The current safety codes services permit bylaw was up for renewal, taking the attention of council first during their regular meeting.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller described the document as standard as it covers regulations, costs and permit use.
Council passed all three readings of the bylaw with the change of introducing a schedule with charges that are laid out by an agency.
Specific numbers have not been solidified yet as they need to hire an agency.
Once the request for proposal has come back and an agency is hired, the agency will have a few different schedules of prices within it to choose from.
“So when we hire our agency, then they have a few schedules within it and it just saves us from revising the bylaw every time that we choose,” said CAO Fuller.
This bylaw can be used for occupancy, relocation, construction, demolition, any electrical or plumbing or gas installation on required projects for newer existing buildings.
Fire inspections are only conducted on a request or complaint basis at the business owner’s expense.
“What if it’s a $2,000 bill to come into my business? You guys are going to charge me right?” asked Coun. Darren Pearson.
“It’s kind of a standard schedule that all building companies like when they do a building or safety codes inspection, everybody’s got a fee schedule,” said CAO Fuller. “So for example, specific to the fee that I was most familiar with is for the Bashaw concrete one. Initially theirs was $6 per thousand [in building value] for a commercial inspection over a certain amount and then it dropped.”
“It’s all a sliding scale,” continued Fuller.
“So then when I compare it to other ones, it can be $7, $8, whichever right so we can basically look through all their request for proposals, compare the schedules and determine which one is our preference.”
Four agencies have been given a request.
The bylaw is reviewed every three years.
Fire Truck Purchase
Last year, council approved $20,000 be dedicated to replacing a 1980 fire truck from its fleet.
Fire Chief Jordan Lee came to council with news that he had found a suitable unit to replace the outdated model at a price of $23,000.
“This is a pretty good opportunity,” said Lee. “A lot of our fire guys have been training in Camrose with this truck so they are familiar with it. I’m really happy with the way Camrose has a maintenance system and pump testing. If we do miss this deal it will be quite a while before we find something close to this.”
It is a 1992 unit owned and maintained by the City of Camrose and has already been measured to make sure it fits in the hall.
Council readily accepted a motion to purchase the truck with the additional $3,000 coming from the capital reserve.
“It’s a huge upgrade from our current truck,” said Lee. “That 12 years of technology is huge.”
At the Thur. July 4 meeting, council made a motion to authorize the CAO to offer the Bashaw Ag Society for a dollar after the fire dept. takes what they need.
Coffee shop business license discussion
A week prior to the council meeting, the Majestic Theatre made arrangements with the Other Place Coffee Shop to provide food for their family dance.
They required food to obtain the liquor license which subsequently triggered a health inspection.
The Other Place had failed to contact the health inspector and make arrangements for their business operations so they ended up closing temporarily until these requirements could be met.
This health inspector visited with CAO Fuller, sharing what the communities of Ponoka and Rimbey do as common practice for this kind of situation.
They both have business license bylaws in place so businesses are required to complete an application with part of the process determining weather the health inspectors requirements are finished prior to that business opening.
Bashaw administration found this to be different to what is currently done so they brought it forward for council to discuss
“The generation of a bylaw and implementation does create additional administrative duties, however, adding legislation in place may support public safety,” said CAO Fuller when introducing the discussion.
The possible benefit to a new bylaw is having records on file with updated contact information but council found it may deter business and cause more administrative work.
“On the one hand it gives us a tool to be choosy about what businesses set up but that is not a direction I want this council to go in. I don’t think we want to put any impedances to new businesses,” said Coun. Rob McDonald.
Safety Codes Request for Proposals
Council chose to bring back the options presented from a recent request for proposals from four contractors.
Two responses were received with business names removed for comparison reasons and to eliminate bias.
Their prior contractor, IJD Inspections did not return to apply as the timeframe for a submission was mentioned as too short to get numbers out accordingly.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller noted that both companies that applied were reputable with good references attached but the fee schedules were both different with a few similarities in prices making a decision not as clear cut.