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Lacombe Athletic Park seeking financial support from City and County for expansion

City of Lacombe council highlights January 24, 2022

Consent Agenda

Council approved the consent agenda package, which included Councillor Reports, Administrative Reports, Commission, Board and Committee Reports, the adoption of the previous meeting’s minutes, and the Council Mailbox.

Presentations

Highway 2/12 Interchange (Functional Planning Study)

Council received a presentation from Stuart Richardson, Alberta Transportation Infrastructure Manager – Central Region, and Arthur Gordan, Castleglenn Consultants Project Manager, on the functional planning study.

Letter of Support for Alberta Regional Rail

Council received a presentation from Alberta Regional Rail chief engineer, Thomas Fryer and director global sourcing, Vern Raincock on a possible regional rail system in Alberta.

Lacombe Flying Club Budget

Council received a presentation from Lacombe Flying Club President Jon Fromm on the current budgetary situation of the Club, which operates the Lacombe Regional Airport on the City’s behalf.

Lacombe Farmer’s Market Updates

Council received a presentation from Farmers’ Market, president Ryan Klassen and market manager, Chris Kutryk on a proposed relocation of the Marketin 2022.

Requests for Decision on bylaw 393.5 (Utility Rate)

Administration prepared revisions to the Utility Bylaw rate schedule to reflect rate changes identified in the 2022 Operating Budget.

The 2022 Utility Rates include a 2.7 per cent increase in water utility rates, wastewater utility rates, and solid waste utility rates.

Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 393.5.

The rates in Bylaw 393.5 will be effective on Jan. 1, 2022, with Council’s approval of three readings.

Lacombe Athletic Park Expansion (Track and Field facility)

Administration presented the proposed Lacombe Athletic Park Associations’, phase 2 expansion – Track and Field Facility’ project for council’s information.

The Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) is working on a two-phased project which includes a field-house expansion and world-class track and field facility. Phase 1 is now complete, and LAPA is focused on getting the track and field facility underway once grant application decisions and fundraising efforts permit.

To support the initiative, LAPA asked the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County to each contribute $500,000, LAPA also plans to leverage the commitment to secure grant funding from other levels of government and through ongoing fundraising efforts.

Council received the proposed expansion project update, as information.

Strategic Plan

Administration presented a draft of council’s 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan for consideration.

With support from administration and contracted facilitators, council held a workshop on Friday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4..

The workshop intended to collaboratively envision the future for the City of Lacombe and determine where resources should be focused over the current council term to achieve desirable community outcomes.

The plan combines the personal views of councilors into a cohesive vision for council. This process allows Administration to prioritize resources and tactics, to achieve council’s objectives.

Council accepted the draft 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan as information and when council endorses the document, it will be posted and distributed to staff and community stakeholders.

In-Camera

Labour (FOIP Section 16)

Council ratified the appointment of Tom Kentz to the Municipal Planning Commission Committee with a term ending January 25, 2025.

The next scheduled council meeting is Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Regular council meeting is Monday, Feb.28, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.