M  I  N  U  T  E  S 

 

of the Red Deer City Council Regular Meeting

held on, Monday, July 24, 2017

commenced at 2:32 P.M.

 

PRESENT:    Mayor Tara Veer

                        Councillor Buck Buchanan

                        Councillor Tanya Handley

                        Councillor Paul Harris

                        Councillor Ken Johnston                   

Councillor Lawrence Lee

Councillor Lynne Mulder      

                        Councillor Frank Wong

Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

                       

                        City Manager, Craig Curtis    

                        Acting Director of Communications & Strategic Planning, Tara Shand

                        Acting Director of Community Services, George Penny

                        Director of Corporate Services, Lisa Perkins

                        Director of Development Services, Kelly Kloss

                        Director of Human Resources, Kristy Svoboda

                        Acting Director of Planning Services, Emily Damberger

                        Director of Protective Services, Paul Goranson                                           

                        City Clerk, Frieda McDougall

                        Deputy City Clerk, Samantha Rodwell

                        Corporate Meeting Support, Kaitlin Bishop

                        Inspections & Licensing Manager, Erin Stuart

                        Senior Planner, Christi Fidek

                        Senior Planner, David Girardin

                        Planner, Kimberly Fils-Aime

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

IN CAMERA

 

1.1.

Motion to In Camera - Financial Matters (FOIP 24(1) and 25(1)) and Human Resource Matter (FOIP 24 (1)(b)(i))

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to enter into an In-Camera meeting of Council on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 2:32 p.m. and hereby agrees to exclude the following:

 

•           All members of the media; and

•           All members of the public.

 

to discuss a Financial Matters as protected under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, Section 24(1), 25(1) and a Human Resource Matter as protected under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, Section 24(1)(b)(i).

 

IN FAVOUR:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

1.2.

Motion to Revert to Open Meeting

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to enter into an open meeting of Council on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 3:44 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Council recessed at 3:44 p.m. and reconvened at 3:53 p.m. Councillor Paul Harris did not return to Chambers at this time.

 

 

2.

MINUTES

 

2.1.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the July 10, 2017 Council Meeting

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby approves the Minutes of the July 10, 2017 Council Meeting as transcribed.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

ABSENT:                  Councillor Paul Harris

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Councillor Paul Harris returned to Chambers at 3:55 p.m.

 

 

3.

ADD TO THE AGENDA

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to add consideration of an item as discussed In Camera to the Monday, July 24, 2017 City Council Agenda.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO ADD TO THE AGENDA CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Lawrence Lee

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report re: Human Resource Matter hereby endorses the recommendation as submitted to the In Camera meeting on July 24, 2017 and agrees that the contents of the report will remain confidential as protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Section 24(1)(b)(i).

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

 

4.

REPORTS

 

4.1.

Vehicles for Hire

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Inspections & Licensing dated July 4, 2017 re: Vehicles for Hire hereby directs that Administration initiate a regional consultation process to explore the benefits of regional collaboration as it relates to vehicles for hire.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

4.2.

Council Meetings During Nomination Period

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Legislative Services, dated July 7, 2017 re: Council Meetings during Nomination Period hereby agrees to cancel the Council meetings of Monday, September 18, 2017 and Monday, October 2, 2017. 

 

OPPOSED:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION DEFEATED

 

4.3.

Appointment of External Auditor

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to appoint KPMG LLP as the external auditor for fiscal years 2018 to 2022 inclusive, subject to successful negotiation.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

5.

BYLAWS

 

5.1.

North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan – Hazlett Lake Environmental Reserve Amendment

Bylaw 3554/A-2017

 

 

 

Moved by Councillor Tanya Handley, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

 

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to lift from the table consideration of North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan – Hazlett Lake Environmental Reserve Amendment Bylaw 3554/A-2017.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO LIFT FROM THE TABLE CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

FIRST READING:       That Bylaw 3554/A-2017 (an amendment to the North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan to incorporate the Hazlett Lake Management Recommendations and establish minimum Environmental Reserve requirements to protect the lake from pollution) be read a first time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

5.2.

Land Use Bylaw Amendment

Bylaw 3357/V-2017 Omnibus

 

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to lift from the table consideration of Land Use Bylaw Amendment 3357/V-2017.

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO LIFT FROM THE TABLE CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

FIRST READING:       That Bylaw 3357/V-2017 (a Land Use Bylaw Amendment to provide City staff and the public with clearer interpretation and implementation of the Land Use Bylaw) be read a first time.

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

6.

NOTICES OF MOTION

 

 

 

6.1.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Paul Harris re: Electrical Infrastructure and Storage

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Whereas, two factors will have serious effects on municipal electrical infrastructure, 1) climate change adaptation, and 2) rapidly changing electricity demand in transportation, and

 

Whereas climate change events are becoming more frequent and stronger in nature, including wind storms, tornadoes, prolific rain events, extreme heat, flooding, and ice storms — all of which have influence on power lines, transformers, equipment, and also stress electrical demands; and

 

Whereas such events are causing serious damage to city and privately-owned electrical infrastructure (among others) which not only has a negative economic effect on our city’s operating budget but also individuals’ household budgets and creates health issues for many in our community; and

 

Whereas, there is a worldwide shift toward renewable energy with an emphasis on electricity and electrical storage systems; and

 

Whereas, the electrification of the transportation industry is evolving rapidly which will result in a new and growing demand on the city’s aging municipal electrical infrastructure which may put it at risk of failure; and

 

Whereas municipalities concentrate population geographically and continue to attract new citizens; and

 

Whereas we ask ourselves questions like “how will be manage climate change, while we maintain and adapt to growing demand on energy systems in a sustainable way?”;

 

Therefore be it resolved that administration bring forward an electrical infrastructure capital plan that addresses both the strengthening of our public and private infrastructure to enable our community to resist climate change in so far as it is possible, while meeting the electrical demand challenges that are imminent in the changing transportation sector; and

 

Further, that administration continue to consider electricity generation, and storage solutions that mitigate electrical fluctuations resulting from factors outside municipal control; and

 

That a preliminary report to be brought to Council in conjunction with the 2018 capital budget with detail plans in subsequent capital budgets.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Council recessed at 5:18 p.m. and reconvened at 6:01 p.m.

 

 

7.

PUBLIC HEARING

 

7.1.

Intermediate School

Bylaw 3592/2017 to Designate Intermediate School, 5205 48 Avenue, a Municipal Historic Resource under the Alberta Historical Resources Act, and

 

Land Use Bylaw 3357 / W -2017 to Designate Intermediate School, 5205 48 Avenue, within the HP – Historical Preservation Overlay District

 

Mayor Tara Veer declared open a Public Hearing for Bylaw 3357/W-2017, an amendment to the Land Use bylaw to reflect the change in incorporating the site into the HP-Historical Preservation Overlay District. As no one was present to speak to the bylaw, Mayor Tara Veer declared the Public Hearing closed.

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

SECOND READING: That Bylaw 3357/W-2017 (a Land Use Bylaw Amendment to reflect the change in incorporating the site into the HP-Historical Preservation Overlay District) be read a second time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

THIRD READING:     That Bylaw 3357/W-2017 be read a third time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

SECOND READING: That Bylaw 3592/2017 (a bylaw to designate Intermediate School, at 5205-48 Avenue, as a Municipal Historic Resource under the Alberta Historical Resources Act) be read a second time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

THIRD READING:     That Bylaw 3592/2017 be read a third time. 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

8.

NOTICES OF MOTION - Continued

 

8.1.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Tanya Handley re: Speed on Green

 

Moved by Councillor Tanya Handley, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

Whereas on January 20, 2017 during budget deliberations, Council adopted Speed on Green as a way to increase safety at high risk intersections in the City; and

 

Whereas Council Policy 3203-C Use of Traffic Cameras/ Photo Radar was last updated on March 9, 2010 and was not part of the budget deliberations; and

 

Whereas, following the adoption of Speed on Green a public notification campaign was to occur for 3 month from April 10 to July 10, 2017 followed by warning tickets from July 1 to August 10, 2017 and actual fine beginning August 11, 2017; and

 

Whereas on May 11, 2017 the Provincial Government announced it is conducting a review of photo radar use across Alberta, including examining policies, photo radar site selections and revenue generated in each municipality;

 

Therefore be it Resolved that the City of Red Deer delay the issuing of fines generated by Speed on Green until such time as the Provincial review is complete, and continue with warning tickets to allow for further public safety education; and

 

Further be it Resolved that the City of Red Deer undertake a review of policy 3203-C Use of Traffic Camera/ Photo Radar in accordance with the results of the provincial review.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley

 

OPPOSED:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION DEFEATED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Whereas on January 20, 2017 during budget deliberations, Council adopted Speed on Green as a way to increase safety at high risk intersections in the City; and

 

Whereas Council Policy 3203-C Use of Traffic Cameras/ Photo Radar was last updated on March 9, 2010 and was not part of the budget deliberations; and

 

Whereas, following the adoption of Speed on Green, a public notification campaign was to occur for 3 months, from April 10 to July 10, 2017 followed by warning tickets from July 1 to August 10, 2017 and actual fines beginning August 11, 2017; and

 

Whereas, on May 11, 2017 the Provincial Government announced it is conducting a review of photo radar use across Alberta, including examining policies, photo radar site selections and revenue generated in each municipality;

 

Therefore, be it Resolved that the City of Red Deer, provide additional driver education, provide an additional warning ticketing period, and commence violation ticketing November 1, 2017; and

 

Further, be it Resolved that the City of Red Deer, undertake a review of policy 3203-C Use of Traffic Camera/ Photo Radar.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

OPPOSED:              Councillor Paul Harris

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

8.2.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Buck Buchanan re: Early Childhood Education Training Opportunities in Alberta

 

The following Notice of Motion was introduced by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

Whereas in the early years (prenatal to age 5 years or the first 2000 days of life) children develop the social, emotional and physical abilities that will enable their success in school, work and relationships throughout their lifetime.

 

Whereas the work of the Red Deer Early Years Coalition is in alignment with the City of Red Deer’s Social Policy Framework on the following community goals; Community Cohesion and Engagement, Educational Opportunity and Attainment, Equitable Services and Access, Health and Basic needs, Poverty Prevention and Reduction.

 

Whereas understanding that the City of Red Deer plays a complimentary role in supporting young children as described within the Social Policy Framework.

 

Whereas in some Red Deer neighborhoods over 30% of children are struggling in one or more developmental area by the time they reach kindergarten age. Understanding the challenges facing families with young children in these neighbourhoods and working intentionally to build social connections will improve outcomes for young children.

 

Whereas all children have healthy, supportive, nurturing environments regardless of socio- economic status, disabilities, family circumstances, cultural backgrounds or geographic location in the City of Red Deer. It is critical to ensure all families in Red Deer are able to meet their basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs which will lead to improved outcomes for young children.

 

Whereas over 24% of children in Red Deer, compared to 29% of children in Alberta, are struggling in one or more developmental areas by the time they reach kindergarten age. Ensuring all children have access to affordable, quality and culturally responsive early childhood education and early learning opportunities is essential.

 

Whereas 15% of families (16,550 families) in Red Deer are living in poverty creating a lack of opportunity. Further changing the face of poverty is the current rate of unemployment (8-10%) in Red Deer. It is critical to ensure all families in Red Deer are able to meet their basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs which will lead to improved outcomes for young children. Research shows that the greatest number of children who are experiencing development difficulties come from middle class homes (due to the sheer size of the middle class in Canada).

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer is a partner of the multi-municipal  Red Deer and District Family

& Community Support Services (FCSS). The FCSS Act requires social initiatives to be preventive. The social well-being of individuals and families must be enhanced through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.

 

Therefore it resolved, that the City of Red Deer continues to support the Red Deer Early Years Coalition in the promotion and advocacy of the importance of the first 2000 days in the life of a child.

 

Be further resolved, that Red Deer Early Years Coalition will present the newest Early Developmental Inventory (EDI) data to the City of Red Deer council in early 2018.

 


References:

 

Early Child Development Mapping Project. Red Deer and Area ECD Community Information. Fall 2014

 

Let’s Talk About the Early Years. Early Childhood Development. Report by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Government of Alberta, Alberta Health and Wellness  June 2011

 

Our Brains: Understanding Children’s Development: Apple Magazine. Fall 2012 Issue 8. Alberta Health Services. City of Red
Deer Social Policy Framework

 

This Notice of Motion will be considered at the Monday, August 21, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

 

8.3.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes Re: Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)

 

The following Notice of Motion was introduced by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer is a founding member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) formed in 1998 under the leadership of former Mayor Surkan, who brought together Central Alberta communities, including The City of Red Deer for the purpose of maximizing resources to promote the City along with the region and its business and industry to achieve sustainable economic prosperity; and

 

Whereas we recognize CAEP’s role to strategically engage and participate with regional partners to enhance the capacity of municipal members to effect economic progress and quality of life and to attract and retain business, not only with The City of Red Deer but throughout the Central Alberta region; and

 

Whereas we not only measure The City's individual role, initiatives and benefits through The City's Land & Economic Development department for internal economic development, but recognize the value of conversations, cohesion, and partnerships with neighbour municipalities in Central Alberta for our City business community to grow and succeed, together and with the region; and

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer Council decision during the 2017 January Operating Budget Meeting determined to give one year's notice to CAEP thereby initiating the withdrawal process for The City of Red Deer to no longer be a member of CAEP commencing in 2018; and

 

Whereas without The City of Red Deer's full participation and involvement with CAEP, our leadership, influence and image is affected as a regional collaborator and there is greater value with membership, rather than selected conversations or selected case by case basis interaction; and

 

Whereas advocacy with CAEP members, influence and relationships should extend beyond the Central Alberta region's Mayor's caucus and along with economic development collaboration, there is recognition of joint regional advocacy to orders of Government with the Central Alberta region as a whole, such as initiatives of the Court House/Justice Centre, the recently opened Central Alberta Incubator program, and new advocacy issues such as expanding health care services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, recognizing that CAEP relationships support advocacy; and

 

Whereas the Province of Alberta recognizes Regional Economic Development Alliances (REDAs) as a best practice in economic development and has signed a five year funding agreement ending March 31, 2020 with CAEP and ten other REDAs in Alberta and our local REDA supports advocacy and long term efforts to continue to grow the City of Red Deer as the Regional Hub; and

 

Whereas the Federation of Canadian Municipalities at the 2017 conference, championed the focus of building urban and rural relationships that recognizes increased competition of competitiveness can no longer be pursued separately, and that collaborative relationships and absence of jurisdictional boundaries along with regional integration promotes successful local economic development; and

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer can focus on both The City's economic and growth strategies and to improve infrastructure and services to business and at the same time recognize there is value in working through and with CAEP to work on regional economic alliances, business retention, expansion and attracting new investment;

 

Therefore Be It Resolved that the City of Red Deer reconsider the decision to give notice to CAEP and continue our membership in this regional alliance; and

 

Further Be It Resolved that The City of Red Deer as a CAEP member appoint two voting members to the CAEP Board of Directors; one being an elected official representing the City and the other being a business representative representing the Red Deer business community; and

 

Further Be It Resolved that The City of Red Deer work with the CAEP executive and membership to continue our partnership and work together as we strategize and pursue both local Red Deer business investment and attraction and foster knowledge sharing with the City and regional business investment and attraction. 

 

This Notice of Motion will be considered at the Monday, August 21, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

 

8.4.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Paul Harris Re: Downtown Utility Connection Charges

 

The following Notice of Motion was introduced by Councillor Paul Harris

 

Whereas, Council Policy 4101-C Downtown Electrical Underground Grid Charges directs administration to assess costs for connection to the underground electrical system. The resulting costs are applied based on system configuration, land development, commodity prices and other factors resulting in varying connection charges that deter redevelopment. The connection rates vary and developers report charges can be in excess of $50,000 for what appears to be minimal work by The City, and additional work, such as excavation, has been paid for by the property owners. The only factors considered are from ELP and do not consider long term economic development implications; and

 

Whereas, Utility Bylaw 3570/2016 sets water utility connection costs for Water Service in downtown. The cost for a typical connection for a redevelopment in the downtown is approximately $16,000 which deters redevelopment; and

 

Whereas, Developers have continually reported concerns to individual Councillors and Administration regarding the high cost of utility connections in the downtown; and

 

Whereas, Council approved the City of Red Deer Economic Development Strategy in July 2013 which states “The City will provide land for new development as the economy needs it, with special attention paid to revitalizing the downtown core and supporting Red Deer industry” (pg. 34); and

 

Whereas, Red Deer’s Municipal Development Plan Policy 5.10: Redevelopment and Intensification states “The City shall undertake reviews of potential redevelopment and intensification opportunities in established areas, including . . . the Greater Downton.”; and

 

Whereas, electrical and water connection charges are deterring redevelopment causing The City to lose potential tax, meaning these charges have a negative net impact on city finances;

 

Therefore be it resolved that Council direct administration to draft amendments to Policy 4101-C Downtown Electrical Underground Grid Charges and Utility Bylaw 3570/2016 to remove excessive costs which deter economic revitalization for electrical and water connections on redevelopment in the downtown.

 

This Notice of Motion will be considered at the Monday, August 21, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

 

 

9.

ADD TO THE AGENDA - Continued

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to add consideration of Purpose Built Shelter to the Monday, July 24, 2017 City Council Agenda.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO ADD TO THE AGENDA CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the City Manager’s Office, dated July 21, 2017 re: Purpose Built Shelter hereby agrees to:

1.     Provide the preliminary conceptual design for a standalone shelter as prepared by Stantec to any not-for-profit group planning to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to build a shelter; and

2.   Direct Administration to continue to work with the consultant or an internal Administrative review followed by further stakeholder and general community consultation.  The final report to be submitted to The Province as part of The City’s advocacy initiative.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

10.

ADJOURNMENT

 

Moved by Councillor Tanya Handley, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to adjourn the Monday, July 24, 2017 Regular Council Meeting of Red Deer City Council at 8:05 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

“Mayor Tara Veer”

 

“Frieda McDougall”

MAYOR

 

CITY CLERK