On the agenda: Coronation funding, pedway construction, climate reviews
By Mack Male
City council returns from its holiday break this week, with community and public services committee on Jan. 16, urban planning committee on Jan. 17, and executive committee on Jan. 18. Here are some of the key agenda items:
- A proposed funding agreement between the city, the Argyll Velodrome Association, and World Triathlon Series Edmonton would see the two partner organizations contribute $4 million in capital funding to the Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre, which is currently under construction. Should the organizations not be able to raise the funds, administration suggests using self-supporting tax-guaranteed debt, the servicing of which would be funded by future lease revenues charged to the two organizations. The report also suggests that the facility's cycling track, weight-lifting and warm-up space, running track, and link to the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre will all be considered for name sale under the Facility Name Sale Policy C477A. Construction on the facility was 25% complete as of December 2022 and is anticipated to be complete in 2026.
- Administration recommends that executive committee approve a sole-source, non-competitive agreement with Ledcor for the construction of the $26.5 million 103A Avenue pedway from Churchill LRT station to Station Lands. Engaging Ledcor would result in reduced cost and reduced risk as the company has already been contracted by Qualico to build the first phase of the Station Lands development. Qualico sought an amendment to the Downtown CRL to fund the pedway in June 2021, which the Government of Alberta approved in January 2022. An attempt by Coun. Anne Stevenson to cancel the funding failed in a 10-3 vote on Jan. 24, 2022.
- The city currently uses a suite of environmental reviews for plans and projects, but administration plans to start including an environment and climate review section in select reports starting in the second quarter of 2023. Including environment and climate information within all applicable council reports will require an additional two or three full-time equivalents with environment and climate expertise, administration says. "Options for additional steps that could be taken to further expand or increase environmental reviews are expected to be associated with a requirement for increased resources," the report states.
- At executive committee on Jan. 18, Stevenson will table a motion asking for a report from administration and Homeward Trust containing lessons learned from implementing Edmonton's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness for incorporation into the city's affordable housing strategy.