Clive council passed its 2017 interim $1.9 million operating and $838,000 capital budgets during its regular meeting Jan. 9.
Clive residents will only see a .5 per cent increase in taxes from last year. Clive will collect $639,635 in property taxes.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney told council that Clive expects .5 per cent growth this year, which helps keep tax increases down.
“It’s great that growth is higher than expected,” said Mayor Anita Gillard.
In the village’s capital budget some of the bigger items include $732,300 for the 52 St. and 49 Ave rehabilitation, $55,000 for a foreman’s truck replacement, $17,000 for a meter recording device upgrade and $10,000 for an entrance sign.
Utility rates set
Clive council approved increases to water rates (two per cent), sewer (2.4 per cent) and garbage (3.44 per cent).
CAO Kenney, however, pointed out that Clive’s rates are comparable to other municipalities. Clive’s base rate this year is $38.50 bi-monthly, compared with Mirror’s proposed $125.98 and Alix’s $70 base rate.
No free parking
Clive Coun. Bev Krochak added an item to the agenda to deal with a trailer parked in the campground.
She told council that the owner of the trailer shouldn’t be allowed to park his trailer on the campground for free.
Chief Administrative Officer Carla Kenney told council that the owner had previously asked for permission and she granted it because he lives adjacent to the campground.
“His property backs onto the campground and it (trailer) is not there in the summer time,” said CAO Kenney. “This is the second year he has had permission.”
Coun. Krochak made a motion that the individual can’t park on his trailer on the campground and council unanimously voted in favour of the motion.
Legal opinion declined
Clive council, at its regular meeting Jan. 9, unanimously voted against participating with other municipalities to share the cost of a constitutional opinion relating to community standard regulations.
The Red Deer law firm gave seven municipalities an opportunity to share the $29,000 cost for an opinion relating to community standard regulations.
The opinion was aimed at identifying vulnerable aspects of community standards bylaws, which may affect an individual’s rights in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
For example, vulnerable aspects of a bylaw addressing swearing/yelling in public (freedom of expression; and curfew (freedom of association).
Last year Clive council considered a bylaw that would impose a curfew on youth but it didn’t pass council approval.
The bylaw would have given police the right
Mayor Anita Gillard previously expressed concern that making a youth curfew implies the village has a problem with youth but she said that it would have given Blackfalds RCMP Detachment, which patrols Clive, the right to stop youth out late at night and ask where they are going and what they are doing and perhaps take them home.