Council Meeting Notes
Stay up to date with council decisions and discussions with the City of Beaumont’s Council Notes. These informal recaps help residents catch up with council meetings in just a few minutes.
Please note these summaries are not an official record of council meetings. Official minutes are posted online once they are approved during a subsequent meeting.
Regular Council Meeting Notes
September 22, 2020
Skate Park Art Proposal (4:30)
Resident Coreina Hubert presented a proposal for a spray paint artist to work with local youth to design murals in the Beaumont skate park. Council referred the suggestion to city administration for consideration in the 2021 budget.
Beaumont Society for the Arts (15:34)
Beaumont Society for the Arts president Chantal Yardley presented a review of the society’s activities in 2019. She also proposed the city create a position for an arts and culture manager in city administration.
Tax Recovery Process (37:58)
Council approved the sale of 22 properties to recover city taxes owed on the land and set reserve bids at the assessed market values of the properties. The properties will be sold at public auction on December 11, unless the taxes are paid before that time.
Reserve Fund Policy and Structure (46:19)
Council approved a policy that streamlines the number of city reserve funds, clarifies their purpose and sets suggested amounts for each.
Welcome Service for Newcomers (0:51) [PART 2]
Council debated a motion by Coun. Kathy Barnhart requesting a report examining the possibility of restoring a welcome service for newcomers to the community following the closure of Welcome Wagon. Council directed administration to return with the report by the end of the first quarter in 2021.
Special Council Meeting Notes
September 29, 2020
Municipal Stimulus Funding (1:10)
Council agreed to submit an application to the Alberta government’s Municipal Stimulus Program requesting $2.3 million to revitalize the Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre. If approved, the project would include retrofitting light fixtures, new dressing rooms, and replacing boiler systems.
Organics Contamination Reduction (23:06)
Council received a report regarding ongoing challenges with contaminants being thrown out with organic waste in the city’s green cart collection program. The report notes that many residents are including non-organic materials in their green cart and some loads cannot be composted as a result. Solutions for consideration include an education campaign and inspecting green carts.
Committee of the Whole Meeting Notes
September 15, 2020
Conversion Therapy (0:05)
Committee members reviewed a report by city administration regarding conversion therapy, steps taken to ban the practice in other municipalities, and the status of proposed federal legislation. The committee directed administration to draft a bylaw prohibiting conversion therapy as a business in the city, as well as a policy prohibiting city resources being allocated in support or promotion of the practice.
Municipal Elections Candidate Requirements and Signage (38:37)
Committee members discussed current deposit and signature requirements for municipal election candidates and signage restrictions during the election. The committee chose not to require a deposit for candidates and kept the signature requirements to five eligible voters, the minimum required by provincial legislation. Committee members also directed administration to prepare options regarding complaints about the number and placement of signs during municipal elections.