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RFD- 2916 Bylaws   Item #   10. d.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 05/23/2017  
Title:    C-986-17 - First Reading - Protective Services Facility Borrowing Bylaw - Goodwin
Department: Corporate Services  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: Citizens feel safe within their communities.

Information
Request for Decision Summary
This report provides information about proposed borrowing for the protective services facility in an amount not to exceed $25,000,000.

Proposed Motion
That first reading be given to Bylaw C-986-17 - Protective Services Facility Borrowing Bylaw.
Background/Analysis
The approved 2017-2019 Corporate Plan includes a capital initiative for a new protective services facility in the amount of $20,855,000. This capital initiative is budgeted to be funded with borrowing.

The current protective services facility was designed initially for a volunteer fire service decades ago and although there have been several renovations and alterations, it does not meet the needs of the current Protective Services department.  Also, the rapid growth of the City has necessitated growth within Fire and Enforcement Services that has spread beyond the current facility with no room for growth. 
Options/Alternatives
Council could direct administration to consider funding other than borrowing.
Consultation/Engagement
All advertising and public consultation of the borrowing bylaw will comply with the Municipal Government Act. The key dates pertaining to this borrowing bylaw are as follows:
- May 23: First reading of borrowing bylaw
- May 26 and June 2: Borrowing bylaw advertised in the Examiner
- June 3 to June 17: Fifteen day petition period
- June 26: Second and third reading of borrowing bylaw
- June 27: Bylaw signed and comes into effect
- July 27: Borrowing bylaw is valid if no application is made to the court to have the bylaw declared invalid.
Implementation/Communication
The timing of the borrowing bylaw could effect the construction schedule and cost of the facility. The Municipal Government Act requires that the borrowing bylaw is signed before construction starts.

The project is planned to be constructed from 2017 to 2019, subject to Council approval. Funds would be borrowed when construction is well underway.
Impacts
Maintained response times within the City by Fire Services, maintained accessibility to Enforcement Services in the City core, and adequate facility space for current and future needs of Protective Services.
 

Fiscal Impact
Financial Implications:
The borrowing bylaw provides for an amount not to exceed $25,000,000 which is 20% more than the approved budget. Allowing for a higher borrowing amount provides Council with options to change or not change the project budget when more cost information is available.

Once detailed design and the construction tender are complete, the cost may be more than budgeted. If the cost is more than budget, the project would be brought to Council for consideration of the revised budget.

The borrowing bylaw must be approved before any construction work starts, including site work. Site work is scheduled to start in the summer of 2017.
Attachments
Protective Services Borrowing Bylaw

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