A Town Council sets the vision and direction for their municipality. They do so by adopting policies and bylaws that encompass these goals, as well as by approving the municipal budget. It is then the responsibility of the municipal staff to administer and carry out the policies set by Council. Council may then work through their one employee, the CAO, to ensure the organization objectives are being met.
As a Councillor you will have the occasion to put forward ideas and opportunities for the betterment of your community. However, decisions or monetary commitments may not be made individually and must be made by a majority of Council through a Resolution. If a decision made by a majority of Council does not align with your opinion, you must be able to respect the difference of opinion and demonstrate a unified front.
As a Councillor, you are a leader and a representative of the Town of Edson. As such, when you are in public, you should conduct yourself in a manner that appropriately aligns with these responsibilities.
Duties of Council
Under section 153 of the MGA, all Councillors have the following duties:
to consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to council’s attention anything that would promote the welfare or interests of the municipality;
to promote an integrated and strategic approach to intermunicipal land use planning and service delivery with neighbouring municipalities;
to participate generally in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality;
to participate in council meetings and council committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which they are appointed by the council to obtain information about the operation or administration of the municipality from the chief administrative officer or a person designated by the chief administrative officer;
to keep in confidence matters discussed in private at a council or council committee meeting until discussed at a meeting held in public;
to adhere to the code of conduct established by the council under section 146.1(1);
to perform any other duty or function imposed on councillors by this or any other enactment or by the council
During your four year term as a Councillor, you will be required to attend many meetings and events which can be demanding on your time. These include:
Regular Town Council meetings, which are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Regular Committee of the Whole meetings, which are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p m.
meetings of other boards and agencies to which you are appointed as a council representative;
various other conferences (e.g. AUMA and FCM), conventions, seminars and workshops for training and discussion.
A Councillor must also spend time reading the agenda and preparing for the respective meetings, as well as, speaking with members of the public , the Chief Administrative Officer and other parties related to the municipality. There may also be events promoting Edson where Councillors receive invitations to attend
Councillors are compensated for their time dedicated as a municipal Councillor.
Per the current Council Remuneration Policy, Council’s annual compensation is set as follows:
Individuals will also be reimbursed for any expenses incurred while traveling on Town business.
Am I Eligible to Run?
Eligibility - LAEA s. 21(1)
A person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in any election if on nomination date they are:
Eligible to vote in that election,
A resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and
Not otherwise ineligible or disqualified
Ineligibility - LAEA s. 22(1)
A person is not eligible to be nominated as a candidate in the election if on nomination day:
The person is the auditor of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held;
The person is an employee of the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held unless the person takes a leave of absence;
The person is indebted to the municipality of which the person is an elector for taxes in default exceeding $50, excluding from that amount ( i ) any indebtedness for current taxes, and (ii) any indebtedness for arrears of taxes for which the person has entered into a consolidation agreement with the municipality, unless the person is in default in the payment of any money due under the agreement
the person is indebted to the local jurisdiction for which the election is to be held for any debt exceeding $500 and in default for more than 90 days;
the person has, within the previous 10 years, been convicted of an offence under the LAEA , the Election Act , the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act or the Canada Elections Act (Canada).
Nomination papers may be filed between January 1, 2021 and 12 noon on nomination day (being September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021
Organizational Meeting, Swearing in Ceremony & Council Meeting
October 26, 2021
November 17 19, 2021 (Edmonton, AB)
More dates to be announced in summer 2021 e .g. orientation, budget workshop, etc
Please keep an eye out for our information package entitled, “Running for Council”. This document will give you important information with respect to the nomination process, campaign funding, signage rules, and various other guidelines that you may require for your campaign. You are also encouraged to visit our website at https://www.edson.ca/town/town council/election-act-changes to review an overview of changes that have recently been made to the Local Authorities Election Act.
You may also want to visit the following website to familiarize yourself with our Town Bylaws and previous Council/Committee of the Whole Meeting Agendas and Minutes: https://edson.civicweb.net/portal