From the Council meeting April 27th, 2015
Costs associated with responding to ‘Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy’ (FOIP) requests
Council received the first semi-annual summary of costs associated with FOIP requests. Council directed that future reports include the number of requests that go to the Office of Mayor and the Office of the Councillors. Administration was also directed to report back no later than July this year on the option of releasing FOIP documents to the public simultaneously as each request is fulfilled.
Budget savings account update – Vacancy review
Council received a report outlining $6.4 million dollars worth of savings related to vacant positions in Q1 and $8.7 million dollars worth of savings from capital projects that are either completed or near completion. The budget savings account is one component within six municipal strategies The City is implementing to support Calgary’s cyclical economy.
Plan to develop a pilot project for urban egg laying hens (Councillor Notice of Motion)
Council rejected a Notice of Motion that proposed an urban hen pilot project be implemented within inner city boundaries.
2015 Business Tax Bylaw amendment
Council approved an amendment to the Business Tax Bylaw as a result of a recent Court of Appeal decision. The amendment is necessary to preserve equity in the assessment of parking facilities and clarifies that operators of parking facilities are liable to pay the business tax in all applicable cases.
Organics and Biosolids Composting Program capital
Council approved a capital budget transfer to fund Calgary’s future organics and biosolids composting facility. The facility will be used by the Water Utility to compost biosolids from the City’s wastewater treatment plants and will be used by Waste and Recycling Services (WRS) to process residential food and yard waste collected through the future Green Cart program.
Integrity Commissioner – Proposed terms of reference and recruitment strategy
Council amended and approved the initial terms of reference and recruitment approach for a future Integrity Commissioner.
2014 City of Calgary Annual Report
Council approved The City’s 2014 Annual Report with clerical corrections.
Neighbour Day (Mayor Notice of Motion)
Neighbour Day was approved by Council and will occur on June 20th this year. Originally held last year to commemorate the first anniversary of the devastating floods of 2013, The City of Calgary will support and promote the date again this year to encourage community-led, grassroots gatherings and block parties across the city in celebration of getting to know neighbours.
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