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.
Special Council Meeting Notes
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Budget Request (31:01)
Council approved a one-time allocation of $250,000 from the Mill Rate Stabilization and Utility reserve to cover the cost of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including technology to enable employees to work remotely, increased garbage collection, and support for the Emergency Coordination Centre.
Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre Contingency (38:24)
Council approved borrowing of up to $200,000 as a contingency for the Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre construction project. Council heard that the existing contingency fund had been exhausted in order to replace air handling units that did not meet the requirements for the expanded building. The city paid for the replacement units to keep construction on schedule, but will take measures to recover the costs.
Tax and Bill Relief (56:08)
Council approved a relief program that allows residents and businesses experiencing financial difficulties due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to pause payment of tax, water, wastewater and curbside garbage collection bills. Under the program, ratepayers and taxpayers can delay payment until September 30 without penalty. More details are available at www.beaumont.ab.ca/covid19
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey (1:29:44)
Council reviewed the results from a survey of Beaumont businesses regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most businesses reported impacts to their operations and revenue.
Regular Council Meeting Notes
March 10, 2020
Centre-Ville Area Redevelopment Plan (3:08)
Council approved the Our Centre-Ville Area Redevelopment Plan. The plan will guide the redevelopment and revitalization of central Beaumont over the next 25 years, with a distinct character and theme for the different parts of downtown.
Beaumont and Leduc County Intermunicipal Development Plan (16:26)
Council repealed the Intermunicipal Development Plan between Beaumont and Leduc County. The plan, which dates back to 1998, no longer meets the requirements of provincial legislation.
Council heard from city administration that the Intermunicipal Planning Framework recently signed between Beaumont, Leduc County and the City of Edmonton will serve a similar purpose to coordinate land use planning and development along shared boundaries.
Advisory Committee Appointment (28:29)
Council appointed Beaumont resident Inderpreet Sidhu to fill a vacancy on the Recreation, Parks and Culture Advisory Committee.
Urban Design Guidelines (31:40)
Council approved new Urban Design Guidelines that provide direction for the look and design of buildings in the city. The new guidelines replace the previous French Village Design Guidelines and allow for more contemporary design and greater flexibility for design of buildings in the city while maintaining Beaumont’s distinct identity and heritage.
Committee of the Whole Meeting Notes
January 21, 2020
Partnership with Beaumont Amateur Hockey Association (0:43)
Representatives from the Beaumont Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA) proposed partnering with the City of Beaumont to build an outdoor rink by the Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre. Speaking to committee of the whole, BAHA members explained that the association has money available from past fund-raising activities and is looking to invest in the community to support hockey and other sports.
Committee members noted that an outdoor rink at that site is proposed for the 2020 budget and asked city administration to work on details to partner on the project with BAHA.
Committee of the Whole Meeting Format (23:00)
Following up on concerns about the format of their meetings, committee members reviewed their meeting procedures bylaw and a comparison of practices in other municipalities prepared by city administration. Committee members discussed opportunities during their meetings to bring forward resident concerns and inquiries and agreed to add a standing item to their meeting agenda.