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Council Highlights – July 8, 2024

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The following are highlights from the Monday, July 8, 2024 Regular Meeting of Town Council.


Public Hearing and Readings – Bylaw 1470-A82

On June 10, 2024, Council gave first reading to Bylaw 1470-A82 to amend the land use zoning of a property, which would allow the applicant to construct a single-family detached home on a parcel zoned for multi-family residences. On Monday, July 8, a public hearing was held. After receiving feedback from the public and Administration, Council carried motions giving the bylaw all required readings.

Adjustment of Water Conservation Measures

As part of his report, Town CAO Todd Becker highlighted recent discussions with senior leadership regarding a potential shift in the Town’s water strategies, highlighting the need for a change in focus from drought management to conservation. On July 8, Council carried a motion directing Administration to provide information at a future meeting regarding potential water conservation strategies.

Community Peace Officer Collaboration with Town of Penhold

As call volumes increase, the Town realizes the need for additional Peace Officer coverage. The Town currently employs a summer bylaw officer but has an opportunity to extend this by collaborating with the Town of Penhold through a cost-sharing agreement for up to 18 months. At the July 8 Meeting, Council carried a motion directing Administration to enter into an agreement with the Town of Penhold for shared Community Peace Officer services.

SW Industrial Solar Farm Update

In February 2024, the Town submitted an application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for development of a municipally-owned solar farm in Innisfail. Due to the unknown AUC approval timeframe, construction will likely take place in 2025, not in 2024 as originally planned. At the July 8 Meeting, Administration presented a report after which Council carried a motion accepting the report as information.

2025 Budget – Meeting Schedule and Engagement

Budget Policy 2023-008 was passed October 10, 2023. The 2025 budget will be the first to be included under this policy. As stated in the policy, “Council is committed to ensuring a high level of transparency and accountability to the citizens of Innisfail”. At the July 8 Meeting, Administration presented a report recommending the Town engage residents through a budget survey. After discussion, Council carried a motion accepting the report as information.

Arena Sound System Purchase

The sound system at the Innisfail Twin Arenas was identified in the 2024 Budget as needing replacement. On July 8, 2024, Council approved the installation of new sound system in the arena by Inland Audio Visual for the total price of $95,510.50, to be funded from the arena reserve.

Deputy Mayor – Swearing In

On July 8, 2024, Councillor Jason Heistad was sworn in as deputy mayor. Councillor Heistad will fulfill this role until the end of October, 2024.


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.

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