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Community sustainability committee launched

Council approved the terms of reference for the community sustainability steering committee on Tuesday.

A second motion to start recruitment for the committee was also passed.

Before passing the terms of reference, Coun. Sheena Hughes suggested some tweaks to the wording, one of which passed.

Hughes’ successful amendment revised the terms of reference so committee members don’t have to “endorse” the final framework and merely have to “provide” the final framework to council.

“They should be able to endorse it by free will,” Hughes said,

The project is set to engage the public and develop a long-term vision for the community.

Two members of council and five members of the public will make up the committee.

Terms of reference for “smart city” committee approved

The terms of reference for the smart city master plan steering committee were also approved by council Tuesday, as well as a blessing to launch recruitment.

Smart city uses technology to help residents, business and government in various ways. Examples include using traffic cameras to acquire in-depth data analytics to help with traffic flow or applications that let residents know when the next bus is going to come by.

The committee makeup was changed to include five public members thanks to a motion from Hughes, which was passed unanimously. Two members of council will also be members.

Mayor Nolan Crouse voted against the motion to approve the amended terms of reference and begin recruiting for the committee, citing a lack of the city’s branding and no reference to policy development in the document.

“I don’t view master plans as governance,” Crouse said, adding they “too often” become documents on a shelf.

Coun. Cam MacKay also voted against the motion, while the rest of council voted in favour, passing the approvals with a majority vote.

Community support centre motions rescinded

During budget debate, council opted to move the community support centre project from funded to the “unfunded” column.

The project ultimately proposed a building that could provide space to various community groups. It was initially sparked in 2008 after an assessment of the 50+ Club, which has since developed a separate renovation and expansion project.

Because of council’s decision during the budget, administration recommended that all still-active motions concerning the community support centre be rescinded.

A motion to rescind the active motions was passed unanimously as part of council’s consent agenda on Tuesday.

Regional water licence sought

Council passed recommendations supporting the application of the Regional Water Customer Group, which includes St. Albert and other area municipalities, for a water diversion licence.

Staff told council acquiring the licence won’t change much – St. Albert will still buy its water through EPCOR – but it will help guarantee the allocation of water in the future. The only current licences are held by EPCOR and Edmonton to supply water for the region but aren’t “clearly defined” according to the report.

The recommendations were passed unanimously by council.


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