Business Licenses challenged by Fingler

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. […]

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Dafoe moves motion to record all votes of Council in minutes

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. […]

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Following lively debate, Council votes to move childcare discussion back to Council for final vote

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. […]

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FitzGerald wants councillor childcare reimbursed

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. […]

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Morinville mandates new rules for those looking to join local committees

Morinville’s council recently approved a policy that guides how members are to be selected for all boards, committees, or commissions established by Council under Provincial legislation, on February 13.

This includes membership for the Town’s Assessment Review Board (ARB), Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB), and the Morinville Public Library Board, among others. […]

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Strategic Plan changes incoming following Council feedback

Council pondered a significant rework of their annual strategic plan document following a broad and nuanced discussion during their regular Committee of the Whole meeting Nov. 15. The document is produced by Administration each year with input from Council. It consists of pillars, areas the municipality wants to focus on, each with goals, sub-goals, and measurements/actions that the Town and Council should take to improve these areas of focus. It is the primary planning document from Council that lays out their focus for the coming year. […]

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Morinville hosts Budget Open House to little fanfare

Few people attended Morinville’s Budget 2017 Open House on November 2.

Residents had the opportunity to see presentations made by the Town’s Administration during the afternoon that day; however, according to the Town’s Corporate Communications Officer, Felicity Bergman, only two people attended. […]

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Future Council’s pay gets bump after multiple amendments

Council has approved a new remuneration policy that will see the honorariums of the next Council bump up 38 per cent for councillors and 34 per cent for the Mayor. Base honorariums will increase from $15,204.13 to $21,000 for Council and $31,272.49 to $42,000 for the Mayor. Simultaneously, per diem rates and new requirements on attendance mean their total pay may see a smaller percentage increase. […]