Three Hills Town Council Report

The first regular Council meeting of the Town of Three Hills took place Monday night.
Councillor Al Campbell was absent, as he was attending the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan Conference in Edmonton. Al is on the Doctor Recruitment and Retention Committee.
Mayor Tim Shearlaw and Norm Campion, Manager of Recreation and Community Services, were appointed as Shareholder Representatives of the Canadian Badlands Ltd, joining Councillor Al Campbell.
The next regular Council meeting will be held Tuesday, November 16th @ 5:30 PM. Council approved the delegation of Jeff Faupel and Tim Ell of Endeavor Chartered Accountants to present the 2009 qualified financial statements to Council at this meeting.
At the December 13th meeting, Council will meet with a Three Hills Arts Academy delegation.
A Red Deer College project, called Knowledge Cafe, is holding a meeting on November 29th, in which Councillors are encouraged to attend. Knowledge Cafe essentially organizes a survey that is best suited for the municipality, and is a better social wellness initiative.
A fee structure was introduced for the use of waste containers the Town has, one at the Recycling center, and two other units, mainly used for construction projects in Three Hills. The proposed rates are: Rental Rates- $5.00 a day/ $30.00 a week/ $100.00 month. The Tip Charge is $30.00 a tip, and the Landfill charge is based on the weight of the product over scale.
The Town of Three Hills plans to sanction a 2012 Centennial Celebration Committee, to plan for the Town's 100th Anniversary.
Some discussion was needed when the item "janitorial tenders" was presented. The Town received three proposals for the required cleaning of the Town Office, Town Shop, and Fire Hall. "Details" was the lowest proposal, with $16,320 annually.
After holding some informal discussions with Mayor Shearlaw, Councillor Campbell, and other Council members, Jack Ramsden prepared a draft change to Schedule "B" (Rates of Remuneration, Per Diem, Expense and Benefits.) The most important amendment made was the reduction of the minimum hours paid from two hours to one for any meeting, seminar, training session, convention, and summit attended by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor.
Council agreed to review the cost of living increase yearly, instead of taking an automatic recommended 4% increase. At present, Council has agreed to no increase for the coming year.
Jack Ramsden presented the numbers for the 2010 Kneehill County Recreation Grant as $73,927.26, which is up $585.41 from last year.
The Kneehill Regional FCSS 2011 Budget and 2011 Grant Allocation will increase from $24,699.30 (2010) to $27,681.56.