Coming up at council: April 6-9, 2021

· The Pulse
By Mack Male

Here are some of the notable agenda items coming before city council for the week of April 6-9:

  • The Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force, formed last fall after public hearings on racism in policing, has released its report containing 14 recommendations intended to "help make Edmonton safer for everyone." The task force recommends freezing the current level of funding to the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) "until alignment with comparable cities is achieved" and suggests that the money, estimated at $260 million over the next five years, be "refunded and invested in the community to make certain health and social services available on a 24/7 basis." The report says that in recent years the funding formula for EPS "has been completed divorced from expectations" and that "EPS has enjoyed the privilege of receiving the money no matter what."
  • An update on the Traffic Safety Automated Enforcement Reserve projects a deficit by the end of 2022 due to "a number of changing realities" including "a continuing decline in automated enforcement violations."
  • The Alberta Aviation Museum is looking to rezone Hangar 14 to allow for signage which is prohibited under the current zoning approved in 1984. No other redevelopment of the historic building is proposed.

Edmonton Police Service expenditure growth

The Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force report states that thanks to a funding formula approved in 2018, the Edmonton Police Service has "received steady budget increases regardless of its initiatives or priorities, and despite not achieving many of its identified performance targets."

Recommendations from council's committees include:

Other agenda items coming up include:

Agendas for this week include:

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