Committee code of conduct approved

Council passes policy regarding their actions and consequences

A new code of conduct for town councillors and committee members has been approved to clarify what happens if there is a breach of privacy or policy.

The policy, dubbed Council Code of Conduct, was approved Tuesday, May 10 during council’s regular meeting, which provides guidelines towards a certain level of behaviour. In it, there are clear guidelines on releasing information to the press and public and includes details on the acceptance of gifts from the public as well as not engaging in violence.

Should an elected official be in breach of the policy, there are several available actions including: requesting an apology, issuing a written censure including removal of the elected official from a position of deputy mayor or committee chairperson, removal of the official from council committees, education training on ethical and respectful conduct by a third party, request for an inquiry under the Municipal Government Act and legal action.

CAO Albert Flootman said changes are coming for the Municipal Government Act and by next year, council may have to approve this policy as a bylaw as the province is expecting to make a code of conduct a requirement for all municipalities.

Finance committee terms of reference

The Finance and Human Resources Committee of Council is broadening its terms of reference.

Typically the committee would be involved in union negotiations but the role and functions have been broadened to allow committee members to provide advice and input into the town’s long-range fiscal planning.

Coun. Carla Prediger questioned the need for the broadened terms but Coun. Teri Underhill replied that it allows council some say in how the budget will be presented.

Typically during budget deliberations, administration presents budget requests to council with the planning already been done. This would allow council to have some say into what the budget could look like.

Sandra Lund, director of corporate services for the Town of Ponoka, said the input from the committee will be even more valuable for long-term planning.

Facility license policy approved

Licenses and leases of town-owned property gets some clarity after recent questioning of town’s practices by a business.

Licensing allows for up to five years with limited maintenance responsibility and leases would be greater than five years with maintenance responsibility.

Coun. Marc Yaworski asked about setting rates. “How do we set the rate for a commercial enterprise?”

Flootman replied that it is difficult to set a value for a space as the market rate fluctuates.

Commercial license spaces will be advertised for six months prior to the end of each license.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Photo submitted)
Ermineskin citizen graduates vet school, is part of busy practice

Dr. Justin Hodgson is rolling up his sleeves in Meadow Lake, Sask.

Jeffery Kraft. Photo submitted
Family of Jeffery Kraft feels ‘robbed’ after one accused discharged

Family of victim responds to preliminary hearing in homicide case

Ponoka Mayor Rick Bonnett is trying to enlist support from other municipalities for more equitable provincial funding for small and rural municipalities.
Photo from Town of Ponoka
Ponoka arena closing, Santa Claus Parade officially cancelled

Town of Ponoka announces new COVID-19 restrictions

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said growing COVID-19 case numbers continue to be a concern in the province. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta announces 1,077 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

There are currently 14,052 active cases in the province

Ridge Meadows RCMP are developing a new strategic plan for the detachment. (Phil McLachlan)
UPDATED: Male wanted for Montana First Nation shooting arrested

Darcy Cattleman located in Conklin, Alta.

The Red Deer Games Foundation has made changes to its grant program as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo supplied)
Red Deer Games Foundation adjusts grant program due to COVID-19 pandemic

The foundation postponed the spring 2020 grant program due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the courthouse in Quebec City on February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mathieu Belanger - POOL
Court strikes down consecutive life sentences; mosque shooter has prison term cut

The decision was appealed by both the defence and the Crown

Gold medallists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, of Canada, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charlie Riedel
Olympic champions Virtue, Moir and Tewksbury among 114 Order of Canada inductees

Moir and Virtue catapulted to national stardom with their gold-medal performances at the Winter Olympics in 2018

Shoppers line up in front of a shop on Montreal’s Saint-Catherine Street in search of Black Friday deals in Montreal, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Black Friday shopping in a pandemic: COVID-19 closes some stores, sales move online

Eric Morris, head of retail at Google Canada, says e-commerce in Canada has doubled during the pandemic.

skip2
Rimbey Christian School students experience the joy of giving

Grades three and four students raised $2,000 for Somalian children

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Town Council asks for a mask bylaw to be brought forward for consideration

The bylaw would require face coverings in all indoor Town-owned and operated facilities

Most Read