December 16, 2017

Blackfalds’ new council learning ropes

Newly elected Blackfalds council pose for a group photo during their regular council meeting Nov. 14. From left, Coun. William Taylor, Coun. Laura Svab, Coun. Ray Olfert, Mayor Richard Poole, Coun. Marina Appel, Coun. Jamie Hoover, Coun. Rebecca Stendie. BEVERLEY BECKLEY PHOTO

By Beverley Beckley
For Blackfalds LIFE

On only the second official meeting of the newly elected Blackfalds town council the newest members and seasoned councilors are beginning to form an effective and efficient team.  
The new council posed for official photography prior to convening the Nov. 14 council meeting.  
Mayor Richard Poole then called the meeting to order and, after approval of the agenda, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Myron Thompson presented a brief organizational overview of town operations. 
The briefing gave information for new councilors on staffing and CUPE 417 collective agreement, which is due for negotiation in 2018. Other information included was an explanation of the hierarchy and functioning of some of the main departments including corporate, community and infrastructure services and more relating to the regular operation of the town. Council will be given the opportunity to tour some town facilities like the Abbey Centre at a later date.

FCSS Grant Funding for November recommended that Council move to accept the FCSS board recommendation to allocate the available grant funding of $20,000 with $2,000 going to Lacombe and District Big Brothers and Big Sisters, $2,500 to Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus FNMI project, $10,241 to Wolf Creek Public Schools URStrong project and $5259 to Iron Ridge Elementary Campus as per FCSS board resolution 32/17.

Bylaw 1218/17 Proposed Bylaw to Amend Bylaw 1210/17 by Changing the Description of Roads Being Closed adjacent to Broadway and South Street Intersection.  Recommendation was that council:
1. Give First Reading to Bylaw 1218/17 being a Bylaw to amend Road Closure Bylaw 1210/17
2. That Council gives Second to Bylaw 1218/17 being a Bylaw to amend Road
Closure Bylaw 1210/17
3. That Council unanimously approved to proceed with Third Reading
4. That Council gives Third and Final Reading to Bylaw 1218/17 to amend
Road Closure Bylaw 1210/17. Unanimously approved.

Agenda Highlights included:
– FCSS presented Proclamation request for November to be Family Violence Prevention Month (approved) A purple banner will be on display at the Abbey Centre and informational materials will be available.
– Mayor and council invitation to Regional Vision for Non-Violence Coalition & Mayoral Tea – Nov. 29 in Sylvan Lake, a wrap up event for Family Violence Prevention Month.  Mayor Poole confirmed he would attend.
– AUMA Board positions for Election 2017.  Council was advised of the positions available and that nominations need to be submitted by Nov. 16.  Elections will take place during the AUMA Annual Convention on Friday, Nov. 24,
2017.
The complete agenda and minutes are made publicly available on the town website as well as additional information on the issues discussed.  The next regular council meeting is Nov. 28.

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