Council to debate required stops for Handibus

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One of the first motions for the new city council is whether to include the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre on the list of required stops for the St. Albert Handibus.

Currently, the continuing care centre is not one of the Handibus’s 16 Edmonton stops, but that will be up for debate on Monday.

Notice was given by former councillor Bob Russell on Sept. 23 that the motion would be coming forward to council.

Mayor Cathy Heron said the trick with public transit is to balance convenience with cost efficiency.

“I’ve always been a huge proponent of public transit … I would have to see the actual need from St. Albert residents to get to Edmonton General,” she said.

A backgrounder from the city notes the continuing care centre is not a priority location.

The motion is one of seven council motions that will be dealt with at Monday’s meeting.

Other motions include one from Coun. Sheena Hughes to discontinue plans to build a branch library as well as repeal a borrowing bylaw for the project, as well as a motion from Hughes to amend the city’s utility model by the end of the year to include funding from the municipal sustainability initiative.

The latter is a motion Hughes said she intends to bring forward each year until either it passes or she is no longer on council.

There will also be several motions coming forward from former mayor Nolan Crouse. Those motions include updates to the Social Development Policy, looking into opportunities for Sports “Walls of Fame,” and updated signage for Riel Business Park to reflect its residential nature.

One motion will come forward from former councillor Cam MacKay to have Heron draft a letter of support for a proposal by Active Communities Alberta to build a recreation facility in the city.

On Monday council members will also be appointed to committees and councillors will receive a report from community and social development manager Cindy de Bruijn on whether the city should make a declaration on diversity and inclusion.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m.

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