Town of Sexsmith

Regular Council meeting

September 20, 2021

In attendance: Mayor Kate Potter,

advisers Dennis Stredulinsky, Ken Hildebrand,

Bruce Black, Isak Skjaveland, Jonathan Siggelkow,

Clint Froehlick.

Christmas in Sexsmith: City Council has granted Melody Sample, manager of the Sexsmith Farmers’ Market, a request for funding of $ 6,200 for the Christmas in Sexsmith event.

The event, scheduled for November 18-20, will include city lighting, the farmers’ Christmas market and activities for children.

“This event was such a success last year that we’re making it bigger and better,” Sample said.

Fireworks will be added to the light event which will see the Christmas lights illuminate the city.

Sample said supporting local businesses and the city is helping the event grow.

Local businesses show their support for the event by providing financial donations, in-kind donations and personnel for the event.

“It’s a time when you can go out with the family and have some hot chocolate and watch the lights,” Sample said.

GREP Agreement: The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GREP) combined two documents in the hope of streamlining and reducing the risk of duplication.

Changes to the deal include removing Hythe from documents after it was dissolved in July and turned into a hamlet in Grande Prairie County.

The Board accepted the changes to the document as presented.

Remuneration and attendance policy at board meetings: General services recommended changes to the remuneration and attendance policy at board meetings.

The changes were brought about by the addition of compulsory courses required for council, in accordance with the Municipal Government Act.

“Council also wanted to add a recommended course called Municipal Business Planning and Finance,” said Rachel Wueshner, Executive Director (CAO) of Sexsmith.

Details have also been added to the monthly supervision which is a payment of $ 450 to each councilor ($ 750 to the mayor) to cover time invested in things such as conversations / meetings with residents, meeting preparation and anything else. research required.

In addition, compulsory and recommended courses for board members will be limited to a maximum distance of 250 kilometers from Sexsmith.

In addition, councilors can attend two conferences per year and it is recommended that one be the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA).

Any conference outside of Alberta will require council approval.

The Board approved the revised policy.

STARS Support: The Council has decided to continue its annual donation of $ 2 per capita, or approximately $ 5,240 per year, to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) and to donate an additional $ 5,000 this year for the new helicopter in Grande Meadow.

The board received a presentation from STARS at the previous board meeting and learned about the challenges the organization has faced with fundraising due to the pandemic.

“Every year we usually have at least one or two STARS landings in town, and it’s a very tangible service that our residents see and know how essential it is for those in need,” said Kate Potter. , Mayor of Sexsmith.

“The city sells STARS 2022 calendars and advertises on (in the newspaper) and on Facebook that they are available for sale at the municipal office,” Wueschner said.

“I think the board really recognizes the importance of having stars available.”

STARS is seeking additional funds for its new H145 helicopter which will be based in Grande Prairie and has received additional funds from other municipalities such as Grande Prairie County.

2022 Bobcat Trade Renewal: The board has decided to trade the 2021 bobcat for a 2022 bobcat as part of its trade-in program with the Bobcat dealer.

This year, the board had to make a decision earlier than in previous years because the dealership had to guarantee delivery.

The cost of the lease renewal is $ 7,562.38.

The city has participated in the takeover program since 2003.

If the city decided not to market the Bobcat, it would be disqualified from the program; re-entering the program would have a cost.

The Bobcat Skid Steer Loader is used to clean walking trails, ice rinks, landscaping, sidewalk sanding and many other uses throughout the city.

Wueschner said it was a “good program because they still have a bobcat in good working order with almost no maintenance costs”.

Small Business Week: Council decided to proclaim the week of October 18-22 as Small Business Week in Sexsmith following a request from the local chamber of commerce.

The chamber is hosting a trade show at the Sexsmith Farmers’ Market on September 28 and reached out to FCSS to add groups that were unable to get tables at the Fall Showcase, which was canceled.

The chamber hopes the statement will help shine a light on small businesses that have gone through difficult times throughout the pandemic and help bring residents to local stores.

Day of the Elderly: October 1 will be declared the International Day of the Elderly.

The day recognizes and recognizes older Albertans and their contributions to our communities, raises the concerns of seniors and addresses misconceptions about seniors.

The town has already participated in the movement with a proclamation in 2019 and 2020.

Jesse Boily, reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative, Town & Country News

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