The Mar. 2, 2016, Community and Protective Services Committee meeting included:
Amendment Fire Operations and Fees Bylaw
The Standing Policy Committee on Community Services approved Administration’s recommendation that Council give three readings to the proposed bylaw to amend City of Calgary Fire Operations and Fee Bylaw 55M2014, which is necessary to authorize the Fire Chief to regulate blasting activities within the municipality. The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) is seeking the authority to issue permits and provide the necessary risk management and safety oversight to those who need to detonate explosives for construction or demolition purposes or in quarries. The proposed bylaw would allow CFD to regulate blasting activities by restricting it to permit holders only and will manage the conditions of the blasting activity for public safety and property protection. Currently, there is no regulatory body overseeing these high-risk activities within city limits.
2016 Crime Prevention Investment Plan Funding Recommendations
The Standing Policy Committee on Community Services recommends that Council approve the 2016 Crime Prevention Investment Plan. Since 2005, the Crime Prevention Investment Plan (CPIP) has supported local crime prevention initiatives related to community safety and the maintenance of community standards in key priority areas of community capacity building, children, youth, families and street issues. In 2015, $676,000 was invested in 11 crime prevention initiatives. Administration recommends continued funding for the same 11 initiatives in 2016. Administration will bring 2017 CPIP funding recommendations which will include new programs by December 2016.
Calgary Tree Disaster – Recovery and Restoration Annual Report Update
The Standing Policy Committee on Community Services recommend that Council receive the Calgary Tree Disaster – Recovery and Restoration Annual Update for information and that Administration will report back to Council, through the SPC on Community Services by Q2 2017. The 2014 September snow event damaged over 50 per cent of Calgary’s urban forest. The 2014 Calgary Tree Disaster Recovery & Restoration Framework was presented and approved by Council in November 2014 which allocated a budget of $35.5 million over three years to restore the city’s urban forest.
Calgary Parks Proposed Enhanced Maintenance Program Review
The Standing Policy Committee on Community Services recommend that Council receive this report for information and direct Administration to report back on the program and future state options by Q1 2017.The enhanced maintenance program was formalized in 2002 and allows communities to generate operating funds that supplement the standard level of service in common open spaces within their neighbourhoods. A review of the existing program will align with evolving corporate and community values and will include an assessment of current state and engagement with participating communities, prospective communities, Council and partner business units.
Proposed 2016 Special Tax Bylaw
The Standing Policy Committee on Community Services recommends that Council give three readings to the proposed 2016 Special Tax Bylaw. In accordance with Section 382 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), Council may pass a special tax bylaw to raise revenue for a specific service or purpose, including a boulevard tax and a recreational services tax. The special tax levy process was created to provide a self funded mechanism for communities that desire an enhanced level of boulevard maintenance around streets and parks. The available services include mowing and trimming, tree well and shrub bed maintenance, perennial and annual flowers, litter control and snow removal. A number of communities participate annually in the levy process and have either an established long-term enhanced Landscape Maintenance Agreement (LMA) or Pathways Snow Removal Agreement (PSRA) with The City of Calgary. This Special Tax Bylaw will be coming forward as a separate report to the SPC on Community Services on 2016 April 06.
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