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Posted Date: 6/12/2017 9:30 PM

Delegation – Power Wheelchair Accessibility within the City

Resident Michelle Sutley, assisted by Mieke de Groot, Regional Program Co-ordinator with Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, outlined concerns for power wheelchair access within the city, including curb cuts, railway crossings and washrooms in public facilities such as the library.

Council referred the presentation to the Community Safety Committee.

Bylaw C-1354 - Road Closure For Portion of 109 St.

Council approved Bylaw C-1354 – Road Closure Bylaw for a Portion of 109 St.

The road right-of-way was originally registered in anticipation the road would be needed to access the 1/4 section to the north, SW27-71-6-W6. Since then, an additional access to Highway 43 onto the ¼ section was constructed at 109 Ave. This means the portion of 109 St. is no longer required.

The City's Economic Development Department submitted an application to close a portion of road plan 982 4460, located between two parcels of land known as the Great Northern Casino lot and the Service Inn and Suites, The Den lot.

Alberta Forest Products Association

Council directed Mayor Bill Given to write a letter to the provincial and federal government officials and to industry stakeholders within the city and region to support ongoing diplomatic action against the tariffs imposed upon the Canadian softwood lumber sector.

On April 25, the United States Department of Commerce announced varying levels of duties for lumber imported into the country.

For Alberta producers, this ranges from 19 to 24 per cent. A decision by the Department of Commerce on a second case brought forward by American producers is expected within months, resulting in further duties.

Past disputes adjudicated by organizations such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization have found U.S. claims of Canadian industry subsidization to be baseless.

Community Knowledge Campus Grandstand Construction Tender

Council awarded Tender T-30-433-17 for the grandstand construction at the Community Knowledge Campus to Southwest Design & Construction Ltd. for $4,137,000.00, exclusive of GST, as the lowest qualified bidder meeting City specifications.

The construction is a 12 month project to begin this month for completion in time for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games next July.

Total cost of the project is $4,722,911. This includes construction at $4,137,000, design costs at $410,911, a contingency of $125,000 and Furniture, Fixture & Equipment at $50,000.

There is currently $1,150,000 funded through a non-debenture source. With the addition of the roof option, the debenture increases to $3,572,911.

Design for the project was completed during the first quarter of 2017 and seven bids were received on the April 18th closing date.

Up to this point, the Community Knowledge Campus field is only able to host events for Peewee (Grades 4-6) as they come to the field changed. The City has received concerns from the Bantam level (Grades 7-9) as the required changing facilities are not in place.

A turf field is required for high school football and the planned amenities have taken into consideration needs for this level. Once the grandstand is constructed, the adult Women's Western Canadian League and Men's Alberta Football League teams can utilize the turf.

This past season, college level soccer championships could not be held at the venue due to the lack of spectator seating and change rooms. The facilities as planned would allow college, provincial and national level soccer events.

The turf has already seen utilization by teams from Sexsmith. Once the facilities are in place, it's anticipated semi-finals for teams from Peace River, High Prairie, Valleyview and even Whitecourt would be played in Grande Prairie.

The majority of these games are played in Edmonton at a high expense to the teams and never in front of a hometown crowd. It's a goal of the local football community to form a team (Age 18-20) to join Canadian Junior Football League in the Prairie Conference.

The conference includes teams from Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Regina, and Winnipeg and has teams all across Canada. This would allow our athletes to stay home to pursue their football aspiration after High School.

Affordable Housing Priorities List

Council approved the list of affordable housing priorities presented at the May 30 Community Living Committee meeting.

In December, the Committee directed administration to seek the input of the Community Advisory Board for Housing and Homelessness on the list for potential affordable housing projects and report to Committee.

The following are priorities that have been identified for Grande Prairie:

• Households with Low to Moderate Income in Core Housing Need: The 2014 Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) and the 2011 Affordable Housing Master Plan (AHMP) both reviewed Grande Spirit Foundation's wait lists and current residents and confirmed that Core Affordable Housing priorities Housing Need and other income measures applied to the general population were consistent with the population currently accessing affordable housing supports.

• Family households: In 2006, 53% of households in Core Housing Need were families, with lone parent families representing 42% of this amount. In 2011 the make-up had changed somewhat, with families representing 42% of households in Core Housing Need and lone parent families representing 60% of this amount. Between 2006 and 2011, the average income for all family households in Core Housing Need went down 13%, while the average housing cost increased 11%. The AHMP identified families as a priority group for consideration in affordable housing initiatives, as did the 2014 HNA.

• Senior-Led Households on Fixed Income: The proportion of senior-led households in core housing need increased slightly between 2006 and 2011, from 20% to 22%. Overall, senior households in Core Housing Need represented 26% of all households in Core Housing Need in 2011.

• Indigenous Households: While Indigenous households make up 10% of the general population, they represented 15% of households in Core Housing Need in 2006 and 14% in 2011.

• Complex needs individuals: In March 2017, 40 individuals identified by community agencies, as needing 24 hour supported housing in a congregate site, due to complex needs.

Tender T-36-552-17 - Road Rehabilitation & Overlay Phase 4

Council award Tender T-36-552-17 for the Road Rehabilitation & Overlay Phase 4 to Wapiti Gravel Suppliers Ltd., for $1,575,972.44, exclusive of GST, as the lowest qualified bidder meeting City specifications.

The Road Rehabilitation and Overlay Program is an annual initiative responsible for the upgrading and preservation of the City of Grande Prairie's existing road network.

The Program sites are determined using the annual Road Matrix survey data, consultation with Transportation Services and on site evaluations by the design consultant and administration.

This tender consists of one Road Overlay site on 100 Ave., in the College Park area, and another in Mission Park.

Road overlay is required to extend the life of an existing road structure and improve the ride quality of the road. The work consists of milling off or profiling a layer of the existing pavement, then install a new asphalt pavement surface.

The project also includes catch basin repairs, and concrete spot repairs. A full road rehabilitation is required when the existing road structure is not adequate to support the traffic loads. This work will consist of removing all asphalt and the concrete curb, gutters, and sidewalks.

The road will be excavated down to the depth required to install a new gravel base. New concrete curb and gutters will be installed followed by the new asphalt pavement surface. The project also includes various storm sewer repairs.

Municipal Emergency Dispatch & 911 Communications Resiliency

Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding to allow Fire Administration to work with Strathcona County and Parkland County counterparts to further enhance the resiliency for overall emergency communications systems, and better prepare for major crisis events which may impact 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and dispatching infrastructure.

Grande Prairie 911, operated by the City of Grande Prairie's Fire Department, is a 911 Emergency Call Answer and Fire Dispatch centre.

GP 911 is part of a designated three-party back-up process for PSAP/911 Call Answer with Strathcona County and Parkland County.

This process ensures that in the event a PSAP is overwhelmed with calls, or unable to answer calls, that the calls then default over to a back-up PSAP.

The three-party agreement provides greater redundancy in the back-up process. When a call is received from one of the partner back-up PSAPs, the call is simply transferred back to the appropriate centre. There is currently no ability to provide any further assistance which might include emergency dispatch.

The opportunity to create further redundancy linkages through technology would optimize existing services provided by GP 911.

In the event of a service disruption in the local centre, one of the back-up PSAP partners could potentially have the ability to provide critical emergency dispatch services through the use of shared technology platforms.