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Council Highlights
September 9, 2019 Meeting

Speed Control Report

Council received Administration’s final report on speed control within the Town of Beaverlodge. Administration created a survey and circulated it on social media, with paper copies being handed out around town and available at the town office and recreation center. There was a total of 838 responses received, with 242 being in favor of lowering the speed limit to 30, and 596 not being in favor. Council discussed the results, noting that this issue started discussion within community about a safety issue. Councillor Mosher shared his experience in talking with residents about the possible change, citing the majority were in favor of the change. More enforcement, and extending school zones were all brought up as different solutions instead of a blanket 30 km/h around the whole town. Council made a motion to direct this issue back to the Protective Services Committee having them explore alternate options. Mayor Rycroft stated that the town has more options than lowering the whole town to 30km/h, and those alternatives need to be explored.

Snow Removal Policy

Administration brought an amended snow removal policy forward for Council’s review. Changes included adding ‘temporary no parking signage’, allowing Public Works to post a 24-hour parking ban for snow maintenance. Under the new policy, sanding would start at 5:00 AM and go till 5:00 PM. After some discussion, Council asked for the maps to be revised for clarity.

Letter from Municipal Affairs

Council received a letter from Municipal Affairs confirming MSI (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) and GTF (Gas Tax Fund) the Town of Beaverlodge will be receiving:
• 2019 MSI capital: $397,355.00
• 2019 MSI operating: $85,159.00
• 2019 GTF: $278,546.00
The MSI helps support local infrastructure priorities and build strong, safe and resilient communities. MSI funding is based on municipal populations, education property tax requisitions and kilometers of local roads and includes base funding for all municipalities and Sustainable Investment funding for municipalities with limited local assessment bases. The GTF provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity.