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Town of Sexsmith

Regular Meeting of Council

July 19, 2021

In Attendance: Mayor Kate Potter,

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councillors Dennis Stredulinsky, Ken Hildebrand,

Bruce Black, Isak Skjaveland, Jonathan Siggelkow,

Clint Froehlick.

Summer celebration: A free community barbecue and classic car parade will head up a Sexsmith summer celebration Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A fishing derby will take place at Heritage Lake, as well as other activities that may include bouncy castles.

Community needs assessment: In order to get an understanding of community needs of the town, a community need assessments needs to be made, said Sexsmith wellness co-ordinator Melody Sample.

Sample said that the assessment could cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000, but because the town already has some of the required information, the assessment here would cost no more than $15,000.

Council voted to provide up to $15,000 to the community needs assessment as per the recommendation of the facilities task force.

“This is a good first step to determine what actually is the need and where there are gaps,” said Potter.

Mayor Potter told Town & Country News that the town is cognizant there is no gymnasium-like space outside of the school system in Sexsmith. She said this has caused problems for residents as they were unable to use the school gyms during the pandemic. In addition, the town’s wellness programing had issues finding areas to hold events and storage in the past year.

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Council time length: Coun. Black wants to make changes to procedural bylaw 1037 to make the council meetings more “time-effective”.

Proposed changes include moving meeting start time up by an hour, changing the speaking order of councillors during discussions, and changing the current unanimous vote required to extend meetings into overtime to a majority one.

“I really feel strongly about trying to make us more efficient,” said mayor Kate Potter.

She said that most meetings do not go over four hours but can be three-and-a-half to four hours long; similar municipalities in the area have meetings that span two to three hours, she said.

Coun. Froehlick is hopeful that changing the order of speakers in meetings could free up to 30 to 45 minutes, so the extension of the meeting would not be required as often.

The speaking order change would have the councillor who brings a motion speak first; followed by any other councillors who wished, and then the floor returns to the originating councillor. Currently, councillors can speak multiple times.

Council asked administration come back with amendments to procedure bylaw 1037 changing the unanimous vote requirement for meeting length extensions and speaking order of councillors during discussions.

An additional motion was made to postpone the discussion regarding meeting start/end and length to January 2022 to allow the new council elected in the fall to decide if they want to make any changes.

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Solar farm grand opening: A grand opening ceremony is planned for July 27 at the Sexsmith solar farm site.

It will take place after the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Summer Municipal Leaders Caucus on the same date.

The town built the farm in a partnership with ENMAX to make the town more environmentally friendly.

Road work hits delays: The street improvement program is expected to begin construction on Monday on 106 St. from 95 Ave to 103 Ave.

The road crews had to finish another job and will begin work on 106 St. on July 26 Monday with completion expected by September 2021.

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