The following are selected briefs of the Aug. 20 regular meeting of Taber town council.
July 16 Closed Session
The following resolutions were passed by town council at the conclusion of the in camera (closed session) portion of the meeting. The duration of the session was two hours and 34 minutes.
During the in camera portion of a public meeting, members of the general public, including the media, are barred from witnessing or participating in the proceedings or discussion, although all subsequent resolutions must be made in open session. Under guidelines laid down by Alberta Municipal Affairs, as an elected body, municipal councils should avoid conducting business in camera, including discussion of difficult topics such as budget deliberations, capital expenditures, tax recoveries, salary ranges or hiring of additional municipal staff, bylaw amendments, subdivision proposals, and “any contentious issues such as sensitive local issues.”
Land Sale: Council voted unanimously to accept an offer of $500,000 for a five acre parcel (Lot 8, Block 13) in the Eureka Industrial Park, and directed administration to proceed with subdivision of the parcel and preparation of sales documentation.
Drainage Improvements: Council voted unanimously to direct administration to spend up to $25,000 (plus GST) on the Westview Park for the construction of a French drain into Westview Pond.
Land Use Amendment Bylaw 16-2018
Council voted unanimously to pass second reading of Land Use Amendment Bylaw 16-2018. Bylaw 16-2018, which is an application for a land use amendment to the maps, passed first reading on July 16 and a public hearing date was scheduled for Aug. 20.
Lands included in the bylaw consist of four lots east of 50th Street owned by the Town of Taber, which are proposed to be changed from Urban Reserve (UR) to a Medium Industrial District (M-2) land use.
Road Closure Bylaw 18-2018
Council voted unanimously to pass first reading of Road Closure Bylaw 18-2018, and sets a date of Sept. 24 for the public hearing.
According to administration, the purpose of the road closure is to facilitate the development of lots in the Eureka Industrial Park along 62nd Street. While 62nd Street is not actually being closed, the excess road right of way is being closed.
Part of 66th Avenue is being closed because the storm water pond is in place and the town will not complete 66th Avenue as a through road.
The road closures are being made to facilitate a plan for a five acre parcel in the Eureka Industrial Park.
Following the public hearing, a road closure package must be submitted to Alberta Transportation for approval prior to second and third reading of the bylaw.
Road Closure Bylaw 19-2018
Council voted unanimously to pass first reading of Road Closure Bylaw 19-2018, and sets a date of Sept. 24 for the public hearing.
At their June 11 regular meeting, council voted unanimously to sell a portion of land (0.0336 acres) adjacent to 4309 Heritage Drive to Rocky Culver for $1,240. The land is currently designated as a public walkway, requiring a road closure bylaw to be passed in order to close the walkway and complete the sale.
Closure of the walkway will allow Culver to construct a double-car garage on his property. Following the public hearing, a road closure package must be submitted to Alberta Transportation for approval prior to second and third reading of the bylaw.
Second Quarter Financial Statements
Council voted unanimously to accept the unaudited financial statements for the six months ending June 30, 2018, for information.
Audit Committee Policy
Following lengthy discussion, council voted unanimously to defer a decision on potentially altering Audit Committee Policy No. C-5 to allow two members rather than three to meet official quorum requirements.
Encroachment Agreement – 50 Barton Drive
Council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Andrew Prokop and CAO Cory Armfelt to endorse an Encroachment Agreement for 1786598 Alberta Ltd., regarding 50 Barton Drive (Lot 4, Block 2, Plan 9611815).
According to administration, through a request for a compliance certificate it was brought to their attention that there is a fence encroachment and electrical outlet and water hook-up encroachments onto municipal property from 50 Barton Drive. The property is currently occupied by an RV park and used car sales business, with the electrical outlets and water hook-ups currently being utilized by residents of the RV park.
Currently, the municipal lands encroached upon consist of a drainage ditch and a lane behind a few residential homes.
Encroachment Agreement – 5006 48th Avenue
Council voted unanimously authorize Mayor Andrew Prokop and CAO Cory Armfelt to endorse an Encroachment Agreement for Bargen Holdings Ltd. regarding 5006 48th Avenue (Lots 1-3 inclusive and westerly 21.25 feet of Lot 4, Block 1, Plan 5638L).
According to administration, through a request for a compliance certificate it was brought to their attention that an existing downtown building, the Southland Funeral Home, had both building and eave encroachments into the public sidewalk on the north side of the building.
Canadian Badlands Tourism Shareholder Representative
Council voted unanimously to appoint planning director Phyllis Monks as the town’s administrative second representative for Canadian Badlands Ltd.
Community Representation on SouthGrow Board of Directors
Council voted unanimously to appoint Coun. Carly Firth to the SouthGrow board of directors.