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RFD- 3003 Business Items   Item #   11. a.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 06/12/2017  
Title:    Co-Sponsor St. Albert AUMA Resolution - Wolanski
Department: Community & Protective 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.

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Request for Decision Summary
St. Albert approached Spruce Grove to Co-sponsor a resolution to AUMA in regards to an amendment to the Emergency Management Act and declarations of a State of Local Emergency.  As this is an AUMA resolution it needs a motion of Council to support.  Administration supports this request from St.Albert.

Proposed Motion
That the City of Spruce Grove in partnership with the City of St. Albert co-sponsor a resolution for the 2017 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association annual convention and

that the resolution, for submission, be approved as follows:

WHEREAS Section 21 of the Disaster Services Act was amended in 2011 eliminating the ability of a municipality to delegate authority to declare a state of local emergency to an individual or committee;

and WHEREAS In effect, the amendment requires either a council vote or vote of a regional commission or joint body of two or more local authorities to declare a state of local emergency;

and WHEREAS This change makes it nearly impossible to declare a state of local emergency in a timely manner, which could delay support and assistance to residents in a time of emergency;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association request that the Provincial Government return Section 21 of the Disaster Services Act to its pre-2011 wording, enabling municipalities to declare a state of local emergency without requiring a council vote.
 

Background/Analysis
In 2011 the province passed a new Emergency Management Act that changed the wording in regards to council's authority to delegate a declaration of a State of Local Emergency.  St. Albert Council directed its administration to draft a resolution for AUMA to advocate to the Province to return to the pre 2011 which clearly allows a council to delegate its authority.

Spruce Grove, like St. Albert, has always delegated the authority to declare a Sate of Local Emergency to the Mayor or others in his absence.  This new wording raises a question of whether or not council would still be able to delegate its authority for this purpose.  As such, administration supports St. Albert's request to have Spruce Grove co-sponsor their resolution at the AUMA conference in Calgary this fall.
Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
Spruce Grove's Director of Emergency Management and the Spruce Grove Emergency Management Agency were consulted and concur with this request.
Implementation/Communication
Impacts
Attachments
St Albert Administrative Backgrounder
AUMA Resolution

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