Council Notes From All Over
CITY OF WETASKIWIN COUNCIL
Wetaskiwin City Council invites the public to attend their regular meetings in Council Chambers (4705 - 50 Ave). The following are brief highlights of the City of Wetaskiwin meeting. For more detailed information contact City Manager, Ted Gillespie at 780 361 4400.
Long service recognition
The following staff members were in attendance and recognized for their years of service to the City:
•|Geraldine Johnson - Public Works, Facilities – 5 years
•|Carla Paul - Public Works, Facilities – 5 years
•Denise Larivee - Public Works, Facilities – 5 years
•Kristine Kowalski – Development Services – 5 years
•Jocelyn Neuman – Corporate Service, Finance – 20 years
•Charlene Malmas – Development Services – 25 years
•Andy Monteith – Public Works, Utilities – 25 years
Tax arrears and eligible for public auction
There are fifteen (15) properties and four (4) designated manufactured homes within the City of Wetaskiwin with tax arrears that have progressed through the collection process and are now eligible for public auction.
The properties must be advertised in the Alberta Gazette not less than 40 days but not more than 90 days prior to the auction. A second advertising requirement for the properties is that the auction must be advertised in one issue of a newspaper having a general circulation in the City of not less than 10 days but not more than 20 days before the date the auction is held.
Council approved that the public auction be held on December 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM in City Council Chambers, and that the terms of the sale require payment by cash or certified cheque receipted at City Hall prior to close of the business day of the auction.
Municipal benchmarking program
For the past year, the City has been participating in a municipal benchmarking program, funded under a Regional Collaboration Grant, with a number of different municipalities within the Province. Phase one of the project is almost complete, and will provide performance measures of the member municipalities so that comparisons can be made of the costs and level of service in various work areas between municipalities.
An application to the Regional Collaboration Program for funding of phase two of the program is being prepared by the lead municipality, Banff. City Council authorized the City of Wetaskiwin to participate in an application for the Municipal Benchmarking Alberta Project Phase 2, submitted by the Town of Banff.
If the RCP grant application is successful each municipality will use its staff to gather and analyse its own operational expenditures for submission to the project. This work will represent an “In Kind” contribution of between $5000 to $10,000 to the project. The RCP grant application is for $250,000 which will fund the project.
The Municipal Internship Program is offered to Alberta municipalities to provide training opportunities for recently graduated university students who have an interest in municipal government. Those individuals selected for the program are given the opportunity for hands on learning in a municipality for a year, observing and contributing in every department. City Council directed Administration to submit an application to host a Municipal Intern through the Municipal Internship Program for Administrators for the 2014-2015 program offering. Hosts receive a grant of $43,000 to help cover the costs of hosting an
Cancellation of October 15th Council meeting:
Some municipalities in the Province do not hold Council meetings between Nomination Day and Election Day. This decision is due to the increased strain on some members of Council’s time as well as ensures that Council meetings remain removed from election debate.
The City Council voted to cancel the October 15 Council meeting to allow Council and Staff additional time during this busy period.
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