Council Notes From All Over
LEDUC CITY COUNCIL NOTES
Council was called to order at 1:34 pm with Councillors Mackay and Stumph absent. There were 3 additions to the agenda and no public commentary.
Property Tax Forfeiture Write Offs:
A total of 9 lots in a failed subdivision and one separate parcel of land has reverted to County ownership after not selling at auction 15 years ago due to unpaid taxes and penalties and remaining on the books as tax forfeitures. The write off for all properties was in the amount of $28,726.31 and will not affect the current years' tax revenues.
Donation To Food Bank: Council unanimously approved the donation of the County's old Pitney-Bowes Folding Machine. Originally purchased in 1998 the County recently replaced the machine with a new unit that could handle the County's increase in mail volume.
Election Staff Rates Of Pay:
Council established the rates of pay for Election staff at the following rates:
Returning Officer $206.00/day + mileage
Deputy Returning Officer - Presiding
$195.00/day + $45.00 training + mileage
Deputy Returning Officer - Poll Clerk
$195.00/day + $45.00 training + mileage.
Borrowing Bylaw For Nisku Spine Road:
At the June 25, 2013 regular Council meeting, the first Reading of the borrowing Bylaw was passed for the undertaking and completion of the Nisku Spine Road from 41 Ave. South to TWP 510. This Bylaw allows the County to secure a debenture for up to $38.5 million for the project.
No public response was received in opposition since that time so Council unanimously passed 2nd and 3rd Readings.
Offsite Levy Adjustment For North Vistas:
The original amount for the offsite levies in the North Vistas, set in 1982, was $880.00/acre. All currently occupied residences paid this levy rate. In 2007 the rate was adjusted due to inflation to $1,235.00/acre leaving 13 lots remaining empty with offsite levies unpaid.
In order to encourage the development of the empty lots Council unanimously passed all three Readings of Bylaw 21-13 that brought the offsite levy charges for the 13 undeveloped lots back to the original cost of $880.00/acre.
Development Permit Application:
Action Trucking brought before Council a Development Permit asking to build a two storey office building on their land located at 1601-13 St. in Nisku. The company currently runs a container storage yard at this site with an Atco trailer being used as an office. There have been no concerns submitted from the residents of the North Vistas located behind this property so Council unanimously approved the permit.
Residential Building Height Increase:
The County Planning Department came before Council with a proposal to increase the maximum height of Estate Residential and Residential Urban
1, 2 & 3 zoned lots. The increase would be from the previous maximum of 10 meters to the new maximum of 11 meters. The 1st Reading was passed unanimously by Council and the Public Hearing is set for Sept. 24, 2013.
Pound Facility Contract: Director of Enforcement Services for Leduc County, Clarence Nelson, came before Council to present a new 5 year contract with Black Gold Kennels for the County's Pound Services.
Black Gold Kennels held the previous 5 years contract which expired in July of this year. Previously the monthly fee paid to Black Gold Kennels was based on actual services provided but the proposed renewal contract had a fixed rate per month for services to help simplify bookkeeping. The proposed rate for 2013 is $1844.77/month, for 2014 $1937.00/month, for 2015 $2033.85/month, for 2016 $2135.54/month, for 2017 $2242.32/ month, and for 2018 $2354.44/month, all amounts to have GST added. Council unanimously approved the contract.
Resolution For Break & Enter On Patrol Vehicle:
A decommissioned County Patrol Vehicle was damaged by a break and enter to the vehicle discovered on April 12, 2013. The vehicle suffered extensive damage as well as having its emergency operations equipment, radar unit, and in-car video camera stolen. The estimated damage and stolen items came to a total of $14,447.40.
Director of Enforcement Services for Leduc County, Clarence Nelson, came before Council with 3 options for the vehicle. Option one was to pay the $1,000.00 deductible and restore the vehicle to its original value to be used as a training vehicle. Option two was to make no claim and invest $1,000.00 into the car to restore it to a basic functioning vehicle and sell it or transfer it to another department. Option three was to make no claim or repairs and sell the vehicle for parts value only.
Council unanimously opted to authorize staff to negotiate with the insurance company for a possible cash settlement for the vehicle.
Extension Of 4 St. Resurfacing Project:
Director of Public Works and Engineering, Des Mryglod, came before Council requesting an extension of the resurfacing project on 4 St. in Nisku. Previously the project extended from Hwy 625 up to the entrance of the PCL yard on 4 St.. Public Works was asking to take the resurfacing all the way up to 25 Ave. at an extra cost of $253,000.00. The funds requested would come from either the 2013 Public Funds Budget Operating Savings or the 2013 Stabilization Reserves. Council unanimously passed the extension.
Council was adjourned at 3:16 pm with no items in camera.
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