Governance and Priorities Meeting Highlights for June 1, 2020

Posted On Tuesday June 02, 2020

Fiscal Sustainability for the Future

Council was introduced to a new framework for financial sustainability during last night’s meeting. To ‘Strengthen the fiscal sustainability framework’ was a key action Council added to the 2020 – 2023 Strategic Plan. This step followed the 2013 approval of a series of seven updated financial policies that laid the foundation for a fiscal sustainability framework (FSF). The FSF is aimed at formalizing the Town’s approach to financial decision-making and long-term planning. By committing to the FSF, Council will ensure the Town has the financial capability to meet strategic goals and continue to deliver services into the future. Administration will work with Council to formalize 13 fiscal sustainability strategies during 2020 and 2021.

Read more about the Fiscal Sustainability Framework and find the Fiscal Sustainability Principles and Considerations on pages 33 – 40 in the agenda package.

Water Wells Proposed as a Means of Sustainable Dewatering

A plan for sustainable use of the Town’s dewatering system was presented to Council last night. The plan proposes the installation of water wells at outdoor rinks and sports fields as a sustainable alternative. The water wells would prove less costly than using potable water, reduce strain on sanitary pipeline capacity, lower operating costs for rink installation and maintenance, and promote higher quality sports fields.

If approved as a Corporate Plan initiative, the project would enter Phase I in 2021 which would entail a feasibility study and licensing requirements from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP). Phase 2 well drilling would commence in 2022 at the earliest. At this time, the project has an estimated cost of $470,000.

Read more about the Groundwater and Dewatering update and find the project report in the agenda package on pages 42 – 96.

Stony Plain Golf Course Tees Off after Lifted Provincial Restrictions

The Stony Plain Golf Course opened its gates on May 6 after given the go-ahead from the province. During the first three weeks of operation, the golf course saw 1,994 18-hole rounds and 337 9-hole rounds played. With lifted restrictions, the Pro Shop and restaurant were also able to open on the weekend of May 23. Several restrictions were implemented to account for public health orders and to maintain the safety of players and staff onsite.

A plan to open the driving range and practice facilities for the 2020 season is currently in the works. A financial update is scheduled to be presented to Council at the June 22 Council Meeting.

Read more about the Stony Plain Golf Course in the agenda package on pages 68 – 71.

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.