Town council holds first meeting of 2019

Jennifer Handley, Nanton’s mayor File photo / Nanton News

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Nanton Town council had a quick first meeting of the new year.
The open session of Monday’s meeting lasted about 30 minutes, before council closed the doors to the public at roughly 7:30 p.m. Neil Smith, the Town’s new chief administrative officer, was in attendance, on his first day of work.
Council did some Town business done during the brief public portion of the meeting.
Ad hoc union negotiation committee formed
Nanton Town council formed a committee to negotiate a new contract with employees.
Council appointed Mayor Jennifer Handley and Couns. Victor Czop and Dave Mitchell to the Town’s team negotiating the new contract with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 37.
No dates have been scheduled yet to resume negotiations, said Handley.
New standing committee in place
Nanton Town council has established a new permanent committee to deal with recreation and cultural matters.
Council carried three readings Jan. 7 of a bylaw that adds the recreation and culture committee to the Town’s other standing committees.
The new committee’s responsibilities include looking into facility use, funding opportunities, “previous studies regarding facilities and opportunities,” and researching council-directed “recommendations/projects,” according to the bylaw.
The membership of each council committee is comprised of three councillors, the mayor, and the chief administrative officer, who does not vote. Committees may also include up to two public members-at-large, who are appointed by council.
The recreation committee may also be comprised of one elected official from the Municipal District (MD) of Willow Creek, one elected official from the MD of Ranchland, and up to three additional members-at-large – two from the MD of Willow Creek and one from the MD of Ranchland.
Committee members haven’t been assigned yet to the recreation and culture committee, said Handley. Council first wanted to extend an invitation to the Town’s MD partners, she added.
The intention of all of the Town’s committees is to call upon local residents with expertise in specific areas, said the mayor.
Municipal Accountability Review Report
Nothing stood out in the Municipal Accountability Review Report that Alberta Municipal Affairs prepared about the Town of Nanton, said the mayor.
Council approved Monday making the changes that Municipal Affairs had recommended in its “pretty comprehensive report,” said Handley.
“We did very well,” said Handley about the Nov. 5 report, adding that nothing glaring stood out.
Among the recommendations acted upon, council approved the Alberta Treasury Branch as its designated financial institution and directed the CAO to amend the council procedural bylaw “to reflect the legislative processes that require attention.”
Neil Smith, Nanton’s new CAO, and Monique Jeffrey, the interim CAO until Smith began his job, were “very impressed with the report,” the mayor said.