Morinville Council Briefs

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by Tristan Turner

Catholic School Board shares 150 years of history with Council

Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board Chair Noreen Radford gave a brief presentation to Council on 150 years of Catholic education in the region. Radford shared a video that celebrated the pioneering spirit of Catholic educators in the St. Albert and Morinville region over the last 150 years.

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See also our story from Nov. 25, 2015

Council gives first reading to new land use bylaw

Council gave unanimous First Reading to land use bylaw 1/2015 which would add a Commercial and Industrial Service (CIS) District to the existing Land Use Bylaw. The change is needed to accommodate a proposed commercial area structure plan for the land north of Cardiff Road and south of the train tracks, scheduled for second and third reading Jan. 27.

If the bylaw passes 2nd and 3rd reading, it will not automatically rezone any land; it will just make necessary amendments to allow for potential development at a later date. The CIS district will “better provide for visually attractive commercial and industrial activities to locate in high visibility areas of a business park” according to town administration.

A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27, after which time second and third reading can proceed.

Council sets the date for public land auction

Unpaid property taxes have resulted in two Morinville properties being put up for auction. Under the Municipal Government Act, the Town of Morinville can put the land up for auction if back taxes remain unpaid.

The properties are listed as Lot 1 Block 14 Plan 7620979 and Lot 25 Block 3 Plan 0625072.

Council voted unanimously in favour of setting the public auction date for Mar. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Andrew Isbister, Director of Financial Services, will be the auctioneer. The starting bids were set at $340,000 and $460,000 respectively.

Photo Radar Policy coming

Mayor Lisa Holmes indicated during the Jan. 13 meeting that Council had reviewed the Council Photo Radar Policy in a workshop earlier in the day. The policy is to be brought to Council for debate Jan. 27.

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