Highlights of Blackfalds regular council meeting – March 26, 2019

Next Regular Council Meeting April 9, 2019

Business Arising:

Bylaw 1232/19 – Traffic Bylaw

Council gave final approval of the Traffic Bylaw. Highlights of this bylaw are; to reduce overall speed throughout Town to 40km/h, an one amendment to include Cottonwood Drive in the 50km/h zone, alignment of school and playground zone speeds and times, sidewalk clearing costs which may be added to tax roll if left unpaid, and updated offences and penalties, including a 30% reduction incentive for violations paid within 10 days.

Central Alberta Tourism Alliance (CATA) Membership

Council and Administration discussed membership benefits and the position of CATA relative to the Big Horn Proposal. Council referred this back to Administration to bring the proposal to a future Standing Committee Meeting and asked that no letters of support be written by CATA on the Big Horn Proposal on behalf of the Municipality until Council has had the opportunity for more discussion and information.

Business

CAO Report

CAO Thompson provided a progress report on work being conducted by Administration

on numerous projects and initiatives. This CAO report also included activities from the past month, including a few highlights, such as the Traffic Bylaw 1232/19 Public Hearing and process, implementation of Town ID Cards and the hiring of a new Infrastructure Manager. Additionally, CAO Thompson provided information on behalf of Public Works and the activity on dealing with the quick thaw that took place recently. Also, an update on the Town’s IDP discussions with Lacombe County, increased memberships and recreation activity, a reminder of upcoming Spring and Summer events, an overview on the design presentation for the Multi-Plex expansion, with a Public Open house set for April 17 and highlights for the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation events to recognize key contributors in the community.

Community Placemaking

Vehicle Wayfinding Phase 2 – Project Award – Council approved the awarding of Phase 2 of the Community Placemaking Initiative to Lacombe Signmasters.

Procedural Bylaw 1233/19 – Amendment

Council approved an amending Bylaw to the Procedural Bylaw, to incorporate changes required for in-camera discussions under the modernized Municipal Government Act, as well as to update the municipal process for Public Hearings and Council Round Table reporting.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) Clerk Appointment

Council approved the appointment of Anne Peck and Shelby Craig to serve as Clerks for the SDAB.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) Member at Large Appointment

Council approved the member at large appointment of Robert Hogan to the SDAB.

Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee (EDTAC) Member at Large Resignation

Council accepted the resignation of member at large Kim Samuelson from EDTAC effectively immediately, with regrets.

Action Correspondence:

Invitation for Membership: Coalition of Municipalities for Energy Action

Council moved to accept as information.

Proclamation Request: 2019 National Volunteer Week

Council proclaimed April 7–13, 2019 as National Volunteer Week in the Town of Blackfalds.

Information Items

Several items were presented as information, including:

  • Blackfalds 55+ Housing Project Update
  • Broadway Avenue Road Closure
  • EDTAC Minutes November 5, 2018
  • EDTAB Minutes January 7, 2019
  • FCSS Minutes February 14, 2019
  • Lacombe County Council Highlights March 14, 2019
  • News Release – LRWSC New Commission Manager
  • Central Alberta Regional Trail Society – Update
  • AB Municipal Affairs – MCTP Eligible Funding

Round Table Discussion Verbal Second Monthly Meetings

Council presented round table reports highlighting monthly meetings, events and activities.

Approval of Meeting Minutes: Council approved the Regular Council Minutes and Public Hearing Minutes from March 12, 2019 and Standing Committee Minutes from March 18, 2019.

• Next Regular Council Meeting April 9, 2019

• Next Standing Committee of Council Meeting April 15, 2019

The Public is welcome to attend Council Meetings (Regular and Standing Committee) and Public Hearings.

-Submitted by the Town of Blackfalds

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