by Tristan Turner
Council, excluding the absent Mayor Lisa Holmes and absent Councillor Brennan Fitzgerald, approved three motions related to a needs assessment for a new regional recreation facility at their Apr. 12 meeting.
The motions come as work and timelines are rampaging up on the new community arena just east of town, which was originally conceived to be built in stages, with more recreation being added on to the facility in the future.
The first motion was to direct Administration to “have a Needs Assessment prepared in relation to a Regional Recreation Centre.”
The second motion directed Administration to send a letter from Mayor and Council to Sturgeon County and the four municipalities in the Sturgeon Region, including St. Albert requesting support of a Needs Assessment. The motion called for additional copies of the letter to be sent to Alexander First Nation and Edmonton Garrison.
The third of the motions directed Administration to send a request to Sturgeon County asking them to pay half of the cost of the Needs Assessment. No cost for the assessment was discussed.
The motions passed unanimously and with limited discussion. Reports on the outcome of the assessment are forthcoming.