Sexsmith not moving forward with energy manager project

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Sexsmith considered hiring an energy manager, a position to be shared with other small municipalities in the South Peace.

According to the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC), the program would create an energy management plan, promote conservation and save money on energy.

The project was proposed by energy consultant Larry Gibson as a possible partnership with Beaverlodge, Hythe, Wembley and the town and municipal district of Spirit River.

The cost of having the position was estimated at $11,300 per year for one or two years and there could be MCCAC grant funding available, said CAO Rachel Wueschner.

Wueschner said the town hasn’t recently received word from the other municipalities about whether they’ll go forward with the project. Beaverlodge CAO Jeff Johnston said Beaverlodge council has yet to discuss the proposal.

Mayor Kate Potter said she thought the project could be positive for the town, but said she recognized most of council was skeptical due to the costs and the town’s tight budget.

Coun. Isak Skjaveland’s motion to take no action was carried.

Council also amended its Election Bylaw to govern how declared candidates can pay the $100 needed to enter October’s race.

In mid-November council approved an election bylaw setting a fee for candidates in future municipal elections.

The bylaw previously allowed payment by cash, certified cheque or money order. Wueschner recommended allowing debit and disallowing credit cards because of logistical difficulties, as the town’s debit machine doesn’t take credit cards.

Councillors Skjaveland, Dennis Stredulinsky and Bruce Black’s motions to allow debit payments were carried.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News