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CITY OF YORKTON

SASKATCHEWAN

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

OCTOBER 17, 2005

 

Minutes of a Regular Council Meeting held on Monday, October 17, 2005 in Council Chambers City Hall commencing at 5:00 p.m.

Present: Mayor Phil De Vos, Councillors Arnelien, Goulden, Hill, Maloney, Schmidt and Wyatt.

Staff Members Present: Darcy McLeod, Laurie-Anne Rusnak, Lonnie Kaal, Jeff Humble, Cindy Alcorn, Gord Bulmer and Kelly Kaban.

A quorum being present Mayor Phil De Vos in the chair called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

***R00367-2005

Arnelien – Schmidt

That the Regular Council Agenda be amended with the addition of one item from Good Spirit REDA in the Committee of the Whole in-camera portion.

Carried.***

***R00368-2005

Maloney – Hill

That the Regular Council Agenda be approved as amended.

Carried.***

PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Councillor Goulden advised of the Canadian Junior Hockey prospects game December 5, 2005, at the Gallagher Centre and that hopefully, Yorkton will be announcing the Junior "A" World Challenge.

Councillor Schmidt congratulated Yorkton Co-op, Ron McClenaghan and his staff, for being recognized in Sask Business once again for being one of the top 100 businesses in Saskatchewan, improving by 9 spots from last year. She also acknowledged Laurie-Anne Rusnak who competed in the Royal Victoria Marathon.

Mayor De Vos thanked Jeff Humble and the people in the Downtown Business Improvement District regarding the bright lights on Broadway. He noted that the SPRA Conference is being hosted in Yorkton and that the City of Yorkton is receiving an award for the development of the Gallagher Centre.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Regular Council Meeting Minutes – September 26, 2005

***R00369-2005

Wyatt – Hill

That the Regular Council Meeting Minutes of September 26, 2005 be approved as presented.

Carried.***

Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes – September 26, 2005

***R00370-2005

Goulden – Schmidt

That the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes of September 26, 2005 be received and filed as presented.

Carried.***

HEARING OF PETITTIONS, PUBLIC NOTICES AND PRESENTATIONS

Public Notice – Bylaw No. 26/2005 – Street Closure – Second Avenue

There were no petitioners present to speak for or against Bylaw No. 26/2005, Street Closure for Second Avenue.

Prairie Harvest Employment Program – Landfill Reduction Program

A letter dated October 3, 2005 from Mr. Stefan Bymak, Director at Prairie Harvest Employment Program was circulated for the consideration of Council.

Mr. Bymak was present in Council Chambers to speak to their request.

***R00371-2005

Schmidt – Hill

That the Council of the City of Yorkton receive and file the letter dated October 3, 2005 from Prairie Harvest Employment Program and accept the "Recycling Pilot Project" in principle.

Carried.***

CORRESPONDENCE

Farrell Agencies Ltd. – Request for Continuation of Appointment – Insurance Broker

A letter dated September 27, 2005 from Farrell Agencies Ltd. regarding a continuation of appointment as Insurance Broker for the City of Yorkton was circulated for the consideration of Council.

***R00372-2005

Arnelien – Wyatt

That the request of September 27, 2005 from Farrell Agencies Ltd. regarding a continuation of appointment for Insurance Broker, be referred to Administration to discuss with both insurance brokers as to the possibility of a 4 or 5 year rotation term instead of 3 years, and to bring back a recommendation to Council.

Carried.***

Bernard Stephaniuk/Keith Washenfelder – Obnoxious Smoke

A letter dated October 7, 2005 from Mr. Bernard Stephaniuk and Mr. Keith Washenfelder regarding obnoxious smoke from a business on Fifth Avenue North was circulated for the consideration of Council.

Ms. Cindy Alcorn, Manager of Building Services, provided information on the Property Standards Bylaw and The Clean Air Act. She advised that an investigator will be getting back to her on this issue.

***R00373-2005

Arnelien – Schmidt

That we receive and file the letter dated October 7, 2005 from Mr. Bernard Stephaniuk and Mr. Keith Washenfelder regarding obnoxious smoke pending further investigation from the Province.

Carried.***

Yorkton Community Theatre

A letter dated October 3, 2005 from the Director of the Yorkton Community Theatre requesting forgiveness of taxes on a property was circulated for the consideration of Council.

The Director of Finance advised that the taxes on 54 Smith Street would be $4,805 per year. For three months this would be $1,200 including the school levy and the City’s portion would be $750.00. She suggested that if Council would like to provide some assistance, it could be in the form of a sponsorship.

***R00374-2005

Arnelien – Schmidt

That the Council of the City of Yorkton contribute $750.00 as a sponsorship to the Yorkton Community Theatre, from the promotional budget category for 2005, and that the City of Yorkton be acknowledged in their program.

Councillor Maloney opposed.

Carried.***

York School Division No. 36 – School Bus Safety Lights and Stop Arms

A letter dated October 11, 2005 from the York School Division No. 36 regarding concerns of the implementation of activating school bus safety lights and stop arms was circulated for the consideration of Council.

The City Clerk advised that the Separate School Division has not had the opportunity to respond to the request from the City.

Mayor Phil De Vos advised there are no other cities in the Province that have a bylaw regarding this issue.

***R00375-2005

Schmidt – Arnelien

That City Council make their decision based on facts and await further information and recommendations from the School Boards and refer this matter back to Protective Services Commission for further review and recommendation.

Carried.***

INTRODUCTION OF BYLAWS

Bylaw No. 26/2005 – Street Closure – Second Avenue

***R00376-2005

Arnelien – Goulden

That Bylaw No. 26/2005, a bylaw of the City of Yorkton to provide for a permanent closure of a road, Second Avenue at Broadway Street, be introduced and read a first time this 17th day of October A.D. 2005.

Carried.***

***R00377-2005

Schmidt – Wyatt

That Bylaw No. 26/2005 be read a second time this 17th day of October A.D. 2005.

Carried.**

***R00378-2005

Goulden – Maloney

That Bylaw No. 26/2005 receive all three readings this 17th day of October A.D. 2005.

Carried Unanimously.***

***R00379-2005

Hill – Schmidt

That Bylaw No. 26/2005, a bylaw of the City of Yorkton to provide for the permanent closure of a road, Second Avenue at Broadway, be read a third time this 17th day of October A.D. 2005 after unanimous agreement had been reached to have third reading and registered in the Bylaw Register of the City of Yorkton.

Carried.***

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

A memorandum dated October 6, 2005 from the City Manager along with a proposed resolution regarding revenue sharing were circulated for the consideration of Council.

***R00380-2005

Goulden – Hill

That the Council of the City of Yorkton approve the resolution as follows:

WHEREAS revenue sharing was introduced by the Government of Saskatchewan as an innovative and forward thinking program in the 1970’s to provide alternate sources of revenues to Saskatchewan communities from the broader tax revenues of the Province to fund community services, programs and activities to sustain their economic environmental, cultural and social quality of life based on community choices and priorities; and

WHEREAS in the early 1990’s, the Government of Saskatchewan was faced with significant fiscal challenges and requested all Saskatchewan residents, including urban municipalities, to bear the burden of fiscal recovery which was readily accepted as a necessity by all Saskatchewan communities and this required significant reductions in the revenue sharing available to Saskatchewan communities that necessitate property tax increases, service reductions or deferral of capital expenditures; and

WHEREAS the Government of Saskatchewan, with the $30 million ($10 million increase per year) increase they provided over the three years prior to 2005, recognized the need for increased funding to municipalities from the broader provincial tax base as the provincial financial position and economy improves; and

WHEREAS it is widely recognized that communities like, the City of Yorkton need financial stability, predictability, and autonomy to fulfill their community expectations for capacity building and decision-making to sustain the environmental, economic, social and cultural growth of their communities and Saskatchewan;

WHEREAS the Provincial Government did not provide for the additional $10 million as requested in the 2005-06 budget;

AND WHEREAS the mid term financial picture of the Province shows that their revenues have increased significantly.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Yorkton request the Provincial Government:

  1. To continue on the path of reinstating the Revenue Sharing pool to an appropriate level by now adding a further $10 million to the Revenue Sharing pool for 2005-2006.
  2. To add a further $10 million to the Revenue Sharing in the fiscal year 2006-2007 thereby increasing the Revenue Sharing Pool by $20 million;
  3. To provide for the appropriate share of the additional $30 million to the Cities Pool based on per capita distribution.
  4. To commit to working with the Saskatchewan City Mayors’ Caucus, SUMA and all Saskatchewan Municipalities to develop a formula based Revenue Sharing pool, utilizing the provincial tax base indices of personal income, corporate income, fuel and retail sales, that will be predictable and grow as the economy of the Province grows.

Carried.***

Director of Finance – Gallagher Centre

A memorandum dated October 7, 2005 from the Director of Finance regarding the Gallagher Centre was circulated for the consideration of Council.

***R00381-2005

Wyatt – Schmidt

That the Council of the City of Yorkton authorize Administration to provide public notice in accordance with Public Notice Bylaw No. 8/2003 and to tender for a $5,000,000 loan over 15 years and bring a formal borrowing bylaw back to Council once public notice is complete.

Carried.***

Manager of Building Services

Agricultural Land Rentals for 2006 Crop Year

A memorandum dated October 12, 2005 from the Manager of Building Services regarding agricultural land rentals for the 2006 crop year was circulated for the consideration of Council.

***R00382-2005

Goulden – Maloney

That the Council of the City of Yorkton maintain the 2006 agricultural land rental rate at $24.00 per cultivated acre and $12.00 per hay acre.

Carried.***

Residential Lot Inventory

A memorandum dated October 12, 2005 from the Manager of Building Services regarding the residential lot inventory was circulated for the consideration of Council.

***R00383-2005

Schmidt – Goulden

That the Council of the City of Yorkton approve the addition of 21 lots located on Aspen Place to the inventory of property for sale at the prices indicated on the attached memorandum dated October 12, 2005 from the Manager of Building Services.

Carried.***

***R00384-2005

Maloney – Schmidt

That this Regular Council Meeting move into a Committee of the Whole Council Meeting at 6:03 p.m.

Carried.***

***R00385-2005

Wyatt – Maloney

That we rise and report from the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting at 7:25 p.m.

Carried.***

 

Legal Update – Sakimay Band/Smoking Bylaw [27.10(b)&(e)(i)(iii)&(f)(vi)]

***R00386-2005

Arnelien – Schmidt

That we accept Recommendation No. C00082-2005 as contained in the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2005 that we empower the City Solicitor to negotiate a resolution respecting the Smoking matter with Sakimay Band No. 74 proceeding on the basis of the two options as discussed by Council.

Councillors Hill and Wyatt opposed.

Carried.***

Yellowhead Commercial – Remax/Blue Chip Realty [27.10(e)(iii)&(f)(ii)(iv)(vii)&(g)]

***R00387-2005

Wyatt – Maloney

That we accept Recommendation No. C00083-2005 as contained in the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2005 that the City of Yorkton endorse the agreement with 946563 Alberta Limited for the sale of Lot 1 and Lot 2, Block 15, Plan 99Y07581 as per the terms and conditions as outlined in the attached agreement of purchase and sale dated September 7, 2005 and amended October 7, 2005, subject to the City meeting the public notice provisions.

Carried.***

Yorkton Economic Development Commission Inc.

Industrial Incentive Policy Review

***R00388-2005

Goulden – Schmidt

That we accept Recommendation No. C00084-2005 as contained in the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2005 that we accept the recommendation for changes to the Development Policy #10-280 as presented by the Yorkton Economic Development Commission Inc.

Carried.***

***R00389-2005

Goulden – Hill

That this Regular Council Meeting adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

Carried.***


                                              

Approved this 31st day of October, 2005.

Mayor Phil De Vos

MAYOR

Laurie-Anne Rusnak

CITY CLERK