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Posted on: October 19, 2018

Chestermere City Council Meeting Notes: October 15

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At the Regular Meeting of Council on October 15, Council...

  • Held their organizational meeting and:
    • Adopted 2019 Council Meeting Dates. Regular Council meetings will now be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (except for January, June and August where there is 1 meeting during those months). 
    • Appointed Councillor Burness as Deputy Mayor from October 23, 2018 to April 23, 2019 and appointed Councillor Narayan as Deputy Mayor from April 24, 2019 to October 15, 2019.
    • Appointed Councillors and residents to various committees for 2019. View the full list here.
    • Dissolved the Remembrance Day Committee, Lakefront Parks Ad-Hoc Committee, and the Ad-Hoc Business Park Committee and chose to annually review the City’s boards and committees to ensure they correlate with Council’s strategic initiatives.
    • Amended the Procedural Bylaw.
  • Proclaimed the 3rd week of October as Small Business Week.
  • Adopted the minutes of previous meetings of Council.
  • Reviewed the action list.
  • Heard from 1 resident during Question Period.
  • Adopted the consent agenda which included correspondence and committee minutes.
  • Accepted the RCMP Quarterly Report.
  • Accepted the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan Q3 Report.
  • Accepted the Staff Report on Amazing Chestermere.
  • Accepted a report on the Lake Use Management Plan and Watershed and Lake Plan.
  • Accepted a report on plastic pellets in Chestermere Lake.
  • Passed changes to the Restricted Surplus Account Policy to make the policy more practical and align it more closely to Council’s strategic direction.
  • Directed Administration to transfer Franchise Fee funds (that should have been transferred under Bylaw 018-13) to the Infrastructure Lifecycle, Maintenance and Replacement Restricted Surplus Account as a housekeeping item.
  • Approved changes to funding sources for pipes along Township Road 240 and Range Road 282.
  • Directed the Mayor to write a letter to the Minister of Alberta Health Services advocating for a provincial subsidy program for utilities for home hemodialysis and directed Administration to allocate $1500 per year to come from the Council Community Granting Program budget for the creation of a Chestermere Home Hemodialysis Grant Fund.
  • Directed the Mayor to write a letter on behalf of Council to AUMA requesting that they lobby the Government of Alberta to provide a list of third party investigators to all municipalities to assist with conducting Council Code of Conduct investigations.
  • Decided to hold the remainder of 2018 Council Meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning at 3:00 p.m. effective November 2018.
  • Adopted amendments to the Elected Officials Remuneration and Expenses Policy.
  • Passed final reading of the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw which prohibits consumption of recreational use cannabis in public places in Chestermere. 
  • Passed final reading of the Cannabis Land Use Bylaw Amendments which allows recreational cannabis to be sold in Chestermere at specific distances from sensitive locations (health centres, schools, child care facilities, the Skate Park, Bike Park, etc.) The bylaw also requires residents who wish to cultivate plants in their home (under federal regulations) to obtain a Chestermere municipal permit and register their home as residential cannabis cultivation site. Read the Bylaw at www.chestermere.ca/cannabis.
  • Heard from 3 residents during Question Period.
  • Directed Administration to develop a Cannabis Cultivation Bylaw that would outline the regulations and process for residents who wish to cultivate plants in their home.
  • Directed City Administration to conduct public engagement around improving safety on East Lakeview Road.
  • Directed Administration to conduct public engagement and prepare a recreation plan that addresses safety and compatibility issues on the Lake no later than February 28, 2019.
  • Directed Administration to add the issue of lake pellet pollution to the Action List.
  • Directed Administration to add to the Action List to bring forward amendments to the Business Licence regulations related to taxis. Each taxi must have a valid licence in addition to the company.
  • Directed Administration to add to the Action List to develop a plan to address the limited access to the Aspenmere community that is only currently accessible via Marina Drive and submit the plan to Council by the end of 2018.
  • Went in camera for a Legal Item: CUI.

*These notes are not considered official minutes and only summarizes the motions that were passed (not those tabled or defeated).


For a summary video about this Council Meeting, check out https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL05Rq7B7e9_ugm50y1q2Gwxkr76269h7o 

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