Council Notes From All Over


Wetaskiwin City Council invites the public to attend their regular meetings in Council Chambers (4705 - 50 Ave). The following are brief highlights of the City of Wetaskiwin meeting. For more detailed information contact City Manager, Ted Gillespie at 780 361 4400. 
Air Show Report
Council accepted the presentation by Mark McFaul on behalf of Chair of the Air Show Society, Dean Billingsley on the 2012 Wetaskiwin Airshow as information. Although the ‘numbers aren’t available’ Mark reported that it was a very positive event. 
Wetaskiwin Soccer Club
Council accepted the presentation from Erik Anderson representing the Wetaskiwin soccer club as information.
Local Improvement Plan public road and sidewalk 4604 – 56 Avenue – City to borrow $145,000
Property Owner: B & B Senior’s Care Group Ltd. Property Description Lot 10, Block 1, Plan 0224820.
The proposed local improvement is for the construction of the public road and public sidewalk adjacent to 4604 – 56 Avenue. 
The property will be responsible for 100% of the projected cost estimated to be:
Paid at time of Construction completion = $145,000.00
10 year Term $19,492.56 per year = $194,925.56
City Council give first reading to Bylaw 1796-12 to amend the Land Use Bylaw (1749-09) by adding limited group homes as a discretionary use in R1 and R2 areas.
City Council give first reading to Bylaw 1797-12 to amend the Land Use Bylaw (1749-09) by removing the 76m separation between limited group homes. 
City Council will schedule a public hearing regarding Bylaw 1797-12 , (and Bylaw 1796-12) at 4:00 p.m. on Monday September 10, 2012 during the regular council meeting to be held in council chambers in accordance with City policy.
  In order to complete the project it will be necessary for the Municipality to borrow the sum of $145,000, for a period not to exceed 10 years for the purpose of the 81 Unit Seniors Supportive Living Local Improvement Project.
Application to host a Municipal Intern 
City Council directed Administration to submit an application to host a Municipal Intern through the Municipal Internship Program for Administrators for the 2013-2014 program offering.
The City has applied to be a participant in the program in the past and is currently hosting their first intern. The program provides training opportunities for recently graduated university students who have an interest in municipal government. Those individuals selected for the program are given the opportunity for hands on learning in a municipality for a year, observing and contributing in every department.
Host organizations receive a $43,000 grant to assist with costs and are supported in their efforts to train, and mentor their interns by a team of ministry staff municipalities with the opportunity for succession planning issues and to train future members of administration.
Municipal Benchmarking Alberta 
The City has been approached to participate in a municipal benchmarking program with a number of different municipalities within the Province.
City Council authorized the City of Wetaskiwin to participate in an application for the municipal Benchmarking Alberta Project, submitted by the Town of Banff under the Regional Collaboration component of the Regional Collaboration program. 
The goal of the Municipal Benchmarking Project is to develop a tangible method to measure, share, and compare the services that are offered in municipalities across the province.
This benchmarking will give municipalities the ability to compare the service delivery offered to other comparable municipalities and identify areas of strength as well as areas to improve. It will also offer the opportunity to explore best practices within the province and address concerns and questions from Council, City Staff, and members of the community.
Council has identified the need to determine measures for strategic actions and services offered within the community. Through participation in the program the City will be able to conduct a municipal benchmarking survey at a significant reduction in price than without the partnership.
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