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Highlights from the June 8th Council Meeting
Sturgeon County Council Recap | June 8, 2021
Here are the highlights from the June 8, 2021, Sturgeon County Council Meeting:
- Mayor Hnatiw proclaimed June to be Pride Month in Sturgeon County. The Mayor encourages residents to commit to continuing awareness, inclusion, and acceptance for all members of our community, regardless of gender identity, race, age, and beliefs.
- Council received a joint presentation from Edmonton Global and EIA calling on surrounding municipalities to urgently establish a $15 million dollar investment fund to support economic development and tourism opportunities in the Edmonton metro region. The discussion focused on the post-pandemic recovery of the airline industry through an incentive program to accelerate the attraction of direct flights back to the Edmonton International Airport, which would aid in business retention as well as new business attraction.
- Council gave Second and Third Reading to the Sturgeon County Heartland Incentive Bylaw, which will provide a 1.5-2.5 percent property tax exemption to ttract new projects into the Alberta Industrial Heartland Area within Sturgeon County that meet specific criteria. This bylaw is complementary to other incentive programs, including policies adopted by Alberta Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) members such as Strathcona County and the City of Fort Saskatchewan. Of note, the Sturgeon County Heartland Incentive Bylaw also includes additional incentives for projects that include Environmental, Social, and Governance Policies (ESG), building on the County’s commitment towards long termsustainability.
- Following approval of the Sturgeon County Heartland Incentive Bylaw, Council also approved an amendment to Schedule “C” of the County’s Fees and Charges Bylaw 1525/20 to include the $5,000 administrative fee for applications submitted to the County under the Heartland Incentive Bylaw.
- As Alberta moves forward with the Open for Summer plan, Sturgeon County will continue to adapt operations to comply with provincial health directives, including the phase-in of in-person services and events, in a manner that protects the health and safety of County staff and the public. This includes the return of front counter service at County buildings starting Monday, June 14, with mandatory masking and distancing in effect. Information on the County’s response including changes to operations will be posted on the County’s website at www.sturgeoncounty.ca/covid19.
- The County will be moving ahead with several additional projects under the Open Space Initiative to promote the County’s natural beauty. The projects include enhancements at Cardiff Park and Redwater and Sandy Lake Recreation Area, as well as plan development for various areas and an Open Space Plan Review. The total cost of the projects is $465,000 and will be funded from the Community Building Priority Reserve.
- The Villeneuve lagoon repair project will proceed after Council approved awarding the contract to Nu Edge Construction Ltd. for a cost of $838,398.44, not including GST. The estimated total cost to complete the lagoon repair is $1,232,173.18, which is within the approved budget. The project includes deepening of the existing lagoon cells, which would accommodate growth within the hamlet and development at the Villeneuve Airport.
- The County continues to move forward with determining the future of the Sturgeon Valley as Council giving First Reading to the three draft bylaws: 1555/21 - Sturgeon Valley South Area Structure Plan; 1556/21 Amendment to the Municipal Development Plan; and 1557/21 to repeal and replace the previous Sturgeon Valley Area Structure Plan. Residents and landowners will have the opportunity to speak to the bylaws at the respective virtual Public Hearings: June 28, 2021, 5 pm, for Bylaw 1555/21; June 29, 2 pm, for Bylaw 1556/21; and June 29, 5:30 pm, for Bylaw 1557/21. The bylaws will need to be referred to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) for consideration before coming back to Council for Second and Third Reading. More information can be found at www.sturgeoncounty.ca/ourvalley.
Next Council Meeting
The next Sturgeon County Council meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on June 22, 2021.
Future agendas and past meeting minutes can be found online.