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Transportation

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' role of overseeing all issues of public transportation and mass transportation within the City's limits. The Commissioners were very involved in many issues and projects related to planning and implementing transportation corridors, for railways, industrial, and commercial uses as well as private vehicles. They were also responsible for the public transportation system within, and air traffic into, the City. This series contains the following subseries:

4.1 Airport(s)
This subseries consists of records relating to Edmonton's Municipal Airport (also known as the Industrial Airport, the City Centre Airport and Blatchford Field).

4.2 Public Transit
This subseries consist of records relating to the Edmonton Radial Railway system, and the street car and bus service in Edmonton, later known as the Edmonton Transit System.

Utilities

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' role of overseeing the City's utilities. For many years the City operated most of the utilities services within the City. Eventually, many of these were sold off into private ownership or arm's length governing bodies. This series contains the following subseries:

6.1 Telephones
This subseries consist of records relating to the Edmonton Telephones System.

6.2 Power / Light
This subseries consist of records relating to Edmonton Power, the power plants, and the provision of street lighting in the City.

6.3 Water and Sanitation
This subseries consist of records relating to the provision of water to citizens, the water treatment plants, dumps, the incinerator, and other waste management works.

6.4 Natural Resources / Fuels
This subseries consist of records relating to gas and oil contracts, coal mining and other provisions for providing heat and fuels within the city.

Orphaned Material

This series consists of photographs which mostly depict residential and commercial buildings, but there are also photos of individuals, events, civic infrastructure and facilities, and proposed developments. There are also maps and architectural drawings which are predominantly associated with plans for development and construction.

Allan Bolstad

This series consists of records related to the proposed privatization of ED Tel in 1994. The records include correspondence, a memorandum, presentations, proposals, and notes relating to different options. The material was used by Allan Bolstad in his capacity as a City Councillor.

The Edmonton Telephones Corporation (ED Tel) was created in 1990 as a result of the provincial Telecommunications Act, which allowed municipalities to provide telecommunications services and products through a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation, but not through a City department. In early 1994 the outgoing ED Tel President publicly raised the idea of selling the utility. Ultimately the Edmonton Telephones Corporation was sold to Telus on March 10, 1995 for $470,221,872.

Bolstad, Allan

Address Coordination Committee

The Address Coordination Committee was tasked with solving issues born from the City of Edmonton's growth. The Committee's responsibilities include assigning new street and avenue numbers as well as coordinating new addresses for housing developments.

This series consists of material related to numbering streets in the City of Edmonton. While most of the content is correspondence, some plans for implementation are included.

Scrapbooks

From the 1950s through to the 1970s it was not unusual for City departments to keep scrapbooks as a record of their activities. This series contains 34 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings relating to the business of the City of Edmonton, and specifically the Planning Department.

Election Scrapbooks (1918-1963)

The City Clerk's Department was established August 20, 1912 by Bylaw 425, which stated in part that the City Clerk was responsible for performing all duties required in regard to municipal and school elections and the voting of the burgesses upon referred bylaws. In 1964 the City Clerk ceased to be responsible for municipal elections and censuses. A position of Returning Officer was created within the City Clerk's Department, which took on the responsibility for elections.

This series includes 14 scrapbooks divided into different themes.

Scrapbook 1: Voting on School Money Bylaws, 1922-1938
Scrapbook 2: Plebiscite Ballots, 1922-1963
Scrapbook 3: Notices of Polling Places, 1919-1962
Scrapbook 4: Ballots for Mayoral Elections, 1922-1963
Scrapbook 5: Ballots for Public School Trustees, 1918-1963
Scrapbook 6: Ballots for Separate School Trustees, 1918-1963
Scrapbook 7: Instructions to Deputy Returning Officers and Assistant Deputy Returning Officers, 1919-[ca.1955]
Scrapbook 8: Poll Clerks and Constables, [ca.1938-1945]
Scrapbook 9: Voters' List Certificates, 1938-1952
Scrapbook 10: Ballots for Aldermanic Elections, 1923-1955
Scrapbook 11: Ballots for Aldermanic Elections, 1956-1963
Scrapbook 12: Instructions for Election Campaign Meetings, 1953-1956
Scrapbook 13: Notices of Public Meetings for Elections, [ca.1928]-1956
Scrapbook 14: Instructions for Election Campaign Meetings, 1928-1952

Office of the City Clerk (1935-1972)

This series includes correspondence relating to municipal elections, personnel, the development of parks and recreational facilities, planning, and the proposed Civic Centre/Omniplex. There are also small amounts of material related to finances, utilities, housing, welfare and social services, and the police and fire departments. This series was divided into 177 Classes.

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