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RFD- 4021 Bylaws   Item #   10. f.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 08/17/2020  
Title:    C-1126-20 - Fire Services Bylaw Amendment - All Three Readings - Kosterman
Department: Community & Protective Services  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal:

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Request for Decision Summary
All three readings of Bylaw C-1126-20, an amendment to the Fire Services Bylaw, are being brought forward for Council’s consideration. This amendment will bring the Fire Services Bylaw in compliance with recent changes to the Alberta Safety Codes Act regarding Storage Tank System Inspections and Inventory.

Proposed Motion
First reading is recommended for approval on the consent agenda:
That first reading be given to Bylaw C-1126-20 - Fire Services Bylaw Amendment.
 

The following motions are also recommended:
That second reading be given to Bylaw C-1126-20 - Fire Services Bylaw Amendment.
 
That unanimous consent be given for consideration of third reading of Bylaw C-1126-20 - Fire Services Bylaw Amendment.
 
That third reading be given to Bylaw C-1126-20 - Fire Services Bylaw Amendment.
Background/Analysis
Alberta Municipal Affairs issued a STANDATA regarding Storage Tank System Inspections and Inventory which affects the registration of Flammable and Combustible Storage Tank registrations within the City of Spruce Grove.   As the current Fire Services Bylaw does not have provisions for the registration of these tanks there is a need to amend the bylaw to create provisions for the registration and a fee to be charged.  In addition, the Alberta Fire Code which is a regulation of the Safety Codes Act has been replaced with the National Fire Code - Alberta Edition.  For simplicity the Fire Services Bylaw is also being amended to refer to the Safety Codes Act instead of the Fire Code.

Flammable and combustible fuel storage tanks and systems are regulated in Alberta under the Safety Codes Act and its regulation the National Fire Code.  In the past, the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta was responsible under this legislation for the registration of storage tanks within Alberta while Spruce Grove Fire Services was responsible for the installation and removal permitting/inspection of these tanks.  STANDATA 19-FCI-015, issued by Municipal Affairs states that "Effective August 31, 2020, the requirement in Division C, Subsection 2.2.5 Storage Tank Registration for owners to register their storage tank(s) with PTMAA on an annual basis will no  longer be in effect.   Owners are to contact their local AHJ or ASCA to report their verification of installation documentation as prescribed for that municipality."  

ASCA is the Alberta Safety Codes Authority who is now responsible for all unaccredited areas of the province while the AHJ - Authority Having Jurisdiction is responsible in accredited municipalities.  As Spruce Grove is an accredited municipality it is now responsible for the registration of these tanks.  Tanks of 2,500 liters or more need to be registered annually while tanks under 2,500, although not required by the province to be registered have been tracked by SGFS.  Currently there are 27 tanks in Spruce Grove requiring annual registration (Over 2,499 liters)  and 13 tanks tracked under 2,500 liters.  Tanks under 2,500 liters will need a registration renewal every five years.

Cost of registration is identified as the same rate as charged by ASCA which is $75.00 for 2,500 liters and over; there is no charge for tanks under 2,500 liters.
Options/Alternatives
Spruce Grove does have an option to amend its Quality Management Plan and remove its accreditation for the purpose of enforcement of these tanks.  However as protection of environment is one of the priorities of the fire service it is recommended that Spruce Grove maintain its accreditation in this area so that it can closely monitor these storage tank systems for fire code compliance which includes leak testing and reporting.  The location and use of these tanks is also important for the purposes of pre-planning responses to these locations.  
Consultation/Engagement
Fire Services consulted with representatives of Alberta Safety Codes/Municipal Affairs.
Implementation/Communication
Fire Services will correspond directly with all affected parties.
Impacts
There will be no negative impacts as Fire Services currently provides permits for initials, removals, and does regular inspections of these storage tank systems.
Attachments
Bylaw C-1126-20
Redline Version of C-904-15 With Amendments
Bylaw C-904-15 current

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