City of Wetaskiwin Highlights – August 17

The Legion Arms challenged council for the Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society Walker-thon fundraiser at the Wetaskiwin Mall.

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 780-361-4400.

Legion Arms Walker-thon Challenge

Representatives from the Legion Arms challenged council members and others to take part in the Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society 2nd annual Walker-thon fundraiser at the Wetaskiwin Mall on September 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Budget 2016-2019

Budget preparations have started July 17. All departments have been provided with an operating budget document to start the budget planning for the next four years.

Utilities: Utility Fiscal Policy Project with Conroy Ross Partners is in the final stages and the report to be finalized in late 2015.

Financial Reporting and Systems: Financial reports for May-July have been provided to council and for the first six months of operations to department managers.

Staff and Training: The finance department continues the training of new staff (payroll, utilities and the new accountant).

Bylaws: The electronic arrangement of the bylaws are currently being redone to make them more accessible to staff and working on providing public access to the complete library of bylaws. Currently there is a listing of frequently requested bylaws available to the public on the website.

Archives: There was a total of 181 volunteer hours logged in the preceding three month period with activities including the indexing of newspapers, adding photo data, number and labeling photo albums and entering obituary information. There were 68 research requests, 26 visitors and one presentation to the Centennial School.

E-newsletter: is compiled each week and sent out to a growing list of subscribers regularly, (presently just shy of 200), typically on Wednesday afternoon.

What’s Happening Wetaskiwin: Communications continues to publish the newsletter every second month as follows: the last week of August, October and December.

Mobile website improvements: Discussions have begun with a vendor who can “mobil-fy” the city website to make it more accessible to users.

Health Canada has approved the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR) which limits the licensing, growth and distribution of marihuana to commercial producers. The Land Use Bylaw 1804-13 does not currently identify medical marihuana production facilities (MMPF) as a use. Bylaw 1855-15 has been prepared to address this issue.

The specific use regulations require MMPF to be outside of a 76 metre radius from a residential district, existing religious facility, existing private and public school, existing day care facility, existing community hall or existing park. The specific use regulation also requires MMPF to be in a stand-alone building, no outdoor storage, loading docks located within the building and must include equipment designed and intended to remove odors from the air outside of the building.

New Imperial Inns Ltd

New Imperial Inns Ltd has proposed a new residential development that is comprised of an eight-plex, five-plex, and 15 garage stalls on Lot 2, Block 10, Plan 0324115 being 5720 – 47 Street at an estimated project value of $962,000. As Lot 2 was not included in the original development agreement for the apartment or commercial development, a new agreement has been entered into.

The development agreement requires New Imperial Inns Ltd to provide, at their own cost, all infrastructure to serve the proposed development, to register a joint crossing agreement, register a storm water management easement and provide a contribution for sidewalk development.

Funding declined

“Thank you for your interest in the Small Communities Fund (SCF). The program received a significant number of applications for grant funding, which could not all be accommodated within the program funding levels established by the federal government and matched by the province.

“On behalf of the Minister, I regret to advise that the following project applications submitted to the SCF have been declined: • 47th Street – Highway 13E Intersection Geomatic Improvements – $3,333,332; and • Main Street (50th Avenue) Phase III/IV – $4,200,000.”

 

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