Town of Sexsmith
Regular Meeting of Council June 21, 2021
In Attendance: Mayor Kate Potter, councillors Dennis Stredulinsky, Ken Hildebrand, Bruce Black, Isak Skjaveland, Jonathan Siggelkow, Clint Froehlick.
Summer celebration: A summer celebration in August will replace a cancelled Chautauqua Day, council decided Monday night. The town will move its $10,000 funding of that event to one coming up later this summer, said Rachel Wueschner, town chief administrative officer (CAO).
She added additional funding will come from donations.
The town wanted time to plan a celebration this summer, and with other events happening in September, earlier in the summer would work best, said Wueschner.
Tax deadline penalty moved: Though Sexsmith residents will not see an extension to their tax deadline this year, the penalty date will be moved to Oct. 1 and then a second penalty date of November 1.
“It’s just to encourage people to pay if they can, rather than extending the due date,” said Wueschner.
“It’s nine per cent for the first penalty on the current year’s tax, and the same for the second penalty.”
The tax deadline for Sexsmith residents is July 31.
Small business tax rate increases: The mill rate for small business taxes will be higher than previously reported as the mill rate changes from 12.2737 to 12.5949.
The change was made so that the rate could meet a provincial standard, said Wueschner.
The small business tax cannot be less than 75 per cent of the non-residential business tax.
Business bylaw for revoking licenses: Council asked the town administration to add an appeal process for revoking business licenses.
“If a business license was revoked by the town office, they could appeal to council for an alternate decision,” said Wueschner.
Urban Hen pilot project: Council received its first application for the urban hen pilot, which was initially launched in 2019 as a two-year pilot.
Council extended the pilot for an additional year and will review it in a year.
The pilot allows residents to have no less than two hens and no more than four hens.
The hens must be kept in a coop approved by town administration and must be in the backyard of properties that are fenced and secured.
CUPW goes green: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) sent council a letter requesting that council give support to the union’s plan to utilize post office infrastructure to offer new services.
CUPW says that the post office owns the largest corporate fleet in Canada and wants to see the fleet vehicles changed to zero emission vehicles.
The plan would also see post offices retrofitted to generate power through renewable energy and provide EV charging for its fleet and the public.
Council requested more information from the financial side before they will make a decision.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News