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Council Highlights

Council Highlights are a quick reference for those who were unable to attend a Council meeting. They do not act as meeting minutes, nor do they always reflect all the happenings of Council meetings. If you have questions about Council Highlights please refer to the meeting minutes for more information. 

News
 
At the regular Council meeting held on September 14, 2020, Administration was directed to:

  • Reopen the Aquatic Centre on September 21, 2020, with various safety measures in place to ensure resident's safety. 
  • Reopen the Dance Studio on September 21, 2020, with various safety measures in place to ensure resident's safety. 
  • Partner with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #39 to complete the Veterans Trail Park for a total cost of $18,785.
  • Approve V.A.L.I.D.’s request for tax exemption on their properties. 
  • To submit an application to the Municipal Stimulus Program for the following projects: Event Centre/Museum; Ramp for Bridge at Pysanka Park; Kinsmen Park Playground upgrade to accommodate handicap accessibility; Walking Trail improvements.

Mayor MacPhee and Council proclaimed September 21-27, 2020 as Rail Safety Week in Vegreville. 

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • Legislative Committee Meeting on September 22 at 2 PM.
  • Council Meeting on September 28 at 7 PM.

Council and Legislative Committee Meetings are held in Council Chambers located at the Town’s Administrative Building. However, we are only able to accommodate a limited number of in-person attendees, so if possible, we ask that you watch the meeting online.

News

At the regular Council meeting held on August 24, 2020, Administration was directed to:

  • Accept the assets of the Vegreville Regional Museum as per the request made in their correspondence dated July 6, 2020. 
  • Reallocate funding to upgrade the Vegreville Regional Museum’s septic system for $30,000 to accommodate more events at the facility. The facility belongs to the Town of Vegreville.
  • Set reserve bids for 2020 Tax Sales. Tax Sales take place when a property has been in tax arrears for more than two years. For more information on Tax Sales, please contact the Town at 780-632-2606.

Town Manager Cliff Craig was awarded the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrator’s Long-Term Service Award for 25 years in a management position within municipal government.

Policies 

Council approved the following policy as presented:

  • OHS-5004, Drug and Alcohol Policy 

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • Legislative Committee Meeting on September 8 at 2 PM.
  • Council Meeting on September 14 at 7 PM.

Council and Legislative Committee Meetings are held in Council Chambers located at the Town’s Administrative Building. However, we are only able to accommodate a limited number of in-person attendees, so if possible, we ask that you watch the meeting online.

News

At the regular Council meeting held on July 21, 2020, Administration was directed to:

  • Transfer $872.50 from the Operating Fund to the Operating Reserve – Cemetery Perpetual Care.
  • Transfer $10,085 from the Operating Fund to the Capital Reserve – Fleet for the net recovery of the sale of the 2013 Chev Express Ambulance.
  • Transfer $12,600 from the Capital Reserve – Equipment to the Operating Fund to offset the incremental cost of the Crawler Loader.

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • Legislative Committee Meeting on August 5 at 2 PM.
  • Council Meeting on August 24 at 7 PM.

To allow for proper physical distancing, Council and Legislative Committee Meetings are being held at the Social Centre. These meetings are also streamed online and are available on the Town’s YouTube page.

News

At the regular Council meeting held on June 22, 2020, Administration was directed to:

  • Open the Splash Park on June 26, 2020.
  • Open the Fitness Centre on July 6, 2020.
  • Remove the Municipal Reserve designation on Lot R, Block 1, Plan 2840MC.

Council declared August 3, 2020, a civic holiday in Vegreville.

Councilor David Berry was appointed Deputy Mayor for a four-month period.

Council adopted the Sustainability Plan 2020-2021 as presented.

Policies 

Council approved the following policy as presented:

  • HR-4002 Respect in the Work Place

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • Legislative Committee Meeting on July 14 at 2 PM.
  • Council Meeting on July 21 at 7 PM.

To allow for proper physical distancing Council and Legislative Committee Meetings are being held at the Social Centre. These meetings are also streamed online and are available on the Town’s YouTube page.

News

At the regular Council meeting held on June 8, 2020, Council approved:

  • The creation of specific reserve accounts to ensure the overall financial stability of the Town.

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • Legislative Committee Meeting on June 16 and July 7 at 2 PM.
  • Council Meeting on June 22 and July 13 at 7 PM.

All meetings of Council are streamed online.

News

At the regular Council meeting held on May 25, 2020, Council approved:

  • The release of the 2019 Annual Report to residents.
  • Administration to develop engineering designs for an on-site, off-site and a lift station at the SE17 Industrial Area Development.

Council appointed Councillor David Berry as the Council Representative on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Board.

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • June 2 and June 16 Legislative Committee Meetings at 2 PM.
  • June 8 and June 22 Council Meetings at 7 PM.

All meetings of Council are streamed online.

News

At the regular Council meeting held on May 11, 2020, Administration was directed to:

  • Extend the deadline for Business License payments (including penalties) as well as the cancellation deadline of March 31, 2020, to June 1, 2020, to accommodate those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To explore support options for highway signage and return back to Council.
  • Begin the selling processes for Lot 8 Block 26 Plan 1966A.
  • To proceed with a Mural Project located at 4910 – 50 Avenue.

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • May 19 and June 2 Legislative Committee Meetings at 2 PM.
  • May 25 and June 8 Council Meetings at 7 PM.

All meetings of Council are streamed online.

News

At the regular Council meeting held on April 27, 2020, Administration was directed to:

  • Settle the Statement of Claim between the K&K Recycling Services and the Town of Vegreville.
  • To cancel the Heather Curling Clubs Multiplex rental charge for March 2020.
  • To adjust the 2020 Operating budget passed on December 17, 2019 to remove the 1% increase in property taxes.
  • To set the date for the 2020 tax sale for September 8, 2020, at 10:00 AM, in Council Chambers.

Council appointed Len Bullock as the Economic Development Representative and Donna Williams as a Member-at Large on the Vegreville Tourism Advisory Board.

Bylaws 

  • Council gave first, second and third reading to Bylaw NO. 07-2020, Tax Rate Bylaw. The Tax Rate Bylaw comes into effect immediately.

Upcoming Council Meetings 

  • May 5 and May 19 Legislative Committee Meetings at 2 PM.
  • May 11 and May 25 Council Meetings at 7 PM.

All meetings of Council are streamed online.

Council accepts the Town’s 2019 Audited Financial Statements 

  • Wilde and Company, Chartered Professional Accountants presented their report on the audit of the Town of Vegreville for the year ended December 31, 2019, which included their Audit Report. The Audit Report, together with the financial statements, represent the Audited Financial Statements, which are required to be approved by Council. The Town’s 2019 Audited Financial Statements will be available to residents in the 2019 Annual Report, which will be released this spring. 

Council agrees to Waive Late Payment Penalties and Charges on Utility Bills 

  • Effective April 1, 2020, the Town of Vegreville will waive all late payment penalties and charges for late or non-payment of utility bills for April, May and June 2020. Although this will result in an approximately $1,100 non-recoverable loss each month for the Town, Council feels that this decision will alleviate a small burden for those who are experiencing unexpected challenges and uncertainty due to COVID-19.

Council adopts the Council Meeting Video Policy

  • The goal of video streaming of Council and Committee meetings is to allow better accessibility of these meetings to a broader audience. The process will allow more flexible and convenient access to Council debate and decisions. Live streaming and posting recorded video eliminates geographic and time barriers, which may prevent the public from attending Council meetings, allowing for greater transparency and public confidence in the integrity and accountability of the decision-making process. Residents can access meeting live streams or archived meeting videos on the Town’s website and our YouTube page. 

Parking restrictions along 55 Avenue, West of Maple Street to 62 Street change. 

  • Council approved a recommendation from Administration to change the parking restriction on 55 Avenue, West of Maple Street to 62 Street, from the Northside of 55 Avenue to the Southside between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This restriction was originally put into place in 2015 to improve traffic passing safety due to the school busses and large equipment that use the artery road. This most recent change is to accommodate the needs of current residents and local roadway users and will enhance usability. 

A Public Hearing will be held on March 9, at 6:30 PM to discuss a proposed amendment to Bylaw 11-2019, to rezone the land described as Block T, Plan 4078EO from C3 – Highway Commercial District to C2 – General Commercial District. 

Council approves transfers to and from the Town’s general operation reserve for the Centennial Library.

  • In 2019, the Facilities department came in under budget on capital projects at the Centennial Library. Council approved a transfer of $25,000 to be used for boiler and heating repairs at the Centennial Library and for purchasing certain sports equipment for drop-in youth activities in the gymnasium. 

Mr. Chris Jardine appointed as New Fire Chief.

  • Council has approved Administration’s recommendation to appoint Mr. Chris Jardine as Fire Chief of the Town of Vegreville. 

Changes approved to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw.

  • Council has approved several amendments to Solid Waste Management Bylaw that make our services better reflect the needs of residents. The revised bylaw now specifies only Town residents can dispose of waste in Town bins, refers to the recently passed Fees & Charges Bylaw, and includes a provision for commercial bins being temporarily placed on the street.

Changes approved to the Cemetery Bylaw.

  • Council has approved several amendments to Cemetery Bylaw that make our services better reflect the needs of residents. Not having been updated since 1993, the revised Bylaw now refers to the recently passed Fees & Charges Bylaw and provides additional clarity on allowed grave decorations and their location, which will aid mowing and maintenance. 

Council adopts the Town of Vegreville - County of Minburn Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Bylaw.

  • The Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework between the Town of Vegreville and the County of Minburn was completed according to the Municipal Government Act, which requires neighbouring municipalities to ensure the efficient provision of municipal services for all residents. The new bylaw will ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly defined for both municipalities to ensure our residents receive the necessary services. 

Councilor Marielle Brodziak Appointed Deputy Mayor  

  • Our Councilors take turns acting as Vegreville's Deputy Mayor, serving as Deputy Mayor twice in their four-year term. The Deputy Mayor's responsibilities don't vary much from that from a typical Councilor. However, in the Mayor's absence, the Deputy Mayor becomes acting Mayor. Councilor Brodziak replaces Councilor Taneen Rudyk. Councilor Rudyk served as Deputy Mayor for the last four months. Councilor Brodziak will be Deputy Mayor for the Town of Vegreville to and including June 22, 2020.

Unmanned Air Vehicle Policy Rescinded 

  • The Town of Vegreville's Policy, MOS-2003, Unmanned Air Vehicle Policy, was rescinded at last night's meeting. In 2019, Transportation Canada changed the rules and regulations for drone operations, which eliminates the Town's need for Policy MOS-2003. However, the revised rules and regulations will require those flying drones that weigh more than 25 kilograms, over Town property, to seek the Town's authorization before doing so. We are in the process of developing a procedure for granting such permission. But, until a procedure is complete and subsequent references are available for drone operators, the Town is asking anyone planning to fly a drone near or over Town property, that weighs more than 25 kilograms to contact the Town at 780-632-6479 before flying. 

Council adopts new Fees and Charges Bylaw

  • Notable changes to the Bylaw include an adjustment to water rates to align the Town with the John S. Batiuk Water Commission, some Administrative Fees were discontinued, and penalties have been removed as they remain in their respective bylaws. 

Road closure approved for Family Day Road Hockey Game

  • Council approved a request from Vegreville and District FCSS to close 47A Street to 49 Avenue on February 17th, 2020, from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm to accommodate a road hockey game as part of the Town’s 2020 Family Day Event. As the event approaches, full details will be shared on our events calendar: https://www.vegreville.com/our-community/attractions-events/events-calendar, on social media, and in the local paper. 

Council approves several transfers to and from Reserves 

  •  When funds don’t get used in the year they’re budgeted, they’re transferred to the Town’s Reserves and reallocated based on Council’s direction. In 2019, some projects didn’t proceed as planned, which subsequently had implications on the Town’s 2020 operations. As such, Town of Vegreville Council approved Administration’s recommendation to carry over unused funds from 2019 to 2020. This includes: 
  •  A transfer of $10,500 for the Town’s involvement in Top 20 in 2020 Campaign with the Marketer/Go East of Edmonton; 
  • A transfer of $40,000 to support the development of marketing materials that will assist with resident attraction and retention, and business attraction and retention. 
  • A transfer of $97,110 to accommodate unbudgeted operating expenditures experienced with discontinuation of the Ambulance Service. 
  • A transfer of $139,808 to accommodate unbudgeted operating expenditures experienced with replacement projects at the former Town facility located on 6620 Highway 16A (Trans Canada Building). 
  • A transfer of $43,640 for the concrete pad replacement around the Pysanka from reserves and reallocate budgeted funds for the replacement of the Walking Bridge in Elks Park. Both of these projects were completed in 2019. 

Council adopts Unbudgeted Expenditures Policy

  • The Municipal Government Act only allows municipalities to make an expenditure that is included in an operating budget, interim operating budget, capital budget, or otherwise approved by Council, for an emergency, or expenditures the Town is legally required to pay. FIN-6007, Unbudgeted Expenditures Policy establishes formal guidelines and processes for the authorization and verification of unbudgeted expenditures.

Council passes Mobile Application Policy  

  • In preparation for the launch of the Town’s new Mobile App, Council has passed GOV-1010, Mobile Application Policy, which sets the foundation for Administration to develop procedures that respect residents' communication preferences. The app is planned to launch early this year. 

Town to discontinue support of School Resource Officer Program 

  • This decision was influenced by the tough fiscal realities facing the Town of Vegreville and all Albertan municipalities. Changes to Provincial funding contributed greatly to this decision. The program will continue until December 31, 2020. Click here to read the complete news release.

Vegreville Regional Museum Transition Committee established to help shape the future of the Vegreville Regional Museum.

  • The committee will assist the Vegreville Regional Museum in making changes to the organization's operations and will work to ensure the Regional Museum is better incorporated into the Town’s tourism efforts.