Sturgeon County Council Recap | October 13, 2020
Highlights from Sturgeon County Council Meeting
Here are the highlights from the October 13, 2020 Sturgeon County Council Meeting:
- Mayor Hnatiw proclaimed that:
- Recognition of Former Elected Officials Policy
Council approved the new Recognition of Former Elected Officials Policy, which provides a framework for how the County will recognize former members of council upon their passing. On learning of a former councillor’s passing, the County will provide a flower arrangement or equivalent memorial donation not to exceed $125, flags at County facilities will be flown at half-mast until the day of the funeral or as otherwise directed by the Mayor, and Council will recognize the passing at the next meeting of Council and will include a moment of silence. Council will also have the option of making a Dedication under the new Commemorative Program Policy.
- Request to Cancel a Portion of Property Taxes Due to Fire Loss - Roll #418001
Council approved a request to refund property taxes for a resident whose primary dwelling was destroyed by a fire in 2020.
- COVID-19 Administrative Update
As part of their regular COVID-19 organizational update, Council was advised that the tax collection rate was at 93.1% and will be above 95% when the Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) payments are taken into consideration. While some seasonal initiatives were cancelled, based on these numbers, Council supported moving forward with a number of previously postponed initiatives.
- Amendments to Land Use Bylaw 1385/17 - Miscellaneous Technical Redistrictings
Council gave first reading to a bylaw to address 14 properties that were not included in the Land Use Bylaw Re-write Project completed in 2017.
- 2019 Family and Community Support Services Annual Report
Council reviewed the 2019 FCSS Annual Report. The report will be shared with local MLAs, provincial partners and stakeholders, and with the public.
- Community Grant Policy
Council approved a new Community Grant Policy that better outlines organizations eligible for grants, expectations of other municipal support, changes to granting period, and provides an updated funding based on a percentage of levy distribution.
- Family and Community Support Services Grant Policy
Council approved a new Family and Community Support Services Grant Policy. Elements within this policy were previously included in the Community Association Grant Program Policy but had been removed to ensure compliance with the FCSS Act and Regulations.
- 2020 Volunteer Appreciation Initiative
FCSS received approval from Council to move ahead with a Volunteer Appreciation initiative to replace the gala that was cancelled due to COVID-19. The modified event will see Council and/or staff delivering awards to recipients at their homes and would include thank you cards and a yard sign that can be displayed announcing their recognition. Sturgeon County has received 20 nominations for the Volunteer Award and three nominations for the Building Blocks Award.
- Community Cookbook Initiative
FCSS will be moving ahead with a Community Cookbook initiative to raise money for the Sponsor a Child program. Residents have already started submitting recipes and stories for the publication. The cookbooks will be sold for $5, with free copies to those who submitted recipes.
- Records and Information Management Bylaw
Council gave all three readings to a bylaw that amends the Records and Information Management Bylaw 1105/06. The revisions provide authority for the Digitization Program, which will include scanning of priority records including land use files, utility accounts, contracts and agreements, and employee files.
- Board and Committee Member Code of Conduct Bylaw
Council gave first reading to a new Board and Committee Member Code of Conduct bylaw, which establishes appropriate conduct for public members serving on Sturgeon County Boards and Committees. The draft bylaw will now be circulated to the various Boards and Committees for members’ review and comment before coming back to Council for second and third reading.
- Agricultural Service Board Bylaw
Council gave first reading to a new bylaw that will establish the Agricultural Service Board (ASB). This bylaw was required after a review of Council Committees identified that board and committee terms of reference are to be established by bylaw, not a Council resolution, and that the Board is to be established in a bylaw separate from the County’s Committees Bylaw. The Bylaw does not fundamentally change the purpose, function, or mandate of the ASB.
- Agricultural Appeal Board Bylaw
Council gave first reading to a new bylaw that would establish an Agricultural Appeal Board and would include the Agricultural Pest Act Committee, the Soil Conservation Act Appeal Committee, and the Weed Control Act Appeal Committee. The new bylaw is required as these committees have authority under separate legislation from the Municipal Government Act and cannot be included within the Council Committees Bylaw.
- Environmental Protection Appeal Board Bylaw
Council gave first reading to a new bylaw that would establish the Environmental Protection Appeal Board, which currently exists as part of the Council Committees Bylaw. As the Appeal Board is established under separate legislation from the Municipal Government Act, it cannot be included within the Council Committee Bylaw. The bylaw will come before Council for second and third reading on November 10.
Next Council Meeting
The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on October 27, 2020.
Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online at https://sturgeoncounty.ca.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
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