City of Lacombe council highlights – Jan. 27

Next scheduled council Meetings is Feb. 10, 2020, at 5 p.m.

3. Presentations

3.1 Wolf Creek Public Schools

Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) Board Chair Pamela Hansen, trustees Kelly Lowry and Brent Buchanan, along with Superintendent of Schools Jayson Lovell and Roger Hall, secretary treasurer, presented an overview and update of business of mutual interest between the City and WCPS.

School programming in the community was discussed, along with a desire to work closely with municipal partners on common goals. Highlighted items included WCPS’ 2019-2020 budget and recent impacts to its reserves, the City’s support of various school-based programming, and discussion of areas that need further jurisdictional coordination. Council was also invited to attend a poverty simulation exercise on March 6, 2020 in Bentley.

5. Requests for Decision

5.1 Bylaw 393.3 Updates – Utility Rates

Council approved Bylaw 393.3, the Utility Rate Bylaw, for the supply of water, wastewater and solid waste services to residents and commercial customers, after giving it second and third readings. The bylaw is effective January 1, 2020.

Water and wastewater utility rates will see a 0.9 per cent increase; however, solid waste rates will remain unchanged from 2019. The combined utility bill increase for the year for an average household will be approximately $1.14 per month, or about $13.68 for the year.

5.2 Len Thompson Pond Sponsorship

Council approved a $3,000, five-year sponsorship of the Alberta Conservation Association fish stocking program at the Len Thompson Fish Pond Park, to increase stocking levels and maintain good angling opportunities for local families and visitors.

5.3 Review of Trail Carry-forward Capital Projects

Following recommendations from the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board and the Bill Nielsen Trail Society, Council voted to reallocate budgets from the “Michener Rec Area”, “Wolf Creek Hwy 12 to Fish Pond”, and the “Trans Canada NE of Henners” trail capital projects to two higher priority projects: the “Fairway Heights Willow Ridge Network” and “Elizabeth Lake 300m Boardwalk” trail capital projects, for completion in 2020.

5.4 Joint Council Workshop with Blackfalds Council

Council directed Administration to arrange an informal meeting with the Town of Blackfalds Council and Senior Administration on May 4, 2020.

5.5 Council Committee Meeting – February 3

Council passed a resolution to cancel the February 3 and the May 4 Committee of the Whole meetings.

5.6 Bylaw 475 – Parkland Community Planning Services

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 475, to authorize the execution of a Master Agreement between the City of Lacombe and other municipalities to join Parkland Community Planning Services, an inter- municipal planning agency.

9. Motions Out of Camera

9.1 Labour

Council provided direction to Human Resources staff to proceed with the administration of the annual performance review for CAO Goudy based on the existing process.

9.2 Labour

Council resolved to take the steps discussed to respond to the complaint.

*The next scheduled Council Meetings:

– February 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– February 24, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– March 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Committee)

– March 9, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– March 23, 2020, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

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