Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Council Meeting Highlights for August 22, 2016




Planning & Development Services

Bylaw 424 - Municipal Historic Resource Designation
Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 424, approving the designation of Michener House, the oldest remaining documented building in Lacombe, as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Bylaw 423 - Municipal Historic Resource Designation
Council approved the designation of the Kanngiesser Building, also known as the Urquhart Block, as a Municipal Historic Resource after giving second and third readings to Bylaw 423.

Direct Control District – Signage
Subject to Section 641(4)(a) of the Municipal Government Act, Council approved the development proposed at 4801 63 Street, Lot 1A, Block 53,  Plan052-3370, zoned DC1 – Direct Control (Commercial) District, consisting of the construction of a Class 2 (freestanding) sign requiring a variance of 75.6% to the height of the sign. Approvals was given with respect to work consisting of and as described on the development permit application form and plans submitted by the applicant subject to the following conditions:
1.               This permit indicates that only the development to which it relates is authorized, with the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw and in no way relieves or excuses the applicant from complying with the Land Use Bylaw or any other bylaw, orders and/or regulations affecting such development.
2.               This permit is valid for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of issue.  If, at the expiry of this period, the development has not been commenced with reasonable diligence, this permit shall be null and void.
3.               The Development Officer may, in accordance with Section 645 of the Municipal Government Act, take such action as is necessary to ensure that the provisions of this bylaw are complied with.
4.               The area around the sign shall be kept clean and free of overgrown vegetation and refuse materials.
5.               The applicant must maintain the sign, including the cleaning, painting, repair or replacement of any defective parts of the sign in a manner that does not alter the basic design or structure of the sign and does not include a change in copy. 
6.               Should the sign be illuminated, an electrical permit shall be required.  All electrical connections shall be underground.
7.               No auxiliary sign shall be attached to, on, above, or below the sign.

Council & Legislative

Letter from CUPW
Council passed a resolution to accept the letter from CUPW as information only.

Board/Committee Appointment
Council appointed Brooke McBurney as the high school student representative on the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board for a one-year term from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017.

Environmental Services

Wastewater – Lagoon Covers
Council passed a resolution to award the 2016 Lagoon Covers project to Layfield Canada Ltd. at a total cost of $1,109,814 as described in the Council memorandum.

Transportation Services

LMC Sidewalk
Council directed Administration to include the construction of the section of sidewalk in the current scope of work for the Municipal Building - Property Reclamation project at a cost of $16,500.

Recreation, Parks & Culture Services

Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex – Can Pak Ice Complex 2  Project Update
Council directed Administration to allocate $138,000 of the savings realized through the trade/supplier negotiations to improve the Can Pak Ice Complex 2 building envelope, including the addition of insulation to exterior walls, new metal cladding and a new insulated roof, with no impact to the project budget or contingency.

Financial Services

Offsite Levy Reserves Restructuring
Council passed a resolution to approve Administration’s recommendations and responses related to the update of the City of Lacombe’s Offsite Levies model, as presented.

Reports

Council reports were received as information.

Council moved In Camera to discuss a legal matter – sports complex sponsorship.

Council moved back into Public Meeting.


*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on September 6, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on September 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on September 26, 2016, at 5 p.m.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Fight the Bite! Mosquito Prevention in Lacombe




The City of Lacombe is reminding residents to protect themselves and their families against mosquito bites and the risk of West Nile virus infection this summer. Whether gardening, golfing, fishing or even just relaxing outdoors, citizens are encouraged to follow these simple tips in order to fight the bite: 
     
1. COVER UP: wear long sleeves and pants, in light colors and loose fitting.  Covering up as much as possible as mosquitoes can bite through tight clothes e.g. leggings and jeans. Wear a hat, and consider staying indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

       2. REPEL: Use an effective mosquito repellent.  A product with DEET is your best protection.  Lemon eucalyptus oil is also effective for shorter periods of time. 

3. ELIMINATE: Prevent mosquitoes from breeding.  Residents and businesses are asked to look around their properties and remove or drain any standing water.  Mosquitoes can lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water (fresh, salty, stagnant), which can start to hatch in 7-10 days. If standing water is removed weekly, many mosquitoes can be kept from breeding, eliminating the need to use pesticides against adult mosquitoes. 

For more information and tips, Albertans can visit www.fightthebite.info or call Health Link Alberta, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 1.866.408.5465 (LINK).

Enhanced Alberta Check Stop Program yields results


On July 23, 2016, the Lacombe Police Service, together with the Alberta Sheriffs, conducted roadside check stops at various locations in Lacombe as part of the Enhanced Alberta Check Stop Program. 
During this 10-hour period, a total of 1050 vehicles were stopped and checked. The results are as follows:
  • One driver was arrested/charged with impaired driving
  • One driver was found to be a suspended driver
  • One driver was issued a 24 hour driving suspension.
  • One vehicle was seized as per the Alberta Immediate Roadside Sanctions.
  • One seizure was made under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
  • Five offences were identified under the Gaming and Liquor Act.
  • One driver was found to be operating a vehicle with no insurance
  • Three drivers were issued violation tickets for seatbelt infractions.
  • Twenty-five violation tickets / written warnings were also issued.
The Enhanced Alberta Check stop Program is a joint force operation between the Alberta Government and Alberta Police Services, dedicated to removing impaired drivers from Alberta roads.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Lacombe’s Wastewater Treatment Plan



The City of Lacombe takes its role as an environmental steward seriously, and is committed to being ecologically responsible and maintaining prudent, sustainable practices for municipal operations, now and into the future.

We have been working collaboratively with Lacombe County, the Town of Blackfalds, and the City of Red Deer toward the construction of a regional wastewater line to transport wastewater from Lacombe and Blackfalds to the City of Red Deer Wastewater Treatment Plan, with subsequent discharge of the treated water into the Red Deer River. 

Last March, after much delay, the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission announced that the Government of Alberta has approved $3.24 Million in project funding for 2016 towards detailed design and development for the regional wastewater line connecting Lacombe and Blackfalds to Red Deer.

I am pleased that the provincial government recognizes this regional wastewater line as a top priority for the City, and we are thankful for their support for this important infrastructure project, which will yield immediate economic benefits in terms of employment during construction, and will provide for much-needed long-term sustainability in addressing Lacombe’s critical wastewater needs.

The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System is the second component of the Central Alberta Regional Wastewater System to reach construction. The project is currently scheduled to start construction in 2017.

While I’m happy that the regional wastewater line is proceeding, the timing of the construction leaves us in a critical position, where we have to take interim action to ensure that our current treatment facilities are in compliance with the Federal Fisheries Act and the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.

The City of Lacombe's current wastewater treatment lagoons.
The City has been performing minor upgrades to its current wastewater system since 2007 in anticipation of the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater line; however, due to the delays in provincial funding for the pipeline, changes to federal regulations, and the pressures of a growing population, the current treatment provided by the municipal sanitary sewer lagoons does not meet effluent quality regulations required by Federal Government. 

With the investigation and direction given to the City by Environment Canada, last March Council asked Stantec to scope a treatment study with the best solution for ammonia reduction.

We submitted a Lagoon Effluent Release Plan to Environment Canada in April, which was subsequently accepted. The plan identifies measures that the City will take when releasing wastewater from any discharge or overflow point in the treatment facility to prevent the deposit of acutely lethal effluent or other harmful substances that do not meet the requirements set out in the Fisheries Act. 

The plan also identifies measures to mitigate, remedy, or counteract the deposit of any such effluent or harmful substance. 

Council also approved the purchase and installation of an aeration lagoon cover system – semi-rigid flexible foam sheets – to help treatment over the winter, at a cost of approximately $1.2 Million.
This practical option will allow us to achieve regulatory compliance in the short-term, and it helps mitigate the cost of a larger “throw-away” expenditure that will be decommissioned as soon as the regional wastewater pipeline is in service.

Council Meeting Highlights for July 25, 2016




Planning & Development Services

Bylaw 300.106 (Rezone R2 Lots to R4)
Council defeated second reading for Bylaw 300.106, to zone land described as Lots 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B, Block 2, Plan 772 1801 from General Residential (R2) to Medium Density Residential (R4).

Bylaw 400 (Land Use Bylaw)
Council held a Public Hearing to consider the adoption of Land Use Bylaw 400: Building Lacombe, which sets out the regulations for property development. Bylaw 400 will replace current Land Use Bylaw 300.
Subsequently, Council deferred second reading of Bylaw 400 after additional discussions are held on September 6, 2016.

Bylaw 228.2 (Subdivision & Development Authorities: MPC/CAO)
Council deferred second reading of Bylaw 228.2 pending discussion of Land Use Bylaw 400.

Bylaw 229.4 (Subdivision & Development Appeal Board)
Council deferred second reading of Bylaw 229.4 pending discussion of Land Use Bylaw 400.
Direct Control District (DC)
Subject to Section 641(4)(a) of the Municipal Government Act, Council approved the development proposed at 4559 46 Avenue, Lot 6 Plan 952 3562, zoned DC3 – Direct Control (Mixed Use) District, consisting of site developments and the construction of:
·        Building A, requiring a 1% variance to the maximum building height and allowing for the occupancy of offices and government use; and
·        Building B, requiring a rear yard variance of 70% and allowing for the occupancy of personal services (financial institution including drive through), drive through restaurant and office space.

This approval is in respect to works consisting of and as described on the Development Permit Application Form and plans submitted by the applicant, subject to the following conditions:

1.   This permit indicates that only the development to which it relates is authorized, with the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw and is in no way relieving or excusing the applicant from complying with the Land Use Bylaw or any other bylaw, orders and/or regulations affecting such development.

2.   This permit is valid for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of issue.  If, at the expiry of this period, the development has not been commenced with reasonable diligence, this permit shall be null and void.

3.   The exterior of the building, including paints, shall be completed within twelve (12) months from the date of issue of a building permit.

4.   The Development Officer may, in accordance with Section 645 of the Municipal Government Act, take such action as is necessary to ensure that the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw are complied with.

5.   Applicant is to obtain City of Lacombe building permits for each building prior to its construction.

6.   Applicant is to obtain electrical, plumbing and gas permits for the proposed construction.

7.   Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant shall submit a development deposit in the amount of $2,000.00 per building being applied for.

8.   Applicant to maintain a valid City of Lacombe Business License throughout the duration of business operation. Should the Business License lapse this permit shall be deemed null and void.

9.   Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant must provide a grading plan for review and approval by the City’s Engineering Department.

10. The builder must construct within 100mm of the design landscape elevation and illustrated drainage patterns unless otherwise approved by the Development Officer.

11. Curb stop must remain visible and be at proper elevation PRIOR to pouring concrete or completing landscape work.

12. If it is deemed that upgrades are required to the existing water and/or sewer service lines to accommodate the proposed development, the applicant will be required to apply for and complete any upgrades at their expense, to the satisfaction of the City of Lacombe.

13. Prior to Building Permit issuance, the Developer shall provide a Traffic Impact Assessment to the City for review and approval.  The Traffic Impact Assessment will need to address improvements that may be required to the existing road network to accommodate the proposed development, as well as the need for a second access to this parcel for emergency purposes. 

14. If the property requires more than 1.0 m of fill, the lot will require a bearing certificate.  Applicant must submit foundation soil bearing certification from a Geotechnical Engineer (stamped and signed) prior to a foundation inspection.  Such certificate shall reference footing design approved with the associated building permit. 

15. Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant shall submit a landscaping plan to the satisfaction of the development authority. 

16. All landscaping areas are to be protected by concrete curbs or other approved barriers having a minimum height of 140mm or separated from the street or parking area by a curbed concrete sidewalk.

17. Applicant to provide safe pedestrian crossings on site from 46 Avenue to Building A, and from Building A to Building B, to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.  Pedestrian walkways are to be finished with a material that will be noticeable and visible (ie. cobblestone, brick, raised concrete) with the use of on-site signage to identify the walkways.  The location of the pedestrian crossings and construction material to be used shall be included in the landscaping plan.

18. Prior to building permit issuance, landscaping deposits will be required in the form of cash or letter of credit in an amount equal to 100% of the estimated cost of the required landscaping as estimated by an appropriate trade professional, and not less than $2,000.  Security will be released once a site inspection demonstrates that the landscaping has been completed in accordance with the approved plan, has been well maintained, and is in healthy condition at the end of the second growing season.   The cost for fencing is to be included in the landscaping estimate.  Should Building B not be constructed prior to the expiration of this development permit, the area occupying Building B shall be landscaped with grass. 

19. Prior to building permit issuance, the applicant shall enter into a Development Agreement with the City of Lacombe, which shall address items standard to a development agreement, and may also include items considering upgrades required in order to provide services to adjacent properties, future construction of a second road access for emergency purposes, the requirement for a right-of-way from 46 Avenue to the southwest property boundary, and any other offsite municipal improvements required to serve this development.

20. Applicant to provide commercial garbage bins on site to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.  The garbage bins shall be placed in a screened enclosure that has no gates or roof structure.

21. Applicant is to consult with Public Works or a private waste management company to ensure a sufficient number of garbage containers, and garbage removal, is provided.

22. Applicant shall hard surface the parking spaces/loading space as shown on the approved plan.  All parking spaces shall have pavement markings. 

23. Prior to building permit issuance, hard surfacing deposits will be required in the form of cash or letter of credit in an amount equal to 50% of the estimated cost of the hard surfacing on the site as estimated by an appropriate trade professional, and not less than $2,000.  Security will be released once a site inspection demonstrates that the hard surfacing has been completed in accordance with the approved plan.  Parking curbs and pavement markings are to be included in the cost estimates.

24. Prior to Building Permit issuance, the applicant is to provide a Fire Plan, to the satisfaction of the City's Fire Chief.

25. Mechanical equipment (including roof top mechanical equipment) shall be screened from view from all sides, and shall be compatible with the surrounding character of the site, to the satisfaction of the Development Authority.

26. Applicant to display the assigned civic address at or near the front of the property so that it can be clearly read from the roadway.

27. A separate Development Permit application will be required for any signage (other than fascia signs) to be located on the property.

28. The decision of Council being mailed to adjacent landowners, a sign posted on site, and advertised in the local newspaper, and no appeal against the decision being successful.
Subject to Section 641(4)(a) of the Municipal Government Act, Council delegated any amendments and/or approvals to the Development Officer to review, consider and issue occupancy development permits for any businesses wishing to locate within the proposed buildings, or if required, approved by Council. Further, Council resolved to support – in principle – future vertical expansion of Building A.

Council & Legislative

Bylaw 425 (CAO Bylaw)
Council gave first and second readings to the CAO Bylaw 425, to rescind the existing CAO Bylaw 58 of January 2007 and establish a new CAO Bylaw 425 to assign appropriate responsibility and powers to the Chief Administrative Officer as the administrative head of the municipality.

Financial Services

Bylaw 427 (Borrowing- Wastewater Ammonia Reduction)
Council passed a resolution to amend Bylaw 427, the bylaw required to authorize the borrowing needed to move forward with the Ammonia Treatment Plan for the City of Lacombe’s Lagoons, after giving it second and third readings.  

Transportation Services

50th Avenue Design Development
Council accepted the pre-design report as information and directed Administration to meet with the downtown business community to gather feedback and comments prior to Council’s endorsement.

Environmental Services

Lagoon Desludging
Council passed a resolution to award the 2016 Lagoon Desludging project to Acti-zyme, at a total project cost of $256,760, and to allocate the remaining Federal Gas Tax amount of $360,500 for the 2016 Lagoon Covers project slated for later this year.

Recreation, Parks & Culture Services

Elizabeth Park Phase 10 Playground Contract Award
Council directed Administration to award the contract for general landscape construction at Elizabeth Park Phase 10 to Tar-ific Construction in the amount of $95,462.31 plus GST.
Council also authorized Administration to negotiate with the lowest bid contractor to expand scope of work to include a basketball court, backstop and benches. Overall costs are not to  exceed the approved 2016 budget allocation of $150,000.

Financial Services

2016 Capital and Operations Quarterly Reports (Q2)
Council passed a resolution to accept the second quarterly Capital and Operational reports as presented.

Reports
Council reports were received as information.

Council moved In Camera to discuss personnel, land and legal matters.

Council moved back into Public Meeting.

Motion Out of Camera

Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) Proposal
Council directed Administration to send a notice to the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture board indicating that Council is not pursuing the Western Major Baseball League franchise and academy opportunity at this time – and should resubmission be desired, that a business plan be submitted to the Recreation Parks and Culture Board for any future proposals.


*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on August 22, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting is on September 6, 2016, at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on September 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.