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Apology sought

A resident brought a letter to St. Albert city council demanding an apology from St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse or he would “initiate legal proceedings.”

Stan Lozinski, who is the spokesperson for the library petition group, wants a written apology from the mayor after an incident following Len Bracko’s funeral service. In the letter, Lozinski alleges Crouse confronted him while he was having a conversation with a friend. Lozinski was carrying library petition update cards and claimed Crouse took some  of them from him. Lozinski also alleges that Crouse was sharing false information about the incident, which was then relayed on social media by other people.

Crouse declined to comment on the letter.

“I confronted him for handing brochures out at the Len Bracko funeral and because of threatened legal action I have no further comment,” Crouse said.

Library funding from reserves

A motion passed during Monday’s city council meeting to fund the purchase of the land for a branch library from city reserves.

Councillor Cathy Heron put forward the motion which states that if the future council decides to direct the city manager to resume land negotiations that “the funding for the purchase of land and the detailed design not be funded using debt but rather funded from the Capital Reserve.”

The motion passed with Sheena Hughes, Cam MacKay and Bob Russell voting against it.

An administrative report notes that the land and design costs for the branch library are estimated to be $4 million. The construction of the project would be funded through debt.

The motion impacts the estimated tax increase and drops it to 2.7 per cent rather than the previously decided 3.0 per cent.

Whistleblower policy

City council received information on the Whistleblower Protection Policy.

The policy would create a system that would allow city employees to report fraud and be able to report incidents confidentially. The policy would not protect members of city council and others not considered city employees.

Council voted unanimously to receive the information.

Urban beekeeping bylaw

City council gave first and second reading to an amended version of the urban beekeeping bylaw.

The bylaw would allow urban beekeeping. An amendment was added to include people who want to keep bees must notify their adjacent neighbours.

The bylaw will come back for a final reading on Sept. 11.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.