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City Council Decisions in Brief

For immediate release: September 5, 2017 - 2:01pm
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From the August 28, 2017 Regular Meeting of City Council

6.1       Municipal Heritage Property Designation – Third Avenue United Church

Decision

*City Council passed Bylaw No. 9413 The Third Avenue United Church Heritage Designation Bylaw, 2017.

Background

*At the January 23, 2017 Public Hearing meeting, City Council resolved that permission be granted to introduce Bylaw No. 9413 and give same its first reading. City Council referred the item to the Municipal Heritage Review Board.

*At the November 28, 2016 regular meeting of City Council, the City Solicitor was instructed to bring forward a bylaw to designate 304 3rd Avenue North as a Municipal Heritage Property under the provisions of The Heritage Property Act, with such designation to include the exterior of the building, as well as two interior elements, being the hammer-beam rafters and Casavant organ.

9.5.2   2018 Business Plan and Budget Update – 30 Day Challenge 

Decision

*City Council resolved:

1. That the idea “Removal of Dedicated Snow & Ice Levy” be received as information;

2. That the Administration report back to the Standing Policy Committee on Finance regarding the Amusement Tax;

3. That the idea “Implementation of a Secondary Suite Fee” be received as information;

4. That the Administration report to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services regarding decreased watering of parks/green space;

5. That the Administration report on temporary reduction to the annual allocation to RCE for 2018 Budget deliberations;

6. That the Administration report on the discontinuation of printing and mailing the collection calendar for 2018 Budget deliberations;

7. That the idea “Bi-weekly garbage collection” be received as information and referred to the discussion around waste as a utility;

8. That the Administration report to the Standing Policy Committee on Finance regarding additional billboards on City rights-of-way;

9. That the idea “Waste as a Utility” be received as information;

10. That the letter dated August 15, 2017 from Keith Moen, Executive Director of the NSBA be referred to the Administration for further analysis and dialogue with the NSBA, following up with implementation where applicable.

11. That Administration report back about creating a process similar to the 30-Day Challenge to solicit public feedback about efficiency and savings with City operations.  This could be modeled on the Cut Red Tape process previously implemented by the City of Calgary.

Background

*At its June 19, 2017 meeting, the Governance and Priorities Committee received the 2018 Budget Update report from the CFO/General Manager, Asset and Financial Management Department. The report outlined that the current projected property tax increase for 2018 was 6.48%, and that the Administration was working on several strategies to develop ideas and help mitigate this property tax impact.

9.6.1   2016 Annual Report – Shaping Our Financial Future

Decision

*City Council received the information.

Background

*City Council approved the City of Saskatoon Strategic Plan 2012-2022 in February 2013. In early 2014, the Strategic Plan was updated to reflect the priorities of the newly elected Mayor and Councillors for this City Council’s term. The 2013-2023 Strategic Plan includes seven Strategic Goals, 10-year strategies, and 4-year priorities that represent how the City will operationalize the vision for each Strategic Goal. The Strategic Goals guide City Council’s decision-making and policy-making. The 2016 Annual Report – Shaping Our Financial Future aligns with the goals set forth in the Strategic Plan 2013-2023. It also reports on the progress of the City’s investment activities, projects, and services that were implemented as outlined in the 2016 Corporate Business Plan and Budget.

9.7.1 City Entrance Signs

Decision

*City Council Resolved that the remaining four City Entrance Signs, proposed to be created as per the Highway Entrance Features Concept Plan, not be constructed; that $374,229.74 be returned to the Reserve for Capital Expenditures; and that funding continue to be provided to maintain the existing City Entrance Signs.

Background

*At its August 14, 2017 meeting, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services requested that the Administration report back on options to construct up to four scaled-down versions of City Entrance Signs that would complete the Highway Entrance Features Concept Plan project.

9.8.2 Award of Environmental Consulting Services ­– Corridor Growth Plan – Brownfield Renewal Strategy

Decision

*City Council resolved that the proposal submitted by Dillon Consulting for environmental consulting services to complete the Corridor Growth Program – Brownfield Renewal Strategy, at a total estimated cost of $150,000 (including taxes and disbursements) be accepted.

Background

*Effective September 15, 2016, several Growth Plan projects received approval for federal funding support through Phase 1 of the Federal Public Transportation Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The City and the Government of Canada will share in a total contribution of $7.65M towards these projects through the PTIF. City Council, at its meeting held on June 26, 2017, considered the Growth Plan to Half a Million – Brownfield Renewal Strategy report and approved the direction of the Corridor Growth Program – Brownfield Renewal Strategy work and funding model. The Brownfield Renewal Strategy was included in the Growth Plan’s Ten-year Action Plan, it aims to: assess and prioritize corridor brownfields; recommend an appropriate redevelopment incentive program; and, provide contamination management plans for the future development.

9.11.1 Proposed Amendments to Bylaw No. 7531, Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Bylaw

Decision

*City Council passed Bylaw No. 9460, The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Amendment Bylaw, 2017. Council also resolved that the Administration request of the Provincial Government that quorum be addressed in the next update of The Police Act.

Background

*At its meeting held on March 27, 2017, City Council adopted the recommendation of the Governance and Priorities Committee that two additional members-at-large be added to the composition of the Board of Police Commissioners beginning January 1, 2018, and that the City Solicitor prepare the necessary amendments to The Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners Bylaw.

Public Hearing August 28, 2017

5.2.1 City of Saskatoon – Debt Limit

Decision

*City Council resolved that pursuant to Section 133 of The Cities Act, the Administration be authorized to request the Saskatchewan Municipal Board to re-establish the debt limit for the City of Saskatoon at $558M.

Background

*On October 15, 2014, the SMB advised the Administration that the debt limit was established at $558M. The debt limit was calculated based an amount equal to the City’s own source annual revenue. This is consistent with the SMB’s calculation for municipalities. Own source revenue comes from property taxes, utilities, user fees and earnings on investments. Own source revenue does not include conditional or unconditional grants, grants in lieu of property taxes or SaskPower surcharges. The $558M is based on the calculation from 2013 Financial Statements. This debt limit is subject to review by December 31, 2017.

6.1 - 6.9 Proclamations and Flag Raisings

Decision

*City Council approved all proclamations and flag raising requests as set out in Section 6 and authorized the City Clerk to sign the proclamations, in the standard from, on behalf of City Council.

1. Waste Reduction Week

2. United Way Month

3. National PKD Awareness Day

4. World Mental Health Day

5. Drive Electric Week

6. Right to Know Week

7. Environmental Public Health Week

8. Poverty Awareness Week

9. Biotech Week