Council Notes From All Over
TOWN OF CALMAR COUNCIL
Council was called to order at 7:00 pm with Councillor Bartlett absent. There were no changes to the agenda and no public presentations.
Prior to Council officially beginning Mayor Faulkner commented that he wanted to say how proud he was to have Calmar showcased the previous week during both the judging for Communities In Bloom, as well as Calmar Days and Mega Market. He stated, "We should be proud of where we come from! And I want to express my thanks to all the Town staff and volunteers that put in the hard work to have such a successful weekend."
Nomination Announcement: Councillor Borodawka officially announced that she will be running in the fall election seeking a second term as Councillor.
Amending Land Use Bylaw #2004-16, 2nd & 3rd Readings: The Public Hearing for this amendment was held prior to the the Readings and no written or oral submissions were brought before Council objecting to the amendment.
This Bylaw amendment changes the maximum allowable site coverage on all residential lots to increase to 40% with a principal building coverage of 30%.
2nd and 3rd Readings were passed unanimously.
Food Bank Grant Request: The Leduc and District Food Bank submitted a grant request to the Town of Calmar for $1,000.00 for their 2014 budget. This amount is accounted for in Calmar's yearly budgeting process so Council voted unanimously to pass the grant request.
Cancellation Of Christmas Cards: In light of this being an election year and not knowing who may be on Council after October, Council voted unanimously to abstain from sending out Christmas cards this year and instead make a donation for the same amount that would have been spent on cards and postage to the Santa's Anonymous/Christmas Elves program. It was also noted to send out a mass email to regular card recipients explaining Council's actions and noting the aforementioned donation.
Land Sale Proceeds: On July 25, 2013 the funds were received for the sale of Lot 8, Block 4 in the industrial park for the amount of $720,000.00. It was recommended that Council pass the Resolution to transfer the sale proceeds into the Land Sale Reserve. Council unanimously passed this motion.
Funding For A Youth Hang Out: Mayor Faulkner brought a proposal from Calmar Community Baptist Church and Pastor Keith Froese forward for discussion regarding possible partial funding of a youth hang out run by the church. The current program that the church is running has run out of room with up to 35 kids showing up so they are looking at renting a larger space. The proposal to the Town is that they fund the program for 12 months beginning in October at $1,000.00/month which is the cost of the building lease.
Mayor Faulkner stated that he felt this was a very nominal fee to create a program for local youth as he is constantly being asked what the Town is doing for the youth in Calmar.
Councillor Wiancko was concerned that by the Town agreeing to fund a program run by one church it set a precedent to fund projects by the other churches as well and that could snowball with the residents eventually left to pay the bills.
Pastor Froese commented that he felt that was a fair concern but he did not view this as a "church" project but more of an investment for the entire Town.
Councillor Yachimetz had some of the same concerns as Councillor Wiancko but suggested that instead of receiving funding from the Town that maybe Council could facilitate cooperation between the church and FCSS to figure out other funding options.
Councillor Borodawka motioned that the Town fund the project for 3 months ending Dec. 31, 2013 and the new Council could make a decision whether to continue supporting the program or not. Council passed the motion with Councillor Wiancko against.
Council was adjourned to go in camera at 8:24 pm
TOWN OF MILLET COUNCIL
Council was called to order at 5:59pm with all Councillors present. There was one addition to the agenda and no public presentations.
Burnpit Bylaw: Due to ongoing issues of people using the burnpit area as a dumping ground for garbage and non-burnable items Council was being asked to authorize the Town's Peace Officers to issue $200.00 tickets to any persons dumping unauthorized items. Anyone caught dropping items off other than what is listed as allowable twice in a calendar year will face doubled fines. Council unanimously passed all 3 Readings.
Copper Tree Meadows ASP: After having an engineering company look over the revised ASP they brought several concerns back to Council regarding the plans. Staff recommended that Council go to First Reading to begin moving the project forward but Councillor Storey raised an objection to the suggestion since substantial changes would be required before it could be accepted.
Council decided to send the ASP back to the developer listing their concerns before they would entertain First Reading.
Lion's Club Campground Lease Agreement: The Town was presented with the revised lease for the land behind the Agriplex that is slated to be developed into a campground. The term is for 25 years at a cost of $1.00 (one dollar) with the Lion's Club responsible for all operations, maintenance and upkeep. The agreement had already been approved by the Lion's Club membership, and Council unanimously accepted the agreement as well.
Recreation Agreement: A cost sharing agreement between the County of Wetaskiwin and the Town of Millet for the Millet Agriplex was placed before Council for consideration. The agreement would be for a two year period beginning retroactively on Jan.1, 2013 and running through to Dec. 31, 2014. The County was proposing to pay $75,000.00/year for useage by County residents. The agreement does not cover the usage of the ball diamonds or outdoor facilities. Council unanimously passed the agreement.
BMX Jump Park: Local resident Orlando Martinez sent a proposal to Council stating that he would like to build a dirt jump BMX park using his own funds and was asking the Town to donate the land (approximately one acre) between Moonen Park and the lagoon site.
During discussion Council raised the potential issues of liability, parking and supervision due to the remote nature of the planned park. Mayor Lorenson stated that while he liked the idea he felt there were way too many questions to move forward with this at this time.
Councillor Lalande raised concerns of the concept being brought forward by a single person as opposed to an organization. She was concerned that once the project was finished there was nothing to stop an individual from just walking away and leaving the Town on the hook to operate and maintain the park.
Council agreed that they liked the idea in principal and decided to turn it over to administration to follow up with Mr. Martinez and clarify some of the issues that had been raised.
October 23, 2013 Council Meeting: Due to the fact that the results from the municipal elections taking place on October 21, 2013 will not be official until October 25th Council unanimously voted to postpone the regularly scheduled Council meeting on Oct. 23rd, to October 30th, 2013 at 6 pm.
Council was adjourned at 7:07 with no items in camera.
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