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Council Highlights for April 16th

Council discussed the following issues at their April 16th, 2020 regular meeting:

FLAGSTAFF REGIONAL EMERGENCY SERVICES SOCIETY – DRAFT DOCUMENTS

Council developed an itemized list of concerns regarding the proposed agreement and bylaws for the formation of the Flagstaff Regional Emergency Services Society which will be sent to the transition team.  The purpose of the society is to amalgamate fire services within the region.

UTILITIES BYLAW

Council approved Bylaw 571, an updated version of the Utilities Bylaw.  The update included adding a section that would permit council to implement a utility deferral program by resolution.  Council has not yet exercised this option.

FEES AND CHARGES BYLAW

Council updated the Fees and Charges Bylaw by removing the monthly charge for fire services which had been charged to active utility accounts since January.  The fees were being collected in order to pay for a requisition from the Flagstaff Regional Emergency Services Society.  The society was to be formed by January 1st, 2020 however as of yet the participating municipalities have not come to an agreement and the establishment has been delayed.  The already collected charges will be returned and will appear as credit amounts on May’s utility invoicing.

Internet charges for the Town’s broadband internet service were also added to the Bylaw.  The service includes basic, advanced and unlimited plans.

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT 20-05

Permit 20-05 was approved allowing for the discretionary use of an accessory building at the property legally described as Plan 5755s; Block A; Lots 28-31.

SEDGEWICK KILLAM NATURAL GAS SYSTEM

Council approved allocating $121,500 in the 2020 Capital Budget toward updating the gas and water meter reading system.  The current hardware and software is outdated and no longer able to be part of a maintenance/support package.  The project would include converting current meters to allow for drive-by data collection.

MAIN STREET PARKING STALLS

Council approved a motion to widen Main Street parking stalls by one foot and to decrease the angle of parking from 60 to 55 degrees resulting in 54 stalls.  Council also decided to add a portion of concrete into the corner of each landscaped bulb so as to provide easier access to the sidewalk by foot traffic.  Total estimate for the work is $12,400 with the source of funding to be Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant funding.

AUDITING SERVICES

Council approved entering into a three-year agreement with Brian King Professional Corporation to provide auditing services to town.

SEDGEWICK PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD

Council approved the appointment of Carol Arntzen to the Sedgewick Public Library Board for a three-year term and expiring on April 1st, 2023.

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