Council Notes From All Over

Barry McDonald

    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. 

    The following staff members were recognized for their years of service to the City:
Nadine Lane – FCSS –5 years
Tasha Weatherill – Recreation – 5 years
Tanya McKinnon – RCMP – 5 years
Katie Toohey - Engineering  – 5 years 
Kelly Maygard - Public Works  – 10 years

Hosting Tour of Alberta could cost Wetaskiwin $100,000 
    Hosting a starting stage for the Tour of Alberta would cost the City $100,000  (a stage finish is $150,000). Administration suggests this cost can be offset by community sponsorship. Additional costs to the City would include Police Services, Public Works & Road Services, Spectator First Aid, Resident & Business Notification, Portable Toilets , Waste Management, Permitting Services, Overnight Security, Parking, organizing committee and volunteers,  etc.
     Wetaskiwin acted as a pass through community during the 2013 Tour of Alberta. City Council accepted  the Expression of Interest letter from  the Tour of Alberta and directed Administration to propose funding  options for being a  host community in 2014.
    There will be 10 host communities selected along the 910 Km of race route. Potential dates are September 5th or 6th, 2014. International television viewership is estimated to be approximately 41,500,000.

AUMA conference reports
     Mayor Bill Elliot, reported highlights of a session on Effective Decision Making he attended at the AUMA conference.  Councillor Wayne Neilson highlighted sessions on Now That You Have Been Elected; Community Engagement;  Introduction to Asset Management; Managing Economic Development in Small Communities

Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society:
    Mark McFaul elected as Board President. Volunteers needed for Casino, June 28 & 29 at the Cash Casino in Red Deer. Current account balance is $49,000 (plus). Payroll will take about $15,000 from that. Councillor Gandam will sit on the WCTS for the upcoming year

Bylaw 1822 - 13 Amend Waste Management Bylaw
    The rate increase in the proposed budget and in Bylaw 1806-13 are (from-to)
121 liter toter/week     $16.25/month     $17.00/month     
242 litre toter/week     $32.50/month     $34.00/month     
363 litre toter/week     $48.75/month     $51.00/month     

Bylaw 1823-13 Sewer Usage Charge Bylaw (bi-monthly) (from-to)
Residential –single unit     $ 43.5        $ 48.06     
Commercial/Industrial/Institutional     $ 81.04        $ 89.46    

Bylaw 1825-13 Water Utility Levy Bylaw (smallest pipe to largest)
16mm x 19mm 5/8" x 3/4" and smaller     
$ 22.65        $ 26.00     
150mm6"             $272.30     $312.85    

Bylaw 1826-13 Temporary Borrowing Bylaw for 2014: $3,000,000
     The existing temporary borrowing bylaw 1801-13 expires on December 31, 2013. This bylaw is put in place so the bank will make available short term operating funds until the bulk of property taxes are collected by June 30 of 2014.
Administration recommends borrowing the sum of $3M to meet current expenditures and obligations for the current year until taxes can be collected. Council agrees to pay interest on the loan..

    Bylaw #1827-13 Manluk Centre Sponsorship and Public Capital Campaign Borrowing Bylaw -- $2,450,000

    Council administration proposed the borrowing of $2,450,000 for the purpose of financing the long -term sponsorships pledged and any public capital campaign shortfall for the Aquatic Centre now named the “Manluk Centre”. The City will require funds to pay bills as they come due. 

    The City budgeted $3,000,000 as a fundraising goal for construction of the Manluk Centre. This included $2,750,000 from sponsorships and public donations towards construction costs and $250,000 for fundraising costs. Sponsorships and donations received to November 2013 total $550,000 with the remaining $1,998,000 pledged over a 5 to 10 year period. The public capital campaign is just underway and no certainty of the out-come.

Pepsico Canada
    City Council entered into an agreement with PepsiCo food  Service Canada as an exclusive cold beverage product supplier n City facilities for a period of five (5) years commencing December 1st, 2013.

Manluk Centre Fees and Charges
    A review of surrounding communities with “like” facilities and features has been conducted. The proposed fees reflect the findings from the review and place the fees for the Manluk Centre in  line with the appropriate fees across the province. Some examples of fees:
Child day pass-  $3.50          Child annual membership $220.50
Adult day pass – $7.00          Adult annual membership - $441
Family day pass - $20.00    Family annual membership - $1120

Drill Hall flooring
    Funding by Manluk Industries and the 93 Summer Games Legacy grant are making a new floor covering and divider curtains in the Drill Hall possible. The flooring and curtains will allow multiple users scheduling in the Drill Hall. The indoor soccer surface provides a playing surface when outdoor weather does not permit. 
    Out of Province Travel: Federation of Canadian Municipalities(FCM) 
    Approved  Mayor Bill Elliot, and one additional Councillor attend the 2014Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference in Niagara Falls from May 30-June 2, 2014

    Notice of Motion –Main Street Speed Limit
    City Council directed Administration to review the speed limit on Main Street and bring recommendations to Council on any required changes by the January 27, 2013 Regular Council Meeting. Any financial implications of preparing the report will be included when presented to Council.

“Decisions on agenda items by City Council  were not available at press time. Watch future editions of the Pipestone Flyer or phone City Hall at 780 361 4400 for more information.”


Lorna Lowe

    Council was called to order at 1:31 pm with Councillor Stumph absent. The was one addition to the agenda and no public presentations.

FCSS Director's Update:     County FCSS Director Laurel Fitzsimonds gave a brief oral update to Council, partnered with an in-depth written report, on the recent activities within FCSS.
    She reported that Family Support Services provided by the County has been very busy over the last quarter with 37 new intakes. Laurel shared that Senior Services and Home Support workers were also discovering many other issues that have "popped up" as they work with their clients, including several Meals On Wheels, Mental Health and Financial Support referrals.
    Overall, the many different programs FCSS oversees are running very well and Laurel was pleased to be able to introduce two new Parent and Family Coaches to Council, namely Darlene Ede and Kelsey Jackson. 
Wildland Meadows Snow Clearing: A new road clearing policy for Wildland Meadows Subdivision was placed before Council on this day. The previous agreement was that the condominium association would place a call to the county during the winter months, up to three times per year, and when the county graders were next in the area their internal roadway would be cleared at a charge of $105.00/ clearing.
    Councillor Rick Smith made a motion to change this contract to read "The snow removal policy for the internal roadway be provided to Wildland Meadows as per County policy." This would mean that the condominiums would receive up to three internal roadway clearings per year at no extra charge, which would be the same as Mother Earth Children's Charter School receives. Council voted unanimously to approve Councillor Smith's motion.

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