Organizational & Regular Council Meeting Highlights for October 26, 2020

Posted On Tuesday October 27, 2020

Face Mask Bylaw Now in Effect as Town Placed on ‘Watch’ by Alberta Health Services

Stony Plain has officially been placed on a ‘Watch’ by Alberta Health Services (AHS) with 11 active cases (as of October 26) reported in the community. The Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw is now in effect until further notice. Full details can be read in the official news release.

Councillor Justin Laurie Appointed Deputy Mayor

Councillor Justin Laurie has been appointed Deputy Chief Elected Official. All Council members serve as Deputy Mayor twice within a Council term. Councillor Laurie will act as Deputy Mayor from October 26, 2020 to February 28, 2021 or until the appointment of the next Deputy Chief Elected Official.

Read more about the appointment of the Deputy Mayor in the Organizational Council Meeting agenda package on pages 3 – 8.

Dates for 2021 Council Meetings Scheduled

Dates for Governance and Priorities Meetings and Regular Council Meetings for the upcoming year have been scheduled. Residents can find the Council schedule and agenda packages on the Town website and tune in for meetings through the Town YouTube channel. For those wanting to address Council during Public Input Sessions or through a presentation, registration is required.

Read more about the 2021 Council schedule in the Organizational Council Meeting agenda package on pages 10 – 12.

Agencies, Boards, and Commissions Appointments

The 2020 – 2021 Council Agencies, Boards, and Commissions list and Citizen-at-Large Board appointments are set for next year. A full list of boards and member appointments as well as online applications to Council appointed boards can be found on the Town website.

Find more information on appointments to local boards in the Organizational Council Meeting agenda package on pages 14 – 17 and pages 19 – 22.

Royal Canadian Legion Present Poppies to Council

Council was joined by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 for the annual poppy presentation last night. Every year, Legionnaires, Veterans, and Cadets across Canada distribute an estimated 18 million poppies to raise funds for ex-servicemen and women in need.

Read more about the poppy presentation in the Regular Council Meeting agenda package on pages 6 – 7.

Bylaw Prohibiting Councillors to serve as POC Firefighters Passes

A bylaw prohibiting Councillors from serving as Paid-On-Call (POC) firefighters with the Stony Plain Fire Department has been passed. The issue was first brought to the attention of Administration in March 2020 and Council moved to have a bylaw drafted during the September 28 Meeting. The bylaw was presented to Council and given first, second, and third reading last night. The bylaw will go into effect following the October 2021 election. The two Councilors currently serving as paid on call firefighters will stay on administrative leave from the Stony Plain Fire Service until the end of their elected term as Councilors.

Find more information on the Firefighter Bylaw in the Regular Council Meeting agenda package on pages 29 – 39.

VLTs Returning to Town

Video lottery terminals (VLT) have been given the greenlight to return to Stony Plain. In late 2019, the Growth & Commerce Committee (G&CC) re-examined restrictions on VLTs and explored potential economic opportunities. Revenues from VLTs are split between the province (85 percent) and businesses (15 percent), with provincial revenue funds regularly reinvested into communities through grant programs.

The Economic Development department for the Town conducted a survey with local businesses in 2020 which found the majority of polled businesses in favour of changing restrictions on VLTs within Town limits.

Following the business survey, Economic Development reached out to the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce for feedback which led to a letter of support for ending VLT prohibition. A public opinion survey for Stony Plain residents ages 18 and over was then launched by Administration, running from July 15, 2020 to August 12, 2020. With IP address restrictions in place, the results reported 46 percent (n=195) in favour of changing restrictions to VLTs and 54 percent (n=232) against. 

With consideration to recommendations by the G&CC and the surveys, Council has directed Administration to pursue reinstating VLTs.

Read more about Video Terminal Lotteries and find the survey results on pages 42 – 53 of the Regular Council Meeting agenda package.

Downtown Redevelopment Looks to 2021 for Carry-Over Work

The Downtown Redevelopment project is preparing for carry-over work into 2021. Remaining construction work for Phase 4 of the project will be completed up to just before the 50 Street and 50 Avenue intersection. The remaining unfinished area is being paved and reopened to traffic for the winter season. Crews will return in 2021 to complete remaining underground and road work. Council was updated at last night’s regular Council meeting and approved an additional $570,000 to the phase IV budget bringing the total cost of the project to over $15.6 million. 

More details can be found in the official news release.

Find more details on Downtown Redevelopment on pages 55 – 72 of the Regular Council Meeting agenda package.

Council Receives Third Quarterly Update

Council received an update on Town priorities and outcomes with the third quarterly update during last night’s meeting. The Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023 and Corporate Plan 2020 – 2022 act as a roadmaps for development and outline key objectives in five areas: Governance & Partners, Economic Opportunity, Supportive Infrastructure, Community Development, and Environmental Responsibility. Updates are presented to Council throughout the year in the form of quarterly reports. The final report for 2020 will be presented to Council in January 2021.

Find the Q3 2020 Strategic Plan and Corporate Plan Report in the Regular Council Meeting agenda package from pages 74 – 95.

Please note: This is not the official Town of Stony Plain council meeting minutes. Please refer to Agendas and Minutes for all supporting documents, and official meeting minutes that have been approved by Town Council.