Council approves LED lights for Centennial Park

After hearing of the benefits of bright light LED lighting in Centennial Park, town council approved the current ones to be replaced.

After hearing of the benefits of bright light LED lighting in Centennial Park, town council approved the current ones to be replaced.

No poles will be replaced, explained Larry Henkelman, president of the Ponoka Lion’s Club who made the request to council. But the feeling from the club is that it will curb vandalism in the area. “These problems still continue in the park,” said Henkelman.

The proposal is for the club to split the $27,500 project between the club and the town with Phase 3 Electric doing the work, explained Henkelman. He did ask if the town is able to provide the light replacement work but Dave McPhee, director of operations and property services, said the town would have to contract that work as it needs special electrician certification.

Council approved the request with $15,000 coming from the town’s 2016 playground and Hudson Green projects. The Lion’s Club will pay for the $12,500 difference.

Town proceeding bylaw clarified

Wording and clarifications have been made to town council’s procedural bylaw, which lays out how a meeting is to function.

Council approved second reading of the bylaw, which adds some clarifications to in camera meeting confidentiality as well as formats for the public forum. The proposal limits the total time of the public forum to 10 minutes.

It also provides that council can meet in camera within one of the three exceptions set in the Municipal Government Act: legal, land and personnel. Councillors are expected to keep in confidence matters discussed in camera.

Interim CAO Doug Wright told councillors that the current procedures bylaw did not include committee of the whole meetings, which has been rectified.

Third reading for bylaw is expected at the next regular meeting.