The following are highlights from the April 12, 2021 Regular Meeting of Council.
2021 Surface Improvements Program
Earlier this year, Town Administration requested public tenders for surface improvements to 38 and 57 Streets. After the tender process, pricing came in well under the projected budget. On April 12, Administration proposed that two change orders be added to the program. The first sees the reconstruction of 49A Avenue from 56 Street to 57 Street and the second sees reconstruction of 49 Avenue from 56 Street to 59 Street. Council approved the changes to the program as presented and awarded the contract to Border Paving Ltd.
Ball Diamond 7 Upgrades
The Town’s ball diamond number 7 has had a history of poor drainage which has rendered the facility unusable for large portions of the summer. In 2020, the Town was approached by the Community Facility Enhancement Association (CFEA), proposing a collaboration to upgrade the diamond. Through the RFQ process, the Town collected proposals for the work to improve the facility. At Monday’s meeting, Administration presented a proposal to award the required work to Howell’s Excavating. Council approved the contract as presented.
2021 Property Tax Bylaw 1666-2021
Administration presented Council with the proposed 2021 Property Tax Bylaw. The proposed bylaw contained a slight increase to mill rates added at the direction of Council during a previous meeting. On Monday, after deliberation, Council asked that the bylaw be amended to reflect a 0% increase in rates, and then approved the amended 2021 Property Tax Bylaw 1666-2021. As a result, residential and non-residential mill rates (6.6088 and 8.1546, respectively) will remain unchanged from 2020.
Amendment – Community Services Rates & Fees Bylaw 1670-2021
Innisfail Town Council approved amendments to the Town’s Rates & Fees Bylaw, temporarily lowering private booking rates for individual households at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre. The new rate of $65/hr. is nearly half of the regular rental rate (down from $110/hr). The new rate will remain in effect until July 31, 2021.
50 Street Property – Lease Agreement
In conjunction with plans to invigorate the downtown area, administration presented Council with a proposal to lease a vacant, privately-owned property located at 5003 50 Street. The intention is to develop the location as a welcoming, vibrant outdoor space to promote activity in the downtown area. After reviewing the proposed lease agreement, Council passed a motion directing Administration to enter into a one year lease agreement at a rate of $375/month.
Innisfail Town Council strives to maintain a level of openness with its residents. The highlights above only briefly touch upon the exchanges and decisions reached during the most recent Council meeting. To find full details on the proceedings, click here. Meeting agendas and minutes are available for review.