City of Lacombe council highlights – Sept. 9

The next scheduled council meetings is Sept. 23


Cranna Lake Shelter

Lacombe Rotary Daybreak Club representatives Susan McDonald, Casey Kooyman and Norm Noordhof presented Council with a proposal for a lakeside shelter and associated infrastructure at Cranna Lake. Council then passed a resolution to direct Administration to work with the Daybreak Rotary Club to define responsibilities as to their vision, investigate project costs and report to Council at a future date.

Operations and Planning

Bylaw 400.26 (Land Use Bylaw)

Council held a public hearing for Bylaw 400.26 for the re-designation of Lots 2 and 3, Block 8, Plan 032 6218 (also known as 5101 Beardsley Avenue and 5102 College Avenue) from University Commercial District (UC) to Burman University District (BU) for the development of a high school.

Liew Werner from the Alberta Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church spoke in favour of the re- designation. No one spoke against it. Council subsequently approved Bylaw 400.26 after giving it second and third readings, as presented.

Corporate Services

Bylaw 473 (Electrical Distribution Services)

Council approved second and third readings of Bylaw 473, the Electrical Distribution Service Bylaw, which prohibits other vendors from providing electric distribution service within the legal boundaries of the city of Lacombe.

Bylaw 473 ensures that electric distribution services stay with FortisAlberta for the duration of the Electric Distribution System Franchise Agreement, allowing the municipality to collect the applicable franchise fees and linear taxes and provide residents with clarity as to the electric distribution service provider within Lacombe.

Financial Services

Bylaw 474 (Repeal Taxes on Mobile Home Units Bylaw)

Council approved Bylaw 474, a bylaw to repeal the Mobile Unit Taxes Bylaw 238, after giving it third reading. Bylaw 474 repeals Bylaw 238, which treated homeowners in mobile home parks differently than other homeowners, and placed an unusual burden on staff to collect property taxes.

Community Services

Amended 2019 Regional Airport Capital Project Scope and Budget

Council approved an amended scope of work for the 2019 Regional Airport Capital Project to rebuild the east taxiway, and approved a budget increase of $25,300 to enable project completion in 2019.

Council and Legislative

Board/Committee Appointments

Council appointed Ameerah Giesbrecht as a student representative to the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board for a term ending August 31, 2020. Council also appointed Robyn Jones to the Affordable Housing Strategy Steering Committee for a term ending September 10, 2021.

Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Protocol

Council passed a resolution to approve the proposed Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Discussion Protocol, which will help guide the development of the Lacombe County/City of Lacombe Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework.

Motions Out of Camera


Council directed Administration to proceed with land purchase as discussed.


Council accepted the report as information, and directed Administration to include the financial impacts of changes in the 2020 Budget for Council consideration and discussion.


Council accepted the report as information, and then directed Administration to return the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation’s Community Builder Partnership Grant application to Council for a decision on September 23, 2019, with a recommendation from the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board.


Council directed Administration to expend a maximum of $10,000 related to repair work for a sanitary sewer blockage. Council then directed Administration to develop an informational campaign regarding insurance coverage limitations as they relate to sewer backups.

The next scheduled Council Meetings are:

– September 23, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Regular) -October 7, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Committee)

– October 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Regular)

– October 28, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Organizational)

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe