Greg Towne introduced as new Director of Finance

Greg Towne

Three Hills Town Council Meeting September 13, 2021

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

The agenda was accepted as presented.

CAO Ryan Leuzinger introduced the new Director of Finance, Greg Towne.

Councillor Al Campbell was not present.

The Council Meeting minutes of August 9 were accepted as presented.

Kristy Sidock, Director of Community Services, gave an oral update on the progress of the installation of the new ice plant for the arena and curling rink. Covid has meant some further delays in receiving and installing parts but the good news is that at this time it is expected that ice will be ready for use by the end of October.

A somewhat detailed look was given to Bylaw No. 1477-21 being the Bylaw outlining Council Procedural. Council will submit some recommendations to alter the initial draft, which Administration will incorporate into it before second reading. Council gave the Bylaw first reading.

Five items were brought forward for Council consideration.

Item 7.1 Council passed a motion directing Administration waive the rental fee for the Community Centre for the Chamber of Commerce All Candidate Forum to be held September 29.

Item 7.2 was the formal approval of changing the scheduled time for the October 25, 2021 Organizational meeting to begin at 5:00 pm.

“At the yearly Organizational meeting, Council determines the date and times of the various Council meetings throughout the year. With the upcoming Election, the next Organizational meeting will take longer to conduct all the required tasks with a new Council to swear in. The original meeting time was scheduled for 5:30 on October 25, 2021.”

Item 7.3 was a discussion on the formation of the Municipal Development Plan. It was decided that it should be tabled for the new Council to deal with.

Item 7.4 was the annual setting of the Atco Electric Franchise Fee Tariff. The present rate has been in effect since 2013. Council approved an increase to 8% from 6% .

Item 7.5 was a positive response to a letter from Prairie College asking for Council’s letter of support for the College’s application for a Community Initiatives Program (Provincial grant) that would be applied to the centennial celebrations for the College.

The Councillors’ reports were quite brief.

Deputy Mayor John Hamm attended a SAEWA meeting August 27.

Councillor Ray Wildeman spoke of developments within the Red Deer River Users Group.

Councillor Harold Leo mentioned only an FCSS meeting coming up.

Councillor Vernon Wiebe spent some of September 1 doing Kneehill Housing cheque writing.

Councillor Marilyn Sept attended a meeting of the Kneehill Regional Partnership on September 8.

Mayor Tim Shearlaw attended the Acme Village Office Grand opening on August 30.

He also took in Discovery Night on September 8.

He was able to spend some time visiting with a potential business owner coming to Three Hills.

Copies of six items of correspondence were presented for Council to review and they were accepted as information and to be filed.

At 7:03 PM the regular meeting was interrupted so that Council could go into Closed Session. Councillor Harold Leo left the meeting at this point. The topic under discussion in closed session would have been a conflict of interest for Councillor Leo.