Regular Council Meeting Highlights for April 26, 2021

Posted On Tuesday April 27, 2021

Regular Council Meeting Highlights for April 26, 2021

Public Tree Bylaw Receives Update

Council gave first, second, and third reading to the Public Tree Bylaw. The goal of the bylaw is to protect the Town’s forestry and discourage behaviors that would negatively affect public trees. In addition to the approval of the Public Tree Bylaw, Council has further repealed the Public Tree Policy at the recommendation of Administration on the count of duplications between the two documents.

The new bylaw will be made available on the Town website.

Learn more about the Public Tree Bylaw in the agenda package on pages 34 – 57.

Parental Leave for Elected Officials

The Parental Leave Bylaw was given first reading during last night’s meeting. The Bylaw is new for the Town and will allow elected officials to take a parental leave no earlier than 12 weeks prior to the estimated date of delivery or adoption of a child and no later than 12 weeks after the day the child is born or adopted by the councillor.

The Parental Leave Bylaw will be brought back for second and third readings in May for finalization.

Find more information about Parental Leave for Elected Officials in the agenda package on pages 59 – 53.

2020 Audited Financial Statements Presented to Council

Council has reviewed and accepted the 2020 Audited Financial Statements. Every year, the Town works with an external auditor to complete an audit report which is submitted to Alberta Municipal Affairs. The Auditor presented a clean audit opinion on the financial statements and did not note any significant deficiencies.  

View the full presentation and report in the agenda package on pages 6 – 22 and 69 – 104.

Town Receives Ninth Consecutive Canadian Award for Financial Reporting

For the ninth year in a row, the Town’s Annual Report has been recognized by the Government of Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for their Canadian Award for Financial Reporting (CanFR) program.

Read more about the award in the official news release.

More information on this item can be found in the agenda package on pages 105 – 109.

First Quarterly Report for 2021

The first quarterly report of the year was presented to Council during last night’s meeting. The quarterly reports are presented throughout the year and serve as a measurement tool to assess the progress of the current budget, as well as providing updates on departments and various Town projects.

The 2021 Q1 Report will be made available on the Town website.

Learn more about the 2021 Q1 Report in the agenda package on pages 111 – 143.

Revenue & Taxation Policy

The updated Revenue & Taxation Policy has been approved by Council. The policy sets direction to help fund the Town’s long term needs for service delivery to residents and businesses. A draft Revenue & Taxation Policy was presented to Council at the April 6 meeting, and the final policy defines how the residential and non-residential classes will be taxed.  

The Revenue & Taxation Policy will be reviewed in four years time. The policy will be available on the Town website.

Find more information on the Revenue & Taxation Policy in the agenda package on pages 145 – 156.

Regional Recreation Centre Approved for Detail Design

The development of a Regional Recreation Centre in Stony Plain is moving forward. Council approved proceeding to the detailed design of Phase I of the facility located at Glenn Hall Arena site in Old Town South. The development of a recreational facility has been a strategic priority of Council since 2017 and in 2019, conceptual designs were presented. Following the presentation of the design, engagement sessions with Council and community stakeholders were held to explore the development of the facility.

The design of the facility includes aquatics, a fieldhouse, gym, arena, multi-purpose rooms, indoor adventure, and indoor court space. The three-phase project is projected to be completed with a 12 to 14 year separation between phases with an overall value of $93 million.

Learn more about the Regional Recreation Centre in the full news release and in the agenda package on pages 158 – 171.

June 7 Meeting Rescheduled for June 21

The June 7 Governance & Priorities meeting has been rescheduled for June 21. This schedule change was requested to accommodate a presentation on the Tri-Municipal Regional Plan. The Town website and Council Meeting calendar will be updated to reflect this change.

Learn more in the agenda package on pages 173 – 175.

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.