Here's a look at highlights from the Jan. 8 Regular Meeting of Council:

Vision, Mission & Values 

Council set a clear indication of the community it wishes Innisfail to be, along with the values needed to achieve it. A vision, mission and values were drafted by Council and Administration during strategic planning sessions held late last month, with all approved by Council on Monday night: 

(1) Vision: An active and vibrant community that is a great place to live and create a future; (2) Mission: Innovation with imagination will guide Innisfail to a progressive and exciting tomorrow, instilling pride and spirit in our citizen-centred, sustainable community; (3) Values: Spirit; Prosperity; Respect; Trust; Credibility; Participation. 

Public Participation 

Council approved a Public Participation Policy outlining among other guidelines where, when and how public participation activities will be deployed by the Town. The policy follows the International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2) Public Participation Spectrum, and adheres to the values established by Council during recent strategic planning sessions. 

Land Use Bylaw Amendment 

Council gave second and third readings to a Land Use Bylaw amendment proposing the addition of ‘Microbrewery’ as a discretionary use within the Industrial (I) district encompassing the corner of Highway 54 and 42 Street. The site-specific amendment arrived in light of a proposal to develop a microbrewery with accessory food service and a tap room and retail component. A public hearing preceded the item being presented to Council. 

FCSS Funding Applications 

Council approved the disbursement of $170,700 in FCSS (Family and Community Support Services) grant money to various groups in and around the community. Among the larger recipients were: Chinook’s Edge School Division ($45,000); Seniors Drop-In Centre ($39,000); Big Brothers Big Sisters ($30,000); and Boys and Girls Club ($30,000). 

Tree Maintenance 

Administration noted that a tree bylaw is currently being drafted to outline the Town’s expectations of tree maintenance levels of service for non-Town controlled lands. It is anticipated that the draft bylaw will be presented to Council at the Jan. 15 Agenda & Priorities committee meeting. 

Director of Operations 

CAO Todd Becker in his report to Council noted that the vacant Director of Operations position has now been filled. Rod Fraser, who arrives from the Town of Rocky Mountain House, will begin working with the Town on Monday, Jan. 29.

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