Unveiling the final agenda of the current incarnation of council, the city’s elected officials mulled over the tentative 317-page document during Monday’s executive committee meeting.
The meeting was held in preparation for the Oct. 11 city council meeting, when decisions will be made on the items presented.
Though this round of council meetings is the last for some members of council, their outstanding inquiries will be addressed by whatever council comes out of the Oct. 24 election.
“I think there’s some value in having those inquiries responded to,” Coun. Ted Zurakowski said, motioning with unanimous council approval to keep all outstanding inquiries alive.
“I would certainly like to see all of these inquiries answered to — I think they’re good ones.”
The following items were addressed during Monday’s executive committee meeting:
• A bus shelter on Eighth Street East across from Carment Court has been requested by a member of the public “on behalf of all seniors in this area.”
• Crime prevention through environmental design reports are being mulled over for the walkway between St. Anne’s and Arthur Peachy Schools, as well as behind Attree Bay and Pereverzoff Place. These reports serve to deter criminal activity by making public areas of the city more visible to passers by.
• A Zamboni purchase in the amount of about $106,000 is being considered, as previously passed in the city’s 2012 capital budget. The Zamboni will replace the oldest of the city’s four Zambonis, which was built in 1993 and will trade in for $11,000. Of the Zambonis, three are in the city’s indoor arenas and a spare is stationed in the Art Hauser Centre.
I would certainly like to see all of these inquiries answered to — I think they’re good ones. - Coun. Ted Zurakowski
• Statistics Canada’s 2011 population dwelling counts for the City of Prince Albert should not be formally reviewed, a report by city manager Robert Cotterill suggests. As Statistics Canada’s policy reads, “Statistics Canada will not re-enumerate a community as part of the formal review.” The city undertook an extensive review of the population count in 1996, to no gain for the city, Cotterill’s report reads.
• A customer service standards policy is being looked into, with councillors suggesting a 24-hour time frame be implemented on administration getting back to residents, as reported in Tuesday’s Daily Herald.
• Four new half-ton trucks are suggested for purchase in the amount of about $71,000. The bid, by Mann Northway, falls under the city’s 2012 capital budget, which allocated $101,500 for these four units.
A number of additional items — mainly related to land use — are also included within the agenda, available online at www.citypa.ca, under the “City Council” header on the left side of the page.
For at least three city councillors, Monday’s executive committee meeting signals their last round of council meetings.
Ward 7 Coun. Darren Whitehead, who chaired the meeting as deputy mayor, and Ward 4 Coun. Jayne Remenda are not seeking re-election.
Ward 2 Coun. Greg Dionne is running for the mayoral position alongside incumbent Jim Scarrow and newcomer Dean Link, meaning at least one of them will not return to council chambers after the Oct. 24 election.