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

November 10, 2020

Open Forum – Concerns Regarding High-Speed Network Proposal (4:16) 

Resident Maurice Morinville spoke to council about his concerns regarding a proposed agreement between the city and private sector to install a high speed fibre optic network in Beaumont.

Bibliotheque de Beaumont Library Update (22:46)

Director Laura Winton provided an update to council about the library’s response to serving residents during the COVID-19 shutdown and its future plans in the community. 

Community Grant Approvals (37:24)

Council approved the dispersal of four grants totaling $24,373 from the Community Grant Program. The program provides funding for one-time projects and initiatives for community organizations. 

Memorandum of Understanding with Edmonton Health City (40:31)

Council endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding with non-profit organization Edmonton Health City to explore opportunities to improve health care delivery in the community.

Proposed 2021 City Budget (0:35) [Part 2]

Administration presented the city’s draft budget for 2021. Council received the budget for information and will deliberate it during meetings in November and December. 

Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association (21:35) [Part 2]

Council approved a motion by Coun. Kathy Barnhart to appoint a representative from Beaumont City Council to the Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association. Council also appointed Coun. Barnhart as the representative.

Conversion Therapy Policy and Bylaw (24:50) [Part 2]

Council approved a policy that restricts the use of city resources and funding to organizations that conduct or promote conversion therapy, along with a bylaw that prohibits businesses from practicing conversion therapy within Beaumont. 

Committee of the Whole Meeting Notes

October 20, 2020

Bus on Demand Service (0:07)

The committee deliberated a proposal to explore local bus on demand service in Beaumont. Administration told committee members that there is an opportunity to consider a local service at the same time a request for proposals is being issued to replace the existing commuter bus service contract that expires at the end of 2020. The committee directed administration to further explore the potential for bus on demand service separately from commuter service.

Animal Control Bylaw (45:03)

Committee members reviewed a report on the city’s Animal Control Bylaw following a resident’s request that council consider allowing cats to be at large. The report noted that most municipalities in the region require cats to be kept on the owner’s property. The committee decided to leave the bylaw unchanged.

Policing Review (53:07)

Committee members agreed to defer a review of police service in Beaumont pending the outcome of the Alberta government’s assessment of whether to create a provincial police force to replace the RCMP.

Age-Friendly Strategy, Affordable Housing Strategy, and Environmental Master Plan (58:51)

The Committee received a report on progress of administration work to develop an Age-Friendly Strategy, Affordable Housing Strategy and review the Environmental Master Plan.

Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw Extension (1:06:22)

Committee members directed city administration to draft a bylaw that would extend the Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw from October 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021. The bylaw requires that face coverings be worn in indoor public place and vehicles in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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