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Oct 1, 2018
Doug Morrison, President, Nanton Memorial Community Center, presented on the condition of the four furnaces at the Community Center one of which is not working and needs repair. Council approved repair of the furnace at the Nanton Community Center and asked Administration to ensure a replacement program was created for future budgets.
The Town of Nanton Facility User Policy was approved
Council moved to increase the ATCO franchise fee from 15% to 17% and the Fortis franchise fee from 7% to 9%. The franchise fee is levied on customer bills and then passed on to the Town of Nanton. Franchise fees make part of the Town’s annual revenue and support various maintenance initiatives. Council further directed Administration to ensure that an infrastructure development plan was brought forward to support the increase.
The Town will be partnering with the MD of Willow Creek for the purchase of new fire radios; the Town will pay 20% and the MD 80%. The new radios will allow our firefighters to effectively and efficiently communicate with other fire departments when on a multi-department call.
Council has approved a borrowing by-law to support a $250, 000 line of credit to be used intermittently as bridge funding when investments have not matured in sync with cash flow needs.
Town Council will be holding a public hearing on proposed Land Use Bylaw changes 1308/18 and 1309/18 on November 5,2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Nanton Fire Hall
Council has requested Administration bring forward conceptual updates and clarification of the Snow Removal Policy to a Committee of the Whole meeting on October 15th, 2018.
The Town is engaging ISL Engineering to provide a report on the process required to add an additional well to the Town’s water allocation for Council’s consideration.
Administration will continue to work on getting the Jackson Well on line and enhancing the use of the Spring Line to increase their use in hopes of supporting better water aesthetics.
Council set additional special meeting dates for the completion of the 2019 budget.
Sept 17th, 2018
Nanton Quality of Life did a presentation on the winter walking program at the Bomber Museum. Council approved a $1,500 grant in 2019 to the program contingent on the NQLF submitting a grant application.
Nanton Animal Protection Society presented a history of the organization and the building of the new shelter. They requested support from the Town for utilities and other costs. Council instructed Administration to seek further information from the Society
Nanton Skating Club gave an overview of the clubs activities and funding.
Council directed Administration to enter into discussions with the Nanton Children’s Society for the lease of space in Centennial Park for an outdoor rink
Subsequent to the resignation of the current Chief Administrative Officer for personal reasons, the Governance Committee has commenced the process to recruit a new CAO.
Sept 4th, 2018
A public hearing to review Bylaw # 1307/18 regarding Alternative Methods of Communication was held. One written response was heard
A public hearing to review Bylaw #1306/18 to adopt the Municipal Development Plan. A summary of the open house was reviewed and a submission from Alberta Transportation.
Representatives from Livingstone Range School Division spoke about the modernization of JT Foster. LRSD would like to explore possible partnerships with the Town to mitigate possible downsizing of the school.
Bylaw # 1307/18 Alternative Methods of Communication was passed
Council directed that the Recreational Facility Use Policy will be taken to the user groups for input.
Amendments to the Land Use Bylaw giving parameters to the location of retail cannabis stores was passed
Council approved a submission to Alberta Community and Regional Economic Support Program for the purpose of business retention and expansion.
Council approved a four year per capital funding fee for Chinook Arch Library Board.
Services Committee will be investigating alternative options for the Recycling Center
Plans are underway for the Mayor to meet with the Municipal Affairs Minister at the AUMA conference at the end of the month and discuss a range of issues.
July 23rd, 2018
1st reading of amendment to Bylaw 1305/18 to allow for retail cannabis stores
1st reading of the Bylaw to adopt the Municipal Development Plan, heating scheduled for September 4th
Council directed Administration to order signage for 26th Ave that will advise motorists to use caution when driving in the residential area.
New hours were approved for the Nanton Recycling Center and Administration was directed to implement a communication plan to advise users
Council approved a quote by Krawford Construction to install the new ventilation / dehumidification system at the Tom Hornecker Recreation Center for $522,000.
A request for “Disabled Parking” signage in front of a residence was approved with parameters
Council approved participation by the Town in the Alberta SouthWest project for a Regional "Townfolio" which will promote the Town to businesses seeking a location
August 13th, 2018
A public hearing was held on the issue of where retail Cannabis stores can be located. Council reviewed the results of a survey done on the website. There were no presentations
1st reading of Bylaw 1307/18 allowing for use of alternate methods (website, social media) in addition to traditional methods for notification of the public. A public hearing date of September 4th was set
1st reading of the Town of Nanton Recreational Facility Use Policy was read
Appointment of three members to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board was made
A contribution of $150 was made to the Nanton Animal Protection fundraising calendar in exchange for a message from the Town in the calendar
June 4th, 2018
Chinook Arch Regional Library System CEO Robin Hepher and Nanton Thelma Fanning Librarian Gloria McGowan presented Council with a PowerPoint of their services available to our town. The front library entrance signs states, “more than books” - did you know your $20 library membership includes language classes, online courses, downloadable audiobooks (HELLO COMMUTERS!!) and Hoopla which is like Netflix with movies and tv shows?
Council and Administration are continuing to work through the Municipal Government Act (MGA) mandatory requirements for bylaws and policies. The draft for the public participation policy was reviewed and with our feedback, Administration will bring back revisions to Council for the June 18th meeting. We also approved the Code of Conduct for Members of Council Bylaw #1304/18 with all 3 readings. This bylaw clearly defines the expectations of Councillors in Nanton.
Back in March, there was a discussion brought forward to Council from the Governance Committee regarding the current remuneration policy. The committee members each dedicated in excess of 50 hours towards the hiring process of the new CAO. This included everything from writing the hiring ad, to reviewing and analyzing 55 resumes and 3 stages of interviewing candidates. It was determined that this was above and beyond the time expectations of their roles. In the discussion on Monday night, it was noted that the Council could have utilized the services of a hiring firm at the costs of approximately $20,000 to recruit a CAO but they chose the avenue of the committee as the best fit for this process. A recommendation was made (by a non-committee member) to compensate the four members of the committee with 5 days per diem each, amounting to $800 each, for a total of $2400. Furthermore, there was a recommendation made to review the remuneration policy as our new CAO had some recommendations from other municipalities to make the policy more concise.
The CAO report included an update on the proposal for the new public washrooms, the new wayfinding signage project, new initiatives for communicating with our business community and the process for opening the new public parking lot on 19th Street.