Natalie Joly is a Councillor for the City of St. Albert. Thank you, St. Albert, for your support.

Last week + Regular Council Meeting May 27, 2019

Last week + Regular Council Meeting May 27, 2019

Last week highlights

Board Governance Workshop: Most of Council attended a session about responsibilities/obligations on boards compared with our responsibilities/obligation on Council.

Women in Politics Breakfast: St. Albert hosted this breakfast series this week, which included breakfast with colleagues from Edmonton, Leduc, Beaumont, Bruderheim, and other communities, and a presentation from a guest speaker on barriers to women in politics.

Homeland Housing: I attended this regular board meeting in Westlock.

Environmental Advisory Committee: I attended this regular committee of Council where we discussed some of the upcoming environmental projects and targets of the city.

Rainmaker Rodeo Parade: Most of Council along with our families had a blast handing out candy at the parade!

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Agenda highlights

Single Use Items Workplan ($96,000)

Admin is proposing a comprehensive project to consider single-use waste (plastic bags, straws, coffee cups, Styrofoam, utensils, etc.) produced in the city, and ways in which we can influence waste reduction. Most of the workplace looks great - we’re following similar programs being implemented in Calgary and Vancouver - but I have questions about a few of the planned activities, like:

  • $15,000 for a professional survey like the one we had for cannabis, in addition to $10,000 for a World Cafe to engage residents in-person like we do during the annual budget.

  • $15,000 to produce short videos to show how we can reduce our use of single-use items, I assume like this:

Recycling Depot Service Levels ($110,000)

Council will debate whether to extend the hours of the Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot to 7 days/week, excluding stat holidays, from the current 5 days. This cost includes a $10,000 cost to start tracking usage because we’ve never tracked daily usage before. I have a few questions about the $10,000 - I’ve seen very simple systems used to track data, like the clicker at Costco (we also used this at North Edmonton Seniors Association events when I worked there), so I’m not sure what’s being proposed.

Admin has also provided a few other options, one of which I found interesting: “Pilot to expanded hours of operation for the summer months and implement a data collection process (would require additional funding support, $35,000).”

This is a brief high-level overview of our meetings, with my personal comments sprinkled in - In no way are my opinions representative of the official direction of council or the City of St. Albert. Please let me know of any typos or errors. As always, 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. Full agenda packages can be found on the website.

FCM Québec City + GPFC June 10, 2019

FCM Québec City + GPFC June 10, 2019

Last week + Regular Council Meeting May 21, 2019

Last week + Regular Council Meeting May 21, 2019