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Morinville News

Foss to run for mayor of Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Long-time resident Carrie Foss has entered the race to be the next mayor of Morinvile. Foss, who has lived in the community for 14 years and spent seven of those years serving separately as Chamber and Lions Club president. She joins Deputy Mayor Lisa Holmes and Shotgun Sally’s proprietor Christa Naughton in vying for the mayoral seat.

Foss was initially going to run as councillor, but all but one of the people she talked to told her she should run for mayor. “I think a lot of it has to do with past experience in the community,” Foss said. “I was the Chamber president for four years and really fought tooth and nail for a lot of the businesses for a lot of the things that were going on… […]

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Morinville News

Pattison to run again for Morinville Council seat

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Councillor David Pattison has announced he will run in the October election to retain his seat on Council. Pattison, who works in planning and development in the private sector and has lived in Morinville for 22 years, was first elected to Council in 2010 with 812 votes, taking fifth slot out of a field of 10 candidates.

Pattison said he was prompted to run again by feedback from the public. “People have said run again. They like what I’ve done. They’ve liked what I said. They’ve liked the positions I’ve taken,” Pattison said… […]

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Morinville News

Love of community prompts resident to run for Council

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – After living in the community for six years, 31-year-old Fort McMurray Native Rob Ladouceur said he is certain of two things: Morinville is where he wants to continue to raise his family, and Morinville is where he wants to make a difference. Ladouceur is the latest resident to step forward and announce he will run for a Council seat in the fall election.

“I’ve been interested in helping people for a long time,” Ladouceur said, adding his time working behind the scenes in provincial politics… […]

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Morinville News

Council to appoint new mayor in August

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The mayoral vacancy left by the passing of Morinville Mayor Paul Krauskopf will be filled later this summer. In a 3-2 decision Thursday afternoon, Council moved in favour of having Deputy Mayor Lisa Holmes continue in the acting mayor role until Council’s next regular meeting Aug. 27. Councillors Gordon Boddez and Sheldon Fingler opposed the motion by Councillor Nicole Boutestein, preferring instead to appoint a new mayor now.

Deputy Mayor Holmes called the special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon to hear Council’s options… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Is it time to elect a smaller Council?

It has been a tough 12 months for Morinville Town Council. In August of 2012, then Councillor Ben Van de Walle took ill and resigned from Council, opening the door to a by-election that placed Councillor Sheldon Fingler in the seventh seat by a 32-vote margin over a largely one-issue candidate… […]

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Morinville News

Council approves changes to Remuneration and Per Diem Policy

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Council narrowly approved a new Council Remuneration and Per Diem Policy Apr. 23. The policy passed with a 3-2 vote of Council, Councillor’s Sheldon Fingler and David Pattison voting against the policy changes…. […]

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Morinville News

Morinville 2013 budget passes second reading

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A leaner 2013 budget passed second reading Nov. 27. After more than two hours of discussion and debate that shaved $300,000 off the $14.6 million budget, Council voted unanimously for second reading. Council will have at least two weeks to ponder further cuts before giving the document third and final reading.

Council gave first reading to the 2013 budget Oct. 23. As laid down at first reading Budget 2013 consisted of an $11 million operating budget combined with a proposed $3.6 million in capital projects. At that time, Chief Financial Officer Andy Isbister said ratepayers… […]

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Local News

Morinville mayor resigns

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Lloyd Bertschi has resigned as mayor of Morinville. Bertschi, who has in his fourth term as mayor and had previously spent two terms as a councillor, submitted his resignation in writing to Morinville’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)Debbie Oyarzun Nov. 13. In the letter the former mayor cites out of town and out of province business commitments as the reason for his stepping down prior to the end of his term… […]

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Morinville News

Handful of residents express opinions at budget open house

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Council Chambers were opened Tuesday night for the first of two budget open house sessions this week. Six residents joined Town staff to look at outlines of projects, hear a presentation on how tax money is collected and spent, and express their viewpoint on the validity of projects by spending a handful of play money on projects they deemed worthy. The process will be repeated during another open house Thursday night, after which the dollars will be tabulated as input on how money should be spent… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Winners and losers

Thursday’s municipal by-election has come and gone and a winner has been declared. A good man to be sure, one whose love of this community has been shown many times before his gargantuan campaign signs were erected, and whose love of community will continue to be shown in the months and years to come… […]

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Morinville News

By-election polls open in Morinville

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Morinville’s councillor by-election polls opened Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. The advance poll was set to run until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Election day will be Thursday Sept. 20. Polls will be opened from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre… […]

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Sturgeon County

Tarnowsky appointed Sturgeon County CAO

By Stephen Dafoe

Sturgeon County – After several months of searching, recruiting and interviewing, Sturgeon County Council has ended up with a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who has been performing the job in an interim capacity since November of 2011. Council voted 4-3 in favour of appointing Peter Tarnowsky as CAO Tuesday morning. Mayor Don Rigney and Councillors David Kluthe and Don McGeachy, long opponents of his being hired, voted in opposition to Tarnawsky receiving the post… […]

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Local News

County hires governance consultant

By MorinvilleNews.com staff

Sturgeon County – County Council voted 4-0 Feb. 15 in favour of hiring Chris Sheard of Fairman Holt Inc. to work with Sturgeon County Council in order for it to become an effective and functional governance body… […]