Council will be holding its next meeting at the Heritage Place Lodge at 101 Avenue and 100 Street on May 16, following a unanimous vote from Council. This vote came after a motion from Councillor Stephen Dafoe, with almost no debate from Council.
Councillor Brennan FitzGerald brought forward a motion on live streaming Town Council at their Mar. 28 meeting. The motion, which would direct Administration to set up a simple Facebook Live streaming setup, ended up being differed until the first meeting of April. Councillor FitzGerald and Dafoe opposed, both councillors preferring to move forward immediately with the idea.
Council unanimously approved First Reading of the 2017 Property Tax Bylaw, leaving two more readings before tax notices can be sent to residents.
According to Town Administration a property owner with the average $331,960 home can expect their tax bill to go up $126.78.
Following multiple unanimous motions (excluding the absent Deputy Mayor Nicole Boutestein), Town Council has approved the beginning of work on their three-phase rec centre project. This is one of the final stages required on the part of the Town before construction begins in earnest on the regional centre, in the works for nearly all of this council’s term.
Council has unanimously passed three new utility bylaws that will see a very slight increase to resident’s bills. Water, Utility, and Sewer rates were unchanged from last year’s rates, but waste pickup saw an increase of about $2 per month.
A long conversation from Council during their Committee of the Whole meeting Nov. 15 about the future of the Traffic Advisory Committee and a potential new general public safety committee leaves the future of both vague.
Council unanimously passed First Reading of their 2017 Budget very quickly Oct. 25 following only a couple clarifying questions from Council. This is typical of First Readings, where councillors do not offer amendments or debate beyond clarifying the intent of the document. Many budget amendments are commonplace in this Council’s term and may come forward during Second and Third Reading.