A sneak peek at Monday’s city council agenda

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Current deputy mayor Mark Tweidt chairs this week’s executive committee meeting on March 3 -- a meeting that helped prepare the city’s elected officials for the city council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 10, beginning at 5 p.m. 

The real meat and potatoes of Monday’s dose of civic politics will take place after Prince Albert’s 5 p.m. city council meeting.

 

Once the meeting concludes, the city’s elected officials will delve into a budget committee public consultation meeting, during which they will face nine speakers.

Various funding requests are expected to blanket the meeting, as outlined in the evening meeting’s agenda.

The Prince Albert Historical Society will be requesting an additional $9,570 to hire a part-time office manager.

The John M. Cuelenaere Public Library is requesting a five per cent general increase, as well as $550,000 toward capital needs.

Correspondence from Prince Albert Arts Board chair Roxanne Dicke indicates that their 2014 budget request was submitted to the city in December, but the document hasn’t been included in Monday’s public agenda.

The Community Service Centre is requesting a $42,734 increase for service operations, including $20,965 for staff and benefit increases.

The Mann Art Gallery wants to see its funding jump by $22,334.24 over last year’s, bringing it to $66,804 -- the beginning of a multi-year increase they want to see reach $150,000 by 2020.

The details of these requests will be outlined by the people making them at Monday’s public consultation meeting.

As always, the Daily Herald will be in attendance to report on whatever decisions are made.

The following items will also be discussed at Monday’s city council meeting, set to begin at City Hall’s council chambers at 5 p.m.

 

• Sanitation fund budget changes are perhaps the most significant item on Monday’s city council agenda.

The March 3 executive committee meeting helped prepare the city’s elected officials to discus the matter, with city administration suggesting a couple fee increases.

If council reiterates the support they expressed earlier this week, city coffers will face a slight sanitation fee surcharge increase, with the monthly fee jumping from $14.40 to $14.80. This fee is seen on city residents’ water bills.

In addition, the tipping fee at the city landfill site will increase to $53 a tonne from its current $52.

As discussed by council earlier this week, the city’s elected officials will also consider the future of the free landfill pass program, which allots residents who receive water bills with four free trips to the landfill site per year, up to 150 kg.

This service cost the city about $38,000 last year.

 

• A Blue Community presentation will made to city council by local Council of Canadians member Rick Sawa.

This won’t be the Council of Canadians’ first attempt at trying to convince the city to adopt the Blue Community model.

On March 11, 2013, member Nancy Carswell told the city’s elected officials that the Blue Community concept is adopted by municipal councils that recognize water as a human right, promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services and ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events.

"It takes a lot of water to bottle water," she explained to council at the time. "The production process requires three to five litres of water to produce a one litre bottle of water."

Last year, the city’s elected officials motioned to receive and file the presentation, without any discussion.

 

• A painting appraisal will be considered by council, who might choose to learn more about a large painting that graces their chambers.

Called “Sir George Simpson on his tour of inspection from Hudson’s Bay to the Pacific Coast,” the painting by Cyrus Cuneo could be valued in the vicinity of $683,124, according to Mann Art Gallery curatorial staff.

They recommend the hiring of a professional appraiser to evaluate their assessment, at a cost of more than $1,200.

 

• Making city parks safer will be discussed by council. Although initially directed at a list of recommended changes to Agnew Park, at Monday’s executive committee meeting the city’s elected officials decided to broaden their scope to all city parks.

Organizations: Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert Historical Society, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library Prince Albert Arts Board A Blue Community Community Service Centre Daily Herald Council of Canadians member Rick Sawa Pacific Coast

Geographic location: Agnew Park

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