David Dodge, EFCL District B

David Dodge EFCL Past President and past district rep for Lago Lindo, Kilkenny, McLeod, Evansdale, Northmount, Londonderry, Steele Heights, Balwin, Killarney, Delwood, Glengarry, Rosslyn, Belvedere community leagues in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Rob Agostinis

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

EFCL Board Package Nov. 2011 - District B Report

EFCL District B Report
David Dodge, District B Rep.
November 9, 2010

Highlights from the EFCL Nov Board Package

6.1 – City Budget Presentation Allan Bolstad, Executive Director
That the EFCL invite three community leagues and a couple of area councils to participate in the Dec. 1 budget presentation to Edmonton City Council.

6.2 - Attracting Families to Mature Neighbourhoods
That the EFCL ask Edmonton City Council to undertake measures that help mature neighborhoods retain and attract families with children.
That these measures include, but not be limited to: A) The development of infill housing standards that are attractive to families with
children. B) The development of a strategy to retain existing schools.
6.3 - Design of New Schools Allan Bolstad, Executive Director
That the EFCL, in conjunction with the Edmonton YMCA, request a meeting with the Minister of Education to discuss the inclusion of community space in new schools.
6.4 - EMHA/EFCL Outdoor Ice Committee Allan Bolstad, Executive Director
That the board identify two representatives to sit on the EMHA/EFCL Outdoor Ice Committee.
The Edmonton Minor Hockey Association (EMHA) would like to put together an outdoor ice committee, in conjunction with the EFCL, to make better use of community league rinks.
Following our discussion at an informal meeting on Sept. 27, the EMHA would like to flesh out a plan whereby all hockey registrants would pay into an outdoor rink program fund.            It was suggested that either five or ten dollars per player would be dedicated to this fund, which would produce $40,000 - $80,000 per year, depending on the fee that is selected.
The outdoor program could feature elements like learn-to-skate and power skating lessons, hockey skills clinics, hockey skills competitions and mini-hockey tournaments. It would require some staffing to get it established and coordinate the activities.
The committee would be charged with fleshing out the program and bringing a proposal to the EHMA. The hockey association would have to hold a formal vote before the fee could be implemented.
It would helpful if the EFCL could provide a couple of people to sit on this committee, in addition to staff. If no board members are interested, we could put out a call for representatives from the leagues.
6.5 - Grants to New Leagues Allan Bolstad, Executive Director
That the EFCL ask the city to authorize the payment of operating grants to new community leagues that are incorporated at the time of the grant application process.
The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues would like to see new leagues receive an operating grant from the city as soon as possible.
6.6 - Planning Committee Governance EFCL Planning Committee
That the EFCL Governance Committee consider options to broaden community league involvement in the EFCL Planning and Development Committee.
The current structure of the EFCL Planning and Development Committee provides for an elected representative from each district. Some elected district reps attend regularly; others are not able to do so. Some districts have not been able to find a volunteer willing to serve on the committee; others have had frequent turnover in their rep.
8.1 – Executive Director‘s Report Allan Bolstad, Executive Director

1. Non-Profit Sector Consultations with Culture and Community Spirit Minister
The EFCL took an active role, once again, in the second round table discussion on non-profit operations, chaired by Culture and Community Spirit Minister Lindsay Blackett, on Oct.20.
3. Meeting with New City Councillors
The recent election saw two new people elected to city council – Dave Loken in Ward 3 and Kerry Diotte in Ward 11. Dave Loken is the former business agent for the Coalition of Civic Unions and is quite familiar with community league activities. He and his wife have been part of an informal group attempting to get a community league started in their neighborhood of Griesbach in north Edmonton.
Kerry Diotte is a former Edmonton Sun civic affairs columnist who wrote dozens of columns about waste- ful spending at city hall and used that as the focus of his recent election campaign.
EFCL Vice-President and District B director David Dodge has a meeting with Dave Loken on Nov. 4 and planned to discuss both Ward and EFCL issues. He was given a copy of our Living Local pamphlet to pass along to Councillor Loken.
A) Aquatic User Committee Meeting October 13, 2010
The Aquatic User Committee met on October 13, to discuss the Aquatic Allocation Process for the new Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. Terwillegar Recreation Centre is scheduled to open at the end of this year. The swim programs are starting in January, 2011. The City is in the process of booking time for various aquatic user groups. The EFCL through e-mails, e-News, and Newsletter has asked the leagues to book their pool time. We have about six requests so far. The EFCL once again requests leagues interested in the new facility to book their swim time now. Most of the leagues prefer time between 4-7 P.M. on Sundays. The City proposed time for community swim is from 5 – 7 P.M. on Sundays. The EFCL hopes that the two hours time slot would work for most of the leagues. Please note that allocation is based on sharing cost among user leagues. A league wanting to book the whole pool for itself may contact the City. Leagues interested to have more information or to send booking request can contact Shahriyar at 780-437-2913, e-mail Shahriyar.khan@efcl.org or Gina Holowach Senior Booking Coordinator at Gina.Holowach@edmonton.ca
8.4 - Community Planning Advisor’s Report Bev Zubot, Community Planning Advisor
1. Row Housing Zone Negotiations Continue
2. The Planning Committee Gives Initial Feedback On The Draft Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay For Mature Neighbourhoods
3. Planning and Consultation Process For Rezoning Large Residential Infill for Mature
4. Nov 3rd Meeting re Improving Early Land Development Consultations
8.5 - Marketing Director‘s Report Michael Janz, Marketing Director

1. Living Local campaign
Meetings will be held on Thursday, November 25 at 930-1130AM at the Edmonton Room of the Stanley Milner Library and 6-9PM at the EFCL office,.

2. EFCL Tradeshow
Blatchford Hanger, Fort Edmonton Park Free Admission, Free Parking Jan 22nd 2010 9AM-4PM Space is limited.
Questions or RSVP: Michael.janz@efcl.org

10.1 – Presidents‘ Dinner Allan Bolstad, Executive Director
We‘re pleased to report that our Presidents‘ Dinner is fully subscribed.
Mayor Stephen Mandel has agreed to bring greetings and other members of council are beginning to confirm their attendance.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7:00 p.m. and the program is set for 8:00 p.m. The Don Berner Trio will be playing during dinner and then joined by a singer and horn player for the dance afterward.

10.4 – Playground Meeting Allan Bolstad, Executive Director
The EFCL – in conjunction with Castle Downs MLA Thomas Lukaszuk – is hosting a meeting to review the costs of building a playground and associated facilities like spray decks.
Community leagues representatives and city representatives have all been invited to attend. We are most interested in hearing from people that recently built a playground or are in the project planning stages and have some cost-cutting suggestions to make.
The meeting will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22 at the EFCL office (7103-105 Street).
Please let Joanne Booth at (780) 437-2913 or at Joanne.Booth@EFCL.org know if you are able to attend.

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