Three Hills Town Council Report

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Mayor Ray Wildeman called the regular meeting of Three Hills Town Council to order at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023.

With one item being deleted from Closed Session the meeting agenda was accepted as amended.

The minutes of the regular meeting of August 14, 2023, were accepted as presented.

Under Bylaws- Bylaw 1491-23 Master Rates Fees and Changes received first, second, third and third and final reading (unanimously). The two significant changes applied to commercial blue cart recycling changes being added to the bylaw for the proposed service The second item was permitting fees, which are being changed as the town is working with a new service provider.

Under new business Policy 220-A3 - Council Remuneration and Allowance Policy saw Council embark on a very lengthy discussion in order to provide administration with guidance on draft Policy 220-A3. This was simply a discussion with no motion required.

Council approved Policy 450-A2 - Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy as presented, Administration is currently reviewing all Council policies to update and recommend changes to the other policies that have been recently brought before Council. The revised document is published on the Town’s website.

Council approved, as presented, changes to Policy 600-A1 Community Donations and Financial Assistance Policy, including Town Aquatic Centre complimentary Pass Policy have been incorporated, the value of “in kind” donations that can be approved by the CAO and cash donations has been adjusted from $200 to $500. Eligibility for cash donations is now limited to Three Hills residents only.

The advance timeframe for donation applications has been reduced from 28 days to 14 days.

Council appointed Clr Miriam Kirk to the Marigold Library Board immediately. Miriam also represents Council on the Three Hills Library Board.

Council approved the purchase of two tables of eight, a cash donation of $2,000 plus the hall rent for the December 9, 2023, Winter Wonderland Charity Gala hosted by Three Hills Health Care Centre Auxiliary Society.

Council approved providing a zero percent interest loan to the Three Hills Community Memorial Centre for $3,000 until April 30, 2024.

Council approved the second-floor meeting room request from the Three Hills Thrashers for the 2023/24 season for $850 with several conditions.

Council directed administration to send a letter of support to the Three Hills Elks for a Community Facility Enhancement Program grant application for the replacement of the Kinsmen Playground. Council also directed administration to allocate $92,500 from the General Operating Reserve for the replacement of the Kinsmen Playground to the 2024 Capital budget, conditional on receiving the grant.

Under Council reports Deputy Mayor Dennis Hazelton reported his attendance at a museum banquet. He also attended Three Hills Discovery Night and a Community Futures Wildrose meeting where he was elected to sit on their Investment Review committee.

Clr Miriam Kirk provided minutes from the August 17 Kneehill Medical Services Retention and Recruitment meeting and their annual report.

Clr Bryne Lammle attended the FCSS 25th Anniversary Celebration and will attend an upcoming meeting of the Three Hills and District Chamber of Commerce.

Clr Marilyn Sept provided the minutes of the August 31 Three Hills Police Advisory Committee. She also attended the FCSS 25th Anniversary event, reporting that about 80 people attended.

Council reports were accepted as presented.

Mayor Ray Wildeman travelled to the Legislature, with Mayors from South Central Alberta, to meet with Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange.

The group drove home how vital our health facilities are to the very sustainability of rural Alberta. Mayor Wildeman suggested to her that Three Hills would like a health system where we are not pitted against the deep recruitment pockets of the major urban centers to try to attract and retain physicians or any health service practitioner, and we need an AHS Board that won’t leave rural health behind.

Mayor Wildeman also attended the FCSS 25th Anniversary event and had lots of ratepayer interaction.

The Mayor’s Report was accepted as presented.

There were 10 pieces of correspondence. They included Alberta Municipalities, Statistics Canada, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Three Hills RCMP, Marigold Library, Three Hills Beautification, Kneehill Historical Society, Three Hills Arts Academy, Three Hills Golf Club and the Elnora U19 Eagles.

Council acknowledged the receipt of the correspondence.

Council moved into Closed Session at 8:25 pm to discuss Section 24 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act- Advice from Officials- Landfill.

Council returned to Open Session at 8:54 p.m. No motions resulted from closed.

Mayor Wildeman adjourned the Regular Council meeting of September 11, 2023, at 8:55 pm.