Council briefs

By Geoff Lee

July 5, 2016 12:00 AM

There was a busy agenda at city council last Monday that tackled a whole range of new and outstanding business items.
Willows clears first hurdle
Council gave first reading to a bylaw for a proposed Area Structure Plan for a new residential, retail and commercial development in Lloydminster called the Willows. It’s a development on 137 hectares of land south of 12 Street and east of Highway 17.
The ASP seeks to propose a fully integrated residential community where people can live, learn, work, shop and play.
A public hearing on the ASP bylaw will be held July 25.
The ASP for The Willows was prepared for the developer, Lloyd Lakes Ltd.
Grants granted
City Council approved the allocation of $67,118 from this year’s Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program to several non-profit and community organizations.
There were 23 applicants with 17 approved.
City to upgrade finance system
Council awarded a Request for Proposal for an internal financial system upgrade to Diamond Municipal Solutions for the cost of $799,716 plus GST.
There were 17 tenders, but only two qualified for consideration.
Tobacco bylaw passes
Council passed the Business License Bylaw (16-2016) that applies a levy to the sale of regular and flavoured tobacco. 
The monies collected will fund a new internal grant to support non-profit groups with tobacco reduction strategies.
The city began asking for public feedback on the proposed changes on May 13 with a deadline of June 20 to present the submissions.
There were a total of nine responses including three business responses that referred to the fees as an increase in taxation.
The remaining six submissions from health-related interests were very supportive of the proposed changes.
Election prep
Council passed Election Bylaw 21-2016 for general elections authorizing the use of voting machines, mobile polls and authorizing the establishment of advance polls during elections.

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