Regular Council Meeting Highlights from March 11, 2019

Posted On Tuesday March 12, 2019

Award for 2017 Annual Report

Annual Report Award Photo

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Town’s Corporate Services department the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting. This is the seventh year that the Town has received this award for the Annual Report.  Jen Boleski, General Manager of Corporate Services, says “We strive to be leaders in government financial reporting and are absolutely honoured to receive this award. This is one of many reports we use to educate, engage and promote transparency.”

The annual financial report is judged by an impartial Canadian review committee. The criteria for the award include the spirit of full disclosure designed to clearly communicate a municipality’s financial story. 

Sommerville Springs- Demolition Order

Council accepted the Sommerville Springs Demolition Order report as information. On October 19, 2018 the Town issued a demolition order of 40 structures in the development owned by JJM Holdings Ltd. The order was issued under Section 49 of the Safety Codes Act and the Alberta Building Code 2014.

Between September 2017 and the date of this order, significant safety issues have been reported. The demolition was to be carried out by no later than November 30, 2018. However, JJM Holdings’ legal Council filled a Stay of Order later that month. In November the Stay of Order was refused by the Safety Codes Council. This allowed the Town to proceed with the demolition order. But last month the Town received a Notice of Appeal of the Order issued against JJM Holdings.

“The safety of residents is a core value in our town. Stony Plain is a strong community: a community that works hard at ensuring our citizens feel safe and are proud of where they live,” says Town Manager Tom Goulden. “Unfortunately, that has not been the case with the Sommerville site and development. The Town has grown increasingly frustrated with those associated with the development. What began as an interesting project slowly became a site that challenged our organization and residents. Deficiencies in infrastructure and building construction required the Town to stop the project through our contractual legal authority. It is frustrating the project has gone this way.”

The Town’s Solicitor with the support of Administration will continue to prepare for the next Safety Codes Council Hearing. The date has been set for April 29, 2019.

Sommerville Springs Demolition Map

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.