Back from break with new municipal motions

By VERNA MURPHY, Connect Columnist

Councillor Lance Bussieres

Councillor Lance Bussieres

The first council meeting – after the summer break – was held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, and although the new format brought a shorter agenda, the meeting still lasted two and a half hours. A motion brought forward by Councillor Jane Stroud before the break was on the agenda, and took up most of the evening’s discussion.

Stroud’s motion would see the municipality working with the provincial government and our local MLAs to create more even taxation rules for our rural areas; such as Janvier, Conklin and Anzac.

Delegates, including business people from the various areas voiced their concern on the cost of running a business in these areas, and how it was currently nearly impossible to be profitable. Jeffrey O’Donnell said that if the minimum wage increase goes into effect that their costs will rise even further.

Councillor John Chadi joined the meeting via the phone and said that the costs to ship things to Fort Chipewyan meant that food was at an all-time high in his community.

An amendment to the motion by Councillor Colleen Tatum also directed administration to explore options to offer alternate relief to businesses within hamlet boundaries in the interim, with the hope that the administration can report back to Council by October 6, 2015.

There were three motions brought forward by councillors during the meeting. Councillor Lance Bussieres moved that there be a freeze on any further recruitment or hiring for the municipality for positions below the director level, until certain things be done.

 

There were three motions brought forward by councillors during the meeting. Councillor Lance Bussieres moved that there be a freeze on any further recruitment or hiring for the municipality for positions below the director level, until certain things be done.

Bussieres would freeze these practices until: a) The 2016 operating budget is approved; b) The result of the Operational Review is presented to council; or c) A review of all currently vacant full-time positions is carried out and a report on that review is presented to Council – including recommendations for positions that could be eliminated. Positions that must be filled in order to ensure the RMWB meets legal or legislated requirements would continue to be filled.

Tyran Ault brought forward a motion that will be debated on September 8, 2015, that would see an end to corporate and labour union donations to campaigns of Mayor and council during the time of elections. And Alan Vinni made a motion that would see administration carry out a review about appropriate separation distances between residential developments and industrial developments. Vinni’s motion will be debated on September 1, 2015.

To share comments or concerns, please contact Verna Murphy at mackdale@hotmail.com.

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