Council Approves CUPE Collective Agreement

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Mayor Ray Wildeman called the regular meeting of Council for Monday, January 22, 2024, at 5:30 pm.

Council accepted the meeting agenda and the minutes of the January 8, 2024 meeting as presented. All members of Council were present. Greg Towne, Director of Finance, was on vacation.

Management reports began with CAO Ryan Leuzinger reporting that the position of Executive Assistant has been filled.

He dealt with various personnel items, assisted with payroll, participated in executive assistant interviews, reviewed employee benefit proposals and attended pump house construction meetings. He also continued policy review and editing and much more.

The finance report indicated Greg Towne had prepared the updated Master Rates and Fees Bylaw, applied penalties to outstanding tax balances, did payroll work and submitted an application for a summer grants program.

Other items included a water meeting with Trochu, general fiscal reporting and health and safety work.

Community Services Director Kristy Sidock reported there was one plumbing and one electrical permit processed in the last reporting period.

Three Hills Fire and Rescue responded to 15 calls in December. Six calls were medical assists, five were motor vehicle crashes. There was one alarm, one hazmat and two fire-related.

The three-on-three hockey tournament was a big success with 56 kids participating in the U7 - U11 portion and 35 in the U13 - U18 tournament.

Anderson Park Christmas lights will be removed at the end of January. Extreme cold impacted the furnaces at Anderson Park.The outdoor rink in the south end of town is open, pending weather conditions.

Annual maintenance at the Aquatic Centre was completed and the pool has re-opened.

Grant Gyurkovitz, Director of Operations and Infrastructure, reported on the three water main breaks on Main Street, 4th Ave, across from the pool and on 1st Street North and 6th Ave.

Water treatment plant heaters are now working properly.

Street light decorations on Main Street will come down this week with assistance from ATCO Electric.

A 90-gallon tank has been mounted on the back of the Toolcat for de-icing pathways. Panting has been done at the Public Works shop and ice management for public safety has been ongoing.

The basement floor of the new pumphouse is complete and the basement walls are being poured. Construction completion is expected around July 2024.

Work continues on landfill cell expansion.

Tender requests are either going out or have gone out concerning water treatment plant residual management and 2024 water main replacement.

MPE has provided the town with a design memorandum reviewing the option to use the existing temporary pump building from the main water distribution pump house site as the new building for the Equity pump station.

Council approved the management reports as presented.

Under business arising out of the minutes, there was no further information provided on the matter of waste to energy.

Council also reviewed a letter on drought preparedness received from Alberta Environment and Protected Areas. Council accepted this information as presented.

Council gave first, second, consideration for third reading and third and final reading to Bylaw 1494-24. The Master Rates. Fees and Charges Bylaw. Carried unanimously. Changes can be seen on the town website.

Council approved ratification of the CUPE Collective Agreement for the term of January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2026.

Wages will increase by $1.00 per hour or an average 3.28% for all unionized staff in 2024. 2025 will see a 3% raise and 2026 will see a raise of 3.25%.

Council directed Administration to provide a letter of support to the town of Trochu for their application to the Community Housing Transformation Centre’s - Sector Transformation Fund. The hope is to find a more sustainable way to fund a transportation program for the population within Kneehill County.

Clr Dennis Hazelton reported on his attendance at a Councillor refresher course.

Clr Miriam Kirk reported on a library board meeting and on her attendance at the Council refresher.

Deputy Mayor Byrne Lammle also attended the refresher course.

Clr Marilyn Sept provided minutes from an FCSS meeting and attended the Saturday portion of the two-day Council refresher.

Council reports were accepted as presented.

Mayor Ray Wildeman attended a meeting of mid-sized towns that included about 84 municipalities with populations from 1,000 to 15,000. He was unable to attend the Council refresher. The mayor’s report was accepted as presented.

Council received a letter from the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services on Provincial policing.

A letter from the RCMP provided fourth-quarter crime stats.

Council acknowledged the receipt of the correspondence.

Following a short break Council went into Closed Session at 7:32 pm to discuss organization and planning under FOIPP Section 17.

Council came out of closed at 8:52 pm. No motions resulted from closed.

Mayor Ray Wildeman adjourned the Regular meeting of Council for January 22, 2024, at 8:53 pm.