Land Use Planning and Land Development
Land Use Bylaw Amendment 300.62
A public hearing was held for Bylaw Amendment 300.62 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m..
As well, Council gave Bylaw 300.62 – a bylaw of the City of Lacombe to amend the Land
Use Bylaw No. 300 to accommodate ‘Office’ as a discretionary use in the Light Industrial (I1) District – second and third reading as presented.
Environmental Health Services and Utilities
Water / Wastewater
Council approved a cost-share scenario between the City and affected residents to address sewer service lines in conjunction with Capital Underground Projects.
Lacombe Memorial Centre
Council directed the Recreation Board to revisit the proposed rental rates for the Community Use Rooms and report back to Council with a revised fee proposal.
Culture Facilities & Parkland Place
Performing Arts Centre
Council agreed to partner with and provide funding for up to $10,000 for Phase 1 of the feasibility study for the Performing Arts Centre.
Community and Economic Development
EcoVision - Ecole Lacombe Composite High School
Council received a presentation regarding a Greenhouse project at the Ecole Lacombe Composite High School as information.
Council directed Administration to make further revisions to the corporate business card design.
Back Flow Prevention
Council has deferred the introduction of a municipal program to provide subsidies to assist individual homeowners with the cost of installing backflow prevention valves in the sanitary sewer service lines until it has received a full report on remedial recommendations to address flooding issues in the community.
Streets and Roads
Council received as information an update from Administration regarding the Highway 2A project. There is a projected increase of 4.5% over the originally anticipated expenditures on the entire project. The majority of this increase reflects the costs for CP Rail Crossings.
2012 Financial Plan and Budget
Council received the following reports as information:
· 2012 Capital Budget – Reports
· Staffing Report – Position Requests
· Grant Report
· Reserve Report
· Debenture Report
· Assessment and Taxation Report
· 2012 Budget Summary Report
Council directed the Administration not to exceed a three per cent increase in taxes.
The 2012 budget included a 2.5% tax rate increase. Council requested Administration report on the revenue impact of various tax increases and the impact on properties in Lacombe. For comparison, Administration has prepared an analysis using the following tax rate increases: 1%, 2%, 2.5% and 3%. These tax rate increases would have the following impact on an average residential home and commercial property as follows:
Budget presentations will continue until December 12, 2011, at which time Council will consider the adoption of the budget as a whole.
Fleet Services - Equipment Purchases
As per the 2011 Budget, Council authorized the purchase of three (3) pickup trucks from Weidner Motors and one (1) truck chassis from Lacombe Ford for the price of:
· Weidner Motors $77,099.63 plus G.S.T. (5%)
· Lacombe Ford $25,775.36 plus G.S.T. (5%)
Council and Administrative reports were received as information.
Council moved in-camera to discuss a land matter.
Council moved back into open meeting.
Council approved a land credit for $7,500 towards the purchase of industrial land within the Wolf Creek Industrial Park.
*The next scheduled Council Committee Meeting will be on December 5, 2011 at 5 p.m.
*The next scheduled Regular Council meeting will be on December 12, 2011 at 5 p.m.