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- Administration is recommending that 75 land use plans "that have fulfilled their purpose and are redundant" be repealed.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.
Photo: The weed management budget could be restored with council's approval. (Mack Male/Flickr)