By Bevereley Beckley
For Blackfalds LIFE
Mayor Stol was excited and happy about the announcement from Wolf Creek Public School Board and called the revision of the Three-Year Capital Plan 2018-2021 to prioritize as number one the modernization of Iron Ridge Elementary Campus “an absolute victory for the community.”
Although a new core 9-12 high school was the number two priority, it fell short of the desired Composite High School that has been discussed as the best route for a high school in our community.
Councillor Richard Poole added that the meeting with the school board was “so positive” and said they are interested in hearing about other options. He added that there are opportunities over the next five to seven years for discussion on the topic so this recommendation could continue to evolve towards the possibility of a composite high school.
Other reports along with the minutes of Sept. 26 were accepted without much debate and as the meeting concluded there were hugs and tearful farewells shared among council, staff and others who attended.
Other highlights included:
– Approval of the 2018 Parkland Regional Library Budget with an anticipated one per cent increase in keeping with the cost of living for Alberta.
– Approval for CAO and council members to attend the AUMA convention Nov. 22-24 in Calgary to seek meetings with transportation minister concerning the Hwy 2A Corridor Study and the need for a second access/egress for our town, which would be anticipated to be Twp. Rd 40-0;Alberta Service minister to again bring forward the need for a provincial registries office within our community; Alberta Environment and Parks minister for a discussion on wetlands; and the RCMP K Division about Victim Services funding and any plans for expansions of the Blackfalds detachment.
– Voting in the 2017 Municipal Election will be by electronic ballot.
The Town utilizes a non-computerized end-to-end electronic voting system without the need for paper or other physical systems to count and/or tabulate the ballots. Each vote cast is instantly counted and there is no possibility of an over-vote, there are no rejected ballots/votes and no miscounted votes.
The system ensures the preservation of integrity, speed and accuracy, with security, trust and reliability.
A full explanation of the process will be explained to voters at the polling station.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and vote on Oct. 16!