Public Hearing on Land Use Bylaw Amendment
A public hearing on the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment was held. Bylaw C-1100-176 mandates school site amenities such as sports fields, play areas, etc., a condition of development. Council gave Bylaw C-1100-176 second and third reading.
Revisions to Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy 606 Approved
Council approved the revisions to the Snow Removal and Ice Control Policy 606 recommended by Public Works Committee. Revisions include the introduction of an Extreme Winter Conditions Operations Mode, which changes operations schedule to provide intensified services in the event of a major snow fall. Revisions also include plan to hire contractors and implementation of a communications plan for the Snow Removal and Ice Control Program.
Tender for Snow Removal and Ice Control materials Awarded
Council awarded Tender T-40-546-11 for Ice Control Material (Sand) to Wapiti Gravel Suppliers Ltd. for the amount of $165,300 (excluding GST).
Council awarded Tender T-41-546-11 for Bulk Highway Salt to NSC Minerals Inc. for the amount of $250,215 (excluding GST)
Wireless Request for Proposal Awarded
Council awarded Request for Proposal 25-215-10 for the Outdoor Wireless WiFi Network to Binary Solutions Ltd for the amount of $259,821.90 (excluding GST). This sum will cover equipment, services, training and extended warranty for the outdoor wireless project.
Ready Set and Dance to Arrive at the Multiplex
New Schedule for Council & Committee Meeting
Council established alternate Mondays at 6:30 p.m., half an hour earlier than current council meeting time, as the new time for regular council meetings, effective following the Oct. 17 Organizational Meeting.
Also effective following the Oct. 17 Organizational Meeting:
· Public Works Committee and Community Development Committee meetings will be held on alternate Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively
· Protective Services Committee and General Government Services meetings will be held on alternate Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively
· Environment Committee meetings will be held monthly on Mondays at 2:00 p.m.
Council has also decided to incorporate a two-week summer break in the Council and Standing Committee meeting schedule.
Future County Sportsplex to Provide More Recreation Options
With the shovel in the ground at today’s official groundbreaking ceremony, construction is already underway on the 176,043 square-foot County Sportsplex.
The new regional facility, which will open its doors as early as the fall of 2012, will house twin ice rinks and a half-size indoor soccer pitch, one of Alberta’s largest indoor soccer pitches. It will also contain office and retail space, and future plans include several outdoor playing fields.
Located on 42-acres just west of the County administration buildings, Everett McDonald, County of Grande Prairie Reeve said the site’s central location is ideal as it is easily accessible from all corners of the County as well as from the City of Grande Prairie and communities throughout the region.
“What we are hearing from local sports groups in the County and City is that there is a real need for more ice time and more access to indoor soccer,” said McDonald. “The Sportsplex not only addresses the needs we have today, but has plenty of space to meet future demand.”
McDonald added: “This facility does not compete with other recreational facilities, but adds capacity to the array of options already in place throughout the region, including the new pool in Beaverlodge and the City’s new Multiplex.”
Since initial planning in 2009, square-foot costs for the Sportsplex have decreased from $190 per square-foot to $175. The overall construction cost for the pre-engineered facilty is $29,192,359 million.
The County has retained the Workun Garrick Partnership to provide architectural services. Grande Prairie-based Kaldon Construction will serve as Construction Manager.
The Sportsplex and site will be owned by the County of Grande Prairie, and privately operated by Calgary-based Nustadia Recreation Inc.
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Distracted Driving Legislation (Bill 16)
|Distracted Driving Law in Effect
Now in Effect
Restricts drivers from:
The most frequently asked question regarding the new law is whether pets are specifically addressed by the law. Here’s the answer! In situations where the driver becomes too involved with their pet, police could reasonably argue that the distraction is comparable to the specifically banned activities of reading, writing and grooming and lay a charge.
Also, existing legislation – Traffic Safety Act 115(2)(i) – allows police to charge a driver who permits anything, including a pet, to occupy the front seat of the vehicle such that it interferes with the driver’s access to the vehicle controls and the safe operation of the vehicle. Further, Traffic Safety Act 115(2)(j) – allows police to charge a driver who permits anything, including a pet, to cause any obstruction to the driver’s clear vision in any direction. We encourage the continued use of these existing provisions.
If a driver violates a new distracted driving provision and an existing provision in the Traffic Safety Act it would be up to the discretion of the officer as to if one or both charges would apply.
For the safety of both pets and road users, it is best if pets are secured in an appropriate pet care.
Tito’s Restaurant will occupy two spots with Wannawafel being the other successful vendor.
“Both will provide a unique cuisine flair in addition to our previous vendors Jugo Juice and Second Cup, filling out a nice selection for food services,” says Multiplex Marketing Co-ordinator Cheryl McKenzie, who presented the tenants at today’s Community Development Committee meeting.
“We have covered all points with breakfast, lunch and dinner, on the go, or eat in. There are some unique ethnic options as well as our standard western fare. I’m excited about the blend of menu variations that these four vendors will bring to the patrons of the Multiplex!”
Securing these two tenants now completes the food and beverage requirements of the facility, leaving two lease spaces available but with interested parties for both.
“I’m hoping to finalize deals on those two spaces within the next few weeks,” says McKenzie
The CDC will recommend to Council that both Tito’s and Wannawafel proceed for a leasing arrangement in the new Multiplex.
About The Multiplex
The Multiplex is the largest capital project that the City of Grande Prairie has ever undertaken, at 109 million dollars. This sports facility is a 250,000 sq.ft., complex comprised of an aquatics area, field house, fitness area, food and beverage, retail and community multipurpose rooms, and is slated to open in fall / winter of 2011. The facility will service the sporting and recreation community throughout the northern region, over 350,000 residents.