Coming up at council: July 4-8, 2022

Coming up at council: July 4-8, 2022

· The Pulse

This is city council's final week of meetings before the summer break. There's a city council meeting on July 4, with a continuation scheduled for July 6. A public hearing is scheduled for July 5.

  • 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:

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.

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

Photo: The proposed Sedona Apartments project at 10209 100 Avenue NW would be about six storeys tall. (Supplied)