Town of Falher notebook

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Still no decision on 2nd Street SW

The future of a deteriorating road in Falher has become a priority for Town of Falher council.
At its meeting Oct. 13, council addressed the crumbling condition of Second Street SW.
“Council discussed the possibility of restructuring and/or limiting access to the road to assist with budget dollars in the future,” CAO-in-training James Bell says.
Administration will further research costs and prepare information for public consultation.
No decisions were finalized, Bell says.

Auto detailing service approved

Council adopted an amended land-use bylaw to add definitions for auto detailing service after a public hearing Oct. 13.
Auto detailing service was added to the commercial [C1] zone as a discretionary use.
“A land-use bylaw amendment application had been submitted to add auto detailing service as a discretionary use in a C1 zone,” CAO-in-training James Bell says.

Falher gets new auditor

Council appointed JDP Wasserman & Associates as the Town’s new auditors.
“Earlier this year, we received communication from Sylvain & Company [of Falher] outlining that due to a retirement, they would no longer be able to handle our annual audit,” CAO-in-training James Bell says.
Council sent out requests for proposals and six firms responded by the deadline Oct. 2, he says.
JDP Wasserman has offices in Edmonton, Wetaskiwin and Camrose.

Water bills available by e-mail

Residents are now able to receive Town of Falher water utility bills by e-mail rather than a paper copy delivered through Canada Post.
To enable that, some wording had to be changed in the utility bylaw.
Additionally, some penalties were revised for tampering with a water meter or a water meter seal.

Have a safe Halloween

Yes, Halloween is still being celebrated!
Council responded to a letter from a resident requesting information about Halloween and COVID.
“We advise residents to follow directions from Alberta Health Services and to proceed with whatever kind of Halloween they are comfortable with,” CAO-in-training James Bell says.
More information from AHS about handing out candy and Halloween is available on the Town’s website at www.falher.ca/halloween-2020-guidelines/.
More information also available on page 2.

Remembrance Day service at Falher

The McLennan Legion is hosting Remembrance Day ceremonies in each of the local municipality’s in the Smoky River region this year since large gatherings are not allowed under restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic.
Council approved the Royal Canadian Legion’s request to have an outdoor ceremony.
A regional service is usually held in the McLennan Community Elks Hall.

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