Three Hills Council approves Kneehill - Three Hills Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework

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Mayor Tim Shearlaw called the regular meeting of Three Hills Town Council to order at 5:30 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Following the approval of minutes and having no delegations present council moved right into the approval of the Kneehill County-Town of Three Hills Intermunicipal Collaborative Framework. The agreement covers weed and pest inspection, Mt. Vernon water delivery, enforcement services, fire services, recreation, municipal airport, transportation and Equity water delivery.

Council approved the Kneehill - Three Hills Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework unanimously.

Next on the agenda was bylaw 1430-20 Master Rates and Fees Bylaw.

Council gave the bylaw first, second and third and final reading. The vote was unanimous.

The development of an east and west area structure plan (ASP) pertaining to future growth areas of annexed land will need names. Council approved “Blue Gem” for the west ASP and “Iron Shield” for the east ASP. Blue Gem was a mine in the Town of Three Hills and Iron Shield was a Blackfoot Chief and half-brother to Chief Crowfoot.

Council approved the revised council remuneration and allowance policy #220. Council will no longer receive remuneration for their attendance at Committee of the Whole meetings. Committee of the Whole (COW) meetings take place when required, prior to regular council meetings. These meetings give council an opportunity to discuss matters of the Town but no motions are made at a COW meeting.

Council approved a motion to cancel the committee of the whole and regular meeting of council for April 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this meeting two members of council were in self-isolation. One has a cough and cold and the other has recently returned from the United States.

Reports from council included some members attending a table-top emergency preparedness exercise. Kristy Sidock, Direct of Community Services, was commended for doing an excellent job in conducting the exercise.

Clr. Wildeman, Mayor Tim Shearlaw and Kristy Sidock participated in a Covid-19 teleconference on Friday, March 20. Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs Kaycee Madu spoke to about 200 registered participants as did Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. CAO Alan Parkin listened in from his home.

Clr. Harold Leo reported on the FCSS meeting he attended highlighting the drastic cuts in the provincial budget and the negative implications being felt here from those cuts. The Family Resource Workers have been hit hard. This is a huge loss to the program. With cuts nearing the $500,000 mark the FCSS Board must hold a strategic planning session as they are forced to make difficult choices in order to move forward.

Detailed reports were provided to council by CAO Alan Parkin, Michael Glavin- Director of Operations and Kristy Sidock- Director of Community Services.

A statement of operations was accepted by council as presented by Director of Finance- Peng Tian.

Due to the size of the agenda council did go into overtime.

There will be a special meeting of council on Friday, March 27 at 10 am to deal with issues related to Covid-19.

The meeting was adjourned by Mayor Shearlaw at 9:20 pm.