Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Vol 15. Issue 9, Leduc – Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer
Nancy Laing of Leduc Foundation presented a report to Mayor Kritchke and Council at the February 14 regular council meeting, on the Leduc Foundation, its history and goals. The aim of the Foundation is to provide high quality, affordable housing and services to seniors, individuals, and families of modest means, said Nancy. Established in 1958 under Provincial legislation, the Foundation initiated the provision of seniors lodge accommodation and saw the Leduc’s 32-room, Planeview Manor built the same year. Since then the Leduc Foundation has consistently grown to add newly-constructed living accommodations throughout the Warburg-to-Beaumont area, offering a number of Seniors Housing options and a Community Housing program that includes affordable housing and Subsidized Rental Accommodation for non-senior individuals and families.
“There is an increased need for seniors housing,” explained Laing. Seniors are currently waiting 0-6 months for seniors apartments, and Supportive Living applicants are waiting 0-12 months. Sixty-five years of age plus are given priority status. Leduc Foundation is currently working with Devon and Beaumont to enable seniors to stay in their own homes.
The Leduc Foundation has seventy people on staff, nineteen in Warburg, 32 in Leduc, and others in Administration and other areas.
“Where we can be of assisstance, we have a role to play,” said Mayor Krischke. The biggest need is land, answered Laing.
Under new business, Council heard a report on the 2011 Official Municipal Census Date. This year the Provincial government will be conducting a cesus in May, the same month the municipal census. Because of the two censes slated for the same time period, Coumcil suggested that a letter be forwarded to MP James Rajotte noting the cost of duplication for two censes taking place simultaneously. In light of the overlap, Alderman Young made a motion that Council proclaim April 1, 2011 as the Official Municipal census date for the City of Leduc.
Statistics Division of Alberta Finance & Enterprise that municipalities conducting a Census appoint a Municipal Census Coordinator to oversee and organize the Census.
Alderman Finstad moved that the City Clerk be appointed as Census Coordinator for the 2011 Municipal Census.
The Wild Elk Federation will be hosting their annual fundraising dinner and auction on April 16 in the Leduc Curling Club at the LRC. The dinner will assist in the organization’s continuing efforts to ensure the future of elk and other wildlife. Alderman Finstad mvoed that Council award a grant to the Wild Elk Foundation in an amount not to exceed $1,000 to help offset facility rental expenses for their upcoming fundraiser.
- Bylaw No. 761-2011 – The City’s Subdivision Authority was established by Bylaw 358-95 in 1995. In order to provide clarity on the powers and duties of the Subdivision Authority and to include authorization to grant or refusee an extension to the requried time periods, Administration has prepared a new Subdivision Authority Bylaw for Council’s consideration. Bylaw 358-95 will be repealed by the new Bylaw. Alderman Young moved that Bylaw 761-2011 be given first reading. Alderman Mishio moved for second reading of the Bylaw, and Alderman Finstad motioned for third reading of Bylaw 761-2011.
- Bylaw No. 762-2011 – Ken Woitt, Planning & Development, provided an overview to Council regarding Bylaw 762-2011, explaining that the purpose of the proposed Byalw is to redistrict Lot 21, Block 12, Plan T3 (4709-54 Ave.) from R-1C – Residential-Single Detached to R-2M(C) – Comprehensively Planned Multi-Dwelling. The redistricting will allow for future development of a four-plex dwelling. Alderman Young moved that Bylaw 762-2011 be given first reading.