Friday, 2 December 2016

Council Meeting Highlights for November 28, 2016

Financial Services

Bylaw 429 (Borrowing – SE Area Water Extension)
Council approved Bylaw 429 – the bylaw required to authorize the borrowing of funds in the amount of $1,008,000 for the purpose of constructing the water trunk main extension in the South East Area Structure Plan Area – after giving it second and third readings as presented.

Bylaw 393 (Utility Bylaw)
Council directed Administration to amend draft Bylaw 393, which amalgamates current Bylaws 70 (Water and Wastewater) and Bylaw 316 (Solid Waste) into one all encompassing bylaw, to include tenant deposits equivalent to three months of utility charges or waive deposits for accounts with pre-authorized monthly withdrawals, prior to second reading.

2017 Operating Budget
Council received the 2017 Operating Budget Report for information, and endorsed 50% of the market increase for aquatic staff.

2016 Capital Budget
Council accepted the November 21, 2016, draft of the 2017 Capital Budget for information.

Ten Year Capital Plan
Council received the 2017 to 2026 Ten Year Capital Plan for information.

Council & Legislative

Committee Meeting
Council passed a resolution to cancel the December 5, 2016, Council Committee Meeting.

Board and Committee Appointments
Council passed a resolution to approve the board and committee appointments for citizens-at-large as presented. Below are the new citizen-at-large board and committee member appointments, effective November 29, 2016:

Lacombe Library Board
    Yaser Aljarrah appointed for a term ending December 31, 2019.

Heritage Resources Committee
    Lantry Vaughan appointed for a term ending December 31, 2019.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
    Cindy Esau appointed for a term ending December 31, 2019

Quality Management Plan
Council adopted the revised Quality Management Plan, dated November 2016, Council then directed Administration to forward the revised Quality Management Plan to the Alberta Safety Codes Council for approval.

Municipal Buildings Plan
Council directed Administration to proceed with negotiating leasehold terms and conditions with Alberta Health Services for the 2017 year and not relocate civic offices to the Provincial Building in the short term; instead utilizing 2017 to undertake a full analysis of the best use for the Lacombe Provincial Building.

Council then passed a resolution to utilize the old police facility for Fire Department equipment storage, Emergency 
Management equipment storage, and IT equipment storage while concurrently completing a facility use report.

MGA Review Update
Council accepted the ‘What We Heard’ summary of province-wide feedback on the modernized Municipal Government Act, the proposed new MGA legislation to be introduced in spring 2017 and amendments to Bill 21 for information.

Planning & Development Services

Request for Direction – Closure and purchase of Right of Way
Council directed Administration to proceed with the road closure and subdivision of the undeveloped 46 Street road allowance located adjacent to 4559 46 Avenue, in preparation for the sale of the lot. Council also delegated development authority decisions relating to approved permit 61.251.59 2016, and the impact that a road closure and consolidation may have on 4559 46 Avenue development to the Development Officer.

Request for Direction – Mackenzie Ranch Phase 4 Laneway Paving
Council defeated a motion to endorse the lane paving relaxation for Mackenzie Ranch Phase 4B.

Environmental Services

Garbage Truck Tender Award                                                                    
Council passed a resolution to approve the purchase a Freightliner chassis and Sprinter packer body from Superior Truck Equipment for $290,599 to replace an existing garbage truck unit.

Council reports were received as information.

Council went In Camera to discuss a personnel matter (CAO recruitment package) and a legal matter (realtor services agreement).

Council returned to Public Meeting.

Motion Out of Camera

Realtor Services Agreement
Council approved the extension of the existing Realtor Services Agreement with Royal LePage Lifestyles Realty for a period of one year to December 31, 2017, with the agreement be updated to align with the current Land Use Bylaw 400 and to reflect remaining lot inventory.

*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on December 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on January 9, 2017, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on January 23, 2017, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on February 6, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Monday, 21 November 2016

2017 Budget Open House

Lacombe residents are invited to attend a Public Open House to review and provide feedback on the proposed 2017 City of Lacombe Capital and Operating Budgets. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the municipal financial planning process, and the factors affecting the upcoming budget. Visit for more information and to view the budget presentation slides.

You are encouraged to attend the open house to provide comment. For those not able to attend, City staff will be on hand to answer budget-related questions as part of a Q&A session on the City's Facebook Page for the duration of the open house (see video below). 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

2016 Remembrance Day in Lacombe

Council Meeting Highlights for October 24, 2016


Council & Legislative

2016-2017 Council Meeting Dates
Council approved the Regular and Committee Meeting dates from November 2016 to October 2017, as presented.

2017 Councillor Appointments to Committees, Boards, Commissions
Council passed a resolution to approve the 2016/17 Councillor Appointments to Council Committees, Boards and Commissions as amended. Council appointed Councillor Armishaw as the Parkland Regional Library representative.

Committee, Board and Commission Appointments for Citizens at Large
Council approved the board appointments and re-appointments for citizens-at-large as presented.


Planning & Development Services

Bylaw 400 (Land Use Bylaw)                                                                       
Council adopted Land Use Bylaw #400: Building Lacombe as presented, after giving it third reading.

Early Years Matter Coalition
Council approved Bylaw 228.2, the Subdivision and Development Authorities Bylaw, after giving it second and third readings.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Council approved Bylaw 229.4, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw, after giving it second and third readings.

Metcalf Ridge Development Agreement
Council approved the deferral of Harrington Drive construction and directed Administration not to issue the Final Acceptance Certificate on Phase 1 internal roadways until the start of Phase 2 construction, or until the construction of Harrington Drive is completed.

Council & Legislative

Parkland Regional Library Budget Approval
Council passed a resolution to approve the 2017 budget presented by Parkland Regional Library.

Financial Services

10 Year Capital Plan Review
Council accepted the 2017-2026 10-Year Capital Plan for information directing the Administration to incorporate (4) initiatives into the plan.(Main Street Project Expanded Scope, West Area Servicing, Performing Arts Centre and Provincial Building Renovations)

Council & Legislative

Police Facility Report
Council directed Administration to amend Bylaw 401 by increasing the borrowing by up to $131,297.

Coffee with Council Report
Council accepted as information resident feedback from the 2016 Fall Coffee with Council session as presented, and directed Administration to host the 2017 Spring Coffee with Council session at the 2017 Lacombe Trade Show.

North Red Deer River Water Services Commission

2017 North Red Deer Water Services Commission Budget
Council passed a resolution to endorse the North Red Deer Water Services Commission’s 2017 operating and capital budgets.

Environmental Services

North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission
Council passed a resolution to receive the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission Business Plan for information, and adopted the established utility rates as confirmed in the business plan final draft (to be presented November 14, 2016).

Council reports were received as information.

Council went In Camera to discuss a legal matter (floodway claim update), a personnel matter (Lacombe Police Association negotiations) and a land matter (offer to purchase).

Council moved back into Open Meeting.

Motions Out of Camera

Lacombe Police Association Negotiations
Council ratified the Collective Agreement between the City of Lacombe and the Lacombe Police Association, effective January 1, 2017, and expiring December 31, 2017.

Offer to Purchase
Council directed Administration to accept the terms as discussed, and counter the offer on two industrial lots.

*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on November 14, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on November 28, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on December 5, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on December 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Lacombe Legion kicks off annual Poppy Campaign

Royal Canadian Legion Lacombe Branch # 79 President Susan Churchill (right) pins the first poppy on Mayor Steve Christie to kick off the 2016 Poppy Campaign. Past President and Poppy Campaign Chair Barb Burnett (left) bears witness.
The Royal Canadian Legion Lacombe Branch # 79 kicked off their annual Poppy Campaign today with Branch President Susan Churchill and Poppy Campaign Chair Barb Burnett presenting the first poppy to Mayor Steve Christie at a special ceremony at City Hall.

“On behalf of Council and the City of Lacombe I am honoured to accept this symbolic first poppy to kick off the Royal Canadian Legion 2016 Poppy Campaign,” said Mayor Steve Christie. “The citizens of Lacombe stand together with our fellow Canadians to honor the memory of all veterans who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live in freedom. I encourage everyone to purchase a poppy and be part of this national campaign."

Money donated during the Royal Canadian Legion Lacombe Branch 79 Poppy Campaign is placed in a public trust fund, and is used to improve life for people in our community. Your donations go toward:

  • Four $1,000 educational bursaries for students attending École Lacombe Composite High School and Lacombe Christian High School
  • Community medical donations – $5,000 donated to the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre in 2016
  • School and student prizes for the annual Remembrance Day Poster and Literary (Poem and Essay) contests
  • Funding support for local community groups, based on an application process
Since 1921, the poppy has stood as the symbol of remembrance, a visual pledge to never forget those Canadians who have fallen in war and military support operations.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Invest in the future of recreation and sport in Lacombe

I believe that recreation facilities are essential to the sustainability and long-term viability of Lacombe. Quality recreation infrastructure must not only be viewed as an investment in the health and wellness of our citizens, but in the economic future of our city, as it can help attract and retain new residents and visitors, and be a catalyst for development. 

Lacombe’s central location, diverse selection of venues, and excellent civic facilities are advantages that we must continue to develop to attract investment to the community and create economic opportunities for residents.

Council is committed to meeting the increasing need for municipal services and facilities in a fiscally prudent manner. Thus far, we are very pleased with the corporate and community support received for the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.

With the major sponsorships for the facility in place, the City recently presented an exciting opportunity to local and area residents and business owners to become part of “A Really Big Deal” by contributing to the renovations at the facility. 

We need your help to offset project borrowing costs. Your investment into the future of recreation and sports in Lacombe will help improve the overall quality of life in our community for years to come. 

Families and individuals can connect at a deeper level with the community, leave a legacy, or honour a loved one with a donation of $500 or more, which will be recognized on the Donor Wall. Donations of any amount are welcome and all donors will be issued tax receipts.

Local and area businesses also have an opportunity to increase their visibility in a competitive market through naming rights sponsorship within the Sportsplex. Naming rights partnerships offer a great return on advertising dollars, and are an effective way to showcase your support to thousands of facility users, and demonstrates your leadership and commitment to social responsibility within our community. Sponsorship helps create goodwill, builds consumer preference, and promotes brand loyalty.
As a naming rights sponsor, your business or family name will appear on the asset sponsored and on the Donor Wall. There are a variety of opportunities for naming rights available in the Curling Rink, Arena, Aquatic Centre, Multi-purpose rooms, the Donor Wall and the Splash Park.  Naming Rights sponsorship amounts begin at $2500 and payment terms are available to make the opportunities more affordable to a broader range of donors. 

If you would like to further discuss or get involved with one or more of these exciting sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Maureen MacKenzie at (403)782-1258 or  

On behalf of Council, I thank you for your consideration of support. I believe that we must work together to build a strong sense of community and shared goals so that we all can prosper. It is through the caring and generosity of community builders like you that we can better serve the needs of Lacombe and area residents.  

- Mayor Steve Christie