The following are selected briefs of the July 16 regular meeting of Taber town council. Coun. Garth Bekkering was absent from the meeting.
June 25 Closed Session
The following resolutions were passed by town council at the conclusion of the in camera (closed session) portion of the meeting. The duration of the session was an hour and two minutes.
Road Licence Agreement: Council voted unanimously to authorize the assignment of the Road Licence Agreement from 19040498 Alberta Ltd. to 1766598 Alberta Ltd. to accommodate an existing freestanding sign, and authorized Mayor Andrew Prokop and CAO Cory Armfelt to sign the Assignment of Road Licence Agreement.
TEA Requests: Council voted successfully to direct administration to stay the course and request the following from the Taber Exhibition Association. According to the minutes of the June 25 meeting, the vote was not unanimous:
a) Provide the original scope of work, including renovation plans; b) provide a progress report disclosing the utilization of the TEA’s grant funding for this project to ensure it is fully utilized prior to the town funds being dispersed; c) provide all contractor invoices to the town, because the town would need to keep an updated listing for tangible capital asset recording; d) the town’s facility maintenance team to attend the start-up meeting; e) once the facility maintenance team determines the progress to date, funds will be released as determined by director of finance John Orwa, to allow for compliance with the TEA’s CFEP grant funding; f) facility maintenance team to be part of inspections along the way, as well as the final inspection; and g) there will be a 10 per cent holdback, which will be paid once facilities maintenance discerns final project sign-off.
Town Council Chamber Renovations: Council voted unanimously to direct administration to undertake renovations to the council chambers as presented, with a $200,000 upset limit, and utilize funds from the 2018 capital budget to complete the work.
Staffing Changes: Council voted unanimously to accept the staffing changes put forth by administration to further enhance the operational capability of the Planning and Economic Development Department, and the Public Works Department.
Land Use Amendment Bylaw 16-2018
Council voted unanimously to pass first reading of Bylaw 16-2018 for the purpose of amending Land Use Bylaw 14-2016, and sets Aug. 20, 2018, as the date for the public hearing.
Administration is proposing an application for a land use bylaw amendment to the maps. The lands consist of four lots east of 50th Street owned by the Town of Taber, with the application intending to change the zoning to Medium Industrial District (M-2).
Community Standards Bylaw 15-2018
Following discussion, council voted 5-1 to table second reading of Community Standards Bylaw 15-2018 until definitions, regulations and restrictions involving shisha (a molasses-based tobacco concoction traditionally smoked in a hookah) can be added to the bylaw.
Coun. Jack Brewin opposed the motion.
Alberta Police Act Working Group AUMA Appointment
Council voted unanimously to appoint Coun. Jack Brewin to represent the Town of Taber on the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s Alberta Police Act Working Group.
The AUMA is advocating for a new, more equitable funding model as a priority in 2018, and is opening a working group to conduct a comprehensive review of the Alberta Police Act to develop recommendations for amendments for improving policing services and community safety.The working group will consist of 12 members, and will hold five meetings at the AUMA’s head offices in Edmonton.