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
February 11, 2020
Open Forum - Park in Coloniale Estates (5:37)
Two homeowners from Coloniale Estates raised concerns about a proposed budget item funding new playground equipment in their neighbourhood. Mayor John Stewart noted that their concerns would be considered as council continues to deliberate the city’s proposed budget during Committee of the Whole on February 18 and the next Council meeting on February 25.
Land Use Bylaw Amendments (11:41)
Council approved changes to Our Zoning Blueprint, Land Use Bylaw. The city’s new Land Use Bylaw was approved in April 2019 with the intent to monitor subdivision and development applications, then make regular updates as needed. The changes are intended to provide greater flexibility for developers and ease some municipal development requirements.
Drive Happiness (36:38)
Council heard from representatives of Drive Happiness, a non-profit society that offers assisted transportation for seniors in the Edmonton region. The presenters noted that Drive Happiness volunteers provided 642 rides for seniors in Beaumont and requested financial support from the city as their numbers are expected to climb.
Council directed administration to work with the society and explore how the city can support the service.
Recreation Facility Allocation Policy (58:35)
Council approved a policy that will provide a consistent and transparent way to schedule access to the city’s recreation facilities for user groups and community organizations. The policy outlines which groups receive priority access, the process for cancellations and resolving conflicting requests, and other general guidelines.
Fireworks at Brighten Up Beaumont (1:05:16)
Council deliberated a notice of motion from Councillor Perry Hendriks to mandate that fireworks be included in the 2020 Brighten Up Beaumont event. City administration noted that fireworks are still planned for the event. Councillor Hendriks withdrew his motion and council directed administration to work with the community events committee to clarify roles and responsibilities.
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.