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RFD- 4143 Business Items   Item #   11. c.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda   
Meeting Date: 12/14/2020  
Title:    Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: Spruce Grove is a well-planned city, with a high ease of community connectivity and mobility for transportation and walkability.

Information
Request for Decision Summary
Spruce Grove City Council voted in favour of supporting the formation of a Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC) at the Regular Council Meeting on March 9, 2020.

Bill 22 (Red Tape Reduction Act) amended Part 15.1 of the Municipal Government Act, effective September 1, 2020. This changed the process for the establishment of regional services commissions. Therefore a new motion is required to comply with the provisions of the new provincial regulations.

The new motion:
  • confirms the intention to join the Regional Transit Services Commission,
  • identifies the legal name of the commission,
  • lists all the members of the commission,
  • names the first board of directors and the first chair of the commission.
These items have already been addressed through a variety of different approaches through previous council and interim commission board motions. All of the approaches previously taken were acceptable under the regulations in place at the time of application but need to be consolidated into a single motion by each municipality under the new regulation. 

Proposed Motion
Whereas:
  • The City of Beaumont, the Town of Devon, the City of Edmonton, the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the City of Leduc, the City of Spruce Grove, the City of St. Albert, and the Town of Stony Plain (the “Members”) have jointly agreed to establish a regional services commission for the provision of transit services in the Edmonton metropolitan region (the “Commission”);
     
  • The Members’ Councils passed resolutions in February and March, 2020 supporting the adoption of a regulation under Part 15.1 of the Municipal Government Act, as it then read, to establish the Commission;
     
  • On June 11, 2020 an application was made on behalf of the Members, under the process in effect at that time, to establish the Commission;
     
  • The application was under consideration by the Government of Alberta, when effective September 1, 2020, Part 15.1 of the Municipal Government Act was amended, changing the process for the establishment of regional services commissions;
     
  • The amendment to Part 15.1 of the Municipal Government Act now requires a specific form of council resolution and an order of the Minister of Municipal Affairs updating the list maintained by the Minister of all the commissions established in the Province, to include the Commission on that list, in order for the Commission to be established;
     
  • Each of the Members remains committed to the establishment of the Commission and wishes to adopt a resolution in compliance with sections 602.02 and 602.03 of Part 15.1 of the Municipal Government Act for submission to the Minister of Municipal Affairs
NOW THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that:

The City of Spruce Grove agrees to establish a regional services commission jointly with the other Members and specifies that:
  1. the name of the regional services commission is the “Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission”;
 
  1. the names of the Members of the Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission are:
  1. the City of Beaumont,
  2. the Town of Devon,
  3. the City of Edmonton,
  4. the City of Fort Saskatchewan,
  5. the City of Leduc,
  6. the City of Spruce Grove,
  7. the City of St. Albert, and
  8. the Town of Stony Plain;
 
  1. the names of the members of first board of directors of the Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission are:
  1. Sam Munckhof-Swain
  2. Ray Ralph
  3. Michael Walters
  4. Gordon Harris
  5. Glen Finstad
  6. Chantal McKenzie
  7. Wes Brodhead; and
  8. Justin Laurie;
 
  1. the name of the first chair of the Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission is: Wes Brodhead.
Background/Analysis
After entering into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October 2018, a Transition Team consisting of elected representatives from the City of Spruce Grove and 12 other Edmonton Regional Municipalities worked with a multi-disciplinary consulting team from Ernst and Young to develop a business case for a new Regional Transit Service Commission. The business case was made public in January 2020 and the report was presented and discussed in public session at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on February 18, 2020. Spruce Grove City Council voted in favour of supporting the formation of a Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC) at the Regular Council Meeting on March 9, 2020.
Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
N/A
Implementation/Communication
The new provincial regulations concerning the establishment of a regional commission require an advertising component that the council resolution be published at least once a week for two consecutive weeks in at least one newspaper. The advertisement was published in the Spruce Grove Examiner on November 27 and December 4, 2020.
Impacts
N/A
Attachments
No file(s) attached.

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