Tax rates, signage and road updates were all discussed in last night's Council meeting in the Town.
It was busy night for the Stony Plain Council who approved and received several motions which had some large impacts on the Town.
Kicking things off was the approval of the 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw which saw the municipal portion of the residential tax increase of 2.98%. Beck in November when Council approved the 2018 Corporate Plan the tentative rate was set at 2.74, but due to an overall market decrease of 1.11% the residential tax rose. Conversely, non-residential properties will see a tax rate decrease on average.
The Town announced that tax notices will be mailed out on May 24th and are due on June 30th. Residents can calculate their annual tax bill with the Town's online calculator.
Also, Council approved funding for two new "Welcome to Stony Plain" signs which will be located along Highways 16A.
Using funds from the General Purpose Reserve, the Town approved funding of up to $97,182 to build two signs on Veteran's Boulevard and Range Road 12 to welcome both east and westbound visitors. The signs are part of a larger signage strategy which will see the replacement of other signs including facility identification, wayfinding and community bulletin board signage. The signs are expected to be installed by the end of June.
Four additional welcome signs are set to be built later this year on Highway 779 and Highway 628 with signs at the Golf Course and Rotary Park also set to be replaced.
In speaking of the installation of signs on Veterans Boulevard, Council also received an update to the re-construction and replacement of the road. With half of the road re-opened, the contractor arrived on the site on May 7th, and anticipated opening Veterans Boulevard from Highway 16A to Fairways Drive by late July. Administration also mentioned the twinning of the CN Railway presented problems which needed to be addressed and created delays.
Lastly, Council moved to match up to $25,000 in funding for CN Rail's EcoConnexions Grant. This funding is made in partnership with Tree Canada and provides money to plant new trees along CN corridors. If the grant is received, the Town will use the funds to replace sections of trees which were removed from neighbourhoods in the Graybriar subdivision which will be removed to accommodate the railway twinning taking place later this year.
If the funds are approved, members of the community will be invited to a tree planting event which is similar to the Town's Arbour Day celebrations. The event will take place in August and will include a ceremonial tree planting and a presentation of a plaque to the Town.