At City Hall
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 06:00 am
Villeneuve Road options
City staff will be examining the future options for Villeneuve Road and reporting back to council.
Council passed a motion to formally have those options explored in a 6-1 vote Monday night, with Coun. Tim Osborne the lone vote against the motion. The motion also calls for getting feedback from the province.
The motion from mayor Nolan Crouse is a result of confusion over whether or not Villeneuve Road will be closing.
Crouse pointed out various stakeholders have expressed concerns over the closure, but residents had been told previously it would be closed.
City staff did say even if the motion wasn’t approved, the issue of Villeneuve Road would be looked at as part of the updates to the transportation master plan.
City/county MOU progresses
City staff brought back amendments to the St. Albert/Sturgeon County memorandum of understanding for council’s consideration on Monday.
“Overall we think the document is very positive,” said city manager Patrick Draper, who told council many of the proposed amendments are minor in nature.
The amendments proposed by the city include adding a clause to conduct periodic reviews of the shared boundaries.
Council unanimously passed a motion to have the revised version sent to Sturgeon County for consideration and for administrative staff from the city to work with their county counterparts to prepare a joint principles document and amendments to the intermunicipal affairs committee bylaw.
Ambulance deal reached
St. Albert has signed a five-year contract with Alberta Health Services for ambulance services.
The contract, signed April 30, sees the city provide two ambulances and staff to AHS for ambulance operations in the area.
The deal comes after a few years of negotiations. In January the province and the city agreed to a renewal in principle.
Public input wanted
Stakeholders have until May 22 to provide input on the city’s draft of an updated utility master plan.
The update reflects new environmental regulations and standards, new weather modeling and data analysis information, new population forecasts and land uses as well as including capital projects completed since the 2008 update to the plan.
The final recommendations are due in front of council June 23.
Capital projects announced
The city has posted an interactive map outlining its 2014 capital projects online.
This year’s projects include reconstruction of Linwood Crescent, St. Albert Trail median planting, the Gate Avenue Wastewater Lift Station, the development of the Erin Ridge trail system, the Campbell Dog-Friendly Park, a sedimentation and erosion control program and sidewalk replacements and installations.
Residents can check out what’s going on in their neighbourhood using the online map at www.stalbert.ca/2014-capital-projects.