At City Hall
| Posted: Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 06:00 am
Eldorado Park protected
Council unanimously passed a motion put forward by Coun. Cam MacKay that the park space and walkway on the east side of Eldorado Park be protected from school site development.
“It would be nice to protect that one way or another,” MacKay said, adding the trees in that area have historical significance.
Potential ways of protecting that space suggested in the motion are to rezone the site and move the school 10 metres west and ensuring the development permit manages the school construction to preserve the park space and walkway.
Coun. Wes Brodhead asked for clarification on the rezoning suggestion, asking whether or not that suggestion being in the motion would cause a rezoning without going through the proper procedures.
“I certainly support the heart of this motion,” Brodhead said.
City manager Patrick Draper said since rezoning is presented as an option in the motion, it’s not actually rezoning the site.
Health service now discretionary use
City council passed three readings of a bylaw that allows health service as a discretionary use in the lower levels of an apartment building on Monday night.
The bylaw was passed after a public hearing was held, adding health service as a discretionary use in R4 medium/high density residential districts, where it joins art gallery, convenience store, day care facility and other uses. The land use bylaw amendment was requested by Vision Investment Properties for their apartment-style condominium development in Erin Ridge North, which is hoping to have a physiotherapy clinic as part of the development, council was told.
Public art policy amended
Updates to the public art policy were approved after a unanimous vote by council to pass the consent agenda on Monday.
The updates come after the policy was introduced in 2009, and offers tweaks like definition for community-based projects.
Council approved the brand policy for St. Albert Monday night, cementing “The Botanical Arts City” as the city’s brand.
The brand strategy will be occasionally reviewed and the brand will be incorporated into everything from visual items like stationery to strategic planning.
Council approved the policy unanimously.
Better safe than sorry
A facility safety and security policy was passed unanimously by council as part of the consent agenda. The policy’s stated purpose is “to provide a consistent and systematic approach for ensuring that facilities and property owned by the city are constructed, maintained and managed in a manner that focuses on the safety and security of staff and visitors.”
The report given to council said administrative policies and practices will support the council policy and will focus on improvements in “areas like access controls, communication technology, physical barriers which ensure citizen friendly environments are maintained, staff training on threat awareness and handling and visible human security.”
Bracko’s last meeting
Coun. Len Bracko’s last council meeting was Monday night as he is not seeking re-election in October.
“It has been an incredible journey,” Bracko said.
Bracko was able to offer the last comments of the evening after the rest of council had an opportunity to speak, with each of the present councillors and mayors offering some words of admiration for Bracko as part of their comments.
“Your service before self has been a career for you,” said Crouse.
Bracko offered thoughts on the various groups and people that help make St. Albert a great place to live and noted his appreciation for many for their assistance to him over the years, especially his bride of 34 years.
“You’re truly a saint,” Bracko said.
While council didn’t always agree they all shared a passion for St. Albert, he said, a place they are “truly blessed” to reside in.
City performs well in health and safety audit
A news release said the city received 88 per cent in its annual health and safety audit, a performance which continues the city’s eligibility for premium rate discounts from the Workers’ Compensation Board.
The release said over the last six years those discounts have equaled $750,000 in savings for the city.
Disabling injuries have decreased from 42 in 209 to 20 in 2012. Lost time claims went from 25 in 2009 to 10 in 2012.
Last cheque for county
The mayor presented Sturgeon County with its final tax sharing cheque on Sept. 24.
The cheque, which was for $211,542.43 cents, is the last in 10 years of payments that were agreed upon by St. Albert and Sturgeon County as a tax-sharing program between the two after the city annexed 16 acres from the county in 2001 for the Walmart shopping centre.