Inside Council Chambers


Inside Council Chambers is a brief summary of the items discussed at the most recent City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings. Podcasts are also available for the latest council meetings.

Please note: This is not the official City of Spruce Grove council meeting minutes. Please refer to Meeting Agendas and Minutes to view agendas, all supporting documents, and official meeting minutes that have been approved by City Council. 

Highlights from Jan. 23, 2017

City applies for Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) Grant External

Together with the City of St. Albert, the City of Spruce Grove will apply for a joint Alberta Community Partnership Grant. If secured, the grant funding will be used to explore the benefits and challenges of establishing a regional authority for the purpose of regional firefighter recruitment, candidate selection, hiring and training.

City provides province with feedback on Modernized Municipal Government Act External

The City of Spruce Grove has reviewed and compiled feedback on the Modernized Municipal Government Act, as requested by the provincial government. Areas of focus include how municipalities are empowered to govern, how municipalities work together and plan for growth, and how municipalities are funded. This feedback will be submitted to the Government of Alberta by Jan. 31, 2017.

Bylaw C-981-16 - Land Use Bylaw Annual Review Amendments External

A public hearing was held for Bylaw C-981-16 External, a series of proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments recommended by administration as part of an annual review. The recommended amendments are intended to provide clarity to existing definitions and regulations, and to correct errors and omissions. Second and third reading was given to Bylaw C-981-16. The amendments will be consolidated into Land Use Bylaw C-984-12 and posted on the City's website.

Bylaw C-982-16 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment External
Redistricting Tonewood Stage 5

A public hearing was held for Bylaw C-982-16 External, a proposed amendment to the Land Use Bylaw that would redistrict 1.55 hectares of land from urban reserve (UR) to mixed low to medium density residential (R1). Second reading was given to Bylaw C-982-16. Third reading will be considered during a future council meeting.

Bylaw C-987-17 - East Pioneer Area Structure Plan Amendment External

First reading was given to Bylaw C-891-17, a proposed amendment to the East Pioneer Area Structure Plan. This amendment is intended to provide clear policy regarding the protection of wetlands and will make sure that the land is suitable for the identified future use. A public hearing on the bylaw will be held during a future council meeting before second and third reading is considered.

2016 audit plan reviewed External

John Stelter from KPMG External, the City's external auditor, reviewed the annual audit process with City Council. KPMG will present the City's 2016 audit results, along with the City's 2016 financial statements, at a council meeting in April 2017.

 

 

Highlights from Jan. 9, 2017

New RCMP officer and support staff in 2017 External

A corporate plan amendment was approved by City Council to see a total of three municipal support staff and one RCMP member added to the City's resources in 2017. This will help to unencumber RCMP members from administrative work, allowing them to be more visible and proactive in the community. Additionally, this will address potential support staff shortages and realign the City's resources with comparable municipalities.

Wind mitigation coming to Fuhr Sports Park External

A corporate plan amendment to add a wind mitigation initiative at Fuhr Sports Park in 2017 was approved. The project will reduce the impact of wind on the mezzanine level of the Fuhr Sports Park field house.

Bylaw C-984-16 - Redistricting Jesperdale Stage 10 External

First reading was given to Bylaw C-984-16, which if approved will redistrict 1.61 hectares of urban reserve (UR) to mixed low to medium density residential (R1). A public hearing on the bylaw will be held during a future council meeting before second and third reading is considered.

Board appointments

Daniel Beaton External was appointed to the Tri Municipal Leisure Facility Corporation Board of Directors for a three year term, ending Dec. 31, 2020. Chantal MacKenzie External was re-appointed to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board for a third term, ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Jan. 16, 2017 meeting cancelled

Next week's Committee of the Whole meeting, scheduled for Jan. 16, was cancelled.

 

 

Highlights from Dec. 12, 2016

Approved renovation and expansion of City's Protective Services Building

Spruce Grove City Council approved the renovation and expansion of the current Protective Services Building, which houses the City's Fire/EMS and Enforcement Services staff, as identified in the 2017 - 2017 Corporate Plan.

Spruce Grove introduces new dog identification regulations


Task force being formed to review mayoralty status

A Task Force on Mayoralty Status is being established to review the status of the office of the mayor for the City of Spruce Grove. Currently the mayor's position is considered to be part-time in time commitment and remuneration. The task force will consider whether a move to a full-time mayor for the upcoming 2017-2021 council term is warranted for the City and, if so, recommend appropriate compensation.

Transit agreement supports new commuter route External

A transit agreement between the City of Spruce Grove, the City of Edmonton and Parkland County will support the introduction of new Spruce Grove buses on a new commuter route between Spruce Grove, West Edmonton Mall, South Campus - Fort Edmonton LRT station and the Acheson Industrial Area (south). Edmonton Transit System (ETS) will provide contracted service, transit bus maintenance and storage for the new buses owned by the City of Spruce Grove.

Bylaw C-981-16 - Annual Review Amendments External

First reading was given to Bylaw C-981-16, proposed amendments to Land Use Bylaw C-842-12. The Land Use Bylaw is annually reviewed and updated to provide clarity to existing definitions and regulations, and to correct errors and omissions. Prior to second and third reading, a public hearing will be held during a future council meeting.

Bylaw C-982-16 - Redistricting Tonewood Stage 5 External

First reading was given to Bylaw C-982-16, which if approved will redistrict 1.55 hectares of urban reserve (UR) to mixed low to medium density residential (R1). Prior to second and third reading, a public hearing will be held during a future council meeting.

Capital Region Water Services Commission proposed 2017 budgetExternal

The proposed 2017 Capital Region Water Services Commission budget was presented to council as information.

Guests of honour

City Council recognized Kobe Laevens External, who currently plays baseball with the Parkland Twins, with a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for being named Baseball Alberta's 2016 PeeWee AAA player of the year.

Lesley McEwan External, a resident of Spruce Grove, signed and donated a Team Canada jacket from her World Senior Curling Championship win in 2013. The jacket will be added to the City's collection of sports memorabilia.