by Colin Smith
Can the Town of Morinville function properly without a tax increase next year?
That’s a question council will begin to address following the presentation of a notice of motion by Councillor Scott Richardson at its meeting Tuesday.
Richardson announced that he would make a motion that council direct administration to develop the 2023 draft budget on the basis of a 0% tax increase.
It was one of four notices of motion that came before council at the meeting, two put forward by Richardson and two by Councillor Stephen Dafoe.
“The council members have the opportunity this evening to read the notices of motion to provide notice to council and the public that they intend to make these motions at the October 11 regular meeting of council,” stated town Legislative Officer Melodie Steele.
“At which time council will have the opportunity to consider and debate those motions.”
Richardson’s other notice was that he would move that council direct administration to bring to council information on a regional collaboration service delivery model that would see family and community support services and culture services be administered in partnership with Sturgeon County.
Richardson’s notices of motion followed the two put forward by Councillor Stephen Dafoe.
Dafoe stated he would move that council direct the mayor “reach out” to Alberta Transportation with a proposal to install signalization at the intersection of 100 Avenue on a cost-sharing basis, with Morinville’s share to be paid from available reserves, for example, the town’s safety reserve from photo enforcement revenue.
His second notice of motion was that council direct administration to bring forward the council code of conduct bylaw with proposed amendments to add crystal clarity on responding to resident and media emails sent to the mayor and council email address, either directly or via the town website.