City Council Highlights – August 8, 2011
Additional Borrowing for Multiplex
Council voted to increase borrowing by $760,000 and authorized the transfer of $240,000 from reserves to offset additional construction costs on the Aquatics and Wellness Multiplex project.
The initial budget for the facility was approximately $110 million. Unanticipated expenses, including replacement of the chiller, loss of gift in kind services, and additional costs related to the satellite police station, incurred a cost overage of $1 million.
The Multiplex is expected to open in December.
Council voted to refer concerns from Crystal Lake Drive resident John Carswell to the appropriate standing committee. He presented a petition and made a presentation regarding increased traffic in recent years since 88 Street was closed, resulting in Crystal Lake Drive becoming a major north-south artery.
He expressed safety and quality of life concerns, proposing to open up 88 Street from 116 Ave. to 132 Ave., open up 88 Street from 100 Ave. north or speed up the development of 84 Street.
Development of roadways in this section of the City is addressed in the Transportation Master Plan. There may be interim action that can occur, such as increased enforcement and traffic calming initiatives.
100th Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Capital Project Additional Funding
Council allocated $700,000 from the unassigned Municipal Sustainability Grant to the 100th Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Capital Project.
This additional funding will extend the life of the 100th Avenue Bridge for another 50 years. A total of $1,670,000 is required for the project, which includes replacement of the bridge deck.
Breathing Air Compressor
Council awarded Tender T-21-323-11, Jordair Breathing Air Compressor and auxiliary devices, to Acklands Grainger for $125,191.83.
This equipment is a necessary component for Fire and Emergency operations and falls under the West Fire Hall construction budget.
Amari Spa Lease – Multiplex
Council approved a five-year lease, with a five-year option to renew, with Amari Spa for operating space at the Multiplex. The spa will be located next to the squash and racquetball courts.
Extension of Subdivision Approval Rejected
Council denied the request to extend the period for subdivision approval and endorsement for subdivision applications Z08-0014 and Z08-0015, Pt. NE 31-71-5-W6M for an additional year.
The subdivisions are located east of Crystal Lake Estates, north of Copperwood, between Lakeland Drive and 130B Avenue and 86A Street to 86C Street.
The Subdivision Approval Authority approved two one-year time extensions after the initial one-year period. Administration advised Council refuse a third time extension as a significant amount of time has elapsed for the developer to meet conditions of approval and submit a final plan of subdivision to the Subdivision Approval Authority for endorsement.
Take Part Take Pride Committee Appointment
Scott Field was appointed to the Take Part Take Pride Committee to fill a vacancy. His term is from Sept. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2012.
Fiscal Sustainability Model
Council approved the first step in the fiscal sustainability model – defining what fiscal sustainability means to the City. It is described as the ability to manage expected fiscal requirements and withstand future financial shocks to ensure that the City of Grande Prairie can continue to deliver quality programs and services into the future.
As part of the three-year planning cycle for 2012-2014, Council highlighted fiscal sustainability as an important focus area. This resulted in the Council Strategic Objective to create a Fiscal Sustainability Model.
The model outline will return to Council on Aug. 22 for approval.