Council Notes - November 3rd, 2020

Council Notes - November 3rd, 2020

Posted on November 04th, 2020

Council Notes - November 3rd, 2020

Returning Officer. Council has appointed Kayla Sidoruk as the Returning Officer for the 2021 Municipal Election. The Chief Administrative Officer will serve as the substitute Returning Officer.

Peace Officer Appointment.  Thomas Perry has been appointed as a Temporary Community Peace Officer/Bylaw Officer for the Town of Edson. Thomas is a Level 1 CPO and has been hired to cover a medical leave in that department.

Out-of-Scope Vacation Pilot Project. Council has approved an out-of-scope vacation pilot project for a two-year period. This change in policy would move from a service time/earned vacation day plan to a “use it or lose it” style of vacation policy with a set amount of days (30) regardless of service time. The policy also includes 5 days allowance for “Community Investment Days”. This would allow for approved time to volunteer for local community groups. This new policy will also remove approximately $300,000 in liability to the Town by removing the earned vacation policy. A number of metrics will be tracked during the course of the pilot program for review.

The recorded vote was passed 4-3 with Mayor Zahara, Councillor Baier, Councillor Currie, and Councillor Sorensen in favour, and Councillor Bevan, Councillor Chouinard, and Councillor Wilkinson opposed.

Youth Council Volunteer Time. Council has approved a change in Youth Council Policy C-S-7 to adjust the wording regarding volunteer time from a minimum of four events, to a minimum of 16 hours. This is meant to be more fairly represent the amount of time put in by each member of Youth Council.

Next meetings - The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for November 10th, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers. The next Council Meeting is scheduled for November 17th, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

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