Town council Sept. 13 briefs

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The following are selected briefs from the Town of Taber council’s regular meeting held on Sept. 13. Record Retention Bylaw The Records Retention Bylaw outlines a retention period for municipal documents before they can be destroyed. Whereas some documents must be kept permanently by the Town of Taber — others can be destroyed after seven years. Administrative Services Manager Kerry Van Ham brought some of these documents to council's attention. “This request outlines some municipal documents that admin has been diligently going through and would like council’s authorization to destroy in accordance to the Records Retention Bylaw.” “I enjoy what I am seeing here,” answered Coun. Garth Bekkering. “Regarding the destruction of a council meeting agenda from 2001.” An agenda that could have been destroyed by 2003 at the earliest. In addition, Administration also identified a committee that was deemed redundant. “In preparation for the organizational meeting of council to be held in October, we were going through all the councils, boards, committees and commissions to ensure the validity and operation of the committees. We came upon this one (Internal Operations Committee) and it was struck and used from 2001 to 2004. However, we have found that a lot of the items this committee used to deal with is now being dealt with by the Audit Committee. So we are bringing this motion forward for consideration to dissolve this committee by resolution,” said Van Ham. The Internal Operations Committee was active quarterly between 2001 to 2004. They discussed matters such as proposed policies and procedures, debentures and investments, financial statements, and capital purchases. The last meeting was held around 17 years ago. Council voted unanimously to dissolve the Internal Operations Committee effective Sept. 13, 2021. TPS Donation The Taber Police Service inquired to have an Epiphone Masterbilt acoustic/electric guitar and case donated to L.T. Westlake Fine Arts School. This guitar was previously stolen property and there was no success after multiple attempts to find the owner. “I appreciate that the Taber Police Service was forward-thinking enough to think to donate this,” noted Coun. Carly Firth. “I believe it’s a nice thing to do with stolen property.” The motion passed unanimously to donate the guitar to L.T. Westlake.

Kenyon Stronski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times

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