by Ashley Janes
Canada Day an Overall Success
Chairman for the Canada Day Celebration Committee, Murray Knight, presented a wrap up report to Council detailing the overall success of the July 1 event. “This family event is a real positive for our residents, young and old, an opportunity to get outdoors, to show pride and love for our community and country, to visit with friends and time to make new acquaintances,” Knight said. Not only was the event considered a success; it came in under budget. Knight presented Council with a cheque for $120.38, a return on the funding originally granted by the Town.
Public Hearing Leads to Bylaw Amendments
A public hearing was held regarding three bylaws, the first two concerning amendments to the Grandin Heights Area structure plan and the last an amendment to the Land Use bylaw regarding show homes. Drew Tannahill, a representative from the applying developing firm, Trans America Group, spoke in favour of the project. “We had some objections from neighbours, we had some concerns from the planning and development group, and community services. We have taken all their input and we’ve tried to put something together that works for everybody.”
Tannahill was opposed by a single Grandin Heights resident, Greg Whitehead, who argued that there is no adequate appeal process to oppose such amendments. “It is not a compromise when one party submits an absurd design and then dials it back and calls it meeting in the middle.”
Director of Planning and Development, Greg Hofmann, assured Council that the proposal in question satisfies the requirements set forward by his department. “We do believe that this is a very good proposal for an area that has been set aside for this type of development since the area structure plan has been in place.”
Once the public hearing was closed, Council voted 6-0 in favour of all three bylaws.
Health Week Proclamation a Go
The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors requested that Morinville declare Sept 22 – 26, 2014 as Environmental Public Health Week. During this time, Environmental Public Health Professionals (EPHPs) will be recognized for their contribution to the community. This year’s theme is “The Next 100 Years: Reaching new heights in health protection,” which will bring to light how EPHPs influence many factors outside of the healthcare system. For more information, visit albertahealthservices.ca.