Coming up at council: June 7-11, 2021

Coming up at council: June 7-11, 2021

· The Pulse
By Mack Male

The majority of what city council will consider this week are recommendations from committees, including an updated funding strategy for the 170th Street Footbridge, a minor update to the public engagement policy, the 2021 COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for The Orange Hub, and a restoration of the weed management program to 2020 service levels at a cost of $1.14 million.

Here's what else is coming up at city council this week:

  • Edmonton Global and the Edmonton International Airport are calling for a new $15 million regional Air Service Opportunities Fund to support flight attraction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and "to ensure that the region can remain competitive globally to attract investment." If approved, the City of Edmonton would contribute $9.88 million over three years including $1.94 million in 2021.
  • The draft Safe Passing Distance bylaw would establish rules for safely sharing the road.
  • Bylaw 19756 would provide a guarantee of $3.3 million on a line of credit for the Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission for up to three years ending July 31, 2024.
  • Bylaw 19757 would provide a $4-million loan to the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation to bridge until funding from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for the Aurora Project is received.
  • Administration is recommending that 75 land use plans "that have fulfilled their purpose and are redundant" be repealed. Five area structure plans and the zoning bylaw require corresponding amendments.

Meetings are streamed live on city council's YouTube channel.

Photo: The weed management budget could be restored with council's approval. (Mack Male/Flickr)