Budget 2018 was among the items approved by council during its final regular meeting of 2017 on Monday night. Here's a look at further highlights.

Budget 2018 

Council approved the Town’s 2018 operating and capital budgets, setting the tone for an optimistic, yet responsible, fiscal year. The operating budget of $20,892,332 and capital budget of $5,084,566 were accompanied by a zero per cent tax rate increase. Proposed budgets for 2019 and 2020 were also adopted. Details of the budgets are available online at www.innisfail.ca/budget, and in print at the Town Administration Office. 

Sale of Fleet 

Council approved the proposed sale of a 1998 American LaFrance Pumper unit previously used by the Innisfail Fire Department. Based on recommended standards of the National Fire Protection Association and insurance underwriters, the unit was due for replacement in 2018. Administration noted that the unit had become surplus in the Town’s fleet. Revenue from the eventual sale — estimated at around $60,000 — will be returned to reserves to support capital replacement planning. 

Industrial District Added Use 

Council gave first reading to a Land Use Bylaw amendment proposing the addition of ‘Microbrewery’ as a discretionary use within the Industrial District (I) encompassing the corner of Highway 54 and 42 Street. The site-specific amendment arrives in light of a proposal to develop a microbrewery with accessory food service and a tap room and retail component. A public hearing for the bylaw was set for Monday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. 

Community Grant Policy 

Council approved an amended Community Grant Program Policy, reflecting revisions proposed by the Town’s Community Services Standing Committee. The most recent review of the Community Grant Program was conducted in September 2017. Some of the highlights include: 

  • Redefining the program’s grant categories 
  • Applications will be received and reviewed throughout the calendar year, and must be received in a timely manner 
  • Approval criteria has been reduced from nine to five 
  • Subdivision Approval Time Extension 

    Council approved an extension of time for a conditional subdivision approval in the south area of town. The subject site is located north of Highway 54 and west of Woodland Road. A one-year extension was approved. 

    Engineering Technician 

    CAO Todd Becker in his report to council noted that the Town’s vacant Engineering Technician position has now been filled. Crystal Scheit, who arrives from Red Deer County, will begin working with the Town on Monday, Dec. 18.

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