City of Wetaskiwin Council – January 10th, 2011

  • Jan. 18, 2011 6:00 p.m.

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Vol. 15 Issue 3, Leduc-Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

 Bylaw 1770-10 Land Use Bylaw

On October 4, 2010, the City purchased Lot 6, Block 1, Plan 0423294 containing 7.12 acres for the potential extension of the recreation grounds.This property is currently zoned UR – Urban Reserve. In 2008, Bylaw 1725-

08 was approved to reclassify this parcel to R1A – Small Lot Single Dwelling Residential based on a proposed development plan. Bylaw 1725-08 never came into effect as it was to come into force on the date of subdivision registration. Bylaw given third reading and passed.

This will allow the future development of recreation facilities on the land.

Bylaw 1771-11 Temporary Borrowing Bylaw

The existing temporary borrowing bylaw expired on December 31, 2010. For the first six months of the year the City could be short operating funds because it does not collect the bulk of property taxes until July 1 of each year.

In July the taxation funds generated from collections are used to pay off any operating loans. The City ordinarily operates with an excess of funds for the balance of the year. This excess is invested on a short-term basis and generates interest income accordingly.   While the City rarely is required to borrow under the by-law, the by-law must be in place to satisfy banking requirements.

Bylaw 1772-11 Amended Sewer Usage Charge Bylaw 

The following are the changes to sewer usage charges approved in the 2011 budget:

(a) Residential Properties: Bi-monthly charge of $28.13 to a new rate of $33.03 per residential unit and multi-family residences with only one-meter service a bi-monthly charge of $28.13 to the new rate of $33.03 for the first unit and from $14.07 to a new rate of $16.52 for each unit thereafter.

(b) Commercial/Industrial/Institutional: Bi-monthly charge of $52.38 to a new rate of $61.49 or consumption at a rate of $0.356 per cubic metre to new rate of $0.418 per cubic metre, whichever is greater.

The benefit of this increase is to move the sewage utility closer to financial sustainability. Bylaw given third reading and passed

Bylaw 1773-11 Amended Water Utility Levy Bylaw

Included in the budget were increases in the monthly service charges for water.

The following are the changes approved in the budget:

1. Under Section 1:

Meter Size: Old New

16mm x 19mm 5/8” x 3/4” and smaller $ 11.80 $ 15.75

19mm 3/4” $ 15.00 $ 20.00

25mm 1” $ 18.10 $ 24.15

32mm 1 1/4” $ 26.20 $ 34.90

38mm 1 1/2” $ 33.80 $ 45.05

50mm 2” $ 41.40 $ 55.20

76mm 3” $ 49.50 $ 66.00

102mm 4” $ 64.90 $ 86.30

150mm 6” $142.20 $189.55

Increases given third reading and passed.

 

Bylaw 1774-11 Waste Management Bylaw 

Included in the budget were increases in residential and landfill rates. While the general tipping fee rate was increased to $95.00 per tonne, with a minimum fee for up to 100kg of $10.00, the fees were also lowered for disposal of concrete and asphalt products which can be re-cycled by the City.  A number of changes in wording were made in the bylaw to reflect current operations. The benefit of these increases is to move the solid waste utility closer to financial sustainability. A number of changes in wording were also made in the bylaw to reflect current operations.

The By-Law was given three readings and  passed.

Bylaw 1775-11 Amended Animal Control Bylaw

The proposal for the Animal Shelter / Keeper Contract was hand delivered to local vet clinics on December 7, 2010. On December 31, 2010, the one proposal received was from the Wetaskiwin Animal Clinic.

The proposal included an increase in boarding fees as follows:

Cats boarding – $15.00 per day.

Dogs boarding – $20.00 per day.

  • Fees were previously set at $15.00 per day with no discrepancy between cats and dogs.
  • Given third reading and passed.

Council approved Administration entering into a 3-year contract with the Wetaskiwin Animal Clinic for Animal Shelter / Keeper effective February 1, 2011.

Non-Profit Organization Property Tax Exemptions

Carried that:  Council cancels the municipal portion of tax for tax roll 210210 (the Moose Hall) and tax rolls 180900 and 180910 (Wetaskiwin Lodge No. 15) for the 2011 tax year under the authority of Section 347 of the Municipal Government Act.  A special motion is required for the Legion and Moose hall because no agreement in in place between these organizations and the City. Agreements are in place with the Kinsmen and Knights of Columbus, Lions Campground and the Memorial Center which deals with municipal taxation and cancels a portion or all of the taxes for those facilities.

 

 

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