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Utility master plan

Council approved the updated utility master plan on Monday night.

“It’s been quite a labour pulling it all together,” said director of engineering Tracy Allen.

The plan looks at needed upgrades and repairs to the current system as well as projects that will likely be needed as the city grows.

The plan recommends 34 level of service improvements at an estimated cost of $70.5-million.

There are 33 recommended growth projects at an estimated cost of $221-million, though Allen cautioned that the growth plans can be subject to change.

The updated utility master plan will be included in the 10-year capital plan, the offsite levy model and the yet-to-be-approved utility fiscal model.

Event stimulus fund revised

Council made some tweaks to its policy on the community significant event stimulus fund on Monday.

Tweaks recommended by staff included eliminating the need to be from St. Albert to apply for the funding, the expansion of the eligibility definition, to allow a window of opportunity for retroactive funding applications and to change the review and recommending body to the economic development advisory committee.

Council had some tweaks to add beyond the recommended ones. Coun. Wes Brodhead suggested that if two applications are otherwise scored equally, preference be given to one from St. Albert, and that was carried unanimously.

Coun. Sheena Hughes suggested three amendments, two of which were passed.

The passed amendments suggest capping the maximum funding at $40,000 per event and to disqualify any event applications from getting money from other city-based grant programs.

Public hearing delayed

The conclusion of a public hearing for amendments which would change the municipal development plan, the land use bylaw and the Erin Ridge North area structure plan is being delayed until July 7.

Staff asked for the delay so that meetings with provincial government departments and the developer can take place to address concerns around potential drainage impacts that have been raised.

The proposed changes have also drawn some criticism for the possible reduction of the commercial area. Written feedback in the agenda package Monday night included letters from former city manager Bill Holtby, former city councillor Neil Korotash and former mayor Paul Chalifoux.

Incubation collaboration

City staff will work with the Northern Alberta Business Incubator to develop an incubation strategy.

City council gave the nod to a terms of reference document on Monday night. There will be an oversight committee to guide the process as well.

Council unanimously voted in favour of a motion for staff to collaborate with NABI and for an oversight committee structure to be used.

Safe Journeys budget increased

The Safe Journeys to School project will receive an additional $25,000 from the speed on green reserve fund, bringing the total budget up to $225,000.

The project is aiming to enhance the safety of students travelling to and from school and includes extensive consultation measures, including open house workshops, online surveys and, with the additional funds, classroom activity sessions and specialized focus groups.

Coun. Tim Osborne, who is the chair of the project’s steering committee, highlighted the whole project is being paid for out of the automated traffic enforcement technology – speed on green reserve.

“This is being footed by the lead-footed,” he said. “Stop speeding but thank you for funding the project.”


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