February 27, 2017

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Theatre Of The Absurd

A Masterful Bit Of City Stonewalling?

St. Albert City Council
Local resident William Tuchak applied to the city of St. Albert FOIP department for information regarding emails that the mayor sent to local media. Mr. Tuchak wants the examine the information to determine if the FOIP act was breached in releasing information regarding councillors.

The response he got from the city prompted him to address council February 21 to ask why he was told by the city’s FOIP office that he would have to pay in excess of $1.77 million dollars to obtain the information requested.

How in the world could the city insist on such a formidable financial penalty on a citizen’s simple request? Doesn’t this smack of stonewalling?

Here is Tuchak’s presentation to council and then the FOIP officer’s comments on the response as requested by councillor Broadhed.

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Letter To The Editor

Historic Hebert Home Update


The owner of the property at 11 Mill Drive, on which sits the historic Hebert home, has applied to re-zone the land from Low-density residential (R1) to Direct Control (DC) for business use. City Administration has reported that,

"Redistricting 11 Mill Drive from Low Density Residential (R1) to Direct Control (DC) as proposed would allow Council to impose such standards and conditions as it considers appropriate for the site, but would not guarantee enduring preservation of the building."

Historical Designation and Land-Use amendments are two separate processes, and there is no assurance that the building would be protected under the current application. Here is a link to the City's meeting schedule. Two options have been put forth by the owner of 11 Mill Drive, (1) to re-zone the land for professional office use, or (2) demolish the house and replace with a residential infill development.

The public hearing begins at 5:00 p.m., although the City's website says it starts at 2:00 p.m. You can also view the Draft Agenda Report to hear what's City Administration's has to say on this matter (they DO NOT support the re-zoning application)

I also encourage people to review documents from the past hearing on January 23rd and town-hall meeting this past June, all which can be found

Chantal Fournier
St. Albert

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