Coming up at council: July 5-9, 2021

Coming up at council: July 5-9, 2021

· The Pulse
By Mack Male

This is city council's final week of meetings before the summer break. They'll be off starting July 9 until the executive committee meeting on Aug. 9. Then there's just a month or so to go until the municipal election gets underway with the close of nominations on Sept. 20.

Here's what is coming up at city council this week in addition to a number of committee recommendations:

  • Administration recommends joining the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Network of Learning Cities. The initiative "fosters partnerships, equity and diversity, builds capacity, and provides cities with an opportunity to be recognized internationally for their learning and development strengths."
  • The city's Municipal Emergency Plan has been updated again and is ready for city council's review and approval. A related document, titled Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, identifies blizzards, extreme cold, and a human health emergency as the top hazards facing Edmonton. Of 34 identified hazards, 13 have a risk level of "extreme" and seven are rated "very high."
  • Council will again discuss the Reimagine Services update which recommends paid parking at a number of river valley parks. There's a motion on the floor from Coun. Esslinger to drop the proposed parking fees.
  • An update on council's participation in the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and other committees is ready for review.
  • A bylaw to enable the city to borrow $330 million for the Capital Line LRT extension from Century Park to 41 Avenue SW is ready for first reading.
  • Charter Bylaw 19730 would create a new downtown park just west of the existing Urban Eden park on 103 Street south of 99 Avenue.

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

Photo: City council's summer break runs July 9 to Aug. 9. (Mack Male/Flickr)