Request made to add temporary dressing rooms
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 06:00 am
The CFR Chemical Bisons AAA midget hockey team is returning to Airdrie, according to representatives from the Airdrie Minor Hockey League (AMHL).
The team’s return does present a logistical problem, however, as it will be vying for dressing room space at the Ron Ebbesen Arena alongside the Techmation Thunder Junior B team and the Airdrie Xtreme AAA midget team, according to AMHL Operations Manager Stacey Carefoot.
“We’ve been researching potential dressing room/office/storage space to aid in the operation of the midget teams as well as the Thunder,” Carefoot said.
“This arena is not currently suited to house teams of this calibre as their requirements for player personnel, players and storage are much more than what we have today.”
According to Thunder head coach Gord Ziegler, the AMHL would like to add two temporary structures adjacent to the Ron Ebbesen Arena to act as clubhouses and storage.
“We’re looking at renting two 12 by 40 (foot) buildings to be installed at the south side of the building,” he said. “They’d be used as storage and dressing rooms for both midget and junior B (teams).”
In response to a question from Coun. Ron Chapman, Ziegler said the temporary buildings would not be adjoined to the arena but set off by approximately three metres or whatever is necessary by code.
The temporary structures would not have running water, according to Ziegler, which is something Coun. Candice Kolson recommended the AMHL check with Alberta Health Services to ensure no health standards are broken.
The cost to deliver, install and rent the buildings would be approximately $14,300 in the first year. The Bisons and the Thunder would pay rent of $475 each per month to offset this cost.
As the landowner, council unanimously approved the request in principle and directed staff to work with the AMHL to proceed with adding the temporary buildings through the development permit process.
The CFR Chemical Bisons will start playing out of the Ron Ebbesen Arena in fall 2017.
Records Disposal Bylaw
Council was asked to approve the Records Retention and Disposition Bylaw April 18 which provides details around how city documents are to be stored and disposed of.
According to Sharon Pollyck, team lead of legislative services and corporate communications, the existing Records Rentention Bylaw is in need of revision.
“Our first bylaw was put into place in the late 1990s along with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act,” she said. “As you can imagine, after that length of time it is out of date.”
According to Pollyck, the city has a well-developed records and information rentention policy and procedures, often driven by federal and provincial laws.
“We do have requirements under the Municipal Government Act that specify that if we are going to destroy records, we need to do that in accordance with a bylaw,” she said.
According to Pollyck, the bylaw will also allow the city to complete an Electronic Document Records Management System project currently underway.
Council was asked to give three readings to the bylaw which would provide guidelines for how documents are destroyed on an annual basis. These guidelines would ensure the city operates in accordance with existing legal requirements for record retention and distruction.
Coun. Allan Hunter requested an amendment be made to the bylaw to specify that destruction of city documents could only be done by staff from the records and information management department. The proposed bylaw indicated the city manager could delegate this responsibility.
While most members of council felt this amendment was redundant because delegation of this responsibility to the approrpriate department is dealt with in a city policy, most also didn’t feel holding up approval of the bylaw was warranted.
“I have no problem with the amendment. To me, it’s a bit redundant,” Coun. Fred Burley said. “We already have a policy in place but I have no problems with it.”
The bylaw was given three readings with Hunter’s amendment and passed unanimously.