EDB vision statement proposes more active role

The Economic Development Board (EDB) wants a greater voice in Ponoka.

The Economic Development Board (EDB) wants a greater voice in Ponoka.

Town council approved second reading of a proposed bylaw ammendment that would allow the EDB to speak on issues that affect economic development during their regular meeting Tuesday, March 8.

Coun. Marc Yaworski asked Stephen Novak, economic development officer for the Town of Ponoka, what that would entail. “That’s a very broad statement,” said Yaworski.

“Aren’t they an advisory group?” he asked.

Novak used the fire services agreement as an example stating that in cases where economic development could be affected the EDB would be able to advise council on its concerns.

Coun. Carla Prediger added while its mandate may change slightly, the EDB still goes through the process of making a motion and providing it to council. The final discussion and say still comes from council.

“They’re just a sounding board for us to utilize,” added Mayor Rick Bonnett.

Third and final reading is expected to come at the next council meeting.

Peace officer program coming to Ponoka

Council approved the signing of the community peace officer program with the Town of Rimbey.

As Rimbey is removing one of its officers, the town is in a position to use the current officer in Rimbey without having to go through a full application process.

The same officer will become a town peace officer through the Rimbey program until the town’s application is fully approved with the Solicitor General.

Coun. Tim Falkiner recused himself from the meeting stating conflict of interest with his work as an employee of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.