An information session was held in the Morinville Public School gym Tuesday night with Mayor, Council, staff members, Sturgeon School Division Board trustees and roughly 12 parents in attendance. The agenda was regarding a request for a new Morinville Public School site and covered the school site allocation process from the Town, the new school planning and design Phase 1 from Sturgeon School Division and the current status of the Sturgeon School Division site identification needs.
Councilor Nicole Boutestein gave an update about a meeting she had with Alberta Transportation regarding the intersection of 100 Avenue and 107 Street. The Shell, A&W and the Provincial Courthouse intersection has been identified by residents as a particularly dangerous intersection for pedestrians.
Fire Chief Brad Boddez presented an overview of the new Fire Services Bylaw that he had been working on in conjunction with Town Administration. Council is expected to vote on the Bylaw at their June 23 meeting. The presentation took place at council’s regular Committee of the Whole meeting June 16.
‘70s rocker Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd) will be the special guest performer at Saturday night’s ‘70s Cabaret at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Gilder was last in Morinville in 2013, and returns for the Vanier Reunion Cabaret concert. He will be joined by the Polyester Coyotes — Paul Smith, David LeBel and Ed Bulger.
Council received their quarterly financial/service update from Administration during the June 9 meeting of Council.
So far the Town is significantly under budget. Both revenues and expenses are higher and lower, respectively than expected.
In a unanimous decision, Council has decided to relight the Light of Peace in the Saint Jean Baptiste Park 24 hours a day to commemorate the service of Canada’s veterans, service people currently serving in Canada, the conflict against ISIS/ISIL in the Middle East, as well to honor the hope and struggle for peace.
In a discussion that was described by Mayor Lisa Holmes as “more interesting than I expected," Council had a lively debate about the appointment of the Town’s external auditor. For about a decade, Hawkings Epp Dumont has been awarded contracts to audit the Town’s books, with auditor Curtis Friesen. The firm has been auditing the town since 2006.
Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools hosted an outdoor mass to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Catholic Education in the region Thursday. Organizers say the Mass on the Hill, which took place on the hill behind École Father Jan School is one of the grand finale events in a yearlong celebration of faith-based education.