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  |  Posted: Saturday, Feb 08, 2014 06:00 am

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Bus driver contract to be extended

City staff were directed to negotiate a contract extension with Diversified Transportation Limited by council on Monday night.

Bob McDonald, transit director, told council the contractor has performed well. He noted the last time the contract went out for bid there was only one bidder.

McDonald said it’s desirable to see the results of the Capital Region Board’s work on regional transit before making any significant changes to St. Albert Transit.

A unanimous vote gave administration a mandate to negotiate up to a three-year extension. Couns. Sheena Hughes and Wes Brodhead were absent for the vote, having left earlier in the meeting.

Housing motion passed

Coun. Tim Osborne brought forward a motion to have council pass a resolution to support a housing campaign from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The housing campaign is entitled Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch.

“Simply put, housing is a major issue in our community,” Osborne said, noting over 140 municipalities have already resolved to support the campaign.

“The reality is that addressing housing issues requires a co-ordinated response,” Osborne said.

A unanimous vote passed the motion. Hughes and Brodhead were absent for this vote as well.

Community reps needed

The city has put out a call for public representatives to join the Safe Journeys to School joint public steering committee.

Up to six members are needed. Expressions of interest should be sent to the project manager, Brian Brost, by Feb. 20 at

A news release said public members’ experience could include parent advisory council, knowledge or experience of transportation and student safety, board and/or committee experience and more.

More information about the Safe Journeys to School Project and the steering committee applications are online at


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