Town Council Update – January 28, 2019

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Town Council Update – January 28, 2019

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Minutes

The minutes of the Regular Meeting of Council held on January 14, 2019, were approved. Tap or click the title above to view them.

Bylaws

Utility Rate Bylaw

Council approved the utility rate updates that were included in the 2019 operating budget. The rate per cubic metre of water rose from $4.98 to $5.40. A cubic metre of water is equivalent to 1000 litres.

Solid Waste Bylaw

Council approved the updated solid waste bylaw which contained an increase in the residential rate going from $15 per household per month to $17. The increase was the first rate increase for solid waste collection since 2012.

New Business

Grants to Organizations First Quarter Submissions

Grants were awarded to several community groups who applied for funding through the Council Grants to Organizations program.

The successful applicants were:

Alberta Pond Hockey – $5000 + In kind support
Peace River Winter Swim Club – $1872.45
North Peace Performing Arts Festival – $1500
Mighty Peace Hill Climb – $2500
Carnaval de St-Isidore – $1000

For more information on the Council Grants to Organizations Program visit the linked page below.

Council Grants to Organizations

Fire Department Awards Ceremony

Members of Council were enabled to attend the 2019 Fire Department’s Annual Awards Ceremony on February 16 in Peace River.

Council Remuneration

The topic of remuneration for Council members was brought before Council. A review of Council’s remuneration was prompted by changes to Federal Income tax rules that will result in a loss of pay for Council members.

Councillors defeated two motions on this topic. The first motion was to increase remuneration by 25 percent this year over the 2018 rate. A second motion, also defeated, was made to increase remuneration by 10 percent this year and 9 percent for the next five years based on the 2018 rate.

Following the two motions Council instead directed Town staff to bring more information and options to an upcoming Governance and Priorities meeting (held on the first Monday of the month) to discuss the issue further.

Flags for Council Chambers and Pipe Ceremony

As part of the Town’s ongoing reconciliation work, the flags of the Treaty 8 First Nations and the Metis Nation will be permanently installed in Town Council’s Chambers where they will be alongside the Canadian flag, Alberta’s flag, and the Town of Peace River’s. In order to commemorate this installation, Council was asked to allow a pipe ceremony to take place. The request for the flags and the pipe ceremony were both approved.

Peace Regional Recreation Centre

Council reviewed a briefing note regarding construction of the new Peace Regional Recreation Centre. Set to open in the fall of this year the facility construction remains on schedule.

Invite to Rotary Gala

Members of Council were enabled to attend the 2019 Rotary Club Gala taking place in April.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Workshops

Up to $2,500 was approved by Council to assist in setting up public workshops on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. In addition to the Town of Peace River, several other neighbouring municipalities will be contributing to help bring these workshops to the Peace River Region.

Information

Includes information, news, and letters sent to Council that does not require a formal Request for Decision.

Audio Recording of the Council Meeting