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2023 Advisor’s Report, 2024 First Quarter Report and Park Improvements on St. Albert Council’s May 21 Agenda

St. Albert City Council will hold one of its shortest council meetings of the year on Tuesday as almost the entire agenda must be approved.

The St. Albert City Council will hold one of its shortest meetings of the year on Tuesday as almost the entire agenda must be approved.

Among the items to be approved by concurrence is the 2023 annual report on consultant expenditures, the second report of its kind after the council passed a motion in the fall of 2022 asking for an annual breakdown of consultant expenses.

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The 2023 report, which can be accessed through the May 21 council meeting agenda, shows that the city spent approximately $890,000 on consulting services in 2023, which is approximately $15,000 more than in 2022.

The report shows that the largest line item in 2023 was $188,813 for EPB (formerly known as Economic Development Research Group) services to develop a methodology and evaluation tool that municipalities across the region can use to assess the value and timeliness of determine potential projects. development locations.

Like the Gazette The project, reported in 2021, is a collaborative effort for 13 municipalities in the region, including but not limited to St. Albert, Edmonton, Strathcona County, Leduc and Leduc County, Morinville, Sturgeon County, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and more.

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Although the consulting fees are on St. Albert’s books, the conglomerate of municipalities received a provincial grant for the project.

The Gazette will provide a further breakdown of the city’s spending on consultants in the coming year, and in this week’s paper.

City predicts small surplus for 2024

The council will also receive its first quarter financial report for 2024 on Tuesday, which shows the city expects a surplus of $322,000 for the year as of the end of March.

The projected surplus, according to the report, is the result of $170,000 in higher-than-expected revenue from public transportation and $50,000 in higher-than-expected revenue from water connection fees.

However, the report also shows that the city’s planning and engineering department is now expected to come in about $247,000 over budget as the city faces $247,000 in higher-than-expected costs for powering street lights.

The Gazette the council’s response to the first surplus forecast of the coming year will be published.

$10,000 needed for ‘non-slip material’ for Gray Nuns White Spruce Park

Another item council will approve Tuesday is the use of $10,000 in leftover project funds to install “non-slip” material on the boardwalk at Gray Nuns White Spruce Park.

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The application of the material follows from a successful motion by Graaf. Sheena Hughes last fall.

A report to the council included in the May 21 agenda package explains that while Hughes’ motion explicitly stated that the administration would have to operate with a budget of $3,300, excluding labor costs, the administration has since learned that the guarantee of the park doesn’t end until November. and as such, the original contractor the city hired for the park must be rehired to install the non-slip material to ensure there are no warranty complications.

“The contractor’s price for the installation adds $10,000 to the project scope,” the report explains, meaning the total budget to add the material to the boardwalk is now $13,300.