The Village of Clive now has access to a public crime map that can be found on their website.
Crime mapping is an innovative tool by which the Alberta RCMP is tackling the few offenders who commit the most crimes.
This project allows the RCMP to continue increasing inter-agency communication and sharing criminal intelligence with its partners.
It also encourages Albertans to participate in crime prevention strategies, such as reporting suspicious persons or activity, in an effort to be the extra set of eyes and ears for police in their communities.
“Maybe they will be more prone to reporting now though to see,” said Coun. Susan Russell. “I like that it’s visual.”
Initiatives such as this one go a long way in creating safe and resilient communities for all Albertans.
The Alberta RCMP have been piloting crime mapping in the St. Albert Detachment since the beginning of 2018.
The technology has been working properly and are ready to roll out the project Province wide.
Only certain crime types will be presented on the map including Theft from Motor Vehicle; Theft of Motor Vehicle; Theft over or under $5000; Break & Enter; Mischief; and Missing Persons.
Emergency Situation Flags would only be used in emergency situations and for very short periods of time like when situations like a school lockdown or evacuation or train derailment occurs.
Entries will automatically be removed after 14 days and as a benefit, a minimal additional Detachment workload is required to keep the system up-to-date.
Additionally, there is no cost to the community.
Land Use Bylaw Amendment
Council reviewed a Land Use Bylaw that will soon be listing cannabis sales and production facilities as discretionary uses.
In January, Council will hold the first reading of the bylaw which will include cannabis as a discretionary use.
Public participation was on the forefront for councillors so they decided to seek public input prior to first reading.
“From the budget to the voting, if we continue this, people are going to continue to be involved because that’s what I’ve been hearing actually. People do quite like to feel involved so the more that we continue to do this, I think the better,” said Mayor Luci Henry.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenny encouraged Council to take a closer look at the rest of the bylaw as well to ensure everything is set as they see fit.
“I don’t want to do a full-on bylaw review like that is really significant but this is just housekeeping. It’s stuff to do with cannabis but while we are doing it if there are some things of significance that you want to deal with, let’s do it,” said Kenny.
Recreation Vehicle parking, chicken coops, side buildings and other topics were discussed as they pertain to land use legislation.
Equipment Maintenance Development Application
The Village was given notice of a new shop located on the outskirts of Clive.
Jim Cole has submitted an application to Lacombe County to turn his farm shop into a mechanical repair business.
If the business becomes successful, there may be an opportunity to expand but at this time there is no notice of a new development taking place on the property.
Neighbours have been contacted which the application stated, “No one had a problem with us proceeding.”
Traffic was a large portion of the application but with the business running, they anticipate a possible extra one to two vehicles, occasional truck hauling, and one or two tractors or combines being transported per week.
Once these machines are parked in or around the shop, they are out of the public eye as the parking spaces will be near the back of the property.
The opportunity to review the letter allowed Council to voice any concerns they may have but Council had none.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said Deputy Mayor Norma Penney.
Council compensation input
The policy surrounding Council compensation and attendance at conferences was discussed at the table.
Effective January 1, 2019, the one-third tax exemption for elected officials will be eliminated.
The budget for 2019 has been prepared to account for increasing the per diems by 14 per cent so that elected officials will receive the same after-tax amount.
The Village of Clive did not have a policy for Council Remuneration and Expenses but a policy would establish guidelines and ensure consistency for claiming remuneration by Council members.
A few changes were discussed overall.
A 14 per cent increase results in $137.00 per chaired meeting plus an additional 342 per month remuneration for the Mayor, 114 per chaired meeting plus $125 per month for the Deputy, and 114 per meeting for all other councillors.
Committee Meetings that are two hours or less are set at $57 per meeting.
Committee Meetings, Seminars and Courses ½ day or less: – $ 114.00 per meeting
Committee Meetings, Seminars and courses greater than four hours: – $ 173.00 per meeting
Instead of charging for when a meeting is whether it is held in the evening or during the day, council changed it to reflect the duration the councillor is in the meeting.
Council determined local events such as the parade or fun fest as no charge to taxpayers but public information meetings should.
“I think for the parade and the events and stuff like that when we are having to be council at something and answer council related questions and deal with the public on that matter that it would be nice but at a parade or fun fest or hanging out by the fire than no,” said Penney.
Conventions and conferences will be cleared by council first before the attendee goes.
They are required to submit a report and there is a $2,000 ceiling cost per year per councillor.
Council made a motion to draft a policy based on the items discussed including the 14 per cent increase to councillor remuneration.