Council considers changes in 2021 Election

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Mayor Tim Shearlaw called the May 11, 2020 regular meeting of Three Hills Town Council to order at 5:30 pm.

Following the approval of the agenda and adoption of the regular council meeting minutes of April 27, 2020 council welcomed Roger Wilkins, Kneehill Minor Hockey President.

The main focus of the presentation was to request that ice rental hourly costs remain at $88/hr as opposed to the new rate of $100/hour. The request was made in an attempt to keep the Minor Hockey program as affordable as possible. Ice rentals are the association’s single largest expense. Council discussed options and will make their final decision at their regular meeting of May 25, 2020.

Next on the agenda was information on the number of councillors and selection of mayor practices.

CAO Alan Parking presented council with a report showing a number of municipalities, with populations ranging from 2,000 to 4,000, showing the number of council members and the method used in electing their Mayor or Reeve. As a cost saving measure the Town of Three Hills could operate with five councillors instead of seven. The Mayor could be elected from within council as opposed to being elected by the residents of the Town of Three Hills. Any changes would apply to the October 2021 Municipal Election.

Following a brief discussion council approved a motion to disband the Economic Growth Committee at this time. Letters of thanks will be sent to all those who applied to sit on the committee.

A lot of work is being done on bylaws and policies.

Council approved all three readings to Bylaw 1446-20 - Records Management Bylaw, 1447-20 - Three Hills Library Board Bylaw, 1448-20 - Bylaw to Repeal In-operative, Obsolete, Expired, Spent or otherwise ineffective Bylaws. Council also gave all three readings to Bylaw 1449-20 - Fire Bylaw and 1451-20 Development Authority Bylaw.

Policies approved by council included 200 - A1-Records Retention and Disposition Policy, Policy 490 - Interpretation Policy, Policy 500 - Privacy Policy, 510 - Disposal of Surplus Assets and 520 - Municipal Grants to Community Groups.

Council approved Half Price Tipping Day at the Town Landfill for Saturday, May 16, 2020.

As it stands, the Three Hills Town Office will re-open June 1, 2020, subject to change as more information regarding the Alberta Relaunch Strategy, with respect to COVID-19, becomes available from the province.

Council approved the submission of three economic Stimulus project proposals to the Provincial Government. They include water treatment plant residuals, aquatic centre roof replacement and water pressure modeling scenarios.

Mayor Shearlaw declaring May 17 - May 23, 2020 as National Public Works Week.

Due to COVID-19 committee meetings are few with council members having little if anything in their individual reports.

Three pieces of correspondence were accepted as presented.

Mayor Tim Shearlaw adjourned the meeting at 9:04 pm.