Council Notes - November 26th, 2013
Council Swearing In. Following the Judicial Review of the spoiled ballots from October’s Municipal election, Jim Gomuwka has been added to Council and John Walker has been removed. Jim Gomuwka was sworn in at the start of the meeting. Council also approved changes to the Standing Committees and Boards including Councillor Gomuwka and removing John Walker. The changes are reflected in the attached chart. Council Boards and Committee List
Proposed Gas-to-Clean-Fuels Development. Council received a presentation from Swan Hills Synfuels regarding a “gas to clean fuels” facility they proposed to build about 12 km southwest of Edson in the Bickerdike area. The facility would convert Natural Gas to Gasoline. There was some concern with the large amounts of water that would be necessary for operations, but Council was supportive of the idea. If approvals are given the company hopes to be operational in 2017.
Meeting Dates. Council has rescinded the previous meeting schedule motion and passed a new motion changing the dates of the future Council meetings. Regular meetings of Council will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Council Chambers of the Edson Civic Building at 7:30 P.M. and on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Council Chambers of the Edson Civic Building at 1:00 P.M.
The Edson and District Community Services Board meetings have also been set for the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
Policing. Council accepted for information an invoice from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “K” Division in the amount of $530,070.78 (GST Exempt) with respect to municipal policing costs for the period from July 1st to September 30th, 2013. The policing costs are already approved in the 2013 Budget.
Contracts. Council has extended the Janitorial Contract for an additional year to Kerriann Desautels with no changes to rates. Council also extended the Water Treatment Plant Chemicals Contract to ClearTech Industries for an additional year at the same rates.
Library Board Appointments. Council has approved Ms. Gail Johnston, Ms. Dawn (Beth) Pede-Grant and Ms. Susan Larson to new terms on the Edson Public Library Board. The terms begin immediately and end in October of 2016.
The next Council Meeting is scheduled for December 3rd at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers of the Edson Civic Building.