SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL

 

MINUTES


March 20, 2020  –  Council Chamber

 

 

PRESENT

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, *T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, *B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton,
B. Henderson, *A. Knack, *S. McKeen, *M. Nickel, *A. Paquette, *M. Walters
*Participated by telephone

ABSENT

None

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE

A.   Laughlin, Interim City Manager

A. Giesbrecht, City Clerk
C. Schlamp, Office of the City Clerk

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM

                                                                                                         PAGE

DECISION

 

1.          CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS                            1

1.1        Call to Order                                                                                          1

1.2        Roll Call                                                                                                  2

1.3        Adoption of Agenda                                                                            2

1.4        Protocol Items                                                                                      2

2.          ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS             2

2.1        Requests to Speak                                                                              2

3.          REPORTS                                                                                              2

3.1        City Manager Update - Verbal report                                              2

4.          PRIVATE REPORTS                                                                           6

5.          ADJOURNMENT                                                                                  6

 

 

 

 

 

Carried

See minutes

 

None

 

Action

None

 

DECISION SUMMARY

ITEM

 

DECISION

1.

CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS

1.1

Call to Order

 

 

 

Mayor D. Iveson called the meeting to order at 1:32 p.m.

 

1.2

Roll Call

 

 

 

Mayor D. Iveson conducted roll call and confirmed the attendance of Members of Council.

 

1.3

Adoption of Agenda

 

 

Moved M. Banga - S. Hamilton:

 

 

 

That the March 20, 2020, Special City Council meeting agenda be adopted.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton, B. Henderson, A. Knack,
S. McKeen, M. Nickel, A. Paquette, M. Walters

 

1.4

Protocol Items

 

 

 

Mayor D. Iveson, on behalf of City Council, expressed his sincere gratitude to City Council, City Administration, City Employees, members of the media, and Alberta Health Services employees for their kind and industrious spirit in these unprecedented times.

 

2.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS

2.1

Requests to Speak

 

 

 

There were no Requests to Speak.

 

3.

REPORTS

3.1

City Manager Update - Verbal report

 

 

 

A. Laughlin, Interim City Manager, made a presentation and answered Council’s questions.

M. Persson, Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and C. Watt, Financial and Corporate Services;
C. Owen, Deputy City Manager, Communications and Engagement; K. Armstrong, Deputy City Manager, Employee Services; G. Cebryk, Deputy City Manager, City Operations; R. Smyth, Deputy City Manager and D. Aitken (COVID-19 Task Force), Citizen Services; and
A. Giesbrecht, City Clerk, answered Council's questions.

 

 

Moved S. Hamilton - B. Henderson:

 

 

 

 

**Direction to Amend Tax Bylaw 12914    

1.    *That Administration bring back an Amendment to Bylaw 12914, the Tax Penalty, Interest and Monthly Payment Bylaw to eliminate the July 1, 2020, penalty for the failure to pay current property taxes for both residents and non-residential property owners and to cancel penalties on previous years’ property taxes on residential and non-residential property owners between July 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020, or such later date that Administration deems reasonable.

2.    That the tax sale scheduled for April 23, 2020, be adjourned for a period of two months pursuant to Section 422 of the Municipal Government Act and that Administration request the Minister to provide an additional adjournment of the tax sale for a period of 12 months.

3.    That the collection of municipal public utility fees for waste services from residential, farm and small commercial customers in need who request a deferral of their utility bill payment be deferred, without interest or penalty, for 90 days, ending on June 18, 2020, or such other date as subsequently amended.

4.    That the Mayor, on behalf of City Council, write a letter to EPCOR Utilities Inc. requesting a deferral of collection of utility fees for water, wastewater treatment and drainage services on the same terms as identified in part 3.

Financial and Corp. Services

 

Due Date:
Apr. 27, 2020

Clerk’s note:

*Motion amended at the March 30, 2020, City Council meeting – refer to  Part 3 of motion on item 6.2 at the above-noted meeting to see amendment.

**Title for returning report is Tax Penalty Interest and Monthly Payment Bylaw - (COVID-19 Tax Penalty Relief) Amendment No. 19 to Bylaw 12914.

 

 

 


Office of the Mayor

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton, B. Henderson, A. Knack,
S. McKeen, M. Nickel, A. Paquette, M. Walters

 

 

Moved T. Cartmell - M. Banga:

 

 

 

1.    That all regularly scheduled City Council and Standing Committee meetings currently scheduled in the 2020 Council Calendar be suspended with immediate effect until 8 a.m., on Monday, April 27, 2020, with the exception of the March 30, 2020, City Council meeting.

2.    That a Special City Manager Recruitment Committee meeting be scheduled in discussion with the Mayor.

3.    That all Committees of Council not convene in-person meetings and utilize technology, where possible, until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020.

·         Accessibility Advisory Committee

·         Anti-racism Advisory Committee

·         City Manager Recruitment Committee

·         City of Edmonton Youth Council

·         Community Standards and Licence Appeal Committee

·         Community Services Advisory Board

·         Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

·         Edmonton Design Committee

·         Edmonton Historical Board

·         Edmonton Salutes

·         Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board

·         Energy Transition Climate Resilience Advisory Committee

·         Independent Council Compensation Committee

·         Naming Committee

·         Ward Boundary Commission

·         Women’s Advocacy Voice of Edmonton Committee

4.    That until midnight on May 31, 2020, the operation of the following sections of the Council Procedures Bylaw 18155 be suspended until further notice:

14(3) Councillors participating in a Standing Committee meeting using communication facilities will only be counted towards quorum if another Councillor is present at the meeting location to act as an alternate if the communication facility fails.

Schedule A, section 2:

A Councillor may only participate in a Council, Standing Committee, or Council Committee meeting using a communication facility if:
a. the Councillor is in a location outside of Edmonton for any reason; or
b. the Councillor is located in Edmonton, but is unable to attend a meeting for medical reasons of the Councillor or their immediate family; and
the City Manager is present at the location specified in the meeting notice to ensure that Councillors participating by communication facility can be heard by all those present at the meeting.

5.    That until midnight on May 31, 2020, the operation of sections 4 (Waiver of Rules), 11(1) Meeting Changes and 22(2) Adding Items to an Agenda of Council Procedures Bylaw 18155 be modified to replace "special resolution" with "majority vote" for Council and Standing Committee meetings.

6.    That the early Agenda Release pilot approved at the July 16, 2019, City Council meeting, be suspended until further notice.

Office of the City Manager

 

 

 

A. Giesbrecht, City Clerk, answered Council’s questions

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton, B. Henderson, A. Knack,
S. McKeen, M. Nickel, A. Paquette, M. Walters

 

 

Moved B. Henderson - M. Banga:

 

 

 

That Council meet in private pursuant to sections 18 (disclosure harmful to individual or public safety), 20 (disclosure harmful to law enforcement) and 24 (advice from officials) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton, B. Henderson, A. Knack,
S. McKeen, M. Nickel, A. Paquette, M. Walters

 

 

 

Council met in private at 3:11 p.m.

In Attendance:

·         A. Laughlin, Interim City Manager

·         A. Giesbrecht, City Clerk

·         C. Schlamp, Office of the City Clerk (Meeting clerk)

·         S. McCabe, Deputy City Manager, Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development

·         J. Meliefste, Deputy City Manager, Integrated Infrastructure Services

·         G. Cebryk, Deputy City Manager, City Operations

·         B. Andriachuk, City Solicitor

·         M. Persson, Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Financial and Corporate Services

·         C. Owen, Deputy City Manager, Communications and Engagement

·         D. Aitken, Citizen Services (COVID-19 Task Force)

·         S. Ibrahim, Office of the City Manager (Subject matter expert)

·         R. Squire, Citizen Services (COVID-19 Task Force)

·         D. Sydlowski, Office of the City Manager (Subject matter expert)

·         D. Ainsworth, Office of the City Manager (Subject matter expert)

·         C. Oxford, Office of the Mayor (Political staff)

·         D. Nielsen, Office of the Mayor (Political staff)

·         N. Batres, Office of the Mayor (Political staff)

 

 

Moved B. Henderson - M. Banga:

 

 

 

That Council meet in public.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton, B. Henderson, A. Knack
S. McKeen, M. Nickel, A. Paquette, M. Walters

 

 

             Council met in public at 4:40 p.m.

 

 

Moved B. Henderson - M. Banga:

 

 

 

That the discussion of item 3.1 – City Manager Update – Verbal report remain private pursuant to sections 18 (disclosure harmful to individual or public safety), 20 (disclosure harmful to law enforcement) and 24 (advice from officials) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Office of the City Manager

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton, B. Henderson, A. Knack,
S. McKeen, M. Nickel, A. Paquette, M. Walters

 

 

Moved J. Dziadyk - D. Iveson:

 

 

 

Transit Fare and Parking Fee Reduction

That Administration reduce transit fares and parking fees in EPark zones to $0.00, effective March 21, 2020, until such time as the Emergency Management Agency or Administration reports back to City Council.

Office of the City Manager

Financial and Corporate Svcs.

City Ops.

Due Date:
To be determined

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

D. Iveson, M. Banga, T. Cartmell, T. Caterina, J. Dziadyk, B. Esslinger, S. Hamilton, B. Henderson, A. Knack,
S. McKeen, M. Nickel, A. Paquette, M. Walters

 

 

 

 

 

4.

PRIVATE REPORTS - NONE

5.

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

 

 

 

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Chair                                                                          City Clerk