South Peace News
Preparation for October election
Nominations are now open for the mayor and six councillors in the Town of McLennan for the Oct. 18 municipal election.
To prepare for the election, council appointed CAO Lorraine Willier as returning officer and Chaste McDonald as substitute returning officer at its Jan. 11 meeting.
New election rules in Alberta allow any candidate to file their nomination papers until nomination day Sept. 20. In the past, candidates could file only on nomination day before the election.
Nomination packages are available at the town office or on its website.
Borrowing bylaw passed
Council passed a borrowing bylaw at its Jan. 11 meeting.
The borrowing bylaw is for a $300,000 line of credit, explains CAO Lorraine Willier.
“Although we have not had to use it for a number of years, we continue to renew it so that it is available in the event we need it,” she says.
“It’s easier to renew it every year than having to reapply for one if it’s ever required again.”
Many municipalities follow the same procedure.
Smoky River FCSS supported
Council gave its blessing to support Smoky River Family and Community Support Services for another year.
Council heard there was no increase in requisition from 2020, which was $7,338.75.
“In my eyes, it’s well worth it,” said Councillor Sue Delaurier.
Councillor Marie-Anne Jones agreed, adding FCSS does a lot for youth and seniors in the town and region.
Volunteer appreciation gifts debated
How to thank McLennan’s volunteers was again the subject of discussion at council’s Jan. 11 meeting.
Because of the COVID pandemic, the very popular appreciation dinner will not be held. It has left council in a bit of a pickle as it decides on an alternative way to express its gratitude.
Council has budgeted $3,000 for the appreciation.
Councillor Sue Delaurier noted there were 14 organizations in McLennan.
“I was thinking planters,” she said, adding many of the organizations put out planters each year.
“Gift certificates from Home Hardware,” she also suggested.
Council liked the idea of planters and/or flowers. Delaurier will bring back a proposal to council at its Feb. 8 meeting.
“I’ll see what I can drum up,” said Delaurier.
Input from citizens sought
CAO Lorraine Willier informed council that a little extra paper will be included in citizens’ water bills this month.
In January bills, she said, citizens will be asked if they want to go “paperless”, meaning all bills would be sent electronically.
Also, due to a breakdown in equipment, all January bills will estimated based on a 12-month average of previous billing.