Clocking in at more than four hours, this week’s city council meeting covered a wide breath of topics and finalized a handful of previously discussed items.
The following are some of the noteworthy items that remained unreported.
The city’s elected officials approved four recommendations when it comes to council reimbursements, increasing the budget by $34,290.
The first is that vehicle allowance for each councillor double to $200 per month and that the vehicle allowance for the mayor be increased from $300 to $650 per month.
The per diem for each councillor was increased from $100 to $200 per day, and the per diem for half-days was increased from $50 to $100. This is a means of adequately compensating councillors for lost wages to take part in meetings held during the day.
Council members will now be allowed to charge expenses for attending the Mayor’s Annual State of the City Luncheon and other such events where there is a registration fee, subject to the mayor’s approval.
The ability to opt out of the Group RRSP program will also be allowed, with the contributions paid out as part of their regular indemnity.
Heavy industrial land rezoning
Paving the way for a fitness centre and other commercial businesses to lease a building on heavy industrial land, the city’s elected officials have rezoned 4260 Fifth Ave. E. as light industrial business district.
During a previous council meeting, Coun. Martin Ring endorsed the rezoning as a natural continuation of the zoning seen around it.
"To me, it's a perfect fit for these properties to be along (Highway 3), to be along this entrance to our city, that they be that type of commercial-looking development as opposed to a heavy industrial development, so that's why I'm encouraging this to move forward."
Bulk Cheese Warehouse
A Saskatoon-based Broadway Avenue staple was cleared to come to Prince Albert, with council approving its central 1576 Second Ave. W. location.
Having leased the property for more than a year, Scott Bartlett told the Herald that he plans on opening his new location as early as the May long weekend.
He described the Bulk Cheese Warehouse as “a deli grocery store, butcher shop and cheese store that sources out the finest food that I can find anywhere," noting that by "finest," he means the finest that people can reasonably afford.
Wastewater treatment plant
A tender in the amount of more than $2 million was awarded to Big River-based Ritchie Construction for work at the wastewater treatment plant.
The project will include the installation of new screens to control and meter sewage being dumped at the plant by septic haulers. The installation of perforated belt screens to strain the raw sewage stream at the plant entrance to remove large solids and plastics will also be included.
“This will reduce wear and tear on machinery, improve the UV effectiveness and intercept low density material currently slipping through the plant to the river,” a report by capital works manager Wes Hicks reads.
“This project will increase revenue, reduce maintenance and improve effluent release to the North Saskatchewan River.”
This project is covered entirely by the external gas tax fund.
Committee appointments finalized
After voting on council committee appointments during the last executive committee meeting, Couns. Martin Ring and Don Cody expressed some frustration with the results.
Neither councillor was present for the executive committee meeting vote.
Council resolved their frustrations and suggestions during this week’s city council meeting, finalizing the following committee appointments:
Martin Ring -- Golf Course Advisory, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, North Central Saskatchewan Waste Management Corporation, Prince Albert Tourism and Marketing Bureau Inc. and Board,
Tim Scharkowski -- Golf Course Advisory, Board of Police Commissioners, Diamond Development Advisory Committee, Prince Albert and District Community Futures Corporation Board of Directors,
Lee Atkinson -- Board of Police Commissioners, Management,
Charlene Miller -- Pehonan Parkway Board, Joint Planning – City and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, Prince Albert and District Community Service Centre Board, Prince Albert Exhibition Association Board of Directors,
Don Cody -- Pehonan Parkway Board, Management, North Central Saskatchewan Waste Management Corporation, Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club Inc. Board of Directors,
Mark Tweidt -- Housing Advisory, Pehonan Parkway Board, Prince Albert District Planning Commission, Prince Albert Tourism and Marketing Bureau Inc. and Board, Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency City Advisory Committee,
Rick Orr -- Museum and Heritage Advisory, Pehonan Parkway Board, Joint Planning – City and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, North Central Transportation Planning, Prince Albert and District Community Futures Corporation Board of Directors, Prince Albert District Planning Commission,
Ted Zurakowski -- John M. Cuelenaere Public Library, Prince Albert 2014 Winter Games Inc., Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Board of Directors
Greg Dionne – Board of Police Commissioners, Management, Prince Albert Housing Authority Nominating Committee, Saskatoon Airport Authority Community Consultative Committee.