Tim Osborne left big shoes to fill.
I always appreciated Tim's overview of the following week's council meeting, so I hope to continue the tradition he started with translating the agenda. I'll probably be more brief that Tim was, I'll often paraphrase, and I'll likely drop in a few of my own comments. If you want all the dry details, read the agenda & attachments in full here!
I also encourage everyone who is able to tune in the the live-stream of the meeting (3pm here) or attend in-person (3rd floor of St. Albert Place, hang a right getting out of the elevator). You can also register to speak if you have information to present to council.
(For everything proposed by the members of the last council, the motion must be formally moved before we debate. It it's not brought forward by anyone, it will be left on the floor.)
5.1 Diversity & Inclusion Declaration
This is a presentation looking at publicly declaring our commitment to diversity & inclusion. I look forward to hearing more. Yay, diversity & inclusion! Details here.
7.1 Legislative Appointments
Last week, Council met to make recommendations for appointments to all the boards and committees where we have representation. There are a lot.
12.1 Active Communities Proposal
Last term, Councillor Cam MacKay gave notice of motion proposing that "That the Mayor draft a letter of support for the Active Communities proposal."
The Active Communities is a not-for-profit-operated recreation facility model (gymnastics, ice, community space, etc.) with an active proposal for SW St. Albert.
12.2 2018 Utility Capital Contribution
Back in September 2016, Councillor Hughes provided notice that she would bring forward the following:
"That the 2018 utility capital contribution component is adjusted to reflect a 10 year capital plan that includes the 30% of the MSI funding allocation for utilities and bring to Council an amended utility model by the end of Q4 of 2017."
12.3 St. Albert Handi-bus
Last term, Councillor Russell gave notice of motion "That Council approve the Edmonton General Hospital as a required stop for St. Albert patients effective in 30 days. "
The backgrounder for this one answered all the questions I had about demand, requests for services, and adjustments to routes.
12.3/4/5 Riel Park Signage & Sports Wall of Fame & Social Development Policy
Mayor Crouse proposed:
Discontinue the branch library (Backgrounder also mentions ice)
This is what it sounds like, in response to the ballot question answers from October 17. This will likely be the longest discussion of the night, and I expect presenters from both side of the debate will attend to share their positions. I recommend that everyone with an interest in community and social development read the backgrounder. If you don't have time to read the whole document, pages 5-6 give some information on the planning that is happening now for a "holistic study, exploring potential facility partnership opportunities and service delivery models".
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments!