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June 18, 2018

Council received a presentation from Grant MacKay, Manager of Land and Business Support, regarding that department’s 2017 Annual Report.

Council received a presentation from Brian Mastel, Commissioner of Corporate Services, regarding the Financially Fit for the Future plan and staff’s recommended 2019-2022 key budget assumptions and targets. The presentation also provided an overview of municipal consent and access fees.

Following a public hearing, Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4480, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The Bylaw will see an area of the Hamptons neighbourhood rezoned to Low Density Residential (R-LD) District.

City Council received for information a tender awarded to Colliers International by the Administrative Committee in the about of $538,445. The awarded work is for consulting project management services as part of a project that will see electric line extensions in the 13.8kv system and the addition of a 138/13.8 kV substation.

City Council approved the recommendation from Development and Infrastructure Committee to enter into a two-year lease agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines (PCA) for space at the Medicine Hat Regional Airport on the general terms and conditions, as presented or as amended satisfactory to the Chief Administrative Officer and the City Solicitor. PCA will operate from the space as WestJest Link.

City Council received for information from the Development and Infrastructure Committee the Land and Business Support 2017 Annual Report.

City Council approved a recommendation from the Public Services Committee to award the Special Cultural Assistance Grants as recommended by the Arts and Heritage Advisory Board as presented for a total of $7,250, including:

Organization/Representative
Project Funding
Justin “Soncho” Austin, Medicine Hat Art Club/Dina Jubrak
Tunnel Vision Street Art Project
$1,000
Southern Alberta Pop Up Parks Association/ Dina Jubrak
Pop Up Park at 651 Second Street SE
$1,030
GX Dance Studio/Aaron Melanson
Asher Melanson to compete at “Boy Factory Jam” in Denver Colorado
$500
GX Dance Studio/Aaron Melanson Last Standing Community Breakdance Event
$1,000
Miywasin Friendship Centre Sabrina Prince Metis Kitchen Party
$1,220
Miywasin Friendship Centre Sabrina Prince
Demonstration Powwow
$2,500

City Council approved a recommendation from the Public Services Committee and the Public Art Committee to allocate $17,500 (approximately $16,000 art purchase price, $1,000 installation cost) from the Public Art Reserve Fund to purchase Stewart Steinhauer’s Old Man Buffalo Stone sculpture and install the sculpture in Police Point Park near the interpretive centre.

City Council received for information from the Public Services Committee the Youth Advisory Boards Goals for 2018.

City Council received from the Audit Committee information that Alberta Municipal Affairs is implementing a new performance measurement system to compile and report publicly municipal financial performance based on 13 specific indicators.

City Council received the Summary Tri-Annual Management Report for the period ending April 30, 2018 from the Audit Committee for information.

City Council approved a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to:

  1. by passing Bylaw No. 4491, approve fee increases to the Dishonoured Payment Fee from $34 to:
    1. $35 effective January 1, 2019,
    2. $36 effective January 1, 2020,
    3. $37 effective January 1, 2021, and
    4. $38 effective January 1, 2022.
  2. approve maintaining the current invalid account transfer fee at $12.50 for the period 2019 through 2022.
  3. pass Bylaw No. 4491.

City Council approved a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to:

  1. by passing Bylaw No. 4490, approve the specified changes to the Tax Certificate And Information Fees Bylaw for 2019 through 2022
  2. pass Bylaw No. 4490.

City Council approved a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to approve the specified City Clerk Fees and Charges.

City Council approved a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to cancel the 2018 taxes related to the properties identified as per the resolution for farm land  and non-residential class assessments where the increase for 2018 exceeds $5,000 and be at least 100% more than the 2017 total taxes.

City Council approved a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to repeal the Electronics Communications Policy #0135 and approve the New Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy #0163, which replaces Policy #0135. The new policy recognizes that the security of the City network (and electronic information) depends on the reliable functioning of the technical infrastructure.

City Council approved a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to approve the new Cybersecurity Policy #0164. The policy has been created to guide the organization in risk mitigation and incident response. The policy has been modeled using NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).

City Council approved a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to see Corporate Asset Management – Facilities Management add two permanent HVAC positions, as per the recommendations of the 2013 City of Medicine Hat Building Services Value For Money Audit, and current and proposed service level requirements.

City Council received for information from the Corporate Services Committee an overview of the assessment and taxation of the Canalta Centre Tax Roll Account #184848 for the area managed by SMG Canada U.L.C. The taxable portion of the facility gives rise to $5,544 in Education and Cypress View taxes.

City Council defeated a recommendation from the Administrative Committee to amend the Gas and Electric bylaws to include a Municipal Consent and Access Fee for City of Medicine Hat utility customers.

City Council tabled the recommendation from the Administrative Committee until July 3, 2018 to adopt the Guiding Key Principles to achieve Council’s Fiscal Responsibility Strategic Priority and Key Budget Assumptions and Targets to be incorporated into the 2019-2022 budgets.

City Council received for information from Administrative Committee a tender award to Joe Johnson Equipment in the amount of $1,231,700. The tender is for the supply of two new 2018 combination vacuum and sewer cleaning truck units.

City Council received for information from Administrative Committee a tender award to Suncor Energy Products Partnership in the amount of $14,669,223.58 over five years for the supply  delivery of unleaded and diesel fuel.

City Council received for information the draft minutes of the Medicine Hat Police Commission of May 17, 2018.

City Council received for information the Meeting Minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission from May 23, 2018.

City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4481, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4438, the Safety Codes Permit Bylaw as sponsored by the Development and Infrastructure Committee.

City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4482, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2300, the Amusement Arcade and Billiard Room Bylaw as sponsored by the Development and Infrastructure Committee.

City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4483, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2339, the Licensing Bylaw as sponsored by the Development and Infrastructure Committee.

City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4484, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2648, the Taxi Bylaw as sponsored by the Development and Infrastructure Committee.

City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4485, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3472, the Escort Service Bylaw as sponsored by the Development and Infrastructure Committee.

City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4492, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to establish a code of conduct for members of Council as sponsored by the Administrative and Legislative Review Committee.

City Council passed 1st reading of Bylaw #4487, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, The Land Use Bylaw sponsored by the Municipal Planning Commission. The Bylaw describes the Cannabis Retail Store Overlay.

City Council passed 1st reading of Bylaw #4490, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3031, Fees for tax certificates, information and services provided by the City’s Finance Department. The bylaw is sponsored by the Corporate Services Committee.

City Council passed 1st reading Bylaw #4491, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3324, the Dishonored Payment Fee Bylaw, as sponsored by the Corporate Services Committee.

City Council approved under New Business a resolution regarding amendments to subdivision fees.

City Council approved under New Business a resolution regarding amendments to development services and encroachment fees.

More Information

Next City Council meeting to be held in City Hall Council Chambers
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM


City Council Meeting Highlights is an informal summary of the information presented to, and decisions made by, Medicine Hat City Council at its regular meetings. Click here to view official meeting minutes.