Victim Services delegation presents to Three Hills Town Council

Victim Services Delegation

Mayor Tim Shearlaw called the regular Three Hills Town Council meeting of February 10 to order at 5:31 pm.

The agenda for the evening and the minutes of the January 27 meeting were adopted as presented.

The regular meeting was recessed at 5:32 to allow for the Public Hearing for Bylaw #1437-20 –Town of Three Hills/Kneehill County Intermunicipal Development Plan.

There were no submissions or public representations for the hearing and the regular council meeting was reconvened at 5:33 pm.

The Three Hills Victim Services delegation in the persons of Carolyn Kung, Coordinator, and Sheila Gongaware, Executive Officer of the Elnora FCSS, presented a brief overview of the many services the volunteers provide in Three Hills, Trochu, Huxley, Elnora, Lousana, Delburne, Kneehill County & Red Deer County area.

As an association they describe themselves as:

“Three Hills Victim Services offers support, information and referrals for victims of crime and tragedy. While most of our referrals come from the RCMP, self-referrals and walk-ins are assisted as well.

We are a group of dedicated volunteers who have had extensive training and passed an enhanced RCMP security check. We are always looking for those empathetic individuals who are willing to help out their community in a different way.”

Their brochure lists this under the heading of Services. Support During Crisis- A listening ear; Comfort and Reassurance, Court Accompaniment.

Information on Rights and Compensation - Victim Impact Statements Program, Financial Benefits Program, Restitution, Criminal Justice System, General Police Procedures.

Referrals: Supporting Long Term Healing - Local Community Agencies, Counseling Agencies, Legal Aid, Shelters, Support Groups, Crown Prosecutor’s Office.”

Contrary to what one might suppose these services receive only limited amount of funding from the Government and many of the benefits or services provided are dependent on funds that the Association must raise through fundraising events; The most popular being the annual Lobsterfest, being held this year on Saturday June 6 (Cruise Weekend).

Mrs. Kung gave statistics for the number of cases or individuals served in one year and for a three month period from October to December.

The next order of business was a follow-up to the Public Hearing and amounted to giving the second and third and final reading of Bylaw 1437-20 “being a Bylaw to adopt the Town of Three Hills/Kneehill County Intermunicipal Development Plan.

Two related items were presented and passed pertaining to positions that are in the process of being filled.

“…that Council appoint the Director of Community Services as the Director of Emergency Management”. AND “… that Council appoint the Director of Community Services as the Development Officer effective upon the successful candidate’s employment start date.”

When it comes to summer time parades in which the Town of Three Hills is invited to participate with either a float and/or driver and Town representatives there is a need for forward planning to coordinate who and what is available. As other communities determine their parade dates the Town of Three Hills has to make adjustments also. Therefore Council “… approves the 2020 Council Parade Schedule as revised and directs Administration to proceed with planning as indicated in this [enclosed] request for decision.”

Item 8.4 under New Business was “Upgrades to Three Hills Airport Terminal Building and the motion passed reads: “… that Council approves the upgrades to the Three Hills Airport Terminal Building be taken from the Airport Reserves, not to exceed $2,450.00”

Item 8.5 had to do with the appointment of persons to be on the Economic Growth Committee. Council directed Administration to review the terms and conditions of membership and will have recommendations for the February 24 Council meeting.

A “Purchase and Procurement Policy” was presented to Council and read as: “that Policy No. 480-Purchase and Procurement Policy be adopted as amended, and rescind policy # P and policy #330.”

A discussion about sidewalk and walking trail maintenance as a result of some citizen input resulted in Council directing Administration to review the whole policy and bring it to Council at some future date for clarification and adoption.

Several Councillors and Mayor Shearlaw attended the same meeting(s) and mentioned these in the Councillor’s and Mayors Report.

On January 28 Councillors Campbell, Hamm, Wildeman, Leo and Mayor Shearlaw attended the ICF (Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework) Committee meeting.

On January 31 Councillors Campbell, Hamm, Wiebe, and Deputy Mayor Sept visited the Ceilo Waste Solution Corp. waste refinery site in Aldersyde.

Councillor Campbell was occupied Jan. 29 and 30 with Dr. Recruitment and Retention visits.

On January 30 Councillor Hamm was busy preparing for the Economic Growth Committee meeting.

Councillor Wiebe spent some of February 5 signing cheques for Kneehill Housing.

Councillor Leo did some researching on behalf of FCSS.

Deputy Mayor Sept attended the Community Futures Wildrose meeting.

Mayor Shearlaw also spent Feb. 5 and 6 at the Town Office.

Coming out of the Councillor’s reports, there was a directive from Council that Administration look into the Climate Action Incentive Plan to see if there might be any source of funding available to the Town.

There were no management reports or financial reports to review.

Adjournment came at 7:20 pm.