City Council Meeting - Nov. 26, 2018

Nov. 6, 7 and 8, 2018, Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes and Nov. 13, 2018, Regular Council Meeting Minutes

Council approved the Nov. 6, 7 and 8, 2018, Committee of the Whole meeting minutes   and Nov. 13, 2018, Regular Council meeting minutes  .

Meridian Foundation Presentation

Lori-Anne St. Arnault, a representative from the Meridian Foundation, presented Council with an overview of the Folkstone affordable housing project   for seniors and emerging seniors. Council expressed support of the project and the Meridian Foundation’s decision to borrow $6 million loan for construction financing.

City Centre Business Association Annual Report

Representatives from the City Centre Business Association presented Council with its 2018 Annual Report, audited financial statements from 2017, the association’s proposed budget and slate of directors for 2019, as is required by the City Centre Business Improvement Bylaw C-966-16. Council approved all four reports.

2019–2021 Corporate Plan

Council approved the 2019–2021 Corporate Plan.

2018 Third Quarter Financial Statements

City Administration presented the City’s 2018 third quarter financial statements  .

Bylaw C-1056-18 - Cemetery Bylaw — Third Reading

Council gave third reading to Bylaw C-1056-18  , which allows for the sale of burial rights within a columbarium at Pioneer Cemetery in Spruce Grove.

Bylaw C-1055-18 – 2019 Fees and Charges Bylaw — Third Reading

Council gave third reading to Bylaw C-1055-18  , which authorizes the 2019 fees for water and wastewater services, waste management, penalties, fines, assessment complaints, cemetery, transit and other administrative and general services.

Bylaw C-1058-18 – Operating Line of Credit Borrowing Bylaw — First and Second Reading

Council gave first and second reading to Bylaw C-1058-18  , which proposes the City be permitted to temporarily borrow up to $5 million on occasion. If approved, the borrowing bylaw may be in effect until Dec. 31, 2021.

3–420 King Street Expansion

Council approved an expansion project   at the Spruce Grove Public Library and Allied Arts Council, including work that has been committed and planned at 3–420 King St, and involves:

  • The City entering into a lease agreement for additional space at this address for an annual lease cost of $182,640.
  • A sub-tenant lease agreement with an existing tenant for an annual revenue of $62,212.
  • A Phase 1 sub-tenant lease build out with a projected budget of $150,000.
  • An $871,000 expense to expand and reconfigure existing spaces at the Spruce Grove Public Library.
Federal/Provincial Transit Grant Applications

Council passed a motion to support Transit Smart Fare, local transit service, the installment of additional bus stops and purchasing a commuter transit bus. This support will aid and increase City Administration’s efforts in receiving federal and provincial grant funding for transit-related projects.

Mayor and Council Levee

Council directed City Administration to plan a mayor and council levee, which will be held on Jan. 26, 2019. The levee is to cost no more than $12,500 and be funded from 2019 council contingency.

Various Board and Committee Meeting Minutes

Council received the following board and committee meeting minutes as information:

Business arising from closed session

Council directed City Administration to make an offer on a bus storage building and related capital expenditures of no more than $4.2 million, conditional on building and financial appraisal and environmental assessment. Additionally, Administration was directed to allocate $170,000 for building operational costs into the 2019 operating budget.

Council approved $20,000 be used to conduct an engineering study that assesses road alignment, drainage and construction costs for the extension of Tamarack Drive.