by Tristan Turner
With files from Lucie Roy

Council appoints Turner and Dafoe to meet with Midstream

Council has unanimously approved setting up a meeting between Administration, the Midstream Society, the Morinville Food Bank Society as well as two Council members to discuss the two organizations further needs.

The Midstream Society operates the Midstream Thrift Store and provides assistance for individuals and families in need. The Society looks after helping people to pay rent or damage deposits, along with other community work. Revenues from the Thrift Store assist those needs as well as school lunch programs, the Annual Santa Store, and Community Christmas Dinner.

The meeting follows tensions between the Society and Town Administration due to Administration’s calls for the society to move to a new centre from their current location on 101 Street in an aging building that was originally built as a residence.

Council swiftly passed the resolution for a meeting ‘as soon as possible’ and has named Councillors Stephen Dafoe and Barry Turner as Council’s representatives at the meeting.

Town sponsors Library Comedy show at $900 for facility rental

Council has decided to sponsor 100 per cent of the cost of facility rental for the Morinville Community Library’s Comedy Show. The total value of the sponsorship is $900, was moved by Councillor Stephen Dafoe and passed unanimously.

The event takes place at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre Apr. 9 at 7:30 p.m, and will feature improvisational comedy as well as an opening stand-up comedian. The event is a fundraiser for library programming, which is funded entirely through fundraising and cost recovery.

Tickets are $20 and available at the library front desk or online through a link available at morinvillelibrary.ca.

Town passes new Corporate Sponsorship Policy

Council unanimously passed the Town’s new sponsorship policy after limited discussion, having previously reviewed the legislation at the Mar. 15 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting.

The Policy would create a new framework for seeking donations, grants, new partnerships, business and cost saving opportunities. This policy has been based on St. Albert’s sponsorship policy, according to CAO Andrew Isbister.

The policy is of particular importance, given the ramping up of the Town’s new arena and recreation centre project.

At the previous COW meeting, then Interim CAO Andrew Isbister commented that there could be new opportunities for sponsors to sponsor seats in the new arena and potential sponsorship opportunities for naming rights.

The CAO or designate would exercise discretion regarding the donation, duration of the agreement, contribution, its market value estimate and form of recognition. A sponsorship level would be in place and those exceeding the CAO authority would be forwarded to Council for approval with this new policy.

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