(BLACK PRESS file photo)

(BLACK PRESS file photo)

City of Lacombe council highlights – Dec. 9, 2019

The next scheduled council meetings is Jan. 13, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Requests for Decision

2020 Operating Budget

Council passed a resolution to adopt the 2020 Operating Budget as amended to include:

  • An additional $131,000 transfer to Department 21 for operating expenses
  • An additional $55,000 transfer to Department 51 for social planning.
  • A reduction in wages and benefits for Department 15 of $110,000
  • A reduction in wages and benefits for Department 23 of $10,000
  • A reduction in wages and benefits for Department 72 of $10,000
  • A reduction in wages and benefits for Department 13 at $15,000
  • A reduction of $35,000 for the Community Builder Fund
  • An increase in revenue through an additional 0.1 percent tax increase (totalling a 1 percent tax rate increase)
  • A reduction of $1,000 in the organizational training budget to Department 12

The 2020 Operating Budget consists of revenues and expenses totalling $44.06 million, resulting in a balanced budget.

Human Resources Policy Update

Council approved the Attendance and Leave Policy, effective December 9, 2019. Council then rescinded the existing Attendance and Leave Policy 14/125.01 2017, effective December 9, 2019.

FCM Annual Membership Dues

Council directed Administration to not renew the City of Lacombe’s 2020-2021 membership in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Bylaw 400.24 (Land Use) – First Reading

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 400.24. This bylaw proposes amendments to the Land Use Bylaw, which:

• Increases the side yard setback for residential development within Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (DARP) to 2 m to support more sensitive infill development

• Provides for the creation of a DARP overlay for the Central Residential District

• Allows the City’s development officers to consider variances up to 15 per cent

• Provides flexibility for R1 and R-L1 property owners to develop larger accessory buildings

Council then scheduled a Public Hearing for Bylaw 400.24, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020, at City Hall.

Signing Authority Updates

Council approved the addition of J. Mauricio Reyes, Senior Manager – Financial Services, as a designated signing officer for bank instructions, forms and legal documents. Council subsequently approved the deletion of Justin de Bresser, the previous Senior Manager, Financial Services, as a signing authority.

*The next scheduled Council Meetings:

– January 13, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– January 27, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– February 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Committee)

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe