At City Hall
Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 06:00 am
Steinhauer payments re-sourced
St. Albert city council unanimously decided to source the remaining payments for the Steinhauer sculptures from the public art accession fund.
The motion came from Coun. Cam MacKay, who pointed out that fund wasn’t available when the sculptures were purchased. Now that it is, he said “this is a project that’s just tailor made for it.”
A report from city staff said there’s $38,750 in remaining payments for the sculptures that are just behind St. Albert Place.
LRT open house
Two LRT open houses are being hosted by AECOM and the City of St. Albert.
The first is June 18 at the Kinsmen Corral. The second is next week on June 24 at Progress Hall in St. Albert Place.
AECOM is trying to gain feedback from citizens on what locations the LRT should reach and what criteria they should use for corridor selection.
Both open houses have slots to just check out the information, starting at 4 p.m. A presentation is scheduled for 6 to 6:30 p.m. both nights, and a workshop on criteria and potential locations in St. Albert will follow.
Carrot Creek flood line
Council passed a motion that will see a land use bylaw amendment come forward in October that will establish the designated flood line for Carrot Creek as being based on the “factor of safety” line.
Carol Bergum, director of planning and development said this would move the floodline about 0.5 metres higher than the one-in-100 years flood line.
Carrot Creek does not have a lot of capacity, Bergum said, with low recommended release rates.
“It gives us a greater level of protection to prevent at-risk development,” Bergum said.
A unanimous vote passed the motion for administration to bring the appropriate amendment back in 2015.
Public works sites policy
A draft policy came before council for feedback on Monday night. The policy would provide a framework for mitigating the environmental risks and liabilities at the city’s public works sites.
Glenn Tompolski, general manager of infrastructure services said there are already a number of policies in place for public works.
“I think what we are missing is an overarching policy from council that reinforces those,” he said.
The policy as-is results in no “net change” to what is already done, he said, but could be used for future changes to their programs.
Council unanimously passed a motion to have administration get their feedback and incorporate it into the next version.
Council supports FCM bid
Coun. Tim Osborne’s application to serve on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ standing committee on social economic development was supported by a unanimous city council vote.
Osborne’s application required the support of his council colleagues.
“It’s something I have a passion for,” Osborne said, noting he’s spent much of his career working in the social services industry.
Solar panel amendment coming
MacKay also made a motion to have amendments to the land use bylaw to permit solar panel use to come forward.
That motion passed unanimously despite the staff report noting that a business case will be coming forward for a review of sustainable building practices and the land use bylaw.
The report said solar panels would be part of that review and it’d be preferable just to bring everything at council to once.
MacKay said he wanted to bring his motion forward anyways so it’s on the record.