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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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Column: From the Mayor’s Desk

Council and Administration are busy preparing the 2013 business plan and budget. Council will be holding public open houses in November to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and give input. It is Council’s responsibility to provide this op- portunity for those interactions with residents… […]

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New CAO looking forward to continuing her work

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – After reviewing nearly 50 applicants, narrowing it down to a field of 12 and conducting in-depth interviews with four finalists, Morinville has a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Morinville Town Council announced at their Feb. 28 regular meeting that Debbie Oyarzun was the successful candidate… […]

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Morinville mayor enters PC constituency race

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Mayor Lloyd Bertschi announced Tuesday he was throwing his hat into the Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock PC Association race. The four-term mayor is hoping to receive the nod from the PC association when they vote Jan. 28 to replace long-serving MLA Ken Kowalski who announced Dec. 9 that he would not seek re-election when the election is called this spring… […]

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Morinville passes 2012 budget

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The average Morinville homeowner could be looking at a $73.55 increase to the municipal portion of their spring tax bills now that Morinville Town Council has given third reading to the 2012 Operating and Capital Projects budget. Third reading of the budget passed with a 5-2 vote Dec. 13. Councillors Gordon Boddez and Ben Van de Walle opposed third reading of the budget… […]

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Morinville extends Freedom of City to 1 Service Battalion

Story By Stephen Dafoe
Photo Gallery By Stephen Dafoe & Lucie Roy. Lead image DND Photo by Grant Cree

Morinville – Main Street was closed to traffic Sunday morning to make way for 1 Service Battalion (1 Svc Bn), who marched down 100 Avenue to receive the Freedom of the City from Morinville Mayor Lloyd Bertschi on behalf of the residents of the community.

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Morinville animal bylaw open house fails to draw herd

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Council held an open house Tuesday evening giving residents an opportunity to voice their concerns on Morinville’s proposed Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw. However, despite the media attention the bylaw has received since a Christmas week television segment focused on the more exotic portions of the document, residents did not come out to the public hearing in flocks, herds or gaggles. Approximately six residents attended the Feb. 15 Committee of the Whole meeting to lend their voice on the matter. […]

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Proposed animal bylaw more teeth than tusk

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Many area residents were outraged at Morinville Town Council after a Dec. 31, 2010 Global News segment indicated Morinville was looking to ban elephants and other exotic creatures. But the woman who helped draft Morinville’s proposed 56-page Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw said the list of 130 banned and prohibited animals that has been the focus of so much media attention is but a schedule attached to the proposed bylaw… […]

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Morinville 2011 budget first reading defeated

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The 2011 draft budget came before Morinville Town Council Tuesday night but failed to receive a majority vote when it came time to give the document first reading. Councillors Ben Van De Walle, Lisa Holmes, Nicole Boutestein and David Pattison voted against first reading … […]

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Community News Briefs

The Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation (SCHF) received a Community Services Grant of $1,500 from the Town of Morinville to assist with their upcoming fundraising event Celebrating Life & Culture set to … […]