The following are highlights from the Tuesday, October 24, 2022 Organizational and Regular Meetings of Council.
Organizational Meeting of Town Council – October 24, 2022
Innisfail Town Council is required to hold an organizational meeting each year. These meetings provide Council with an opportunity to address items that pertain directly to Council-related operations. On Monday, October 24, 2022, Council held an organizational meeting to discuss and review Council appointments to boards and committees, Council/Committee Member training opportunities, and public member vacancies on Council Boards and Committees. Multiple motions relating to these agenda items were carried.
CAO Report – Agreement with Remora Ventures
Town CAO Todd Becker updated Council on the agreement with Remora Ventures to pursue additional revenue stream opportunities for the Town. Council previously approved retaining Remora Ventures and on October 24 carried a motion to receive the Remora Ventures Engagement Proposal as information.
ATCO Franchise Fees
Through a franchise agreement with ATCO the Town can change the franchise fee percentage yearly. The franchise fee is paid by each consumer and is based on distribution charges. Administration is not currently looking to increase the franchise fee and at Monday’s meeting, Council carried a motion to maintain the current franchise fee at 27%.
Southwest Industrial Park Pricing
Earlier this year, an introductory price of $160,000/acre was set by Council for land in the newly developed SW Industrial Area. That price will remain in place until December 31, 2022. At the Monday, Oct 25 meeting, Council carried a motion setting a new price of $175,000 effective January 1, 2023.
Road Closure Bylaw #1696-2022
Administration presented a proposed road closure bylaw to close a portion of 52 Street Close to facilitate the lease of lands to a local property owner. On October 24, Council gave first reading to Bylaw #1696-2022 and set a public hearing date for 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2022.
Family Violence Prevention Month
Administration provided Council with information on Family Violence Prevention Month which is typically recognized in November throughout Alberta. As a result, Council proclaimed November as Family Violence Prevention Month in Innisfail.
Seniors Drop-In Society – Letter of Support
At the request of the Innisfail Senior Drop-in Society, Council carried a motion to provide a letter of support for a grant application. The society is seeking funding to update its chairs and computer.
CAEP Board Member ship – Mayor Barclay
Mayor Barclay expressed interest in running for an open position on the CAEP board of directors. On October 24, Council carried a motion supporting the move. Board elections will occur at the upcoming CAEP AGM on November 23.
Innisfail Town Council strives to maintain a level of openness with its residents. The highlights only briefly touch upon the exchanges and decisions reached during the most recent Council meeting.
The full meeting is available to view on YouTube (click here)
Visit www.innisfail.ca/council to review full meeting agendas and minutes.