LUB Amendment/Public Hearing
Following a public hearing, council performed second and third and final reading of the Land Use Bylaw Amendment, Bylaw 518-21.
The proposed bylaw would re-zone a portion of the municipal building that used to house the Village office from a Public to Commercial zoning, allowing for a new commercial space to be lease on main street. No one attended the public hearing to speak for or against the bylaw, and the village received no correspondence on it.
Council Delegation – MLA Grant Hunter
While Taber-Warner MLA Grant Hunter was unable to attend the council meeting due to another commitment that arose at the last minute, the delegation has been reschedule to a February council meeting.
Stirling Mayor Trevor Lewington said that council had previously scheduled a virtual meeting with Minister Ric McIver, which Hunter would have been part of, and council had met with McIver, in his role as Minister of Municipal Affairs, on Thursday, Dec. 16, to discuss council’s concerns with the proposed provincial police force, continued downloading of provincial costs to municipalities and their motion that was adopted at the recent conference of Alberta Municipalities requesting that municipalities are allowed to reflect the costs of enhanced policing on tax assessment notices.
Council Delegation: Director of Operations Shane Still
The village’s Council Delegation: Director of Operations Shane Still, who leads the village’s public works team, provided a report to council on all the major projects completed during the year, and answered questions about the proposed capital budget.
Council expressed appreciation of the hard work of the public works team, reviewed future equipment needs and recommended purchases for the next 10 years and asked questions on the challenges of inflationary pressures on project costs.
Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw
Council performed second and third and final reading of Bylaw 519-21, the 2022 Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw.
“The importance of finding efficiencies within our own operations to offset inflationary pressures is important as we do not want to pass along cost increases to residents,” said Lewington. “Council remains very focused on ensuring that our residents do not face additional costs from the Village at a time when the cost of living is going up in other areas like groceries, electricity etc. The bylaw reaffirmed that the same charges and fees from 2021 would continue at the same level into 2022.”