Fall showcase coming to Sexsmith

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Town of Sexsmith

Regular Meeting of Council

August 16, 2021

In Attendance: Deputy Mayor Clint Froehlick,

councillors Dennis Stredulinsky, Ken Hildebrand,

Bruce Black, Isak Skjaveland, Jonathan Siggelkow.

Fall showcase: The fall showcase will be returning to Sexsmith on Sept. 16, and council members will be attending to meet with residents.

Froehlick looks forward to being able to meet with the public again.

“It's going to be good to get back out there,” he said.

The fall showcase is where the community can gather and register their children in activities for the fall and winter seasons.

Council procedure: Council has added a committee of the whole meeting to keep council meetings more compact and focused on bylaw 1037 for council procedures.

Council completed the second reading of the bylaw and tasked administration with a few clarifications.

The committee of the whole meeting will also allow for extended discussions on items of business needing extra attention without the pressure of decision-making.

Froehlick said that the committee of the whole meeting will only take place in months where it is needed.

No decisions will be made at the committee of the whole meeting. Decision-making will still be done at council meetings.

“This to take the pressure off of the delegations at a council meeting because when I see two delegations, I know it's going to be a late-night,” said Froehlick.

Engineering services agreement: Council renewed a one-year term for ISL Engineering to continue to provide services for the annual street improvement program.

In 2020 the town had put out a request to engineering firms for services in the street improvement program.

The engineers ensure the proper care and maintenance is being performed on the town's streets, said Froehlick.

Doctor apartment: Council decided to renew the lease of the apartment for locum doctors in Sexsmith at the PRBI apartments.

An advantage of having the apartment is it could be an incentive to have locums experience the community and potentially decide to stay in the community.

The rent on the apartment is $1,250 per month, totalling an annual cost of $15,000.

The town has leased the apartment since 2019 to ensure a place for locum doctors to stay.

Dress code: Town staff will now have a dress code policy to abide by after council reviewed and approved the new code.

Casual Friday will stick around for town staff, but they are still expected to “conduct themselves in a professional fashion, and dress in such a way that will not create a negative perception”, says the new policy.

Corporate Services has also suggested that a separate dress code policy be made for council members as well.

“It would make more sense to have council have their own policy because the duties are significantly different,” said Froehlick.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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