Safety but not certification. When surveyed, fire officers indicated that NFPA certification is important for the Lacombe Fire Department, and training to NFPA standards will provide opportunities to implement best practices and leading edge solutions for fire-line officers and fire service instructors.
Council was informed that the municipality is responsible for the development of firefighter training programs. Costs associated with training to NFPA standards were presented, in addition to the increased time commitment from volunteer firefighters. Council was also informed that currently nine of the 36 volunteer members of the LFD were certified to NFPA Standard 1001 Level 2.  A review of training programs in other fire departments in similar-sized communities with similar risks was suggested, with input to follow from Lacombe County.

Nov. 9/15 Notice of Motion

CPR - Community Advisory Panel
Council passed a resolution to endorse the CPR/Community Advisory Panel recommendation to change the meeting format to an annual open house where public are invited.

Infrastructure Services

Drainage on 54 Ave
Council directed Administration to monitor the drainage situation on 54th Avenue, especially in the spring and if necessary remove the snow windrow; ensuring special attention is paid to the catch basins between Fairway drive and 54th Avenue.

Council & Legislative Services

Committee Appointment
Council appointed Mayor Christie as the City’s representative on the Lacombe County Fire Services Advisory Committee, with Councillor Armishaw as the alternate.
Financial Services

2016 Operating Budget
Council received the 2016 Operating Budget Report as information. The Administration will present a revised version of the operating budget at the December 7th Council as Committee meeting.

2016 Capital Budget
Council accepted the November 23, 2015, draft of the 2016 Capital Budget as information.

2016 Operational Quarterly Report
Council adopted the Third Quarter 2015 Operational Financial Summary as information.

Protective Services

Automated Traffic Enforcement Annual Report
Council defeated a resolution to approve the continued use of Automated Traffic Enforcement in Lacombe.

Animal Control RFP
Council awarded a one-year contract for Animal Control Services to Central Animal Services subject to conditions and fees outlined in their proposal, with an option to renew for two additional years.

Lacombe Fire Department – Fire Training Strategy
Council accepted the Lacombe Fire Department’s training strategies presentation as information.

Planning & Development Services

Heritage Management Standards
Council passed a resolution to adopt the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic places in Canada.

Council and Administration reports were received as information.

Council moved In Camera to discuss a land and a personnel matter.
Council moved Out of Camera.

Motion Out of Camera

Metcalf Ridge
Council passed a resolution to exempt the offsite levy-funded water main in the Metcalf Ridge Development from the Purchasing Policy. Council also directed Administration to review the water main contract and costs prior to construction, and amend the 2015 and 2016 Capital Budgets accordingly.

*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on December 7, 2015, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on December 14, 2015, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on January 11, 2016, at 5 p.m.


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