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March 17th, 2022 Council Meeting Highlights

CNWAVE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY

Council approved carrying out the design for CNwave broadband technology at a cost of $5000 to come from unrestricted reserves. cnWave is an internet solution that provides easy, fast and cost-effective wireless gigabit connectivity at a fraction of the price of fiber infrastructure.

BYLAW 587 – NON-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE BYLAW

Council gave all three readings to Bylaw 587 which provides five years of tax incentives to non-residential properties that are able to increase their assessed value by at least $20,000 through development.

BYLAW 588 – FEES AND CHARGES BYLAW

Council gave all three readings to Bylaw 588 which charges a base consumption charge for monthly water consumption. Properties that use less than 14.9 cubic meters of water during a billing period will be charged a flat fee of $31.29.  The variable water fee was increased from $1.77 to $2.10.  Pricing will take effect as of April’s consumption.  The move will result in Sedgewick achieving full-cost recovery for its water system while taxpayers should see a corresponding decrease to their property tax bill as the system has historically been subsidized by taxes.

BYLAW 589 – AMENDMENT #1 TO THE FEES AND CHARGES BYLAW 588

Council gave all three readings to Bylaw 588 which waived all development and demolition permit fees between May 1st and June 15th.

POLICY 22/17 – RESIDENTIAL INFILL INCENTIVE POLICY

Council approved Policy 22/17 which provides a $15,000 incentive to demolish an existing structure and an additional $10,000 tax incentive once a replacement dwelling is built which increases the assessed value of the property by at least $200,000.

POLICY 22/18 – NEW RESIDENT INCENTIVE POLICY

Council approved Policy 22/18 which provides a $2022 utility credit to residents who are new to Sedgewick and purchase a property that has been vacant for at least 60 days.

POLICY 22/19 – STOREFRONT IMPROVEMENT INCENTIVE POLICY

Council approved Policy 22/19 which provides up to $5000 towards storefront improvements for businesses located within Sedgewick’s commercial corridor.  Funding must be matched by the business.

UTILITIES AND TAXES – PAPERLESS BILLING INCENTIVE

Council approved a “Go Paperless” incentive program which allows property owners and utility customers to receive a $10-$20 credit to their account for signing up for e-notices.

TOWN OF SEDGEWICK MOBILE APP – ADOPTION PROGRAM

Council approved a mobile app adoption program using a contest format and providing incentives up to $500 in the month of April.

TOWN OF SEDGEWICK MOBILE APP – COMMUNICATION FEATURES

Council approved adding Council Highlights and a social forum to the Town of Sedgewick app at a cost of $6500.

MAIN STREET FLAGS – UKRAINE FLAG

Council approved flying the Ukraine Flag on Main Street to raise awareness of the Russian invasion on the country.

COMMUNITY HALL – UTILITIES

Council approved paying the February utility bill for the Community Hall due to a lack of bookings because of Covid.

SEDGEWICK MINOR BALL – REQUEST FOR FUNDING

Council approved a request to fund the cost of new shale for the ball diamonds at a cost of $3800.

SEDGEWICK RECREATION BOARD – MEMBERSHIP SEARCH

Council directed Administration to retain the vacant seat on the Recreation Board and revise Bylaw 532, the Recreation Board Bylaw, to allow for the appointment of a member of Flagstaff County Council to this seat.

SEDGEWICK AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY – REVIEW OF

MANDATE

Council directed Administration to invite a representative from the Sedgewick Ag Society to a future meeting to present on their current activities and perceived role as it relates to the Recreation Centre.

ALBERTA ADVANTAGE IMMIGRATION PROGRAM – ENROLLMENT FORM

Council approved enrolling in the Rural Entrepreneur Stream of the Alberta Immigration Program.

RECREATION BOARD – ARENA OPERATORS COURSE

Council approved the cost of Arena Operators Level II training for the recreation centre staff.

54TH AVENUE SUBDIVISION – REALTOR PROPOSALS

Council approved engaging a realtor to sell the new subdivision lots and reduced the price of all lots to the flat rate of $20,000/lot until September 30th, 2022.

MAIN STREET – LANDSCAPING

Council directed Administration to add the proposed landscaping costs to the 2022 operating budget when it is brought back for Council’s review.

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