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RFD- 3740 Bylaws   Item #   9. d.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 11/12/2019  
Title:    C-1082-19 - Third Reading - Emergency Management Bylaw - 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.

Request for Decision Summary
Due to amendments in the Alberta Emergency Management Act and the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation, which will come into force January 1, 2020, the City of Spruce Grove is required to update its Emergency Management Bylaw to ensure compliance with this new regulation. The proposed bylaw has been reviewed by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and they have indicated that the proposed bylaw would be in-compliance with the act and regulations.  The proposed bylaw was also reviewed by the Spruce Grove Emergency Management Agency.

Proposed Motion
That third reading be given to Bylaw C-1082-19 – Emergency Management Bylaw, as amended.

The Emergency Management Act provides the legislative framework for local management of emergencies and disasters.  Independent reports that reviewed response efforts to major disasters in Alberta over the last 10 years recognized a need for updated provincial legislation to help keep Albertans safe.  During the summer of 2018, the provincial government engaged with 92 municipalities and 5 organizations to gather feedback that helped clarify language and update requirements in the Emergency Management Act, and inform the development of the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation.

The Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation provides direction on emergency management roles and responsibilities and what is required of municipalities to plan and prepare for the safety of their community.  It also created the requirement for specific items to be addressed within municipal bylaws related to emergency management.  To give municipalities’ sufficient time to work toward implementation the regulations will not come into force until January 1, 2020. 

Early in 2019 the City of Spruce Grove reviewed this new legislation, met with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), and prepared a new Emergency Management bylaw.  The new bylaw was reviewed by Spruce Grove's Emergency Management Agency (EMA) as well as AEMA.  The EMA made recommendations related to the bylaw and AEMA provided feedback that the proposed bylaw would be in-compliance with the new legislation.

During second reading of the bylaw on June 24, 2019 Council raised a question related to section 3.8 (now 3.9), specifically the delegation of authority to "pass a resolution" to a single person.  After careful review of the legislation it was determined that the declaration of a State of Local Emergency must be made via a resolution.  Research also found that across North America committees of a single person are acceptable.  AEMA sent Spruce Grove's question to their legislative staff who suggested some of the amendments proposed here for third reading.  

Technical amendments were also made to clarify quorums related to emergency meetings and regularly scheduled meetings of the Emergency Advisory Committee.

Council may request additional revisions prior to third reading. 
Both the Spruce Grove Emergency Management Agency and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency were consulted in the creation of the bylaw.
Once the bylaw is approved, it will be forwarded to AEMA and required staff will be trained on the requirements of this bylaw.  There is also council specific training being arranged for council.  
There are no impacts related to this bylaw.
Proposed Emergency Management Bylaw
Comparision of 2nd reading to 3rd reading

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