City of Wetaskiwin highlights – June 15

Summary of items from Wetaskiwin council meeting on June 15.

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.

Present:

Mayor Bill Elliot, Councillor June Boyda, Councillor Joe Branco, Councillor Bert Horvey, and Councillor Tyler Gandam, Councillor Patricia MacQuarrie and Councillor Wayne Neilson.

NorQuest College update

Kevin Johnson, regional coordinator, Business & Community Development for NorQuest College provided council with an update and announced:  65 upgrading students; 20 practical nursing students; 10 full time staff;  one part time Elder;  one part time Aboriginal liaison;  various part time staff depending on courses; eight classrooms;  two computers labs; 1 multi use room and  one nursing lab. Elder Mary Moonias is at the campus every Thursday; Aboriginal liaison twice a month;  regional coordinator being hired.

NorQuest offers the following programs in Wetaskiwin:  health care aide, administrative professional, university transfer, academic upgrading, practical nurse, early learning and childcare, community support worker; professional development: supervisory project management, entrepreneurship, hospitality, fire & safety, customer service, intercultural process improvement.

RCMP performance plan

RCMP Inspector Fran Bethell presented the annual performance plan for 2015 – 2016 highlighting the following goals:  Continue to build a strong positive relationship with community, members; Make the streets safer by targeting impaired drivers and improving public education; Reduce property crime; Reduce the availability of drugs.

Ag Society requests water supply

The Wetaskiwin Agricultural Society has a development permit to construct a 5,000 sq.ft. building on their existing site north of Highway 13 (4214 – 72 Avenue). Three items are still required before proceeding with the build: a water supply upgrade, secondary road access, and highway signage. The society requested the city contribute to this project by providing the water supply upgrade to the proposed site. Council advised the Ag Society to return with a detailed budget reflecting their request for the water supply and/or road access.

Chamber of Commerce board meeting presented

Chamber reviewed current Financial Statements, the County of Wetaskiwin funding and the Travel Alberta Cooperative Marketing Dollars; June Business Luncheon- Alexis Nelson of Baxter Solutions will be presenting a customer service training session; Noted the TD partnership for the Kim Mitchell Concert; committee to look at an electronic message sign in front of the office.

AGM of the Wetaskiwin Ashoro Friendship Society

It was determined that the initial purpose of WAFS is still valid. Councillor Neilson is requested to identify the City of Wetaskiwin’s role / purpose to ensure both organizations understand their roles in the Ashoro twinning arrangement. Officers elected:  president – Gladys Mojelski; vice president – Jackie Ouellette; secretary – Amy Chennells; treasurer – Brad Atchison; past president – Sandra Kim; directors – Dorothy French, Diane Lane, Frank Lockhart, Bill Mojelski, Glenn Ruecker, Diane Fairhurst and Wayne Neilson.

Request received by upcoming Ashoro delegation to leave a “time capsule” to be placed at the Ashoro Park as part of the 25 twinning anniversary.

Out-of-province travel – International Council of Shopping Centers

Council approved Mayor Bill Elliot be authorized to travel to the 2015 International Council of Shopping Centers Canadian Convention from October 4 to 7 in Toronto, Ontario. The mayor has been a regular attendee at this event for a number of years and his presence has been valuable in showcasing retail opportunities and “open-for-business” attitude.

Action plan developed from the 2014 internal audit of the H&S program

The city has prepared an action plan developed from the results of the Health & Safety audit with a focus on: organizational commitment; hazard identification and assessment; hazard control; formal workplace inspections;  orientation and training; emergency response planning; incident investigation and program administration.

Development permit

The current owner of 6306 – 47 Avenue (AZ Wetaskiwin Storage) has applied for a development permit to construct a 50’ x 160’ storage building to provide locker storage. As this property is currently zoned direct control environmental management (DCEM), approval from city council is required.

Changes to agreement with Wetaskiwin and District Museum

 

The agreement has been changed from a 10 year term (with five year extension) to a five year term (with five year extension). The city agrees to pay the museum $50,000 for each calendar year. Agreement is for a five year term ending December 31, 2019.

CAEP – Change in appointment to board

City council supported Councillor MacQuarrie’s nomination for chair of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership’s board of directors.

 

 

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