Consent Agenda used by Council to mass-pass motions
Council has unanimously approved four motions through a consent agenda, mass accepting administration’s recommended actions for all motions. This meant the approval of:
– A new Non-Residential Improvement Policy
– A Direct Control Development Permit (DP100/2016)
– Rescinding of First Reading of the Morinville Youth Council Bylaw 16/2015
– Appointment of Jennifer Maskoske as the Returning Officer for the 2017 Municipal Election
Manufactured Home Bylaw unanimously approved after silent public hearing
Following a brief public hearing, Council has unanimously approved new legislation required as part of a manufactured home development in Morinville. The site, located on the north end of Town, northwest of Morinville Public School, will be seeing a large expansion.
The legislation was required to approve a new utility building for caring for the grounds across from the current manufactured home site. Additionally, the bylaw incorporated modern language and site characteristic information that has already been incorporated into other planning documents and legislation, according to Director of Planning and Development with the Town, Greg Hofmann.
The hearing had no comments from the applicant, no presentation from Administration, and the only clarifying question from Council coming from Councillor Nicole Boutestein who asked what was included in the changes. Council then unanimously passed Second and Third Reading.
Jessica Martel Foundation Gala supported by Town
Council has unanimously passed a motion to fund the Jessica Martel Foundation’s Breaking Free Gala, a fundraising event for the community that provides support for victims of spousal abuse, among other community work, in the region.
Councillor Fitzgerald proposed a motion that was unanimously approved by Council to allocate a $800 sponsorship for the event.
Fitzgerald and Council rescind Youth Council Bylaw
Following a brief, unanimous motion proposed in a consent agenda, Councillor Fitzgerald has rescinded his own previous motions from many months ago proposing a Youth Council Bylaw. The legislation only made it to a unanimously passed First Reading before being dismissed by a majority of Council, never returning for a vote.
Fitzgerald rescinded his motion because of a new Town administrative program called the Youth Leadership Program which he felt largely fulfilled the same role.