Council has directed administration to move forward with a hiring process for a new Chief Administrative Officer for Morinville by February 2018. The position will be vacant after Morinville’s current CAO, Andrew Isbister, retires in March of next year.
Sheldon Fingler, a local business owner and former Mayoral candidate, has presented to Council at Committee of the Whole on why he believes business licensing by the Town is unfair and provides zero value to the businesses that participate in licensing programs. Fingler was invited to present to Council after being asked by Councillor Stephen Dafoe, who recently debated Fingler after Dafoe discussed the idea of a regional business licences.
or nearly four years, Lisa Holmes, Barry Turner, Nicole Boutestein, Brennan FitzGerald, Rob Ladouceur, Gord Putnam, and Stephen Dafoe have led Morinville’s local government. These seven residents have been tasked with leading the governance of our Town; it’s been a job ripe with both its rewards and its challenges.
Councillor Stephen Dafoe gave a notice of motion, a statement of intent, saying he will bring forward a motion at a future meeting of Council, on recording all votes from Council in the publicly accessible meeting minutes. Specifically, the motion would record how all councillors in the minority voted, therefore, all names that are recorded would have offered the opposite opinion to the prevailing vote by Council.
Council has decided not to move ahead with an option to paint a Morinville intersection rainbow to celebrate Pride during June, instead opting to raise the Pride flag in addition to releasing an official proclamation from the Mayor recognizing the occasion.
Council voted 2-4 against future councillors having childcare costs reimbursed up to $4000 per year at their Apr. 25 meeting. Councillors FitzGerald and Putnam supported the motion. Mayor Lisa Holmes was not in attendance at Tuesday's meeting.
Council will be voting on whether future councillors should have childcare costs reimbursed for them following a close vote and a lively discussion. Following a Notice of Motion by Councillor Brennan FitzGerald a few weeks ago, the topic was moved to Committee of the Whole to gather further information and clarity. After that discussion, a motion to return it to a regular Council meeting for a final vote narrowly passed 4-3.
The next council may have their childcare costs covered during Town meetings following a motion from Councillor Brennan FitzGerald. The Notice of Motion came forward at Council’s Mar. 28 meeting for debate. It calls for the reimbursement for childcare services offered to councillors during official Town meetings/business, provided the amounts were reasonable.