The following are highlights from the Monday, May 8, 2023 Regular Meeting of Town Council.
CAO Report – Heliport Grand Opening
As part of his report Town CAO Todd Becker presented a potential itinerary for a proposed Innisfail Heliport Grand Opening Event scheduled for June 8, 2023. Council carried a motion accepting the report as information.
Innisfail Chamber of Commerce Request
In previous correspondence, The Innisfail & District Chamber of Commerce had requested financial support from the Town to be used towards a number of initiatives. Administration proposed supporting the Chamber with an amount of $5,000 from the Town’s 2023 Economic Development budget. After discussion, Council carried a motion on May 23 to invite a representative from the Innisfail & District Chamber of Commerce to attend a future meeting to provide more information.
Labour Market Research Report
Council adopted the Power of Place Community Economic Development Strategy in 2022. A tactic within that strategy was to complete a Labour Market Study. Administration, after receiving approval from the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee, presented a report on the study to Council at the May 23 meeting, after which Council carried a motion accepting the report as information.
Innisfail Energy Hub Initiatives
The Innisfail Energy Hub began as a Town initiative in autumn, 2022. Now, Administration proposes that the initiative move forward as part of the Town’s economic development strategy. On May 23, Administration provided a report to Council, after which Council carried a motion to include the initiatives from the Innisfail Energy Hub into the mandate of the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee for it to advise and provide guidance to Council on energy initiatives. Council also approve the Innisfail Energy Hub workplan as outlined in the report.
Central Alberta Tourism Alliance’s (CATA) Agritourism Development Strategy
At the May 23 Council meeting, Administration presented an agri-tourism development strategy prepared by CATA and Expedition Management Consulting. Council then carried a motion accepting the Central Alberta Agritourism Development Strategy, directing administration to implement its recommendations where capacity and fiscal resources permit.
Aquatic Centre – Regenerate Media Filter Replacement
During a recent pump repair of the whirlpool at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre, it was found that filter components have been damaged and are not functioning correctly, requiring further repairs beyond those anticipated. At the May 23 Meeting, Council approved the expenditure of $44,893.28 for the rebuild by Pinnacle Aquatics Group of the regenerative media filters for the main pool and whirlpool at the Aquatic Centre, to be funded from the general capital reserve.
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.
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