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RIEL FAVOURED – A survey conducted by the city found that 58 per cent of respondents favour Riel Park over Gloucester Park as the preferred site for a proposed bike skills park.
RIEL FAVOURED – A survey conducted by the city found that 58 per cent of respondents favour Riel Park over Gloucester Park as the preferred site for a proposed bike skills park.
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Bike park feedback shared

Results from public consultation on the appropriate site for the bike skills park were shared this week, in advance of the March 24 council meeting, when a site selection decision is expected.

The two proposed sites are Gloucester Park and 43 R Riel Dr. Resident opposition to Gloucester Park as a bike skills park was clear during a recent town hall organized by a group called Save Gloucester Park.

A news release from the city noted there were 294 online surveys completed, 85 mailed survey forms returned and 33 different emails received.

A majority of 58 per cent of the respondents indicated the Riel site is preferred. Just over 70 per cent of those surveyed said they were in favour of the park.

Budget calendar gets go-ahead

The book has barely closed on the 2014 budget process but the city is already busily planning the preparation schedule for the 2015 budget.

The proposed calendar, which got a blessing from council’s standing committee on finance on Monday, shows public release of the budget in late October and a lengthier time period for council to review budget information requests and make motions.

If everything goes as scheduled, council would wrap up its budget process in mid-December.

In addition to public consultations in November, a pre-budget consultation would take place in May or June.

Coun. Tim Osborne pointed out, however, that councillors can seek public input outside of formalized consultations by chatting with their residents in other forums.

“There’s nothing that stops any of us from at any point doing a public consultation,” Osborne said.

Letter of credit policy recommended

The standing committee on finance has recommended the letter of credit policy proposed by city staff to council.

A letter of credit is a form of security required by the city from major development projects to ensure the developments adhere to the city’s engineering and landscaping standards.

The policy has been in the works for a while, with the delay drawing the ire of former councillor Roger Lemieux back at a committee meeting in September.

While the city has used letters of credit in the past, the new policy would enshrine how the process works.

St. Albert’s policy, if passed by council, would include reductions when certain engineering or landscaping milestones are reached by developers.

“It’s really intended just so everybody does what they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it,” said David Hales, the city’s general manager of planning and engineering.


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