Town of Falher notebook

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Falher councillor resigns

A Falher town councillor has resigned just months before the Oct. 18 municipal elections.
At its regular meeting July 12, Falher town council accepted the resignation of Brad Drouin, who resigned after the June 9 council meeting.
“He will be moving away from Falher,” said CAO James Bell.
Drouin served on council since October 2017.
The vacant seat leaves council with a mayor and four councillors.
Being so close to the next election, a byelection will not be required.

Council supports fire agreement

Council approved a recommendation to renew a fire services agreement as presented with the M.D. of Smoky River for 2022-24.
The proposed agreement was also presented to the Town of McLennan, the Village of Donnelly and the Village of Girouxville.

Public will have chance for input

Council is still wrestling with ways to improve the structure and safety of Second Avenue South West.
“First, we need a public forum to find out what residents want,” Mayor Donna Buchinski said.
“We also need to know the costs.”
Costs could be several hundred thousand dollars, council heard.
“We need to see those options,” Buchinski said.
Residents will get an opportunity to share their ideas to improve the road.
“More concrete information will be presented to the public this fall at an open house,” CAO James Bell said.
Council discussed the various issues such as road condition, speeding traffic, and dust.
At its regular meeting June 9, council discussed concerns about the road with administration and public works staff.

Meeting with the minister at AUMA

Council plans to meet with Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association fall convention Nov. 17-19 in Edmonton.
“Meeting times with the minister are scheduled for approximately 20 minutes per municipality,” CAO James Bell said.
“All municipalities submitting meeting requests will be notified at least two weeks prior to the convention as to the status of their request.”
Municipal Affairs will make every effort to find alternative opportunities throughout the remainder of the year for those municipalities the minister is unable to accommodate during the convention, Bell adds.
Council will further discuss the issue at its next council meeting Aug. 9 and select items of priority to discuss with McIver.

Town pays for damages to vehicle

The Town has agreed to pay for damages for a vehicle parked downtown that was struck by a falling decorative bee on June 16.
“The Town has been in regular contact with the vehicle owner and will be paying for the repairs,” CAO James Bell said.
“During some very strong winds, a wooden decorative bee from Main Street fell and damaged a parked vehicle.”
Public works will also replace and/or re-tighten all of the hardware clamps used to secure the decorative bees along Main Street.

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