- The Healthy Streets Operation Centre proposed for Chinatown — which would support multidisciplinary teams across the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Service, and community partners — could cost $18 million over four years to operate. The EPS is requesting 36 new officers as part of its business plan for the centre. A location for the facility has not yet been selected and could add to the cost.
- Establishing three small-scale sanctioned encampments from early August until Oct. 31 would cost about $2 million. Administration does not recommend moving forward with the proposal, but acknowledges that "no other options were determined to be viable" this summer. Workforce trailers, micro shelters, or a tiny home village are all options for next year.
- Bylaw 20117, ready for first reading only, aims to reduce single-use plastics by prohibiting single-use plastic shopping bags and polystyrene foam serviceware, and charging a mandatory minimum fee for paper and reusable shopping bags, among other things.
- A rezoning application for 10209 100 Ave. downtown proposes to replace the vacant Dwayne's Home site with a mid-rise residential building of about six storeys with up to 215 dwellings. The Sedona Multi-Unit Development would feature a "heritage-style" aesthetic through brick cladding and vertically oriented windows.
Here are some of the other notable agenda items:
- Council will consider the proposed fuel surcharge for taxi fares, and administration now says it will undertake a comprehensive fare review with the results to be presented in the first quarter of 2023.
- A report on non-compliance in relation to campaign disclosure statements for the 2021 municipal election will be reviewed.
- A proposed schedule for the 2023-2026 budget deliberations is ready for review and approval.
- Bylaw 20187 authorizes the city to borrow up to $5 million on credit cards, an existing practice that now requires a borrowing bylaw under recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act.
- Several other borrowing bylaws will be considered, including for the Terwillegar Drive Expressway, solar panels at the Commonwealth Recreation Centre, and Stadium LRT Station upgrades.
- Rezoning applications for low-rise, multi-unit housing in North Glenora, the Michener Park redevelopment in Malmo Plains, small-scale infill in Central McDougall, and low-rise, multi-unit housing in Glenwood are among the items that will be considered at public hearing.
Several motions are expected based on notice given at previous meetings:
- Coun. Joanne Wright will ask for a memo outlining work underway to revisit and rationalize the use of temporary positions within the City of Edmonton.
- Wright will also ask for a report on the maintenance and replacement responsibilities of neighbourhood entrance signs built by developers.
- Mayor Amarjeet Sohi will request an unfunded service package to extend outdoor pool operations from May to September, starting next year.
- Coun. Anne Stevenson will request approval of funding for new seating for the River Valley Room.
- Coun. Jennifer Rice will request options for adjusting the council seating chart.
- Coun. Keren Tang will request that administration and the Edmonton Police Commission present the 2021 Edmonton Police Services annual report prior to budget deliberations.
- Coun. Tim Cartmell will request a report on cost-sharing options for industrial development at Fulton Creek Business Park.
City council will resume meeting the week of Aug. 8.
Photo: The proposed Sedona Apartments project at 10209 100 Avenue NW would be about six storeys tall. (Supplied)