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Here are the highlights for the City Council Meeting held June 29, 2020:

Open Delegations

Two delegations attended City Council today, representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Grande Prairie presented to Council as an open delegation. Their request was assigned to administration to determine locations appropriate for a MADD display against impaired driving.

A community member presented to Council regarding opportunities to improve the food truck business processes. Council directed administration to meet with the delegation to hear their concerns, find potential locations to be used by food trucks, and bring a report back to the appropriate committee for further discussion.

Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation

Council approved supporting the Grande Prairie Hospital Foundation by allowing them to auction off the naming rights for the entrance to both hospitals, and delegate the responsibility of the final approval of names to the Director of Infrastructure & Economic Development.

Management of Council’s Economic Recovery Fund

Council request the Economic Recovery Subcommittee of the Economic Development Strategic Planning & Advisory Committee to bring back funding recommendations to Council up to $1 million via the Economic Development Manager.

COVID-19 Eastlink Centre and Grande Prairie Outdoor Pool User Fee Bylaw

City Council Approved the COVID-19 Eastlink Centre and Grande Prairie Outdoor Pool User Fee Bylaw. The bylaw sets user fees for the facilities at a reduced rate that considers operational changes due to COVID-19.

AUMA Resolutions

Grande Prairie City Council approved serving as a seconder for two AUMA resolutions. One from the City of Lethbridge about municipal bonds in Alberta and one from the City of Edmonton about Affordable Housing.

Community Group Funding

City Council approved policy changes to Community Group Funding, as follows:

  • Council approved a maximum allocation of $7,500.00 per organization, per year (maximum $5,000.00 for matching grants and a maximum of $2,500.00 for cash grants), for the new Community Improvement Grant, formerly the Parks Improvement, Neighbourhood Matching, and Community Enhancement Grants.
  • Council reduced the Community Improvement Grant Budget to $25,000.00.
  • Council change the Terms of Reference for Arts Development funding to include a category for performing groups and a category for operational funding, to a maximum of $5,000.00 per organization.
  • Council redirect organizations (previously approved through Community Group Funding) to Arts Development Funding, such as Broadway Live Broadway, Grande Prairie Street Performer's Festival, Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association, the Reel Shorts Film Society, and other similar organizations.
  • Council increase the Arts Development funding budget in the festival funding category by $35,000.00.
  • Council approved the reallocation of 2020 funds already disbursed to be utilized in 2021
  • Council approved the allocation of Arts Development funding for identified groups.

Notice of Motion

Councillor Bressey presented a notice of motion regarding mental health and policing to be brought to the next City Council meeting.