by Tristan Turner

Morinville Town Council had a light agenda at their Feb. 23 meeting, passing through the evening’s business in 45 minutes.

Council passes Land Use Bylaw

Following a brief public hearing, Council unanimously passed Second and Third Reading of Land Use Bylaw 28/2015. The Bylaw allows construction of a duplex on property along 103 Street near 102 Avenue consistent with the Coeur de Morinville Area Structure Plan.

There was general support for the development from adjoining property owners, but an expression of concern from the Legion to make sure parking was on site. The development requires two on property parking spots per unit.

Deputy Mayor Rob Ladouceur and Councillor Gord Putnam could not vote on the Bylaw due to them both having a financial stake in properties near the proposed development. The rest of Council had unanimous support and passed the motions after a public hearing that only had a statement from the applicant.

Council gets info on $4,426.66 in funding

Council unanimously accepted a report for information from Town Administration about the doling out of Town money for community grant supported projects.

The awards totalled $4,426.66 between both FCSS and Community grants, with FCSS programs being 80 per cent funding from the province. These applications included $2,477.66 to the St. Albert Bereavement Fellowship, which has a Morinville chairperson and serves Morinville residents. This program was funded through FCSS as it would not be possible to fund them under the community grant requirements, which state that funded event must be in Morinville.

The Town also approved $1,950 sponsorship of the Legion’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby and Senior Fun Evening, which is anticipated to have approximately 100 participants.

Council agreed with Administration on declining to fund Big Brothers / Big Sisters with a $2,500 requested grant after it was identified they had already partnered with Rotary.

Town Council has also unanimously moved to sponsor the Albert Dutka Memorial Slo-Pitch Tournament at $600 following a unanimous motion from Deputy Mayor Ladouceur, under the Council sponsorship budget.

Council requests meeting between both school boards in the fall

Council unanimously approved a motion from Councillor Nicole Boutestein to hold a meeting between the Town and both school boards in Morinville in late September. Boutestein hopes these meetings will become annual and will facilitate better relationships between the partners.

We’ll have coverage of the Feb. 23 Sturgeon School Division – Morinville Council joint meeting from Lucie Roy later today.

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