Ed­son Town Coun­cil up­dates

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Oc­to­ber 16, 2018 Or­ga­ni­za­tional Meet­ing

1. Coun­cil Boards and Com­mit­tees. One of the du­ties as Mayor is to ap­point Coun­cil­lors to spe­cific boards and com­mit­tees. The Trans Canada Yel­low­head High­way As­so­ci­a­tion has been added back onto the list of com­mit­tees. The up­dated sched­ule was ap­proved, and the new list is at­tached.

2. Meet­ing Sched­ule. The Coun­cil meet­ing sched­ule has been changed. In or­der to in­crease pub­lic ac­cess to Coun­cil Meet­ings, Coun­cil has changed both the Reg­u­lar Coun­cil Meet­ing and Com­mit­tee of the Whole Meet­ing times to 5 p.m. Reg­u­lar Coun­cil meet­ings will be held the first and third Tues­days of each month and Com­mit­tee of the Whole meet­ings on the sec­ond and fourth Tues­days of each month. There were two recorded votes on this mat­ter. The orig­i­nal mo­tion was to change the times of both meet­ings to 4 p.m. There was a recorded vote to amend the mo­tion to read 5pm and was passed 5-2 with Mayor Za­hara and Coun­cil­lors Baier, Be­van, Cur­rie and Sorensen vot­ing in favour, and Coun­cil­lors Chouinard and Wilkin­son op­posed. The mo­tion to set the 5pm times for Coun­cil and Com­mit­tee Meet­ings was also passed 5-2 in a recorded vote with Mayor Za­hara and Coun­cil­lors Baier, Be­van, Cur­rie and Sorensen vot­ing in favour, and Coun­cil­lors Chouinard and Wilkin­son op­posed.

3. Sum­mer Sched­ule. Coun­cil has set the sum­mer (July/ Au­gust) meet­ing sched­ule for 2019. Reg­u­lar Meet­ings of Coun­cil will be held at 5pm on July 9, 2019 and Au­gust 13, 2019, with Com­mit­tee of the Whole Meet­ings be­ing held July 16, 2019 and Au­gust 20, 2019. Af­ter a recorded vote, the mo­tion was passed 6-1 with Mayor Za­hara and Coun­cil­lors Baier, Be­van, Cur­rie, Sorensen and Wilkin­son vot­ing in favour, and Coun­cil­lor Chouinard op­posed.

4. Deputy Mayor Ro­ta­tion. Coun­cil will con­tinue to ro­tate the po­si­tion of Deputy Mayor ev­ery 4 months be­tween each Coun­cil­lor in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der.

5. Deputy Mayor Ap­point­ment. Coun­cil has ap­pointed Coun­cil­lor Cur­rie as Deputy Mayor com­menc­ing Novem­ber 1, 2018, ex­pir­ing the first day of March 2019.

6. Leg­is­lat­ing Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Coun­cil re­ceived a memo from CAO Mike Der­ri­cott, out­lin­ing the leg­isla­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of Coun­cil, as in­for­ma­tion.

7. Im­por­tant Dates 2019. Coun­cil re­ceived a memo on up­com­ing Coun­cil re­lated events as in­for­ma­tion. Oc­to­ber 16, Meet­ing

1. Land Use By­law – Cannabis Re­lated Busi­nesses. A Pub­lic Hear­ing was held re­gard­ing changes to the Land Use By­law to ac­com­mo­date cannabis re­lated busi­nesses in the Town of Ed­son. Coun­cil heard a pre­sen­ta­tion from Ad­min­is­tra­tion on changes made to the pro­posed by­law to lessen re­stric­tions on lo­ca­tions for cannabis re­lated busi­nesses. This in­cludes re­mov­ing set­backs from gov­ern­ment build­ings, from other cannabis re­lated busi­nesses, and from drink­ing es­tab­lish­ments. Coun­cil also heard from a few prospec­tive busi­ness own­ers re­gard­ing the by­law. Sec­ond and third read­ings were given to the amended by­law. More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.ed­son.ca/by­laws.

2. Road Clo­sures. Coun­cil has given sec­ond and third read­ing to close a portion of road right of ways at 70th Street and 5A Av­enue. The road­ways are ad­ja­cent to the air­port boundary and have no mu­nic­i­pal or pub­lic ac­cess pur­pose.

Coun­cil also gave first read­ing to By­law 2227, to close a portion of road right of way east of 42nd Street, just south of 6th Av­enue. Fur­ther read­ings, and Pub­lic Hear­ing, will be on hold un­til ap­proval is pro­vided by the Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion.

3. By­laws. Coun­cil has given sec­ond and third read­ings to the Com­mu­nity Stan­dards and Pub­lic Con­duct By­laws. The Pub­lic Con­duct By­law deals pri­mar­ily with hu­man be­hav­iours within the com­mu­nity. The Com­mu­nity Stan­dards By­law has a pri­mary fo­cus on the main­te­nance re­quire­ments of prop­er­ties in the Town bound­aries.

4. Coun­cil Code of Con­duct By­law. First read­ing of By­law 2228, amend­ing the Coun­cil Code of Con­duct By­law, was ap­proved by Coun­cil. The amend­ments in­clude the ad­di­tion of an in­for­mal com­plaint process and ad­justs the for­mal com­plaint process.

5. FCM and AUMA At­ten­dance Pol­icy. Coun­cil has adopted a new pol­icy re­gard­ing Coun­cil at­ten­dance at the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Con­fer­ence and the Al­berta Ur­ban Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence. The new pol­icy gives all Coun­cil mem­bers the op­tion to at­tend the con­fer­ences if they choose. It also man­dates a re­port­ing process fol­low­ing each con­fer­ence.

6. Coun­cil Re­mu­ner­a­tion Pol­icy. Changes have been passed to the Coun­cil Re­mu­ner­a­tion Pol­icy to re­flect the changes made to the Fed­eral tax ex­emp­tion rules re­gard­ing elected of­fi­cials. The changes in­clude:

- Amended 2019 gross monthly earn­ings to re­flect the af­ter tax net pay, sim­i­lar to 2018 lev­els; - Deleted the re­port­ing clause, which is bet­ter suited in the Pro­ce­dural By­law;

- Ef­fec­tive date of Jan­uary 1, 2019 (Same date as the new Fed­eral tax changes).

7. Santa Claus Pa­rade. Coun­cil has ac­cepted a let­ter re­gard­ing the an­nual Santa Claus Pa­rade from the Ed­son and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce as in­for­ma­tion. The pa­rade will be held on De­cem­ber 7, 2018 and will fol­low the same route as 2017, leav­ing from Park­land School, trav­el­ling down 6th Av­enue, and end­ing at the Boys and Girls Club.

8. Bud­get Sum­mary. Coun­cil was pre­sented with a quar­terly re­port bud­get sum­mary, out­lin­ing Town op­er­a­tions up to Septem­ber 30, 2018. This was ac­cepted as pre­sented.

Next meet­ings - The next Com­mit­tee of the Whole Meet­ing is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. The next Coun­cil Meet­ing is sched­uled for Novem­ber 6, 2018 at 5 p.m.

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