At City Hall
Saturday, May 31, 2014 06:00 am
Quarterly report received
Council received the first corporate quarterly report of 2014 for information during their Monday meeting.
The report covered both financial and non-financial updates for council, including statistics and project updates.
Corporate strategic services general manager Maya Pungur-Buick also offered a bit of a look-ahead on upcoming items, like the online public budget tool that’s due to hit the web this summer.
She also reported online streaming of the council meetings is up 29 per cent over the fourth quarter of 2013. She said 2002 live connections were made to the 11 council meetings that occurred in the first quarter.
Anne Victoor, manager of financial services for the city, presented the first quarter’s financial data, which noted operating revenues are up $296,000 over budget but operating expenses are $563,000 more than predicted in the budget due to some increases costs in categories like snowfall removal, contract settlements and other expenses.
Victoor said staff will monitor both revenues and expenses to make sure they ultimately stay in line with the 2014 budget.
St. Albert city council approved some grants based on recommendations made by the community services advisory board on Monday.
They doled out $6,310 in St. Albert Games Legacy Award Program grants, with $1,810 going to the St. Albert Youth Musical Association for a school tour, four people getting $750 each for their recent competition at the Skate Canada national championships and $1,500 for two residents to attend the 2014 International Raquetball Federation’s senior world championships.
Approved 2014 community events program grants totalled $20,200. The grants are $3,200 for the annual volunteer fair, $3,300 to the Heritage Lakes Community Association for community celebrations, $5,000 to the Society of Friends of the St. Albert Public Gardens also for community celebrations, $4,000 for the St. Albert Cruisers/Stop Abuse in Families’ Autorama event and $4,700 for the St. Albert 50+ Club’s Greet the Spring event.
New splash pass offered
The city has introduced a season pass for Grosvenor Outdoor Pool this summer.
The pass is valid until the pool closes for the season on Sept. 1.
For seniors and youth, the pass is $66.50. For adults, the pass is $80.50 and for children age two to 12 it is $52.50.
A family season pass is $210.
The season passes can be purchased at Grosvenor Outdoor Pool, Fountain Park and Servus Place.