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Crouse apologizes

St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse issued an apology to resident Stan Lozinski after an incident at Len Bracko’s funeral.

Lozinski received an apology letter from Crouse that was posted to social media. The letter said that Crouse apologized for any of his “behaviours or comments that you have found offensive.”

Lozinski presented a letter to council on Sept. 5 stating that Crouse confronted him after Len Bracko’s funeral service. Lozinski had asked for a written apology.

Crouse said that he would not comment further because of the threat of legal action.

Last council meeting

Monday’s council meeting was the last meeting for the sitting city council.

The meeting opened with 17 members of the public standing up to thank council and the mayor for their hard work during the four-year term. Many members of the public recognized the work of Crouse over his last 13 years serving on St. Albert City Council.

Each member of council was presented with art from local artist Julie Hage.

Crouse and Tim Osborne are not running for re-election, while Sheena Hughes, Cathy Heron, Wes Brodhead, Cam MacKay and Bob Russell are all seeking another term.

The next council will be elected Oct. 16, 2017.

Heritage conservation program

Council voted unanimously to pass a Municipal Historic Conservation Policy which will support historical properties.

One dollar from every resident will be added to the 2018 budget and then on an ongoing basis to support the fund. Roughly $65,000 will be put in the fund next year.

This fund would allow residents to apply for a heritage designation for their building along with several grants.

According to the new policy, the owner must complete an application to be reviewed by the Heritage Advisory Committee. Then it is reviewed by administration and then comes to council for ultimate approval. If approved, administration begins negotiating a designation agreement with the property owner. A notice of intention for designation is then issued. After 60 days, the city begins a public hearing process for the associated property bylaw and redistricting (if necessary).

“This is a big deal for our community. This is establishing something for the next 10 years and our planning department should be proud. I’m really tickled by this,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse said.

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.